Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Taking Risks


I took the plunge. I had never met an online blog friend before in my life. For one, I am very private and wondered about exposing myself too much. Then, I had the feelings and doubts one would probably get on a blind date: what if they hate me? What if they find me ugly? What if we have nothing to talk about? What if they think I am the crazy dog lady? Will she be disappointed with the "real life" me?


Although I am becoming less adventurous with age, I have never been one to shy way from something I want to do because of fear. So, tonight my hubby and I went to dinner with Gigi from Gigi Hawaii and her husband David. A blog I have been following for a few months. I get to follow her beautiful grandchildren, amazing recipes, and of course the beautiful culture and views of Hawaii.


I really didn't know what to expect. I was nervous and anxious. We were running late because of work and a couple of accidents on the highway, but I am so glad I took the chance. Gigi and her husband were adorable and we had a wonderful meal. I guess one will never know what life will bring our way. I believe the most important is not to get too hung up on the destination, because the journey might just be filled with pleasant surprises.

** I apologize for the lack of posting and blog visits. Work has been VERY busy. Hopefully can get caught up over the weekend.

32 comments:

Adam said...

I never met up with a Blog friend before. I can imagine those feelings must be common for those who have.

Kalei's Best Friend said...

I love the expressions on your four legged friends... I understand your hesitancy about meeting online bloggers... and yes, its like a blind date... I could kick myself for not meeting up w/a fellow blogger a few years ago.. He was a great teacher and traveled from Utah thru California...and yes, 'was'... a loss to his students as well as future ones.. a great person who was selfless.

the only daughter said...

I have met four blog friends over the past 6 or so years of blogging. All turned out well and I count those folks among my good friends.

I hope to meet more.

I'm glad you took the plunge and it came out swell. :-)

Francie M said...

I swore I would never meet a fellow blogger. But when the opportunity came up I took it and I was so glad that I did. I feel as if it cemented our friendship. Congratulations, Ana!

gigihawaii said...

Aw, you are so sweet, Ana. I am glad I got the chance to meet you, because you are a fantastic artist and person. You and your husband make a fine couple.

Melissa said...

That's so great that you got to meet your blog friend and that it worked out so well.

I'm glad you stopped by my blog last month so now I get to see what you are up to. Love your art work. Your pups - love their expressions.

Hope work lets up a bit!

Riot Kitty said...

That's very cool! I am looking forward to meeting a blog friend later this month.

foxysue said...

Thanks for that, and your doggy pics...hugs x

Sara said...

Hello hello! I am glad you took the risk to see an online friend, you keep telling you are very shy and yet you keep taking risks and do better everytime and with new challenges. I am so so glad for you and very happy that you met such a wonderful person!

beedoo747 said...

I found your blog via Gigi's blog. :)

Good on you for stepping out of your comfort zone. Looks like you all had a lovely time! I enjoy your blog.

Arkansas Patti said...

So happy that you had such a successful meet and greet. Meeting a blog buddy is almost like a reunion-- you all ready know a lot about each other.
I have only met one so far and found he and his wife to be delightful and even more fun in person.

Lois said...

I too met some fellow bloggers this summer and it was wonderful! Someday I will come to Florida and meet you!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I have met a few bloggin' buddies and I always enjoy it. You can usually get a sense of how people are from their blogs so I have never been too worried about meeting people. I'm glad your meetup was fun too!

Jess said...

It must have been so nerve wracking to meet someone for the first time, but so lovely that you all have such a great time together!
I was happy to hear you know Oxford and studied there, it's a beautiful city isn't it? You mentioned the beer drinking, did you visit the pub called The Turf Tavern? It was down a tiny alleyway which opened up to a wonderful place to eat - and drink! Probably one of the best pubs in Oxford.xx

Sherri B. said...

How wonderful that you took this chance...I would've been nervous, too. But it sounds like it turned out beautifully! :)

Jeanie said...

I have yet to meet a blog buddy who isn't the authentic person they are on the blog. And I've met a lot of them. I find them to be the friends I hadn't yet met and they remain the friends I have.

I'm glad you stepped out of that zone and met Gigi -- I hope she is the first of many!

AntiquityTravelers said...

what a happy thing! I've met a few boggy friends now, and you do always wonder if the 'virtual you' v the 'real you' will match up to them? and vise versa! luckily for me it has been the case.

LAUGH AN said...

Hey you don't think too much let See if hat work With that person personally I have made that in 2011 in Germany with a friend of Indonesia I got her in my Facebook and I decide to travel to know her in real... That was short but fantastic I keep in touch with her but I can't wait to see her again :-)

I have trustful friends like you fearing to meet people but I love descrete people they have cool inner qualities

(...by the way I reflect to travel in us lol...could I meet you :-) :-) :-) :-) joke :-) )

Beeing shy don't mean you are none!
Introvert people attract me lol weird isn't it? Shy friends told me that in could understand them I hope you can me such cool dude :-)

Thks to comment my blogs:-)

LAUGH AN said...

Surprise to you there

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Kyra Wilson said...

I'm so glad you met them and it was good! :) I've met a couple in real life, and I've not been disappointed!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's such fun to meet a blog buddy! I'm glad you had a nice time together. Blogging will be more special now! Hugs!

Magic Love Crow said...

Excellent! So happy for you! I would love to meet some of my bloggy friends ;o) Big Hugs ;o)

Magic Love Crow said...

Your dogs are so cute!!!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I used to feel the same way, Ana, but over the years, I've discovered that you can learn a lot about people from what they write and share. So there are some people I'd love to meet because I've grown so very fond of them over time. I did get a chance to meet a blogging friend last summer, and she was as wonderful in person as she was on her blog. I hope another opportunity arises at some point with someone else - maybe even you! It will be fun!

Meera Rao said...

Just caught up with your blog as past couple months have been hectic and not enough time for my fav activity- Great posts all. I especially love your hummingbirds!

Jenny said...

How wonderful and exciting Ana... so glad you went along... and that it was fabulous... and yes the journey is what it is all about... love your pics too...

Jenny ♥

Magia da Inês said...

Passei para conhecer o seu blog.
Amei as pinturas.
É sempre bom conhecer novos amigos.


✿·.¸.•
♪✿°•.¸ Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos do Brasil.♪✿°

tinajo said...

Great for you, always nice to find a new friend! :-)

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CraveCute said...

I am not a risk taker at all! Glad you had a great visit and made new friends!

Diane said...

I've met several bloggy and FB friends and have never once been disappointed! Glad you had a good experience!

Palomasea said...

That is so wonderful, Ana! I'm glad for you both! I would love to meet many of my blog friends...a dream... :)
I've only met one, and she is as delightful in "real" life as I had imagined...
Blessings,
- Irina

Almost Precious said...

I can well understand your first pangs of uncertainty about meeting an online friend. We worry that maybe in a face to face situation we would find we're not quite what each thought the other would be like.
I'm glad your meeting was so positive and that a new and deeper friendship was forged. :)