I’m really glad you are here and am excited to share what this website is all about!
Casual to Close is an online resource and community for anyone who has questions about the important relationships in their life, especially when it comes to friendships, romantic relationships, and parenting.
Regardless of our life stage, a common goal is often to better understand our relationships and to feel closer to the people around us. This isn’t surprising since the desire to feel connected to and appreciated by others and is a fundamental human need. Relationships are also hugely central to our well-being, self-esteem, and identity.
That being said, as important as relationships are, they are also hard work. Relationships are tricky. They take time, patience, and energy. Anyone who tells you differently is lying. At one point or another, we are all faced with questions about the best way to handle the challenges or conflicts that come up with our friends, partners, children, and family members.
How do I make new friends? What should I do if I am worried about someone important to me? Am I being too picky when it comes to dating? What do I do if my friends don’t get along with my partner? Am I doing a good job as a parent?
Over time, it became clear to me that there was a disconnect between what we know from research about managing these difficult situations and the information that most people have access to.
Casual to Close was created to bridge this gap. This goal of this website is to answer the questions that we all have about our relationships by drawing on research-based information and clinical recommendations and presenting it in a way that is relatable, easy to understand, and fits with your life.
WHAT IS “RESEARCH-BASED” INFORMATION?
Our relationships are important. That’s why when we have questions or aren’t sure what to do, it is just too risky to try something out because it sounds like it will work. Instead, we want to be confident that the information and advice we are getting is based on science and actually works.
Each post on Casual to Close incorporates ideas, recommendations, and advice based on research. What this typically means is that the information discussed is true for most people or most of the time. It doesn’t mean that it is foolproof, but rather that this is the best information or understanding we currently have. That being said, I want to encourage you to consider your own unique situation. You know yourself and your relationships best. If some of the suggestions discussed on this website do not seem realistic or relevant, that is absolutely okay!
Ultimately, my hope for Casual to Close is that each post you read will remind you of something either you or someone you know has gone through. That the questions and situations we discuss are relevant and that the information and ideas provided are things you will actually use in your real life and real relationships.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT MORE OF?
Stay tuned because there are lots of exciting things in the works! You can definitely expect more posts on friendships, romantic relationships, including dating and marriage, and parenting. Because the goal of this blog is to make sure that the information provided is not only relevant, but comprehensive and well-researched, the plan is to post several times a month, as opposed to daily or weekly.
You can also leave a comment if there is something you’d like to hear more about. After all, this is a blog about relationships and I look forward to building my relationship with my readers – you!