Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lasting Impressions 27

This Lasting Impressions post comes by way of Becky from Love Everyday Life.

When Mandy asked me to do a lasting impressions guest post I started thinking of all the different friendships I could talk about. Some friends I’ve known since second grade, others I met in college, still others started as co-workers but have developed into more. I am extremely fortunate to be blessed with so many wonderful people in my life. But I kept being drawn back to my most recent friends – those of the blogging world.

I’m relatively new to blogging (not quite a year), and while I was excited to start a blog, it’s always a little nerve-wracking. Like the first day of school – you’re in a new place and you want to be yourself with all your might so you cross your fingers and hope people like you.

There are three women who I “met” in the blogging community early on, and while technically I’ve only known them for months, it feels like I’ve known them for years.

Jess – A hilarious mom who lives relatively close by, which was perfect for my first blogger meet-up. We talked for hours, she let me coo over her baby, and when I lost a friend unexpectedly a few weeks later she texted me and told me to come over and we could talk, not talk, whatever I needed. We started texting and emailing on a regular basis and my husband and I are even going to a barbeque she’s hosting over the 4th of July.

Lisa – Her blog was one of the first I started reading. She introduced me to goodreads and blackberry messaging, for which I will be forever grateful. We’ve bonded over books and shared daily struggles. We’ll check in with each other to see how the other is doing and if I’m making a big announcement on the blog she’s one of the people I tell first (before it’s posted) even though we’ve never met in real life.

Amber – My fellow redhead. I just want to hug this girl! At work the other day I found myself Google mapping parts of Canada (where she’s from), thinking about how fun it would be if we could both just fly and meet in the middle for regular lunch dates. (Seattle anyone?) Granted, we’d both have to have big disposable incomes, which I don’t see happening anytime soon, but a girl can dream, right?

I never dreamed I would create friendships like this – blogs force you to get to know the person’s writing voice – you learn things they may not tell people they work with, and you create a bond unlike any other.

These three women – they are my girls. They welcomed me into the blogging world with open arms and introduced me to other wonderful bloggers (like the author of this lovely blog).

They’ve made a lasting impression on a day-to-day basis, but more importantly, on my heart.