Last Thursday evening, I walked from my apartment near Place de Clichy and through the hipster hub of South Pigalle. I was on my way to Artisan. Drink plans with Lauren, Lou, Marissa, and more brought me for a second visit; following a fantastic girls night with Rachael and Lorelei. It was just as as I'd remembered--charming atmosphere; approachable service; creative cocktails; and the most impressive small plates menu. Again, a great time was had... and to think, I shared it with people I've met quite recently.
three whole days now and have yet to see any friends here. Instead, I've been soaking up quality time with my parents and grandfather. Both in the midst of college finals, my brother comes back from Arizona tomorrow, and my sister will be back from Ithaca next week. Tonight though, I'm city-bound, and I can hardly wait to catch up with Anna. It's funny, too, because even she was once a stranger behind a blog. When I think about it, I've kinda made a lot of new friends as a grown-up.
designing a life meant I had to build relationships in educational (college, grad) and work settings. Blogging has translated into countless opportunities to meet and connect in real life as well, however unconventional the point of contact. Dare I say I've gotten good at it? Or, have come to really enjoy the process.
how to make it in New York," I recognized I wasn't necessarily desperate for friends. And even still I moved out of the city with new ones. So, here's what I've learned :) First, accept that it'll be a little uncomfortable. There's no way to create something deep and meaningful without first surviving those awkward getting-to-know-you moments. And just like in dating, there's not always going to be a click. That said, there's less pressure, and there'll often be greater longevity when it does work.