Happy Labor Day!
I hope you’re having a nice, relaxing day! For many, today marks the end of summer. For me, it’s a reminder that Christmas is pretty much next week. (Time drives above speed limit year-long, but it seems it hops on the expressway on Labor Day and just goes nuts.) So, whatever you are doing today – ENJOY! Make the best of it.
When I ‘hosted’ my annual Block Party last year, I mentioned that I might consider doing a virtual meet-up the following year. Having read the paragraph above, you might already know what happened – I blinked, and it was the following year. Here and now. For a moment, I panicked. How would that even work? Would anyone join? What would we even do? But after that initial reaction, I decided to embrace my spontaneous side and ‘just do it.’
On Saturday, I successfully hosted a virtual Block Party and was joined by people from both coasts of the USA, Canada, Denmark, and Zimbabwe! With a 9h time zone difference, we had people who had just woken up and others that were getting ready for bed. I breathed out a sigh of relief when I saw people’s names appear on my screen, waiting to be admitted into the meeting.
Having people join was goal number one. Goal number two, however, was to have this be more than just 15 minutes of uncomfortable silence.
About an hour before the meeting, I started getting really anxious. So, to calm my shaky hands, I went and got myself coffee (with a donut, otherwise, I would have made the coffee at home). Why coffee? When consumed quickly, it has the ability to make me jittery. I wanted to fight fire with fire. Shaky hands (-) times shaky hands (-) equals plus. It’s sound logic. Don’t question it.
What followed surpassed my expectations – the conversation just flowed. Even though we all admitted to being introverts, we just fed off each other’s energy, finding SO much in common with one another, sharing our experiences and perspectives, and nodding and laughing a whole bunch. Thank you all for coming and making this an unforgettable Block Party! Here’s to a ‘cruise’ next year 😉 Sky’s the limit!
If you are looking to connect with some fabulous people and discover new blogs, consider taking a journey through the links below. They contain a variety of content and are rarely niche specific. Like humans – they are not one-dimensional, which I enjoy. Some of the authors of these blogs are (thinking about) starting to tackle some new topics. Will you be there to support them on that new journey? I know I will!
- https://darnellcureton.com/ (Darnell just recently started hosting a live voice broadcast.)
- https://edoodless.wordpress.com/ (Andrea is looking for story/poetry submissions for her colaborative project.)
P.S. Authors of the blogs above: Please let me know if you would like me to highlight your specific initiative like I did for Darnell and Andrea, and I will update this post accordingly.
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