A Writer's Comical Expedition to Find the Perfect Squad

A Writer’s Comical Expedition to Find the Perfect Squad

Mabuhay, mi amigo!

Let me share with you an epic tale of friendship, laughter,

and unexpected twists that would make even a pretzel jealous.

As a pro writer, I’ve spent countless hours crafting sentences,

but who would’ve thought that finding the right friends would be even harder than writing compelling copy?

Despite the fact, my career was taking off like a rocket ship to the moon, my friendships?

More like a soggy sandwich left at the bottom of my backpack.

It was time for a change, a journey to find my true tribe and maybe even pick up a few cheesy jokes along the way.

At first, I felt like a penguin trying to tap dance.

I had to let go of friends who weren’t really friends,

which was like peeling off a stubborn sticker from my favorite notebook 

frustrating and a bit painful.

But as my wise grandma once said, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”

Or, in this case, when you lose a friend, make a new one with a shared love for puns.

Fake it 'till You Make it Era

So, I plunged into the unknown, attending writing workshops where I scribbled furiously,

joining online groups, and coaching programs where I mastered the art of pretending.

I’d read every page and even learned that my comedic skills were, well, a work in progress.

But through these misadventures,

I connected with people who loved words and a good laugh as much as I did.

Through that, I met let’s just call this person “Glucose” cause he brings sweetness to my bitter life.

Chezzy, ew! I know right.

The literary BFF who swooped in like a superhero to save me from writer’s block.

We clicked instantly over our common ground for the perfect comma splice

and spent hours discussing our favorite characters and plot twists.

Glucose became my anchor, cheerleader (regardless of gender), and partner in crime (think food fights in the cafeteria, not actual heists).

What am I trying to say here? Simple as my jokes: life’s too short for toxic friendships.

Sometimes, you need to leave the past behind and embrace the unknown,

even if it means collecting a few groan-worthy jokes along the way.

Don’t be scared to embark on your own rollicking journey to find true friends.

You never know who you’ll meet or what crazy things await you.

Take it from me, a copywriter (part of the billions of people) who just met a newfound squad that is worth more than all the 7 zeros on my paycheck.

Answering Life's Burning Questions

 Proceed with caution, mi amigo, for once you enter my quirky realm of unsolicited advice, there’s no turning back. Ready? Let’s rock this Q&A session like true-life warriors!

Adulting is hard, and making new friends is no exception.

But it’s not an impossible mission!

Dive into groups or clubs that match your interests. It’s easier to bond when you have something in common.

Not your style? Attend events and strike up a chat with friendly faces.

And hey, don’t hesitate to put yourself out there!

Connecting with people through social media or online communities before meeting in person can work wonders too.

Sure, forging new friendships takes time and effort, but the meaningful connections you make will be worth their weight in gold.

We all crave friends who support us through life’s rollercoaster ride.

But how can you tell if someone’s a true gem or a toxic dud?

Watch out for these red flags.

     🚩If they call only when they want something

    🚩 criticize your choices

    🚩belittle you in front of others

    🚩guilt-trip you for “not spending enough time,”

    🚩or dodge responsibility for their actions,

you might want to reconsider this friendship.

Trust your instincts.

If the dynamic feels off, it probably is. You deserve friends who shower you with kindness and respect!

Setting boundaries with friends can feel like walking a tightrope.

You don’t want to hurt feelings or appear selfish, but your mental health and well-being are at stake!

First things first. Pinpoint your needs in a friendship and communicate them clearly.

Let your friends know that while you cherish the bond, certain actions or behaviors don’t sit well with you.

And remember, it’s okay to say no when something crosses your personal boundary.

Setting healthy boundaries isn’t about being cold or distant—it’s about fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and valued.

Long-distance friendships can be challenging, but they’re far from impossible.

One tried-and-true strategy is scheduling regular video chats or phone calls, keeping the connection alive despite the miles that separate you.

Send little gifts or care packages now and then

just a small reminder that they’re in your thoughts.

And thank goodness for social media, making it a breeze to stay in touch throughout the day,

even if you can’t chat as often as you’d like.

Add some creativity and dedication, and your long-distance friendships will flourish.

Mustering the courage to confront a toxic friend is like peeling off a stubborn band-aid.

Yeah, it’s painful at first, but the relief that follows? Totally worth it.

Then how do you navigate such a tricky conversation?

Try some symbolism to soften the blow.

Instead of bluntly saying “you’re being toxic,” go for “our friendship is a garden, but we’ve got some weeds to pluck out.”

This way, they won’t feel attacked or defensive.

Keep in mind, facing challenges head-on is a mark of true mastery.

Don’t be afraid to tackle tough conversations with those who might not always have your back.

Remember, the friends you surround yourself with can make or break your life.

 Toxic friendships drain your energy, while the right friends lift you up and support you through thick and thin.

Sometimes, letting go of toxic ties clears the way for healthier connections.

And while making new friends as an adult might feel awkward at first,

the risk is worth it when you find those irreplaceable gems.

Always choose quality over quantity when it comes to friendships, and treasure those who bring light and positivity into your life.

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