Things You Learn from Strangers on the Internet

Last weekend, I ventured down to Woodbridge for the third Virginia Blogger Meet-up.  I wrote about my other two trips here and here.  The event’s name is really tough to comprehend and all ;), so, to fully explain, a Blogger Meet-up is when a number of Virginia women with blogs meet up to eat some yummy food and discuss all things womanly – from blogs to gossip to love to life.

It’s amazing how much we cover in a couple of hours.

Because here’s the thing about meeting people through the internet – you never know what to expect.    When I first decided to meet these women in person, I didn’t know whether to study Blogging 101 the night before, fake an extroverted alter ego or bring my can of mace.  Seriously, I thought about bringing mace.

The other option was to just be myself, but that terrified me even more.

To get right down to it, the most import and surprising thing I learned about strangers on the internet is that most of them actually want to be your friend.  Your real, true friend.  I know more about these women from our last three meet-ups (and endless hours of stalking them online) than I know about most acquaintances in my real life.  I’ve lived through the birth of Melanie’s son, Krystle’s Advocare journey, Abbey’s date night extravaganzas, Sarah’s amazing battle through life’s unexpected adventures, and the discovery of Gayle’s golden moments.  So many momentous occasions in such a short period of time.

And I didn’t even need the mace.

Here’s the full list of the amazing friends I met up with at this past meet-up.  Please check out these women’s blogs!  You never know what you’ll learn next. ;)

ps. I think I owe a few of you this link to the ten guys you meet through online dating…

This blog post might be all over the place.

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 Back (left to right):
Penny @ Real Housewife of Caroline County
Beth @ Arrow in the Eye
Krystle @ Life Revolves Around Them
me
Alix @ In a DC Minute
Front (left to right)
Abbey @ The Makings of a Mess
Sarah @ Growing, Laughing & Loving in Life
Melanie @ Now a Queen
Gayle @ A Gayle Force

June Link Love & Some Really Awesome Things!!

May I just tip my hat for a split second to say… I really named this post well.  Primarily that means that I really named these Link Love posts well because they all (like this one in February and this one in April) contain a lot of articles on love, which is always just happy and uplifting.  Right?!! :)

Without any further mumble and jumble from me, I’ll throw you right into my favorite posts I’ve read lately!  Here we go!

Please Don’t Let Me Disappear by Emily Freeman

*Sigh* … I swear it’s like every time I’m feeling a certain way, Emily just goes and writes about the dang thing.  This woman is either a mind reader or incredibly talented.  I’m betting on both.  A MUST READ for all women and any guys who are just curious what we think about … ;)

Bumpdate!!! @ Pursuit of Pink

I pretty much just tear bombed my way through Lindsay’s post on her upcoming last few weeks of pregnancy.  This woman is super strong and lately has been so transparent with her struggles with third-trimester pregnancy.  It’s such an inspiration for women like me who see myself going through something similar one day. Oh and her husband who sleeps on the floor to keep her company in the wee hours of the morning ?!! Amazing!

5 Ways to Be Happy in Love @ Chasing Happy

A great reminder over at Chasing Happy of ways to stay, you guessed it, HAPPY in love!  A very honest and sweet post.. just made me smile all the way through :)

Worth It All @ The Art of Non-Conformity

A thought-provoking post from Chris on how to decide if you should commit to something or not.  I loved this post because I am often times evaluating whether what I’m currently doing in my life is the right thing for me or not.  For a long time, I thought that I would one day go to business school for my MBA, but as the years passed by, I realized that even though my brain was saying “this is such a great idea!”, my gut was saying something different.  It’s through the same process that Chris talks about in this post that I finally realized “hey, business school just isn’t worth it to me” and I think that’s OK.

 

Go read all those posts!!!

Are you back from reading?

Ok, great.  I think I also promised you…

Some Really Awesome Things!

  • My family came to visit this past weekend and my dad and my brother’s friend (basically my brother) BUILT A WALL IN MY STUDIO CONDO.  And, people?!.. it looks fantastic!!  I could not have imagined anything better!  The before and after blog post will be up later this week!
  • My uncle is starting a BOAT BAR shop.  What is that?  It’s a bar in the shape of a boat!! And it’s really sweet!  Look at this picture…

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And now go to this site to learn more about boat bars!!