3.01.2013

{Love You: New Friends}


So today I wanted to share a personal love that I have been really proud of this year.  I love that I am putting myself out their.  I am terribly shy when it comes to friend making, but people who know me well are always shocked by this because once you get to know me I am pretty out going, chatty Cathy, love hanging out with people, etc.  But when it comes to putting myself out there I am just really shy. 

So this year I have made it a point when I meet someone I really click with to invite them to hang out.  Throwing all anxieties about being awkward, nerdy, random, uncool out the window, I have been trying to make friends with reckless abandon.  Well not that reckless...we all hopefully know we must choose our close friends wisely, as I do believe there is some truth to this notion of  "being the company that we keep."  So this year, especially, I have really been challenging myself to put myself out there.  I think the blog has really helped me with that because with the blogging community comes so many potential new friends that I have instant connections with like, Jessica.  

Her name is Jessica, we both have blogs, we love dogs, we love Nashville, we work at Vanderbilt, I mean why shouldn't I make an effort to befriend her?  {P.S. isn't she the cutest??}  That was my new confidence calling.  So we have done just that, and as many of you know, we have been planning what we hope will be an amazing first event  to get all of us Nashville area bloggers together to continue building this wonderful blogging community.  Thank you to those of you that have already expressed interest, but today we wanted to make one last call to ensure we are not leaving anyone out.  

As always, thank you for stopping by.  Your support and readership means the world to me.  I hope everyone has an amazing weekend.  Lotsa love...J   

*Remember when I first introduced you to Jessica as part of the DahliaLynn "love you" series.  Interested in sharing what you love about yourself?  Would love to have you guest post on the site, just shoot me an email.

*All photos courtesy of Jessica's amazing site!  

10 comments:

  1. I need to get better at putting myself out there as well :) Same way, once we're friends I never shutup, but I'm so bad at making the first move lol

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    1. "Making the first move," I love it. I really think making friends is a lot like dating. You just have to put yourself out there, and anyone that doesn't want to be your buddy. There loss...Happy Thursday!

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  2. Jessica, you are such a doll. I think you are just lovely, and hope you know that I am a ball of awkward, anxiety, and shyness inside too, but when we hang out, it definitely "clicks" and is easy! Looking forward to starting this new venture together!
    xx
    Here&Now

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment friend. So glad we are spending more time together...Happy Thursday!

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  3. I am totally the same way when making friends. I am not one to put myself out there and in blogging that can be hard knowing there are so many sweet people to be friends with. I'm glad I'm not the only one :) Glad you found a friend in Jessica, she really is the sweetest!
    Jonna
    Everything but Ordinary

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    1. Jonna,
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It really take time, effort, and courage to make friends...and you are not the only one that it does not come easy for. So glad you stopped by DahliaLynn, and so happy to be introduce to your lovely blog!

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  4. I can completely relate to what you said.
    I am a total social introvert. I like people, I really do and it's hard to shut me up when I'm in a small group of friends. But I'm also a complete homebody introvert and have a really difficult time putting myself out there to make new friends. This blog has definitely inspired me to make an effort more often. :)

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    1. Shayla,
      Social introvert...I can second that for myself. My partner and I have been joking lately about how anti-social we are. We would just as much love to watch TV ont he couch on the weekends...but making new friends really makes putting yourself out there worth it. So excited to share your feature on the blog tomorrow. Happy Thursday!

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  5. Great post! I love making new friends as well...but most of the time, I am not the initiator either. I have noticed since having two kids, that my friend time is even less than it was. Time in general with kids is less now. Enjoy everything while you can!

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