Shasta Nelson, M.Div., is a nationally recognized friendship expert. She is the Founder and CEO of GirlFriendCircles.com, the women's friendship matching site in the US and Canada. She has appeared on multiple national television shows including The Today Show, been interviewed by newspaper reporters from the The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The San Francisco Chronicle, and has been featured in magazines such as Essence, Parents, Good Housekeeping, More, Redbook, and Glamour, among others.
Her first book, "Friendships Don't Just Happen! The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of Girlfriends" inspires readers how to make new friends by highlighting the five types of friends we all need and the four common types of loneliness, and teaching the steps that are proven to develop a meaningful friendship. Research shows that we are replacing half our close friends every seven years so needing to learn how to make friends as adults is a skill all of us need to practice!
Her second book, "Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness" guides readers on how to deepen their friendships and experience greater support and joy. For many women, it's not the lack of knowing enough people that leaves them feeling dissatisfied as much as it is not feeling close enough to a few that matters most. This book teaches the three requirements of friendship, shows how any imbalance in those three areas can lead to intimacy gaps, and teaches how to deepen friendships through the five acts of vulnerability.
Reviews from Shasta's readers love her books for their strong research component, her unique model that offers up original and thought-provoking material, her spirited voice which can read as relatable and fun while pushing one deeper. She believes in personal growth and challenges readers to take responsibility for their friendships-- calling them the health clubs for our souls where we grow into better people as we practice the qualities that friendships invite.
For more information and for free resources for her books, visit her website: www.ShastaNelson.com