Online to IRL connections- My meetup in SF!

Awhile ago in this blog post STTA: The truth about social media, I mentioned that despite the pitfalls of social media, connecting through the internet has been a great/easy way for me to keep in touch with people who are interested in doing so. It also gives me the opportunity to connect with people who I otherwise would not have met.

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SF meetup at The Mill, February 2017

If you follow me on instagram you might have seen that I mentioned I was hosting a meetup while I’m here in SF. It was rainy and cold, not to mention a weekend when everyone wants to just relax, but a handful of people who have found me through my social media came out. 6 actually. It was a perfect number. Not too small for it to be awkward or uninteresting, not too big for it to be overwhelming.

On the way there, I was admittedly grumpy. So tired. Cold. Hungry. But seeing these people show up meant the WORLD to me. I immediately felt like I was injected with a dose of energy. To have a glimpse of someone’s personality and story on social media vs actually hearing from them in person is quite different. It was really amazing how people from all different walks of life could still connect on very human topics. We talked about what we’re excited about, what we’re learning, what we’re struggling with. I’m so honored that people made the time to come out (and saw meeting me as incentive enough) and was so pleasantly surprised by how open people were with me/each other.

We all have a lot more in common than we think don’t we? I’ve found that we’re not alone in many of the things we’re going through. I remember being terrified of going to social gatherings/events and over time, talking to and meeting strangers) has become something that I love to do and I can’t wait to do more of this online but also and especially in person, in business and life.

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Meetup in San Jose August 2016

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Meetup in San Francisco August 2016

Don’t be a stranger, please say hello whether it’s via Youtube, Instagram or email!

Each time I meet someone new, I’m empowered/motivated to keep writing, keep thinking, keep sharing. Thank you for connecting with me.

Did you do anything interesting this weekend? When’s the last time you did something for the first time?

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