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Archive for the ‘Friendship’ Category

Toxic Friends: 6 Different Types and What To Do

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

There are tall ships
There are small ships
But the best ships
Are friendships…

Unless of course, they’re not.

Yes, this post is about the dark side of friendship, a Global TV segment I did while on my blogging break end of July.

To be honest, I have not had too many toxic friendships over the years. I was never one of those bitchy girls either. I was raised to talk to everyone and I always had friends in many circles. I never liked cliques. But many of you have written in about the friends you’ve dropped, dumped and severed ties with.

One mom wrote in about her best friend’s daughter taunting  her own daughter and belittling her on Facebook. Another woman wrote in about her long time friend who was in a bad marriage, and out of jealousy, was gossiping and badmouthing her behind her back. These toxic friendships are unsupportive, draining, unrewarding and can be suffocating. Toxic friends stress you out and are generally one sided, whereby you don’t get back nearly half as much as you put in.


Friendships in Our Thirties and Forties

Monday, March 17th, 2014


A friend of mine forwarded me a recent popular article from the New York Times titled “Friends of a Certain Age. Why Is It Hard to Make Friends Over 30?” The argument states that the period for making B.F.F.’s, the way you did in your teens or early 20s, is pretty much over. It’s time to resign yourself to “situational adult friends.”

“In your 30s and 40s, plenty of new people enter your life, through work, children’s play dates and, of course, Facebook. But actual close friends — the kind you make in college, the kind you call in a crisis — those are in shorter supply.


Erica Diamond’s Top 10 Secrets To Success

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


Happy Hump Day! As a Certified Women’s Life, Business and Success Coach, I have worked with hundreds of women as a coach, consultant and mentor for almost 15 years. I have always been fascinated by success and what makes someone successful, and I don’t just mean success from a financial standpoint. I have studied success for thousands of hours, and have spoken on the topic many times. Based on my research, and based upon my own personal experience as a thriving mother, wife and career woman, here are my Top 10 Secrets to Success in Life and Womanhood. There are many more, but I tried to cover the ones that had the most significance. I’d love to know yours, and I’d love you to share them below.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

1. Unlocking Your PASSION Is The KEY ELEMENT To Thriving in Life, Business or Motherhood


Ending Mommy Wars

Friday, October 11th, 2013

There’s always a first for everything. This week, I did my first live TV interview with either food poisoning or a terrible case of the stomach flu. I still don’t know which it was (I ate mussels the night before the interview), and I still don’t know how I made it through. But somehow I did. Without vomiting. Gross.

On this week’s Global TV parenting segment, Camille Ross and I talked why moms are so judgmental of one another. I showcased what one awesome group of working moms in Connecticut are doing to end “Mommy Wars,” and instead of judging each others’ differences, are SUPPORTING each others’ differences. It takes a village to raise a child, and therefore we MUST be each other’s cheerleaders, not frenemies.

Here was this week’s segment on 101 fever, and, well, I’ll spare you the rest of the details…


The Importance of Female Friendships

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

As if we didn’t already know how incredible it feels to be with our girlfriends, a recent study out of Stanford explained just how “healthy” these female friendships are.

I was sent an article and have tried to track down the source, since you know how important providing accurate information is on this blog. I was unable to track down the exact source, but after much research on this topic, it appears that the results of this study are in fact accurate.

My girlfriends are my oxygen tanks – not a word of a lie. Girlfriends can fill a void in us that no other relationship can fill- not our spouses, not our children, nor our co-workers. If you’re lucky enough to find one great friend, or a few friends who are TRUE friends, you are one lucky lady.

My girls trip to New York City


Hello! I’m back from Hiatus. Let’s Talk BlogHer!

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

I’m back! And I’ve missed you ladies like crazy! I hope that during the past three weeks, you have kept yourself busy and enjoyed the warm weather a little. Our summer is flying by too quickly, the fact that we’re already into August, makes me weepy.

During my three-week blogging break, I had a chance to relax, unWINE unwind and rest my brain, so that I can continue to add value to the blogging community. It is no easy feat to manage an engaged audience as smart as YOU, and continuously provide fresh captivating content. In order to do so, this mama needs to engage in stimulating activities, such as reading Fifty Shades Of Grey War and Peace.

So… I relaxed by the lake.


Wisdom Wednesday: The Root To Success

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

By Guest Blogger Jon Gordon

There once was a tree that produced an abundant supply of fruit.
Everyone marveled at its ability to produce a record harvest each year.
The owner who sold his fruit at the local market had become one of the wealthiest men in town and he was the envy of all who knew him.

However, as the years passed the owner spent so much of his time counting and selling his fruit that he forgot to nourish the root.
He became so prideful and focused on results that he neglected to see the signs that the tree was dying.
Then one day when the owner went to pick fruit from his tree he was shocked to discover that the tree was barren.
“How could this be,” he asked?
But when he inspected the root he found his answer.
The root had dried up.

He was so focused on the fruit that he neglected the root.
He wished there was something he could do but it was too late.
It was a lesson he would never forget.