Convoluted thoughts about bolting.
“It could be a trap! A group massacre – like that couple on craigslist!”
Double slap to the face *Home Alone after-shave-scene style*
At some point as a blogger you will need to slip on your big girl heels and walk the talk – meaning – step out of your virtual world and into the world of friendly, sociable réseautage (networking). It’s not as intimidating as it sounds, as the result you get is making connections with other babes (& dudes) who are fanatical about the same weird things online as you are!
Needless to say, it can be gnaw-every-nail kinda nerve-wracking – especially when you think of the walk-in moment. I have actual panic attacks imagining the walk in. The close second is suddenly finding yourself alone, with no one to talk to pretending to look busy. Ugh, #girlproblems.
|Image by Katerina Darling|
Created by Madi, Lizzy & Laura – who are three of the loveliest girls I’ve met – the brunch is an informal monthly meet up for bloggers to make new friends, drink coffee, chow down and swap blog tips & tricks.
As I entered the cafe – which instantly made me feel at home with it’s country/panama feel to it – all three girls gave me a warm greeting without hesitation. I found a spot, nestled in and struck up a conversation with Kelsi who is the author of Katerina Darling.
As more and more people poured in, we found our place settings and began with a glass of champagne – naturally. The Christmas feast that followed was beyond words. The flavours, the freshness, the savoury & sweetness. As you can tell I’m not a food critic. But, if you want real wholesome food that most cafes don’t serve anymore, you need to eat at Chuffed – like last month. I’m talking borderline better-than-Christmas-Day kind of food.
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Muster that courage, grrrl. Mingle! How else are you gonna meet other like-minded bloggers? Compliment those whose blogs you read often, find out about others you’ve just met. Learn about someones life, goals & wishes, crack jokes, find common ground – maybe someone else has a french bakery obsession. Be interested and you will be interesting.
|Image from Brunch Club|
At the end of the day, you’ve gotta push yourself out of your comfort zone. Yes, the initial anxiousness you feel beforehand could very well be worse than a first date – this is where you have permission to down a shot of your favourite spirit for a little liquid courage – but, it really is worth your while. You’ll meet some amazing people with fresh, new and inspiring ideas like the ladies I met, and then you’ll wonder why you even had a panic attack in the first place.