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Alex Alexander



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Creating Space to Just Exist: The One About Adult Slumber Parties

• 61 min

Can you imagine what it would be like to find “unicorn friends”? The kind you can have adult slumber parties with and just “exist” and do life with, unapologetically? You’re about to hear an incredibly inspiring story of friendship between two families. Dr. Erika Michalski is an aggressive optimist, fierce authenticity advocate, and the founder of Strategically Authentic, a consulting company dedicated to helping individuals and teams leverage who they are to get where they want to be. Did I mention she’s also passionate about data, documentaries, dance parties, and dessert? If things are feeling hard and limiting in your friendships, maybe the answer is to think outside of societal norms. To smash the box, and instead, build what feels right to you. I'm so excited for the conversations that are going to come out of listening to this one. In this episode you’ll hear about: The challenges of building relationships where we’re constantly in a state of apology. The secret to authenticity is just existing as ourselves - not apologizing for our house being a mess!Flipping friendship questions back on yourself: Do you even want this friendship? What do YOU bring? What are you looking for? You have to serve yourself.The moment where Erika and her family formed a near “instant” friendship with another couple and their children (plus, how their story roots were created)What it means to have “unicorn friends” and how Erika’s most sacred memories in her friendship are tied to having adult slumber partiesHow to make your friends feel deeply valued and be able to enjoy the endless “do nothing” space that exists after you get past the barriers of catching upResources & Links Connect with Dr. Erika Michalski on her website or follow her on Instagram at @consultantbarbie. 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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