This blog has given me many things–an outlet for my writing, positive thoughts, answers to some pressing questions, help in getting a girlfriend, and place to put all my food pictures. Today it gave me something else. It gave me the chance to meet a fellow blogger and meet a very fine person.
I can’t remember exactly when I started following Sarah’s blog, but I know that I decided to follow it after reading one post. Today she told me that I was the first person outside of her circle of friends and relatives to respond to the blog. That’s pretty awesome. That she remembered this is pretty awesome too.
Her blog is subtitled Happiness, Positivity, and Inspiration. That is undeniably true. Her blog is a definite source for all of these things. Please check it out if you haven’t already.
We have read each other’s blogs, followed each other on instagram, and exchanged email for a while. Since we both are in the Toronto area, we had always made plans to meet up for coffee. Until today, work and life commitments made that impossible. Until today.
We met at the smallest Starbucks I have ever seen, tucked away at a side entrance to Hillcrest mall. I arrived early enough to have time to peruse the menu. Despite the infiltration of the coffee chain, I haven’t been there frequently enough to have any confidence with their offerings. I considered ordering something and sitting down at a table, but I couldn’t remember if we were meeting outside or inside–actually, she sent me a message that meeting just outside the place, but comfortable inside the mall, would be best, but I somehow didn’t get that message.
I have to admit, teaching so many students, and memorizing names that are foreign to many of us with ease, used to make me feel confident about recognizing people. I have come to realize that I am not good at it at all. So, you can imagine that I was a little apprehensive about trying to spot her.
Luckily, I shuffled back outside to wait. Almost instantly I spotted her coming in the door. She looked exactly like her pictures and instagram videos.
We fell into chatting right away and time flew by. I even forgot to take a picture of my coffee and spinach and feta wrap. We talked about our blogs, our fitness interests, life, and even some of our goals. What I got from it all was that she is truly a positive person. You can feel it radiating off of her. She was also funny and smart. I am so glad that we had a chance to meet and I hope we can do it again.
She told me that the company she works for is involved in this weekend’s ride for mental health in Newmarket. I found out later that my cycling club (the Newmarket Eagles) are also involved. I kind of wish I hadn’t scheduled something else for this Sunday.
We parted at the outside entrance to the mall. I thought about asking to take a selfie for the blog–having already determined that it would be Today’s Perfect Moment. However, it was raining, and having just met, I didn’t want to seem creepy.
The only bummer was that I had to walk through the rain back to the bus stop to go home. I certainly can’t blame that on her.