(MediaQuire) All cherished relationships in our lives start with the first encounter – the moment of freshness when a brand new individual is introduced into our world. While many float away, there are the special few that truly impact our lives for the better. These are the friends that enchance our lives, the ones that come with a comfort level that allows us to be immediately honest and pick up right where we left off. Shasta Nelson, friendship expert and nationally acclaimed public speaker, describes this “gift of intimacy between platonic friends” as Frientimacy – the reward of time invested, love proven, and a deep knowledge of your female friend in her brand new book, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends.
Frientimacy: defined as the state and expression of being close, familiar and affectionate in a non-romantic relationship.
Just like romantic dating, friendship developes in stages and requires commitment and attention. Shasta has deconstructed and identified the stages to Frientimacy as Curiousity, Exploratory, Familiarity, and Vulnerability. Through her expertise and wisdom, Shasta walks us through these stages of friendship and towards the ultimate goal of achieving a deep rooted and nurtured fabulous friendship.
Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is the founder of GirlFriendCircles.com, a women’s friendship matching site in 35 cities across the U.S. and the author of the soon-to-be launched “Friendships Don’t Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends”. In the past, Shasta Nelson has been interviewed on the subject of friendship by The Today Show, The Early Show, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, Martha Stewart Radio, magazines such as Essence, Parents, More, Redbook and Glamour. Her spirited and soulful voice can be found on her weekly blog, Shasta’s Friendship Blog, and her Huffington Post column where she regularly contributes on relationship health. She also teaches, lectures, and hosts speed-friending and Friendship Accelerator events in San Francisco and throughout the U.S. Numerous friendship paradigms stem from Shasta’s teaching including: the Friendship Continuum to highlight the five intensities of friendships, the Frientimacy triangle that models how healthy friendships are formed, and the 5 Stages of Friendship that reveals the life span of a friendship.
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