May’s friendship advice starts with a letter from a woman (I’m assuming a young woman–hopefully I wasn’t too harsh in my answer) who has her sights focused on making one particular friend her best friend. From the letter it is clear that this attempt is feeling forced.
While the letter might be an extreme example of forcing a friendship, I think this issue is one people deal with throughout life in a more subtle way. It’s not uncommon that one person is more interested than the other in a close relationship.
How do you handle such situations? What advice can you give our letter writer?
Please read the letter at The HerStories Project and see what tips you can add to what I suggested.
What else have you missed around here?
– Last week I shared the love song playlist I made during a bout of procrastination. I’m glad I took the time because I’m enjoying the listening experience so much! For some reason I’ve had Peter Cetera’s Glory of Love on repeat most of all.
– Two weeks ago I discussed 5 memoirs I can’t stop thinking about.
– Three weeks ago I gave a 3-month update on how I’m using (and loving) my Bullet Journal.
In an amazing feat of procrastination, I made the ultimate love song playlist to satisfy anyone’s 80s and 90s nostalgia needs. Music is a portal to memory, a magic trick that brings us back to a moment, a person, a feeling we had during a certain period of our...read more
I read an equal amount of fiction and memoir and freeze whenever someone asks me for a favorite. Instead of “favorite,” I think along the lines of, “What book am I still thinking about long after the last page?” The list below focuses on...read more
I started my Bullet Journal at the end of January 2017 and got so excited about the whole BuJo (real lingo) world, that I wrote this now much-read (for MY blog, at least) post about how to set up a Bullet Journal and why I love mine so much. There’s good...read more
For my April friendship column I tackled a question I’ve received a few times in my inbox and numerous times in person. It’s all about how to stay friends with someone after your kids stop being friends. When I reached out to some of my wise confidantes,...read more
I’m excited to report that I got my first piece into The Wisdom Daily, a site I’ve long enjoyed and respected. Just when I thought I had nothing new whatsoever to think, say, or write about Passover, I surprised myself. My essay, which I called the “The Middle...read more
About once a month I write a “Do Listen Read” post with a list of what I’ve been listening to, watching, and reading lately. In the “do” section, I often include recipes, but I haven’t shared any in months. I’m...read more
About Nina Badzin
I’d love to hear your questions about friendship, difficult social situations, as well as online connections that could use some guidance. Ask me an anonymous question at The HerStories Project.