If you had told me a few years ago that some of my closest friends would be people that I had met once, twice or even never, I would have laughed in your face. Me? One of those who chats online with perfect strangers? Nah! I even scoffed at people who met partners via the internet – how could it ever be real? Just a bunch of saddos who need to get out more. Right?
Well, this weekend saw me travel into London to spend the day with perfect strangers and what’s more, I had the BEST time! I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years now and in that time have met some incredible people – online! I’ve been lucky enough to meet many of them already but this weekend saw me meeting some for the very first time and it was great. Likeminded souls coming together to eat, drink and be merry (oh and learn a little bit too).
I’d been looking forward to going for ages now and as the event drew nearer I couldn’t wait to see everyone. I packed my bag about a week before as I was so excited (and a bit of an organisation freak) and had my outfit planned out well in advance. I was so excited that on the day I actually woke up 2 hours early (4.30am bleugh) just to be sure my alarm was properly set!
I met Sian at the station bright and early and together we headed into London to meet up with a few others before heading to the event. I planned to vlog as much as I could throughout the day and take a million photos but in all honestly I was just too busy enjoying the moment. Plus I was dead on my feet by about 10am!
I did manage to take a few selfies with people when I remembered. I wish I had managed to take more but I did spend plenty of time sitting and chatting with just the most incredible people. I did go to a couple of sessions and will probably summarise them over on Live. Love. Blog in the coming weeks, but for me the day was about seeing friends, real friends. There were people I missed of course and I am sorry if I didn’t find you to say hi – next time! 🙂
Two years ago I never knew that friendships could be made via the magic of the internet but they most certainly can. Growing up I never felt part of a group, always feeling a little on the outside of it all, but finally I have found my place – I finally belong.
I want to say a huge thank you to Litecup for sponsoring me to go to Britmums and it was lovely to meet the lovely Helen on the day too. You may have seen me sipping away on my own cup – a godsend as the venue was about 300 degrees too hot for me and bumpy!
If you are wondering whether you should go to an event or meet up with friends you’ve made online then do it! I am telling you now, meeting those people in real life is just the best feeling in the world.