Making friends: hard at first, easy now
Name: LaChelle T. Parker
As a mature professional woman in her 40’s married with children, making friends was always a challenge for me. An introvert by nature, and at times, socially awkward, it was difficult to make friends in my early 20’s and 30’s. I was young, insecure, non-trusting and to be honest…I was still trying to figure out who I really was as a woman.
It wasn’t until I entered my mid 30’s and became a wife and mother that I realized I didn’t know HOW to be friendly and approachable. It’s not that I didn’t want friends, it was that I didn’t know how to be friendly in a room of strangers. I was never taught how to approach a stranger and strike up a conversation nor was I taught how body-language, energy, and facial expressions can make you unapproachable to make an authentic connect.
Once I knew what I was lacking, I then began to work on how I enter the room and the energy I create for others to engage me. Every opportunity I had to work on how to be friendly, I did. Learning how to walk into a room and create conversations with others while creating a space and energy of allowing others to embrace me with conversation and possible connections.
Now, I am a Lifestyle Strategist who teaches others like myself how to enter a room and be conscious of the energy and space they create to allow engagement and friendship.