It has been said: “A day spent with a friend is always a day well spent.”

I have coached many women over the last 15 years who have healthy, happy friendships.

However, many women I have coached have shared the following:

-They don’t have friends,

-They do not like their friends,

-They stay in toxic friendships,

-They long for friendships and do not know how to make friends,

-They feel they have too many friends,

-They have lost friends they loved,

– They have lost friends they did not like but do not know how to cut the cords.

What about you?

Which one or more of these scenarios can you relate to?

Are your friendships fulfilling or do they need some rehab?

One thing I know for sure is that friendships have played a pivotal role in my life.

I have had long lasting friendships for decades and my friends are an extension of “family” in my life.

For me, a friend is someone who knows what I value and where I stand no matter how much time goes by between us seeing one another.

We are aligned.

And friendships, like any relationship have not always been easy…and some have ended.

I am so grateful to be in a place in my life where I can learn, by taking responsibility and use friendships as an opportunity to go deeper into my growth work.

No one forces me to be in a friendship. They are not mandatory…they are my choice. @laurafenamore (Click to Tweet!)

Research shows that friends meet because they find common ground and the sign of a true friend is someone who is not attached to quantity (of time together) as much as quality.

What do you get from your friendships?

How do they feed you?

How do your friends feel like family?

How do friendships contribute to your life? How do they drain your life?

How do they impact your relationship with your emotional and mental health?

Speaking of health and healing, perhaps from friendships, you have lost or want to create more of…

I am starting a group called “Strengthen Your Foundation – Drive Over Drama Mastermind” – to support women’s health and well being, body, mind and spirit. I will accept women in the group through the month of November.

Our core objectives are accountability, encouragement, loving support, feedback and results.

Check it out here.

Please give this friendship inquiry some thought and share anything you would like in the comment section below.

Laura Fenamore, Body Image Expert, Coach and acclaimed Author is on a mission to help women around the world end the constant battle with their bodies and start adoring who they see in the mirror. Her approach walks students and readers through the heartfelt journey to self-love at any size or age by unlocking the secrets to a lifetime of emotional, physical and spiritual health. After overcoming a lifelong battle with addiction, obesity, and eating disorders, Laura released 100 pounds – keeping it off for more than 28 years. She chronicles this journey to self-love and health in her widely acclaimed book, Skinny, Fat, Perfect: Love Who You See in the Mirror. Learn more about Laura’s programs, or invite her to speak by visiting

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