Reese Witherspoon on making the first friendship move, and how to move on

'What, Like It’s Hard?'
Reese Witherspoon
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On the latest episode of the We Can Do Hard Things with Glennon Doyle podcast, Reese Witherspoon joins Glennon Doyle and her wife and soccer star Abby Wambach to talk friendship, advice, Elle Woods and so much more.

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Up for discussion first is the topic of friendship, and more importantly, how to make the first move when it comes to female friendship, and how to move on from a friendship with kindness and clarity.

Recalling talking to her husband about something in Glennon’s book Love Warrior, “that really resonated” with her and “really changed the way I am friend, Reese expressed, “you describe telling your story to different people, and the different responses that they have, one is the fixer, one is the shover, one is the comparer, and it was like a lightbulb for me that, I can’t remember which one I used to be but I was definitely one of those people… but it really spoke to me… about actively listening as a friend, sitting in quiet, understanding, sitting next to someone, or hearing them, or really seeing them, its so much more valuable,” Reese continued. “ I just never saw anybody explain it that way, and it was just really a revelation.”

For Reese, she describes “friendship as a deposit and withdrawal system, you can’t take a withdrawal if you haven’t made a deposit.” And when it comes to those people who “just wanna withdrawal” sometimes its okay to reevaluate and make sure there is a balance. And if you realize that there isn’t its okay move on with kindness and clarity.

Other things the trio discussed include — advice Reese passes down to her kids about the three types of people you meet in life. As well as Reese’s Hollywood experience as a young woman – and the solidarity she found in the Time’s Up movement. Oh, and how Elle Woods, in all her iconic glory, hilariously showed up while Reese was doing IRL jury duty, plus much much more.

On We Can Do Hard Things, Glennon Doyle does the only thing they’ve found that has ever made life easier. Drop the fake and talk honestly about the hard. Each week they bring their hard to you and ask you to bring your hard to them, and we will do what we were all meant to do down here: Help each other carry the hard so we can all live a little bit lighter and braver, more free and less alone.

Listen to the full episode with Reese Witherspoon above.

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