Although the desire for friendship usually comes naturally, creating long-term friendships is challenging for a lot women.
Friend relationships, or the lack thereof, can impact how you move through life. Despite their importance, friendships in adulthood can feel much harder to make and maintain than they were during the golden days of college life.
Are you a successful woman– yet struggle to keep meaningful friendships in your inner circle?
You keep your head down, working hard on accomplishing your dreams and when you looked up, you didn’t have any friends to celebrate with!
- You feel isolated and alone, so you work harder, busy with being busy
- You wonder why you can’t connect with old friends like you used to, it feels like you have nothing in common anymore
- You spark up wonderful but very brief friendships, before they just seem to fade away
- You want to have close friendships, but for some reason you just can’t and end up feeling like you will never have real friends
Are you afraid of letting your true self shine through? Do you lack the confidence (or plan) to foster these relationships into something truly meaningful?
It doesn't have to be this way!
10 Tips for Stronger Friendships
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If you set your mind to it, you can develop outstanding friendships that help you thrive in ways you never thought possible.
I can guide you to close the gap on friendships that feel distant, leave the loneliness behind, stop trying too hard to be someone you’re not and show you how to
We start with your whole self.
Not pieces of who you are. Not the shiny bright cover-up you put on for everyone else. Not just the parts of you that you like.
All of who you are and we build on your strengths to own all of it.
Gratitude, self love, and forgiveness are the core building blocks to move beyond your past.
Let go of old childhood wounds, parental & societal expectations.
Give people back their responsibilities, own yours, and embrace the powerful woman you are.
Not everyone can sit with you. It’s your table and chairs.
It’s a privilege.
You get to decide who’s invited and where they sit.
Learn to be intentional about cultivating your closest friendships that last.
You get to look at all the people around you, in and outside of your inner circle.
You get to decide who moves in closer. Who could be in your inner circle?
What circles are you in? How are you helping others? Who is inspiring you?
But who am I?
I’m Cathy Council, Life Coach
I can help you create and keep friendships that last a lifetime without changing who you are to fit in.
Several years ago, at the top of my New Year’s goals was “MAKE NEW FRIENDS. GET A BIGGER CIRCLE”.
At the time, I was extremely frustrated with everyone around me. I couldn’t connect with friends I was once so close with. I couldn’t talk to them about my challenges as I advanced in my career and personal development. They thought I was too ambitious. I thought they weren’t ambitious enough. I avoided conversations about certain topics and I pretended to enjoy things that I didn’t enjoy, so I could “stay friends.” I was afraid to let go and step outside the friends I already had. I was frustrated. I was miserable.
Then I realized that I wasn’t loving and supporting myself! I had hid my ambition and dreams, trying to fit in somewhere I had already outgrown. That’s when I decided, I needed a bigger circle of women around me to support and love who I was now and who I was becoming.
It was a year where I pushed all of the boundaries of the box I was in. It no longer fit all of who I had become. That’s when I began this work to heal myself, stop hiding and embrace who I am. From this self confident and empowered place, I rekindled bonds with old friends and created strong new friendships.
Now I coach women on how to break free of the box that they are in, show up authentically, trust themselves and create their circle of friends that can last a lifetime.
I can help you if...
- You have an open mind and are willing to try a new approach.
- You reliably show up and are willing to do the work.
- You want real friendships where you can be your authentic self.
- If you’re ready to be open and honest.
I can't help you if...
- You are fine with just complaining about your friends but not willing to change anything.
- You are unable to make decisions and don’t want to learn how.
- You don’t want this for yourself more than I want it for you.
- Being on time is a problem for you.
- You’re not ready to be honest.
Women are designed to empower one another, stick by each other’s side, and build each other up.
Ready to take your first step?
If you have an open mind and are willing to try a new approach to have an abundance of real, honest friendships, and if you’re ready and willing to put in some work, I can help you make it happen.