Friends to dating transition
It was at her boss's wedding that Sophie Holland decided, with stone-cold certainty, that she wanted to be next down the aisle. Simon, one of her closest friends for the previous three years. We'd stayed overnight at his parents' house, and I woke up and thought, "I am going to ask him to marry me."' Until then Sophie, 40, had worked alongside Simon, 44, in a fabric shop in Soho, London.
In fact, if a girl wants to keep a guy in the "friend zone," she may actively avoid spending time with his friends and family, as well as keep him separate from her own social network.
I have always sensed some attraction on both of our ends at different times throughout our friendship, but neither of us have ever acted on it at all. Over the past couple of years, we’ve become really, really close, sharing stuff about our families, dating lives, professional lives and personal lives. Besides both of our reservations, which we discussed, there are other things at stake here: Our friendship (which is really important to me), our group of friends (we all know how quickly things could get awkward if something goes wrong), our professional connection (I take my career seriously and so does he), and my heart (which I don’t want broken … When we had finished the kiss/discussion of reservations, we both had no idea what to do next.