C21-12 Heather Dugan & The Friendship Upgrade.

Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Heather Dugan, on air from March 23rd

Heather Dugan, author of The Friendship Upgrade: Trade Clickable Connections for Friendships that Matter.  We’ve grown disconnected. Many of us live amidst strangers as we tally up Facebook friends-the new collectable you don’t have to dust and settle for “Soon!” It’s often easier for an adult woman to find an online date than a real-life friend in her own neighbourhood.  The Friendship Upgrade illuminates the growing issue of personal isolation and equips women to exchange clickable connections for real-time, face-to-face friendships. Through the deeply personal stories of real women, it examines our varied routes to isolation–divorce, an emptied nest, increased mobility–as well as the impact of technology, over-efficient living, and the patterned choices that can root us in chronic loneliness.  More importantly, this book provides both a roadmap to creating anchoring connections and a model for building community with the disconnected “you go first” women around us who are silently hoping for the same outstretched hand.

Women need friendship. Not in an unhealthy, life preserver sort of way but in the organically good capacity of illuminating grow lights. In the right light, solid female friendships counter-balance the uneven weight of major life transitions and help us to be our best selves often, better people than we dreamed we might be. 

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Award-winning author, Heather Dugan, is the founder of Cabernet Coaches®, an “all ages, all stages” group for women that fosters self-betterment through face-to-face friendships and social connection. Her 2015 book, Date Like a Grownup: Anecdotes, Admissions of Guilt & Advice Between Friends, was a finalist (self-help/relationships) in the USA Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and she speaks on topics pertaining to dating, relationships, social connection, and effective interpersonal communication. She has also worked as a professional voiceover talent for more than twenty-five years. 

An Indiana University alumna, Heather resides in Columbus, Ohio, but is an avid traveller and outdoor enthusiast who keeps hiking poles and her passport within easy reach. The proud mom of three adult children, she blogs about relationships, transitions, and better living at Tips from the Tightrope on her author website.




TWITTER: @Heatherdugan


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