It started with one of those emails, you know the one where you have to forward it to eight close girlfriends.
I sat in front of the computer and struggled to come up with eight names. How sad is that? And how different from a few years ago, when my challenge would have been how to narrow it down.
So what has happened since then to impact my friendships with other women? Much of it is really part of the normal progression of life – some have moved, others are retired and we no longer share the same interests; sadly a few have died and then there’s a couple where we just fell out, and we’ve never tried to repair the damage.
Sad really. It also speaks to a busy life where much of my focus has been on running my business, being there for my family and keeping my home relatively organized.
But this whole process of naming friends has made me realize that setting aside time for girlfriends is all important and in 2013 that is just what I intend to do. And it is not just the existing friendships, but making an effort to reach out and make new ones too.