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Wives, mothers and career women - we have all fallen victim to the silent epidemic that is, literally . . . letting ourselves go. Not the weight-gain, makeup-free, yoga-pants routine. Little by little, we have allowed our preferences, interests, and individuality to slip away until we no longer recognize ourselves outside of our role as wives, mothers, or professionals. Wh ...more
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published September 8th 2021
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Marylee MacDonald
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This book reminded me a great deal of Barbara Ehrenreich's DANCING IN THE STREETS, a work of nonfiction that highlighted our very human need for social connection. The author describes the difference between deep, life-sustaining friendships and those transitory and shallow friendships that come about through social media. I really liked how she lays out a process for finding and creating circles of friendship--and doing so intentionally. She identifies the qualities to look for in a friend, and ...more
Marlene Cheng
Jan 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Review for Lady and the Tribe by Brenda Billings Ridgley
I don't usually gravitate to self-help books, but probably because of all the negative changes to social interaction that Covid has brought, not to mention the unprecedented, horrible weather the West Coast of Canada has experienced through 2021, Brenda Billings Ridgley's book caught my eye. Maybe, I thought, I might pick up some tips that might help us through this time. I could share them with family and friends who seem to be getting tir
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H. Pearce
Jan 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
As an introvert, this book made me question the efforts I put into those that surround me.

Good, nourishing and healthy friendships are closely linked to our life experiences and emotions. Real human connection in many ways is similar to food. We can get by with very little of it but to have a satisfied life we need to be filled to comfort.

I think this book should be real by all woman because its highly insightful and I can near guarantee you will have moments were it will connect with you in o
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Sal
Feb 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
A how-to on establishing meaningful friendships with intentionality

Though written for women, the premise of Lady and the Tribe by Brenda Billings Ridgley called out to me. I have a full life, yet for many years now I haven’t connected with friends, much less showed a vulnerable side to them. I used to have lots of good buddies, a lot of them drinking buddies. One old neighborhood friend used to call me on the phone every day when I was a junior in college. I always thought that was touching; it’
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Liz
Jan 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Lady and the Tribe is a really interesting look into female friendships and relationships. It was full of great examples of the different types of friendships we experience through our lives and the author drew a lot from her own experiences which I thought was excellent. I picked this book up by chance, but it turns out it was something I didn’t know I needed!

Lady and the Tribe is full of great nuggets of information on how to make and maintain true friendships, as well as warnings about which
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Bobbi
Nov 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I found Lady and the Tribe to be entertaining as well as educational. The friendship stories were interesting and real. I found myself laughing, crying and even had an ah-ha moment or two! I am inspired to reach out to a few important friends that I have not seen for awhile to reconnect. Lady and the Tribe is a must read for any woman who values friendships. I am going to encourage my book club to read it together.
Becky
Dec 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Thank you Goodreads for the free copy of Lady and the Tribe. I quite enjoyed this book about women and friendships. It was a good mix of data, Brenda's personal friendships as well as other women's stories. Ive read a few books on this subject and I enjoyed Brenda's take on it. While reading the parts about different types of friendships I had a few a-ha moments. Friendships that just didn't take off that I wondered why were explained. If you are interesting in deepening your friendships or maki ...more
Linda
Oct 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I think it’s easy for women to ‘lose themselves’ in their lives. Lady and the Tribe helps you reflect on the importance of friendships and offers great strategies on how to nurture those friendships and 'make it happen'. Lady and the Tribe is a good read for any age. ...more
Linda
Oct 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it’s easy for women to ‘lose themselves’ in their lives. Lady and the Tribe helps you reflect on the importance of friendships and offers great strategies on how to nurture those friendships and 'make it happen'. Lady and the Tribe is a good read for any age. ...more
Renae Laneer
Dec 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I won this book from Goodreads giveaway.
It's well written and well edited. A timely look at women and our relationships with others. I am planning to read it again next year to check my progress on building my tribe.
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Julianne
Feb 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
I bought this book because as a middle-aged mom whose kids are leaving the nest one by one, I've been isolating myself at home since the pandemic. I've just had the thought of 'my husband is my best friend.' He is, but I'm really missing the support of other women friends.

Brenda's book is perfectly fine for women who didn't endure trauma and abuse as children and teenagers, but someone like me (who dealt with early trauma) needs more. How to break down self-imposed walls. I know generally how to
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Tara Taffera
Dec 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book that talked about the power of close friendships--your tribe. For me, it was a powerful reminder that those powerful friendships take work, and it's important for us to make time for those close to us--or for those we want to forge a connection with. The stories within the book were heartwarming, but also showed that while friendships could fall off for a season, your tribe will always be there for you. ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
I’ve just moved to the other side of the country and left all my friends and family behind. So when I saw this book pop up for review, I grabbed it since I’d love to have a new “tribe” of women friends here where I live now.

I honestly wasn’t sure exactly what to expect from this book, but I really did enjoy it. It started out a little slowly, with quite a bit of citing of studies that showed how much women need friendship and support, etc., but stick it out because it’s worth it. The author shar
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Brenda Ridgley
Nov 15, 2021 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Blue Ink Editorial Review: Lady and the Tribe: How to Create Empowering Friendship Circles
Brenda Billings Ridgley
Whole You Media, 276 pages, (paperback) $16.95, 978-1737289708
(Reviewed: November, 2021)

In Lady and the Tribe, Brenda Billings Ridgley celebrates the power of female friendships,
sharing insights into the ways they enrich women’s lives and offering strategies for creating,
strengthening, and enjoying these relationships to the fullest.

Ridgley explores the roots of loneliness in today
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Nancy
Nov 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Friendship is something that walks hand in hand with human emotion, if you feel the same way I do if our vibes match we will eventually get together to perform mutual activities. Our interests pull us together, our demeanour stop us from leaving and our history together strengthens the bond between us two. But do we even get to see such friendships in today's world? What is friendship in today's world other than tagging photos of each other and sharing memes that we think are funny? Friendship m ...more
Grace
Oct 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Social connectedness, I am sure that every one of us here is aware of this term. A term that defines this era, a whole generation and this world right now. How people living miles apart can be connected and be talking to each other in an instant even though physically it is an impossibility. Friendships are important but do you call your social interaction friendships? How much do you adore your social relationships that are dictated by the internet service provider and how deep is that love? Th ...more
Charity Tober
Feb 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
"Lady and the Tribe” by Brenda Billings Ridgley is an informative and self-help type book dealing with the importance of creating and maintaining your own “tribe” of relationships.

The book goes into what it means to have friends and also to be a friend. There have been many studies (which are mentioned here) about the positive and negative impacts of loneliness and how it affects a person’s mental wellbeing and also their physical wellbeing. A lonely, isolated person with no meaningful relations
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N Bookstagram
May 01, 2022 rated it liked it
Interesting take on friendship

I wouldn’t normally read this style of book at all but had seen it mentioned on social media and chose to read and review.

There are some interesting theories, and as certain characters and dynamics are discussed, you find yourself picturing people from your own life who fit those boxes.

A lot is common sense really, but it was still interesting to sit and contemplate. I would say it is very geared towards an American culture, and I can’t see some of the techniques wo
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