Tuesday, January 20, 2015

42. Meet Blog Friends in Real Life

It's two weeks into 2015 and I'm already crossing items off my 101 Goals in 1001 Days list! One of my favorite goals was #42, to meet blog friends in real life three times. I had lunch with Victoria last spring, met up with Liz + Abi for coffee in Tulsa a few months ago, and this weekend I got to hug two more sweet friends I met through the blogosphere. The internet is a funny place, my friends.

Rachel and Nicole are two sweet souls who knew each other from college and both offered to meet me in Wichita for lunch on Saturday. We have been looking forward to this rendezvous for weeks! After a little confusion over the location of said lunch (we arrived at an Italian cafe expecting Mexican food.. my bad, y'all), we spent the next two hours laughing and swapping stories, swooning over Anthropologie candles, sharing our hearts about the church and today's society, proving once again that the Lord works in mysterious ways to bring us just the people we need at just the right time.

I left lunch feeling so full --not only of the delicious spaghetti bolognese-- and refreshed after a meeting of kindred spirits. I thought my heart might burst! This is certainly not the last time I'll get to cozy up across the table from these two. Nicole is going to be one of my roommates for The Influence Conference next fall and Rachel will be there, too! There are so many sweet faces I've met through my computer screen that I cannot wait to connect with first at Hope Spoken in March then at Influence in September. 

As most of you know, I've been in a series of transitions over the past two years that keeps my community moving. Or should I say it keeps me moving from one community to another. I graduated from Baylor University in May of 2013 and flew across the country three weeks later to put roots down in Seattle, Washington. 

GO HAWKS, by the way! Had to throw that out there ;) 

After a year in the Pacific Northwest with some of the most incredible people I've ever met, I packed my bags and flew back down south to go to graduate school, leaving my new community behind. 

While everything else has been settling down and uprooting soon thereafter, the blogging and Instagram community have been two of the most life-giving places. These women have hearts as wide as the Texas sky and love the Lord so much, providing the encouragement and accountability I have needed as my local community continues to change. Never have I been more convinced that the Lord is using the internet to further His kingdom and tend to His people's hearts. 

Now I know there is plenty of negativity and competition out there, heartbreak pouring out of webpage after webpage. There is so much hate, but there is so much love to be found, too

That's what I hope you find here. 
Love, encouragement, acceptance, and friendship. 

Send me an e-mail, say hello, and if you're close let's grab coffee. We pour our hearts into our computers and blog posts, and I am pleased to say the real people I've met that live on the other side of those screens are ready and willing to connect on deep heart levels. Some of the most genuine friendships have sparked over a quick Facebook IM. Let's give it a go, shall we?

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