Discover insightful articles, personal stories, and practical advice to enhance your friendships and cultivate lasting bonds. From building new connections to navigating challenges, this category offers a wealth of inspiration and guidance to foster strong and fulfilling friendships. Join us on this journey of camaraderie, support, and the beauty of authentic connections at Life by Kathleen.

Ladies night theme ideas for your next girls night


Looking for a fun and exciting way to spend a night out with your girlfriends? A ladies' night theme party is the perfect solution! Whether you're celebrating a birthday, a bachelorette party, or just need an excuse to let loose, there are plenty of ideas to make your night unforgettable. No matter what theme you choose, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the company of your closest friends. So gather your girls, pick a theme, and get ready for a night you'll never forget! Setting the scene for a Ladies' Night When it comes to hosting [...]

Ladies night theme ideas for your next girls night2024-05-20T12:13:53+10:00

What you need to know about hosting a pool party


I've had a bit of practice throwing private pool parties, with my first one being for a girl's night. I wouldn't say I have perfected how to throw an adult pool party, by any means. But I have had a lot of practice and know the elements that make it one to remember. Pool Party Timing Picking the perfect time for your pool party can be tricky. And apart from the weather, the biggest hurdle is finding a time that suits everyone. But before you can even get to that, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. Do you [...]

What you need to know about hosting a pool party2024-05-17T10:01:20+10:00

A guide to the different levels of friendship


Have you ever stopped to think about the different levels of friendship? We all have friends, but not all friends are created equal. Some friends are closer to us than others, and we share different levels of intimacy and trust with each of them. At its core, a friend is someone you enjoy spending time with and who shares interests and values with you. But beyond that basic definition of a friend, friendships can vary widely. There are acquaintances, casual friends, close friends, and best friends, to name just a few. Each type of friendship has its own unique characteristics and level of closeness. Understanding the different levels [...]

A guide to the different levels of friendship2024-05-14T05:22:42+10:00

How to Stay Connected With Friends This Year


Staying connected with friends can sometimes feel like a challenge. But with the benefits of digital technology, there are more ways than ever to nurture and maintain those valuable friendships.  I’m sure you know by now that I love a good girls night with my friends.  But it can be hard for all of us to have the time to catch up. Between, work, family members, exercising and eating right, these things often take the back burner. Why is it important to stay connected with friends? Staying connected with friends is crucial for your overall health and happiness. Your friends provide support, [...]

How to Stay Connected With Friends This Year2024-05-14T05:25:41+10:00

ADHD and Friendships: How to Make and Keep Friends


Do you struggle with maintaining friendships? Do you often find yourself feeling left out or misunderstood in social situations? If you have ADHD, you may be experiencing difficulties in your friendships that are unique to your situation. Despite the challenges, it is possible to build and maintain strong friendships with ADHD. By understanding how your ADHD affects your social interactions and implementing strategies to overcome these challenges, you can develop meaningful connections with others. Understanding ADHD and Social Challenges Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can impact various aspects of your life, including your social interactions. People with ADHD may struggle with impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention, which can [...]

ADHD and Friendships: How to Make and Keep Friends2024-05-03T11:58:05+10:00

Girls Night Dinner Ideas: Tips For a Fun and Easy Night


Looking for a fun and memorable way to spend time with your gal pals? Look no further than a girls' night dinner! Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for an excuse to catch up with your best friends, a girls' night dinner is the perfect time to relax, unwind, and enjoy some delicious food. But with so many options out there, it can be tough to decide what to serve. Should you go for something fancy and upscale, or keep things casual with some comfort food favourites? And what about drinks and dessert? Don't worry – we've got [...]

Girls Night Dinner Ideas: Tips For a Fun and Easy Night2024-05-20T12:17:37+10:00

Small Talk Topics: Conversation Starters for Any Occasion


When it comes to making small talk, it can sometimes feel like a daunting task. You might feel like you don't know what to say or worry that you'll come across as awkward. However, small talk is an important part of building relationships and connecting with others. By learning a few key topics to discuss, you can feel more confident in your ability to make conversation with anyone. Understanding Small Talk Small talk is an essential aspect of social interaction and can help you build rapport with others. It involves casual conversations that are not meant to be deep or [...]

Small Talk Topics: Conversation Starters for Any Occasion2024-05-03T12:08:15+10:00

Letting Go of a Friendship: When It’s Time to Move On


Letting go of a friendship can be a difficult and emotional process. Perhaps you've grown apart from someone you used to be close with, or maybe there was a falling out that caused irreparable damage to the relationship. Whatever the reason, ending a friendship can be just as painful as ending a romantic relationship. But, sometimes it's necessary for your own well-being and personal growth. Recognising when to let go Sometimes, friendships can be difficult to maintain. As you grow and change, so do your friends. And sometimes, you may find that you've grown apart. It can be challenging to [...]

Letting Go of a Friendship: When It’s Time to Move On2024-04-11T13:13:53+10:00

The many ways friendships change and evolve in adulthood


As you grow older, you may notice that your friendships change in adulthood. The people you once considered your good friends may not be as present in your life as they once were, or you may find yourself making new friends with different interests and priorities. These changes are a natural part of adult life, and understanding them can help you navigate your social relationships more effectively. Why friendships change One reason why friendships change in adulthood is due to the demands of work and family life. As you establish your career and start a family, you may have less time and energy to devote to socializing. Your friends may [...]

The many ways friendships change and evolve in adulthood2024-05-14T05:25:21+10:00

Gift exchange ideas to share with friends these holidays


To host a successful gift exchange among friends, a few key decisions must be made simultaneously. First and foremost, establishing a budget is crucial, as it sets the tone for the exchange and ensures inclusivity among participants. It's equally important to determine who will be participating, as this can sometimes influence the spending limit and overall dynamics of the exchange. Additionally, considering the preferences and parameters set by the participants can shape the scope and scale of the event. With these foundational elements in place, the exciting discussion about gift exchange ideas for friends can begin, igniting creativity and anticipation among participants. [...]

Gift exchange ideas to share with friends these holidays2024-05-20T12:18:28+10:00

Apps to help you find and make more mom friends


Looking for new mom friends can be a daunting task, especially if you're a first-time mom or new to an area. Thankfully, technology has made connecting with other moms in your local area easier than ever. With the rise of social networking apps, several apps are designed specifically to help moms find and connect with other moms nearby. And there are many reasons why you might want some new friends: Your stage of life changes and you become a stay-at-home mom or single mama You move to or travel to a new city Your friend group changes You simply want some new friends Discovering the Best Apps for New Mom Friends As a new mom, [...]

Apps to help you find and make more mom friends2024-05-14T05:25:14+10:00

26 different kinds of friends we all need in life


The kinds of friends you have throughout your life can be so varied. I've put together a list featuring each letter of the alphabet that represents the different types of friends in life. In my social circle of about 10 good friends, I know I can attribute each one of these letters to a friend. And I know which ones I'd pick for myself, but I wonder if my friends would agree?  Do I need different kinds of friends? Different people add different things to your life. They play a variety of different roles and sometimes cater to the different [...]

26 different kinds of friends we all need in life2024-05-10T16:23:58+10:00

What to do when mom friends exclude you from the group


Having mom friends can make navigating motherhood a much easier and enjoyable experience. Filling you with shared laughter, support during tough times, and cherished memories. Yet, when your new friends or your close group of mom friends leave you out, it hurts. Feeling excluded by people you thought understood you can be difficult and upsetting.  Let's take a look at some strategies for handling situations where you might be the excluded mom or a friend is shut out of a mom group. And what you can do to navigate this personal experience. Signs of Exclusion The signs of exclusion in any social circle can manifest in various subtle yet hurtful ways. It [...]

What to do when mom friends exclude you from the group2024-04-08T12:59:44+10:00

How to make and keep friends as a young adult


Being a young adult can make finding (and keeping) friends challenging. Everyone you know will be in a different life stage. Whether you've just finished school, still studying, started working, or become a parent, building real connections is important.  The good news is there are lots of tips and helpful advice to help you make friends that stick around, no matter what life throws at you. Why making friends matters During the transformative phase of young adulthood, building a supportive network of friends that provide companionship, understanding, and a sense of belonging can help you navigate the challenges and uncertainties [...]

How to make and keep friends as a young adult2024-04-18T16:55:18+10:00
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