TGIF: Taking Online Friendships Offline
Sometimes I feel awestruck about the fact that I’ve developed so many wonderful friendships and relationships with people whom I first met online. I have friends I met on Twitter, a few I met through Instagram and so many more because of this blog.
Three times this week, I’ve realized how strong the connections we make with people online can really be. First, after reading each other’s blogs for a good year or so now, Sara and I finally met and had dinner on my last night in Toronto. I was going to say “we talked like old friends,” but she took the words out of my mouth in her post about our meet-up. I am so glad we met, and hope we can do it again when she’s here this summer or whenever I’m out there next.
On Tuesday night, my friend Shannon messaged me and asked if we could chat. She and I also connected because of my blog and her company’s blog, but then met when I went to San Francisco (where she lives) last summer and were immediately attached at the hip. It’s not often you find someone you can say anything to and trust that you won’t be judged, but I feel fortunate I can say Shannon is one of those people for me. We Awesometalk‘d for 2+ hours, and only said goodnight because I was on a writing deadline.
Finally, I checked my mailbox earlier this week and found what might be the coolest thing I’ve ever received: an invitation to Clare’s wedding. Clare and I first connected because of our blogs and the topic of personal finance, but our friendship grew as we both stopped drinking and shared the discoveries of what life was like without booze. She’s been a virtual shoulder for me to cry on and a voice of encouragement when I needed an extra push. We have yet to meet in-person, but it looks like I’m going to Denver in October. <3
The low of my week was finally admitting to myself that my anemia has come back and is kicking my butt. I’ve been so exhausted/lethargic, out of breath at the gym, unable to focus on tasks and dizzy… I did the lower eyelid check: white as a ghost. So, after a couple years of being fine, I’m back on iron supplements.
The high of my week is going to sound strange: it was having the courage to write and send some important emails. I sent one to a blogger I’ve been following for months, another was about some writing I’ve been doing on the side, and then I wrote and submitted an application to join Financial Literacy Leader Jane Rooney’s National Steering Committee on Financial Literacy. Long shot? Meh! I’m happy I did it.
A blog post I loved was Bring It On 30 by my friend – and the birthday girl – Cassie. My favourite of the 30 things she’s learned in the last decade: Consider the source of your knowledge. It takes less effort to read something that is in line with your current beliefs, but it doesn’t help you develop intellectually as a person. Question assumptions. Especially your own.
The best money I spent was $30 on a 1-hour appointment with my massage therapist. My insurance will no longer cover it post-accident, but that’s not going to stop me from going once/month to get all the little kinks worked out. TG I have benefits now, though, or it would’ve been $100.
My plans this weekend include going to the Richmond Night Market with my friend Kasey tonight (weather permitting), having brunch with Krystal tomorrow, maybe trying to squeeze in a short hike and then packing for yet another trip home. I can’t believe Baby Bro graduates next week!
How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?