Friday, 13 April 2012

Friend Benefits


I've been thinking a lot this week about all the awesome friends I have. In real life and online.

When I moved to Melbourne eleven years ago, I didn't know anyone apart from my hubby {then boyfriend} and his friends of course. And I found it really hard to make friends, not because I didn't want to, I just didn't really know how and I just didn't really put myself out there. The friends I made at work were limited because of the industry I'm in and were a lot older than me, not that matters, it's just not the same.

What I've learnt over the last few years, it's much better to have a few close friends than to be surrounded by an abundance of people you don't really like. The few friends I made in that time I hold close to my heart.

But something has changed in the last year, I don't know if its me or that I have had children now, I'm not sure, but I feel confident, I feel more comfortable in myself. I'm not the shy 17 year old anymore, I say hello and chat to other mums, I say what I think and voice my opinion {possibly a little too much}.

One thing I do know is that blogging has played a part, it has been a place for me to get my thoughts down, to read, write and connect. It has helped me find myself as well as find other like minded people. I have met so many amazing women, a few I am lucky enough to see often and consider to be good friends.

And now I can see I am reaping the benefits. I am more social than ever, busier than ever before. And its not just me who benefits its the little ones too, so many of my friends have gorgeous kiddies whom my children adore and love spending time with, as do I.

It's like having my own community, if I need help or advice it's there. And I am so grateful.

Happy weekend my friends! 

xx

linking with lovely Maxabella, what are you grateful for this week? 

16 comments:

  1. Totally agree Jodie. Lovely things to be grateful for.

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  2. I agree Jody, the blogging world is a fabulous outlet and wonderful network for finding other like minded people, who we would never have been able to find if it weren't for our modern day technology. Sometimes I wonder just how my own Mama did it, at home, with all of those children... must have been lonely at times. I think as we grow older we're more selective with the friends we keep close in our world... and that's a good thing, because with any luck they're the ones who will see us through for the rest of our days. Lovely post xo

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  3. Hi Jody! Could not agree more! Such a great reason to be grateful for :)

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  4. Nice post Jody - I think making friends definitely gets easier with age and children definitely help. I'm slightly nervous about having to go through the friend making thing all over again when we move back to England - but I'm sure the kids will help with that. Have a great weekend xx

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  5. Such a wonderful reason to be grateful!

    Hope you have a lovely weekend, xx

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  6. Beautiful things to be grateful for... xx

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  7. Age has definitely brought a little social confidence my way too, and the wisdom to know a few good friends is a lot better than many shallow ones. A beautiful reflective post.

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  8. I think blogging does wonders for confidence! The funny thing is that I feel it's sort of done the opposite for me. I am definitely more considered and less judgemental of others' choices since the world of blogging invited me in to so many different ways of doing and being.

    Whenever I read about close friends and the support they bring, it makes me realise how lucky we all are. x

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  9. What a great post - I couldn't agree more. What I love about blogging is that you can connect with others who share your world view, those who stretch it and those who just downright inspire - three cheers for blogging and all the good things it brings!

    Hip, hip hooray!

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  10. What a lovely post Jody! And I have to say that I can tell that one of the reasons your community is opening up so much you is because you are so incredibly generous and welcoming. You already had your troop of fabulous blogging friends but you extended invitations to me to join you for dinner and play dates and this has opened up a whole new world for me! Thank you for being such a warm, honest and lovely person. I'm loving getting to know you and I'm really inspired by the gorgeous way you are with your kids.

    I'm so thrilled you came out of your shell, for you and for me!xoxoxo

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  11. I can definitely relate to this post Jody and agree wholeheartedly :)
    Enjoy your weekend.
    x

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  12. This is such a lovely, honest post Jody.
    So true in every sense.
    Enjoy your weekend.

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  13. and we love that you have such an amazing online presence! It helps us to feel a part of yours & the kids days. For that, I am truly grateful. xx

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  15. Beautiful post Jody. The blogging world is just so special. And I look forward to developing and nurturing the friendships I've made even further (despite the distance!).
    I'm so pleased to know you - you are such a beautiful person inside and out. xx

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