I am going to start out by saying I’ve been abundantly fortunate when it comes to finding friends. It hasn’t always been this way for me though. I was made fun of, like lots of middle schoolers, and I struggled to find my place with the “popular” kids in high school. Even into adulthood, making friends wasn’t the easiest.
I held off on blogging because I was scared. I was scared of what my friends would think and what the blogging world would think. But most of all, I was worried about whether or not I’d be made fun of again, mean girl style. I started my blog and opened up to new friendships. I took a major leap of faith and just rolled with it. I talked to strangers, I approached people (when I was scared to talk to them) and I went to events…alone. And guess what? It worked out, it worked out very well.
Since starting my blog in January I’ve met some of the kindest, most supportive women. They are total rockstars. They’ve cheered me on, held my hand and guided me through this sometimes-confusing blogging world. To find my “tribe” I had to actually put myself out there. I’m so thankful for the friendships I’ve made with these amazing women. And I’m also thankful for the friends I’ve had since I was little, the friends I made in my teens and the friendships I’ve made into adulthood. They really don’t understand this blogging thing, but they’re there cheering me on anyway. I’ve made a conscious effort to surround myself with positive, encouraging people and it’s been life-changing. I know I can come to them for advice, encouragement or a reality check. And they know I’m here for them, too.
Over the past few months, I’ve often been asked how I found such a good group of friends. My response is always the same — I had to get over myself. I had to quit being uncomfortable, put myself out there and just be me.