Rambles Series: 8 Elements of a Healthy Friendship

Rambles Season 1 Episode 3 (R1E3)

Having “healthy friendships” can be difficult after CSA, specifically from having our boundaries disrupted earlier in life. Some pointers from my perspective. 

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  • 00:00 – 00:52   Introduction
  • 00:53 – 01:42   Overview
  • 01:41 – 18:20   Elements of a healthy friendship
    • 01:41 – 03:51  The joy, peace, and support in our lives
    • 03:52 – 05:06  Someone that we can trust
    • 05:07 – 08:43  Respect
    • 08:44 – 10:58  Honesty
    • 10:59 – 12:10  Active Listening (Mutual)
    • 12:11 – 14:33  Being willing to accept and forgive the shortcomings of others (not to be confused with keeping toxic friendships…that will be a conversation for later), or “Not expecting everyone to be perfect”
    • 14:34 – 15:23  Recap and Overview Take I…how this relates to the CSA survivor
    • 15:24 – 17:00  Bonus Element! — Being able to initiate as much as the other
    • 17:00 – 18:20  Bonus Element! — Not assuming
  • 18:20 – 19:38  Outro Take II

Other Notes:

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The Relentless Project & Social Platforms

Project Updates 

I now understand why companies and small business owners hire a person or team to manage social platforms for them…phew! It’s A LOT of work. But all completely worth it. If the goal of The Relentless Project is to reach as many survivors as possible, why not use what we have available to us via the interwebs?

I now have The Relentless Project connected via the following social media platforms:

  1. Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/therelentlessprojectpodcast
  2. Facebook Group/Community: www.facebook.com/groups/relentlesssurvivors
  3. Instagram: www.instagram.com/relentlessjoanna
  4. Twitter: www.twitter.com/relentlessproj

How exciting! The Facebook Page and Community are very fresh. I envision the Facebook Community being the platform for other survivors to share their art, music, poetry, words with each other as a means to connect and understand this very unique, odd, and extraordinary life we all lead. Helping each other to take one day at a time, learning how to smell the roses and cope with our own thorns.

Let me know what you think! Connect to The Relentless Project.