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The Ikigai Project

How Transitions Impact Love + Friendship

Season 3, Ep. 3

In this episode we are stepping into the world of relationships - whether that's the partner we're with or friendships. We want to explore how significant transitions impact these relationships. We invited our close friend Diana Chung, who brings an insightful and candid perspective (check out Diana's original interview in S1, Ep2). So pour a glass of wine and listen in as we explore past heartbreak, how our upbringing impacts how we date, friendships changing in our 30s, and much more.

Reach out to Diana on Instagram at @dianachungcoachingco or on her website:


Time Stamps:

[2:25] Defining an important relationship

[6:09] The hard transition of a break-up & heartbreak

[17:01] Transitioning from dating to marriage & finding the right person

[31:17] Balancing individualism vs. needs of a relationship

[37:05] Navigating culture differences in relationships

[45:51] Transitions & friendships being tougher in your 30s

[56:13] How the quality of our relationships impacts our ikigai



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