The Women Who Meet in the Middle

“I’d start walking your way. You’d start walking mine. We’d meet in the middle. Underneath that old Georgia pine. We’d gain a lot of ground cause we’d both give a little. And there ain’t no road too long when you meet in the middle.” ~Diamond Rio

This past Saturday, a group of women met in the middle.

The middle is a calm place, but includes chatter.

It’s in-between our houses, but we bring a lot of our homes with us.

It exists in the middle of the restaurant, but we really sit in the middle of our lives sharing the middle of our hearts.

It was the quasi-annual(?) Blogger Meetup; only the second one we’ve ever held. (The third is scheduled for August 17th and I’m sure a fourth will be in the works soon after.)

There were six of us who attended and a few we carried with us. We picked up right where we left off the last time sharing stories, words of wisdom and lessons learned. My 27th birthday is in a couple of months and I can’t help but view this year as a turning of the page for me. All my childhood visions of bells, white picket fences and little ones running around now seem much different from just a twinkle in the eye. They are real and tangible and things that could probably happen in the next five years or so not just something that might happen “one day.”

It’s scary and weird and strangely exciting, but these women all make me so much more calm and eager to embrace this part of womanhood and life. I learn more from them each time I’m around them and I’m so grateful that we all originally connected in the middle of the internet.

Here are some updates on everyone :)

  • Melanie from Now a Queen who taught me about instagram last time (I’m now on it.. find me… crossroadsheart !) is pregnant with her second child :) She looked so cute with her little bump and her attire of spring colors. I definitely hope I can rock the bump like her some day.
  • Krystle from Life Revolves Around Them taught me about SOLs. It took a couple of times of her using this acronym for me to realize that she was, in fact, not actually saying Shii out of Luck lol. Instead, it stands for Standards of Learning, which are required tests for Virginia students. Her kids are going through them now and I was impressed by Krystle’s grace and confidence when dealing with her children’s (ahem) “thoughts” on the assessments.
  • Abbey from Makings of a Mess (who yay I got to talk to more this time!) told a hilarious tale of grocery stores and patterns in her life. Trust me, it was hilarious. It reminded me to stay observant of obscure repeatable things because they will most likely make people laugh ;)
  • Mia from Chronicles of Chaos looked fabulous and, as always, was cool, calm and collected despite playing mom to two young boys and dealing with her husband’s crazy work schedule. I hope I can juggle it all like you one day, girl :)
  • Gayle from A Gayle Force joined us for this meet up for the first time but she met most of us before! Her and I went on a blogging date a couple of months ago and I got to hear all about her boyfriend E and pretty much her entire life haha. She reminds me of my sister in that it is super cool to still love the obsessions from our youth (including Hanson.) She also looked adorable in polka dots :)

And now on to pictures! Which one was taken by a self timer??! ;)

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Krystle, Melanie, Mia

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Me & Gayle!

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Abbey & Gayle!

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Me, Mia, Gayle, Krystle, Melanie, Abbey

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Same as above… but different… ;)

What 8 Women Taught Me

If you didn’t see my million exclamation points in last Friday’s post, I will now inform you that I met 8 other female bloggers IN REAL LIFE this past weekend at a P.F. Chang’s in the middle of nowhere.

I’m just kidding… we were in Woodbridge, VA (basically middle of nowhere) ;) Joking, joking…

And even though he-who-will-not-be-named was “terrified” that I might get mugged and insisted on alerting him when I arrived, I made it quite safe and sound to the place and back and had THE BEST TIME MEETING THESE WOMEN.

Because my blog is Crossroads of the Heart, not Foot, and I’m sentimental in nearly everything I write, I would like to share with you what these women taught me.. even in the short bit of time that I’ve known them.

  • Melanie (artist, photographer and graphic designer sent from the heavens) reminded me that even if you’re having a hair day-crisis and your shoes look off (according to your husband of course), ladies on instagram will still love you.
  • Krystle (who I probably talked to the most) gave me courage that you can find and marry the love of your life and raise three children.  It’s possible ladies!  And, she looked hot-dang-good in her pre-pregnancy jeans.. I don’t care if there was a couple month(s) delay in putting them on.
  • Sarah (fashionably delayed – because one who is fashionable is never late – mama) shared the most heart-warming tale of her family and birth (even though I cringed a few times because I’m horribly squeamish) of her daughter.  I really hope that she shares her story with all of you.  Courage, mama!
  • Erica (driver of the year award!) reminded me that even if there are some hiccups in your blogging career, you can be successful through dedication and willpower.  She blogged that night and during the superbowl!  You go girl! Oh, and how do you get red wine out of carpet, again? haha ;)
  • April (was nervous to show up but rocked the table) informed me that the most important thing about food-blogging are the pictures.  (Thank god I don’t talk about food because we all know my photography skills suck).  Also, it’s important for significant others to read your blog (yes ma’am)! Read up, men.
  • Lindsay (lady in pink) had the most adorable southern accent and told stories of her husband, dog and pregnancy so flawlessly I feel like I live with her.  You can just tell she has the most amazing marriage and family life. xoxo
  • Abbey (I sat the furthest away from her, boo), as the youngest of the group, was so cute with her nose ring, glasses and scarf.  Adorable.  There was one point where she said “I’m in a good place right now” and my heart just melted with respect for her as a woman and blogger.  Keep going, girl.
  • Mia (saved this awesome chick for last) helped organize this whole dang thing!  Her blog has the word chaos in it, but this woman is so laid-back and lovely.  She has the kindest heart and it was so heartwarming of her to get us all together.  I know I haven’t responded to your email yet (ugh, I suck), but I am SO IN for another meet-up in August.  xoxo

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back left to right ~ Krystle, April, Erica, Lindsay, Mia and Abbey
front left to right ~ Sarah, Melanie and Me!
*What have women in your life taught you?