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Alex Alexander



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How To Feel Very “Not Alone”

• 27 min

Today’s episode begins with a decision to book plane tickets to California over my birthday and stay with some friends who were going through a medical emergency. They needed an extra hand with day-to-day things: think cooking, laundry, and walking their dog. Now, I’m not a big birthday person (never have been). At a certain point in my life, I probably would have been thrilled to be alone on my birthday. Even though society says I should need “everyone” to text me and call me and throw me a big party and do all these things. So why is it that I found myself alone at the beach in tears with such an overwhelming sense of gratitude? Tune in to hear more of how this story unfolded, including why we need a “web” of people around us for support and assurance, and the magic of creating filters to decide where you're investing your energy. Let today be the first day of your little, consistent, actions. In this episode you’ll hear about: Having solid support systems that can inspire us to take risks, believe in ourselves, get outside of our comfort zones, and bring our wildest dreams to lifeMy messy process of how I went from feeling so lonely in a room full of people to feeling supported, starting with a set of reflection questions you can ask yourself to get really intentional about your existing relationshipsTurning the dial up on what’s working well in your current friendships. How can you lean in more and take it to the next level?The importance of setting boundaries or even letting go of friendships that are no longer serving us - but not letting that energy detract from focusing on what we want to add to our life with friendsA simple task you can try to build intentional connection that involves just 5 minutes of space on your calendar each day (or 30 minutes once per week)Having a “mental Rolodex” of hundreds or thousands of small moments. This alone will bring you the confidence to tell your friends when you need them. Having a support system is beautifulResources & Links Like what you hear? Visit my website, leave me a voicemail, and follow me on Instagram! Go back and listen to Episode 19: The One for Little Alex, to hear more about my story. 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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