Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Enter at Your Own Risk - Blog Friend Love Fest

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Blogging has been a part of my life since 2010. I don’t know if it is lame to say that a day doesn’t go by that I don’t check on my blog. It has become this part of me and often I wish I knew about it way before. It continues to amaze me because of the connections I have made with women that I never would have known existed had it not been for this blog.

Sometimes I’m surprised with how alike so many of us are and how different, but then you just know that if you could meet this person it would be like meeting a long, lost sister. Yeah, I know, dramatic but sometimes I have to be in order to get my point across.

Then I began to think of qualities some of these women have that make me wish I could bottle them up and create one friend who lived right down the street. Instead they are scattered all over and I feel blessed that I get to follow their journeys as if I’m just down the street.

When I first started following Katie I felt this instant connection. It's like meeting yourself in another person. We both were married in 2009, have a love of fashion and often something she writes I know that I would completely write. If it weren't for distance I know that we would be sipping on wine and watching trashy reality shows together. Also, some of her stories of Derek, her husband, make me laugh out loud because Sean is the same way!

And you get to "meet" people like Meg and Katie and their Faith makes you want to sit and talk with them. You want to get just a bit more because not everyone has Faith. And you know that if they were in your life it would be incredible to just listen and learn. And maybe, just maybe, you could bottle some of their Faith too.

And then there are sunshine people like Emily and you know that the world is a beautiful place. You just feel it when you read her blog. Plus she has incredible style. The way she can put together an outfit is ... right, I can't even explain. I mean, she would be the best shopping partner I could imagine.

And then you realize when you "meet" someone like Kathy that you desire to be organized, creative and a DIY queen. You wonder, how in the world do you do this stuff and then you think to yourself, if only I could have half of her talent.

And I've "met" mothers like Nancy, Brittany, Emily, Toi, Ruthy Ann and Desiree and you think to yourself, wow! These are some lucky kids. These are kids who are so completely loved and their mothers make me want to be an amazing mother in the future. Not everyone can be a mother but these women make it look so easy because loving their children and their families is not hard for them.

And then you meet women like Whitney and Desi who can cook up a storm. Each time you visit their blogs you are fighting the incredible urge to jump through their screens and eat your heart out. I can imagine being able to hang with them and eat their delicious meals and not worry about gaining an ounce. They encourage you to get into the kitchen and try your hand at cooking meals you never thought you would try.

And then you meet a person like Kirsten and you can't get over how adorable she is. She is young but so mature for her age. And when I received my camera and could not figure it out she emailed back and forth with me until I figured it out. She even got her husband on google to get some information for me. How can you doubt the good in people when someone you don't know goes out of their way to help you?

And Cece, I've followed since I started. She has encouraged me and we have a mutual love for quesadillas. I can picture that if we ever met we would head to a restaurant that serves quesadillas and garlic bread covered in cheese. And we'll laugh and take pictures of each other because finally, we are with someone who likes to take pictures more than the other person. I picture it will be somewhere warm since Cece hates the cold and I'll be sweating because I don't like it too warm but it would be just the way I imagined.

And you meet other women like Kristen, Caroyln, Lori and Nicole and the things you have in common are way too much to ignore. It's like, wait? Are you me? How can we have so much in common? It's freaky but then it reminds you just why you love this thing called blogging. Being blessed to have "met" them makes it worthwhile.

Have you ever wanted to go on a double date with someone and their husband that you've never met? Well I have. Pegster and her hubby know how to have a great time together even with two baby boys. And that gives me hope because it's exactly how I want Sean and I to be. To be able to love on our future children but then still love on each other. So yeah, I want to go on a double date with them that way they can teach me their ways.

And there are some people who souls just make you want to be a better person. That's how I feel when I read Adrienne, Maria, Kasey and Jasmine's blogs. Maybe it's the thoughtful comments they leave on my blog that leave me feeling this way but they shine and not everyone can do that via the Internet.

And there are women like Nellie, Kimberly, Amber and Tenecia who push you to be a healthier you. Who encourage you to step away from the donut and to spend a few more hours exercising and eating better.

And there are women like Nikki and Law Fal who have this ability to get right back up. To not let situations bring them down and it completely gives you that extra push to keep going no matter what. No matter how many situations will try to make you feel less than.

This post can go on and on but I will stop here. The point of this post was to let y'all know just how much blogging has impacted me. The thing is that if you don't blog you wouldn't really understand and just think, woah, a whole post dedicated to this? But I've learned so much from so many of you. I know that I will continue to learn so much from each of you and that makes this, sharing our lives, so worth it.

44 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Love this post Faith, it's always a good idea to pay tribute to those who have made your time on Blogger so enjoyable. I originally thought when I started reading this that this was a leaving speech which was worrying though, I never want to see you leaving this great documentation of you and Sean's wonderful life.

Nancy said...

I'm post hormonal time, but this post made me tear up!!
I tend to gravitate towards the blogs that I feel are real life and not just a fancy blog...yours is my most favorite because you keep it real. I love looking at your love for your hubby & family & I HOPE & WISH one day I can meet you & hug you because you are one of my favorite people!

Kathy C. said...

Aww...we love you too Faith! You're such an inspiration to us all as well. Thank for the sweet post...and linking me up with some amazing bloggers I can't wait to follow as well!! :)

Mrs JK said...

This is such a cute post!!! I wish I'd discovered blogging sooner as well...but better late than never! And I absolutely love following along your journey, but you already know that ;).

Angela said...

They say 'friends, family and all the people you meet in life make you who you are!' I think we should add 'Blogs we follow' to this list!
Beautiful post Faith - I love reading how much you love your Hubby and how much fun you have together as I can relate it a lot to my relationship too :D xx

AV5848 said...

What a cute post. You are genuinely such a sweet person. And to take the time out and show others how important they are to you, that's wonderful.

lori said...

aw i love this post, thank you for mentioning me!! and i agree, we do have so much in common- i love it! i never anticipated the connections and friendships i would have through blogging and i have enjoyed getting to know you SO much!

Kirsten Wiemer said...

faith, you are the best.
first of all you just introduced me to a million good blogs.
second of all, you are the best example. i think if this was done about you it would say something like this:
And then there is faith, she is so happy, beautiful, and bright. an all encompassing person. she knows how to have fun, make people feel good and happy, she can make you laugh, she is a real girl, and she has faith.
you always are to kind to me faith.
i hope that you and sean decide to book a trip out to SF so that we can hang out!

K

Desiree Macke said...

Looks like I have some new blogs to explore. Thanks for sharing!

Kish said...

I just want to say that I love,love,love your blog.

Christelle said...

Such a touching post, Faith. I agree with what many have said above. I haven't been blogging long but you were one of the first to welcome me into the group, and are always kind. It's so fun and exciting to make friends and connections with people from all over!

Such a cute picture of you and Sean!

Cece said...

kinda teared me up a little reading this! I love blogging too so much and I love all of these amazing women I've met through it including you! Quesadilla's and garlic cheesy bread is all we need! Who needs you know...an actual entree. And our cameras. Hanging out with bloggers would be awesome 'cause no one would look at you funny for taking pics and we would actually be in a bunch of pictures. I would love to meet you. Not ruling out the possibility that some day it could happen.

Kay @ Slightly 0bsessed said...

LOVE this post Faith! I can totally see how you've created such strong relationships with people through blogging. You have such a fun-loving and warm personality and it definitely comes through in your blog - that's why I think people are so drawn to you!

Katie said...

Awwww you just made my day! I agree, instant connection!! I feel the exact same way! Not to mention I love all of your outfits haha.

Richelle Lynn Garn said...

I completely agree. The blogging world has some amazing women in it. Everyone is so kind and supportive. Thanks Faith for the new blogs to discover.

Ashley R said...

This is so nice. You are lucky to have all of those girls! <3 What a sweet post!

Adrienne said...

You are amazing!!!

I hope you know that ;)

I am so glad we are here together vs PW! I have missed you and I love getting a dip into your real life, post wedding :)

What a wonderful post full of a ton of inspiring women!!!!

XOXOXOXOXOXOXO!

ruthy ann said...

Oh faith... I'm so humbled by what you said. So many blogs have come and gone on my reader but as long as you're blogging I'll be a loyal reader!!

Carolyn said...

I love this!! :) And I love you too!!!

Tenecia said...

Aww!!! I love you right back!!

T.

The Mrs./The Mom said...

I know how you feel! I def can relate about bloggers!

Meg {henninglove} said...

Faith, you are awesome girl, you are beautiful, you are kind, caring, love your man deeply and i love your blog, i wish we could meet in real life sometime, i know we would have the greatest time!

Brittany Kyte said...

I just love blogging for that very reason! I haven't been blogging very long, but I LOVE the connections that I have been able to make with women I would have otherwise never met! Such a beautiful thing!

Whitney Cypert said...

I love this post! And I am excited to "meet" some of these other girls that I don't follow yet!

Katie said...

i loved this post faith! and am so thankful to have "met" you. I had no idea that you could make real friends in the blogging world. sure wish we lived closer!

Pegster said...

Awwww Faith, this was the sweetest post ever. Thank you so much for putting me on your list of bloggers. You seriously are one of my favorites and I know we'll meet one day.

I feel the same way about blogging, didn't know it would be so much and that I would meet such cool people.

I have officially made it, Faith told me so :)

Emily Gilbert said...

You are so sweet and kind, thank you for the lovely words and link up <3

Yolanda B said...

Lovely pics...By the way I am hosting a MICHAEL KORS GIVEAWAY, xoxo

www.friendsarefashion.blogspot.com

What I Did Today said...

Love it! Now I've got a bunch of blogs to go check out! Fun!

Law_Fal said...

Awww, you literally have me tearing up at my desk. Thanks so much girlie. You have no idea how many days you have brought a smile to my face right when I need it! You are truly a special person & thank goodness for the blogosphere for helping me find you!

Marie Young said...

Great post! Isn't weird how you feel just as connected with your blogger friends as you do with friends you've made in person?!?!?

Www.goodlooknout.com

Kristen said...

So much love in this post. I've seen other blogs do this and I was thinking about doing something similar, so this is too funny you did this! lol In all seriousness, you are definitely one of my favorite bloggers as well bestie. ;)

Chrissy + Nate said...

It is amazing the relationships that are made simply through words and pictures on a screen :) How neat!

toi said...

Oh Faith, this is so nice of you. You make me wanna cry.

I am happy to meet so many lovely ladies who I relate to even with all our differences.

i love this community

toi said...

also I love you and your smile brings a smile of my face always :)

Caitlin C. said...

Some of the best friendships Ive made have been through blogging! I LOVE this post because you celebrate those friendships and the people that make you happy in the blogworld. Thanks for introducing me to some new bloggers, as well! :D

Maria said...

Faith, you are so sweet and thoughtful. I love your blog and am so glad to have come across it. You are such a happy, vibrant, fun-loving person and you always make me smile!
Thank you so much for your kind words!!!!
Sending love xoxo
Maria

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Awww such a nice gesture!! There are some awesome women in blogland!!

Jasmine Hellogmsunshine said...

Gosh! What a difference a week makes! I have missed so much! and definitely I love ya right on back!

You and Sean definitely seem like a great couple. I could only hope that our paths cross in real life one day.

Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama said...

confession time: I read this days ago and I was on my phone and I didn't want to rush the comment because I was about to get off the bus. Finally now that I have sometime, I just want to say thank you for 3 things:

1) For the mention, I try to inspire everyday and to know that it has an effect on one person is good enough for me

2) This post: So many new people to follow, this blogworld is GINORMOUS

3) For being you. You are one of the first blogs I started communicating with when I started blogging and it has been the most consistent and fun relationship of all. I adore you and your blog so much!

Thank you.

Elle to Elle said...

This is such an awesome post! You and your blog [writing] inspire me so much. You are one of my favorite blogs. I just love your refreshing and vulnerable yet positive honesty. I overthink my blogging a lot but since I really do enjoy the connections I have made, I pray that I can be more at ease sharing who I really am behind this screen.
I'm so glad to have connected with you via blogland, you are truly a bright spot in my blogging life.
Love and blessings.

Brittany said...

How am I just now seeing this?! Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my "mommahood"...I have no doubt that you, pretty lady, are gonna be one amazing momma when it comes your time! There are so many incredible people in blogland and as sappy as it sounds, I'm beyond grateful that I found you (or the other way around...who remembers). You are such a beautiful soul and as long as you're blogging, I'll be stalking :)

Kasey Lynne said...

WOW. WOW. WOW.
You have just made my heart so happy girl..you don't even know! YOU are beautiful, YOU have a beautiful soul, YOU are a joy to know in this wonderful blog world and I hope one day that we will get to meet in person!!

Desi said...

OMG tear!!!! You are so sweet for the shout-out and I'm glad my food obsessed blog can bring you happiness! Thanks so much for being a loyal reader!! I look forward to catching up on your blog too.... you always make me smile! That big bright smile of yours and your endless positivity... how can someone NOT love stopping by your blog?!? :) Seriously I am honored that you mentioned me in this post. Seriously made my day! Now I have some other blogs to go check out too :)