That one day.

June 2009. Social anxiety, be damned. Eleven years here, and everyone I know locally is either a co-worker or one of his friends. I need to meet other people.

It takes a lot for me to gain the courage to walk into that coffee shop and meet a group of women bloggers, that up until a few days prior I never even heard of before.

Just like the day I moved into the dorms my freshman year of college and managed to set aside all the worry for awhile to meet neighbors, I end up enjoying myself.


It is only now that I realize how much I needed to venture out that day. It is only now that I realize the impact of that day on how the next couple years unraveled.

The thing is, I had been unhappy for awhile before that day, but the scariest part of trying to do what would make me less unhappy was knowing that a local support system outside of work and his world was lacking. As I got to know a few of the women I met that day, I started to feel like maybe I could do it after all, even after my health failed me for a few months.

Thank you, JoAnn and Jen and Jolene and Denise. (And also to Aimee and Tracy, who were not there that day, but still have been a huge part of my starting over.)


Posted on December 29, 2012, in Anxiety, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m so glad you found the strength to go. And I’m glad they’ve remained friends!

  2. Starting over is the best, seriously. Here’s to an awesome 2013!

  3. I believe there are no coincidences and posts like this prove it!

  4. Aimee Giese (@Greeblemonkey)

    Big hugs, lady!!!

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