Pieces of Me

Coffee, champagne and cupcakes

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When my blog turned two and I invited four readers to join me for lunch to celebrate I didn’t know what to expect. I had the cupcakes, the champagne and the great food. But in essence we were five strangers about to sit down together in circumstances that perhaps to someone looking in were a little strange – a blog birthday.

Leading up to the lunch I tried to keep my planning simple and keep my thoughts and energy flowing. Breathing in and breathing out the flow of excitement, flow of positivity and the flow of being open to all possibility.

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The Saturday of the lunch everything seemed to just fall in place. Somewhat effortlessly even. As I stood back and looked at the beautiful flowers arranged on the table, surrounded by the cupcakes and heard the pop of champagne I thought “this is exactly how it was meant to be.” Almost instantly the door opened and in walked Pip with her beautiful new baby boy.

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The very first time I met Pip was at a #voicesof2013 event and within moments of saying hello I spilt hot coffee all over her (and almost all over some very expensive art work.) Thankfully this time there was no hot coffee, but it did feel like old friends catching up again. Sometimes we connect online and the connection spills into real life. Pip is one of those treasured connections.

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Within moments the door opened again and I met someone I have been aching to meet for a very long time, Louise. I have sat here trying to remember how our paths crossed and how I stumbled across her blog but I just cannot pinpoint the moment. It seems insignificant really, now that I have met her. I wholeheartedly believe that in life the Universe draws us to the people we need to be part of our journey. I don’t know what the connection with Louise is yet, but there is a sense that this is only the beginning of something.

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The beautiful Sarah and Vicki walked in next completing our reservation for five. With them walked in the aura of the online blogging world, like comic speech bubbles that only I could see were flashes of blog posts, comments, Instagram posts and tweets. With them walked in an energy that I could almost touch. Their stories lifted their heads from the two dimensional words I knew them in and came to life.

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Lunch was all of my favourite things at one of my favourite restaurants. The conversation flowed with the champagne, the laughter was contagious and as Vicki quietly said to me at the end of our date “look at that, we have sat here five strangers chatting for four hours and barely stopping for a breath.” Yes, that is how it was, five women chatting away like they were long lost childhood friends.

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I walked away knowing something good happened that day, something that I couldn’t quite define in words. Four incredible women humbled me with their presence and joined me for lunch to celebrate my blog’s birthday. Over the few hours we spent together their stories, their passion, their voices reminded me just how incredible we all are, how in our differences we share the essential flame that makes us all the same and just how important it is to keep speaking our voice and telling our stories. Our lunch date left me wanting so much more of that real life connection.

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Thank you to Pip, Louise, Sarah and Vicki for joining me for lunch, a perfect afternoon celebration for my blog turning two. A HUGE thank you to my dear friend Belinda from Baked by Belinda who made these delicious cupcakes for everyone to take home with them on the day xx

Tell me, who is someone you have a connection with online that you would love to meet in real life?

 

  • So very envious of your catch up. It looks amazing. I would dearly love to meet Sarah from Creating Contentment and a host of other bloggers I follow online.

  • Looks like you had a great time! I would love to have a long leisurely lunch with Emma from She Sow Seeds.

  • LydiaCLee

    This was such a great idea! Glad you had a ball…

  • Loree

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. I love your shirt. Happy blog birthday. I think you celebrated it in the best way possible.

    • Loree I think it was so perfect, I just may do it again for the next blog birthday xx

  • Oh it was such a lovely afternoon. How spoilt we were! It really was so refreshing to connect so comfortably with woman known only from online stories or in some instances, not at all. Thank you again Josefa. I have been reflecting on the day quite often ever since, smiling, and thinking about the stories we shared xx

    • It was such a lovely afternoon wasn’t it? I could not think of a more perfect way to have celebrated this event – thank you for being part of that xx

  • Looks like great fun! Those cakes are stunning too!

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    How lovely for you all. I think the real gift of our on-line connections is only truly appreciated when we connect in real life.

    • I think the connection is rela life can take up by surprise and real can make your heart skip a beat xx

  • Looks like you had a fabulous lunch. What a lovely way to celebrate a blog birthday. The connections looked effortless…and the food looked super yummy, too!!

  • What a beautiful day you had.
    Just this morning I was lucky enough to meet a blog reader in the flesh, and that was amazing. She was such a wonderful person.

  • writeofthemiddle

    Oh how lovely is that Josefa! What a beautiful way to spend your blog’s 2nd birthday! Only other bloggers can understand what an achievement that is! Congratulations on 2 years of blogging! It was two years for me too on Sept 19. Those are some gorgeous photographs of gorgeous women who have had a fabulous get together! Lovely to see 🙂 Min xo

  • What a great idea. I am fairly new to this blogging thing so 2 years seems huge! Congrats on reaching that milestone and celebrating it in style.

  • What a great way to celebrate a blog milestone! I recently caught up with a few girls from a blogging course in Brisbane and we were a bit the same on the chat factor, could have been there for days.

    • So wonderful to sit there and just chat away, something we rarely do these days in our busy lives xx

  • Hugzilla

    Oh that looks so wonderful! I am going to a bloggers brunch event in Sydney in a couple of weeks and I already know a few of my favourite bloggers are going to be there, plus the exquisite pleasure of not knowing who else I might bump into. Meeting other bloggers rocks – I’m glad you all had such a wonderful time x

  • Oh how wonderful. And in answer to your question… You gorgeous girl! One day x

  • TeganMC

    As always, you have managed to weave a beautiful tale about an event in your life. It’s always amazing how you can just click with some people and you find yourself wondering where they have been all of your life. I love that blogging has opened up that world for me.

    • It really is one of the blessings of the blogging world, and something perhaps you don’t always expect when you hit publish on that first ever blog post xx

  • Well, you of course, although I’ve already met you 🙂 Would be great to catch up again soon. I’ve been lucky enough to meet IRL a few bloggers I’ve felt a strong connection with online and it turned out to be just as good in real life. I’m so glad you had a wonderful time. What a perfect way to celebrate your second blog birthday xx
    PS. Pip, you look amazing xx

    • Pip (@melbournelass)

      You truly are too kind @reneeatmummywifeme:disqus – was just thinking wow – that camera captured us in our MOST natural state – (I don’t have too many of me snorting at a joke to that extent haha)

    • Cannot wait to catch up over the summer Renee!

  • Pip (@melbournelass)

    Aww, fab recap Josefa, can’t believe it was only a few weeks ago. I felt honoured to be part of such an important anniversary. Can you believe I still can’t bring myself to eat that work of art. Hope it’s not too long before we share a guffaw again xxx

    • Those cupcakes are a work of art! Bel is amazing! Yes, let’s not wait too long before our next catch up xx

    • TwitchyCorner

      Congrats on your baby boy Pip, it’s nice to see you here xxx

      • Pip (@melbournelass)

        Thanks Sharon 🙂 I quite miss all the blogging world and talk xxx

  • Wow! Looks amazing. What a lovely thing you did x

  • This lunch was truly one of the most special things. It was magic how we all just sat, ate and chatted. I am honoured to have met these ladies and am so grateful that you facilitated our meeting.Thank you Josefa. Always. xS

  • What a wonderful way to celebrate your blog! Such lucky ladies, all of you 🙂 x

  • Emma Fahy Davis

    I’ve been lucky enough to meet some awesome bloggy peeps over the past few months – Grace, Kylie, Neets, Bel from Mums Take Five, Hope from NannySheCanDo… Looking forward to meeting a few more in the near future!

    • It is so exciting to meet bloggers in real life, that is quite an impressive list you have mentioned!

  • I thought it was a fabulous way to celebrate your two year anniversary. What a great group of bloggers to connect and catch up with. I caught up with two bloggers on Friday night and it was a great night of talking about blogging and life. It really lifted me up and I think for them as well. Such a lovely post to read. I’d love to meet you in real life and I’m hoping I will at the end of this month at the Kidspot awards. X

  • What a fabulous day. Also, what an amazing way to celebrate a blog birthday but spend it with the amazing ladies who share the same passions, worries and thrills. Happy Blog Birthday Josefa, what a lovely day you had <3 x

  • What a special afternoon. One to remember. I really love that the connection was there in real life also thats pretty perfect. It shows you how these women are being so authentic in their written words also.

    • I think being authentic in our written words and transparent in real life to those words in such an important trait to have xx

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    How lovely!! Such beautiful photos too.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • TwitchyCorner

    Perhaps a little unusual but what a great idea though. Glad you had a ball, it certainly looks like it. Who would I like to meet? It’s a great question because I’ve been so fortunate to have met almost all those on my wishlist over the last 3.5 years. On the list of late is the Hugzilla 🙂

  • Oh I am so jealous of you getting to meet some of my favourite bloggers. It sounds like you had such a wonderful afternoon. I would LOVE to meet Vicki, so badly! And I am hoping next year will finally be the year that I get to meet one of the people I have known longest from blogging, Talia at The Climbing Tree. She is one of the first people I found and connected with via blogging and it would be so winderful to finally meet and introduce our families to each other.

  • aw I love meeting readers and other bloggers! the best part of this biz. wherever that restaurant is, I want to go – that pasta looks insane!

    • The pasta is insane Veggie Mama! My absolute fave in all of Melbourne! Perhaps one of the oldest restaurant in the Carlton area xx

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