I’m playful and strong-willed, ambitious and thoughtful. Much like an ocean I tend to go lots of different ways at once, sometimes doing too much where my waters look choppy, and yet when that chaos turns into a swell, my energy cannot be stopped. And those strong waves usually have to do with the subject of community.
My Passion for Community: Whether it’s inviting a small group of friends over for dinner, starting a local spiritual community where we practice acceptance, forgiveness and other group experiences that grow us individually, facilitating speed-friending events where strangers become friends, speaking and teaching on what it means to “belong,” or writing and coaching on showing up as our best self in our relationships– I love the theory and the practice of how important friendships are to our lives.
To that end, I’m the author of the forthcoming book, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends (Turner Publishing).
My Experience: My training includes a Masters Degree in Spiritual Growth and a bachelors degree in Communication; plus a decade of experience in short-term counseling, coaching leaders and teams, speaking at international motivational and teaching venues, organizing events and retreats; managing a multi-million dollar company and starting 2 non-profits. Additionally, I firmly believe that my most significant training comes from the ups-and-downs of life—both my own transitions in jobs, schools, long–term travels, issues with self-identity, losses of relationships, divorce and re-marriage, and the stories from dozens of others who have trusted me into their hearts in some of life’s most vulnerable moments including births, “coming-out” experiences, marriages, divorces, family pain & deaths.
My company, GirlFriendCircles.com: Developed from the needs I saw in my life coaching clients, I launched GirlFriendCircles.com in 2008 as a resource to women in cities across the U.S. to provide an online tool to help women expand their circle of local friends. So much of our well-being depends upon our relationships, not just with the one significant other, but more profoundly, with our sense of being known, supported and loved by our girlfriends.
My Blog: This blog is the place where I muse, dream, teach, share and learn with you about how important our friendships are and how we can continue to invite more of that health & happiness into our lives.
I also write a weekly column for Huffington Post on female friendship. Please subscribe at either/both locations, introduce yourself and join the conversation!
To connect with me, email me at Shasta @ GirlFriendCircles.com. (Note: customer service questions should be sent to service @ girlfriendcircles.com)