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Friendship IRL

Alex Alexander



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Your Friendships Are Just As Important As Your Romantic Relationships

• 44 min

Today’s guest is my husband Michael. I know, some of you might be wondering: Alex, you just started a friendship podcast. Why are you bringing your romantic partner on? But here’s the thing. This romantic partnership supports all the relationships we have outside it – with friends, family members, community. All the relationships in our life also help support this romantic partnership. It’s all connected. So today we want to let you inside how WE look at the interconnectedness of all these relationships – and how prioritizing friendship can actually SUPPORT your marriage. Michael and I met in college, the prime time for friends. If we had just forgotten everybody else at that time in our lives, we wouldn’t have any friends. We had to learn early how to balance our romantic relationship with our friendships. We don’t get it right all the time. But I like to think that, as we grew older, we’ve honed in on what works for us, and how supporting each other’s friendships makes us each more whole, and consequently, stronger partners for one another. In this episode you’ll hear about: Seeking a variety of support outside of your marriage/relationship How it’s unfair to burden one person (our partners) to support all parts of usHow to call out and say, “I am not the right person for this” – for example, I am not the right person for Michael to go to about anything regarding football!Having separate friendships with your friends, even if you’re in a coupleThe incredible dynamics it takes to have “couple friends” Reflection Question: How do you and your partner support each other’s friendships? Resources & Links Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram!  Want to take this conversation a step further? Send this episode to a friend. Tell them you found it interesting and use what we just talked about as a conversation starter the next time you and your friend hang out!

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