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There's a friendship crisis in America. Friendships are one of the key indicators of happiness...and we're lonelier than ever. A Circle is Round is all about adult friendship: how to make new friends, nurture the ones you have, and feel connected in this modern world. Hosted by Julia Toro and Steph Douglass, 2 women in their 30s who are searching for something more.

A Circle is Round Julia Toro

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There's a friendship crisis in America. Friendships are one of the key indicators of happiness...and we're lonelier than ever. A Circle is Round is all about adult friendship: how to make new friends, nurture the ones you have, and feel connected in this modern world. Hosted by Julia Toro and Steph Douglass, 2 women in their 30s who are searching for something more.

    Ep. 5 - Letting Go of Expectations

    Ep. 5 - Letting Go of Expectations

    What do you believe about yourself? Do you ask too many questions? Or not enough? Do you hate making eye contact? Do you skip to the good part when you watch porn? 

    Steph & Julia discuss mind management, how to get people to like you in a non-mind control way, how to be curious, and how to need less validation. 

    In this episode, we cover:


    Being alone with your thoughts
    The emotional rollercoaster of TikTok 
    How beliefs about ourselves affect our experiences
    How to be curious and let go of expectations

    • 32 min
    Ep. 4 - How to Keep it Fresh

    Ep. 4 - How to Keep it Fresh

    Do you ever wonder if you're interesting enough? Do you question whether you want kids and feel a certain type of way about it? Do you ever feel guilty about gossiping?

    Steph & Julia discuss how to not talk about the same things over and over, why we default to talking about other people, and how our individual experiences of everything are different!

    In this episode, we cover:


    Questioning becoming a parent
    Getting stuck in conversational patterns
    Conversational categories
    How to find your purpose in life
    Those trippy moments where you realize you're a human...

    • 29 min
    Ep. 3 - Friendship Requirements

    Ep. 3 - Friendship Requirements

    Do you feel like you can talk about anything with your best friends? Are you a people pleaser? Do you feel like it's your responsibility to make sure everyone's having fun? Do you feel comfy sharing your thoughts off the cuff, or does it feel like a freefall to you, like it does to us...?

    Steph & Julia discuss the art of good conversation, honesty, and personal growth as it applies to friends.

    In this episode, we cover:


    What's required to build deep friendships
    Why friend requirements change with age
    Why good conversation is currency
    How divorce can create people pleasers
    How to create social boundaries

    • 24 min
    Ep. 2 - Being a Little Messy

    Ep. 2 - Being a Little Messy

    Do you ever feel pressure to "perform" during friend hangs? Do you miss those high school or college days when you'd do everything with your friends or roommates? Are you judgmental towards other people — and do you struggle with social anxiety, too?

    Steph & Julia discuss how to intentionally create those bonding experiences with friends as working adults who live with their romantic partners and why it's important to show up, even if you're feeling a little messy.

    In this episode, we cover:


    Two key ingredients to friendship: Low Stakes Hangs & Forced, Repeat Exposure
    Why we might need to devalue our time a little for better connections
    Why we should all go to the DMV together
    Why you should never invite a new friend to a nice dinner
    How we became friends
    How brain health is related to friendship diversity!

    • 44 min
    Ep. 1 - Intentional Hangs

    Ep. 1 - Intentional Hangs

    Do you ever put new friends on a pedestal? Do you hold yourself to higher standards than you do your friends? Are you feeling dissatisfied with your current friendship situation?

    Julia & Steph share why they decided to start this podcast, share their own personal friendship situations, and discuss the best, healthiest way to think about friendships.

    In this episode, we talk about:


    The expectations we have for friends
    Why platonic friendship is so important
    Why we should ask more favors of others
    How to build community and feel rooted
    A quick detour into polygamy...

    • 23 min

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