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  1. Great post Hun! I’m glad you touched on a topic that a lot of people go through but don’t talk about. It’s all a part of growing … letting go of people whom we no longer share the same interests with. It allows self reflection, self knowing, growth & paving way for self independence & success!

  2. God, I used to be in the exact same situation as you with a manipulative friendship. Letting go of that friendship was one of the most dramatic things that’s ever happened- but right now I couldn’t be happier. I’ve got my two best friends, and, yeah, that can barely be classed as “a friend group” but I love them to bits and we travel and go on holiday together and have group chats- even though our lives have taken us down different paths, different cities, and even different countries at times. At university, I thought I had made great friends in the first year but by the end they had all dropped out. (yes all of them) and I was left with zero friends in the city. It felt like everyone else was having the best years of their life and I was lonely. I still didn’t manage to really make any friends- but I’m happy with my two long-distance besties I have, and am grateful for the time I do get to spend with them. You’ll find your people eventually, and like any good relationship, it’ll be worth the wait 🙂

    Rachel | rachelemmablog.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Love this em! Totally get what you mean about friendships feeling like a competition. Since I left school and went to uni I’ve kept super close to two friends from school and we try and make an effort to meet up every few weeks. Sometimes it’s about keeping your friendship circle small!xx

    Lucy | http://www.lucy-cole.co.uk

  4. Hey Em, thank you for publishing this! You’re the only established blogger I know of locally and because of that I look up to you a lot 🙂 The message you put out in this post is so important, and really motivating for anybody in a similar situation!!
    I had a smirk on my face reading your intro, because I have also sat on very personally posts since the beginning of the year, for the very same reasons as you!! Reading your post was defiantly the push I needed to hit the publish button on mine. Thank you x
    Also I just wanted to add (without sounding cliched), but if you ever wanted to chat about feeling isolated or about disordered eating or just about blogging in general, my dms are always open!! (And I do only live in Burford haha) Anyway I acknowledged the guts it takes to publish a post like this so thank you again. Jess X

    • Jess I can’t even begin to explain how cute this is😭 thank you so much! I just saw you’ve posted something I’ll go read it now! Aww honey thank you – and right back at ya! We should definitely have a coffee and photo date soon x

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