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The Art of Making Friends with Connection Feast Founder Alex Friedman

• 53 min

Making friends can be scary, especially as an adult.  This is why I love Connection Feast, a social wellness company that hosts events to help create community and facilitate meet-ups between people over a shared meal. Connection Feast was founded by today’s guest, Alexandra Friedman, who envisioned the company after realizing that meetups weren’t working – the connections she made at them weren’t deep enough. Finally, she decided to take control of her situation.  I attended a Connection Feast event themed on “emotional intelligence.” And I came home like, whoa. I have 10 new things to consider about myself. Whether you meet someone or not, you’re going to come home with something. These are deep events. One reason I love talking about friendship so much is because every time I think I know a good amount about friendship, I am utterly humbled by these relationships. There’s always new things to learn from and be surprised by. You’re going to LOVE this marathon of a conversation between Alex and I (and stay tuned for part 2!) In this episode you’ll hear about: How structure can help adults be more playful, and thus, make deeper connections with new acquaintancesThe emotional intimacy and vulnerability it takes to make friends as adults The danger of expecting reciprocity, and how that can set us up to be disappointed, especially if our friends are in different places in their livesWhen people come into our lives for short periods of time, that doesn’t make it insignificant – sometimes short friendships can offer valuable giftsThe evolution of “big friendships” – they evolve over time, day-by-day, over sometimes mundane thingsResources & Links Follow Alexandra on Instagram. Be sure to check out her events if you’re local to Seattle, and tune in next time to hear the rest of our marathon of a conversation about friendship! Also, I strongly recommend the book we talked about, Atomic Habits by James Clear. 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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