Ep. 68 - Anna Goldfarb, Modern Friendship

Episode Summary

In this heartfelt episode of the Creative Genius Podcast host Kate delves into the complexities of adult friendships with guest Anna Goldfarb, journalist, writer, and author of "Modern Friendship."

Kate reflects on her own journey through the ebbs and flows of friendships as she transitioned through marriage, parenthood, and the isolating impacts of COVID-19. Anna, known as the New York Times friendship correspondent, shares her insights into maintaining and nurturing meaningful friendships in the modern world. They discuss the loneliness epidemic, the evolution of friendships in the digital age, the challenges of cross-gender friendships post-marriage, and the art of gracefully ending friendships.

Anna offers practical advice and hopeful strategies for cultivating lasting and nourishing connections, emphasizing that creating beautiful friendships is a profound act of creativity. This conversation is both validating and inspiring, providing listeners with the tools and motivation to actively foster deep, supportive relationships.

Show Notes

Host: Kate Shepherd
Guest: Anna Goldfarb

Key Topics:

  • The challenge of maintaining friendships through major life transitions.
  • Impact of marriage, parenthood, and COVID-19 on social circles.
  • Anna Goldfarb's journey from writing about dating to focusing on friendships.
  • Practical strategies for cultivating and sustaining meaningful friendships.
  • The concept of consent in friendships.
  • Addressing the loneliness epidemic and its antidotes.
  • The grief associated with losing cross-gender friendships post-marriage.
  • Recognizing when to end a friendship and how to do it gracefully.
  • The role of creativity in building and maintaining friendships.

Important Quotes:

  • "Creativity is the intelligence that's animating the entire universe."
  • "The ultimate act of creativity is the life that we create."
  • "Turn down the thoughts about what you're not getting from your friendships and turn up the thoughts about how you can be in service to your friendships."

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  • Reflect on how you can actively create and sustain beautiful friendships in your life.


  • Anna Goldfarb’s book, "Modern Friendship" – available wherever books are sold.
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Enjoy the episode and get inspired to cultivate deep, meaningful friendships that enrich your life!

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