This past Sunday, about twenty DC-area bloggers gathered at the Studios at 112 South Patrick in Alexandria for a morning of local bites and sips, making new friends, hearing other bloggers' stories, and connecting with kindred spirits. I am constantly amazed by the friendships made through this blogging journey. I simply love that moment where you introduce yourself to someone and you realize you've been following them on instagram for a year. Or when you're like, wait, I thought your hair was super short, but it's really just an outdated twitter picture.
And even if no one in the room has anything in common (which is unlikely), we're all bloggers, and that unites us. We can talk about our successes, failures, collaborations, our families, dreams, etc. For hours and hours. Before we know it, we've had 3 cups of coffee, our bellies are full, and we're making wild plans for the future.
We were blessed to have the involvement of a handful of partners! These blog events would be significantly less exciting if it weren't for all our wonderful sponsors. First, Sweet Root Village lent us their gorgeous studio space, and took these cheerful photos! For our goodie bags, we were SO excited to partner with Trouve Magazine, Lollia, Rifle Paper Co., Uncommon Goods, and Esther & Harper.
And our food and drink partners. Oh my word. Thank you so much for providing delicious munchies and sips! Dangerously Delicious Pies (seriously dangerous....especially the strawberry rhubarb!), Puree Juice Bar (the strawberry lemonade was my jam), Cava Mezze (trying to figure out how to make the CRAZY FETA dip...I ate way too much and wish I had more), Seven Sundays (tastiest muesli ever....original flavor is my favorite!), Out of the Box Bakery (the tastiest peach + berry crumble ever...and it was gluten free, paleo, and vegan), and Goldilocks Goodies (super tasty gluten free raisin bread...all the gluten free ladies were psyched we had gf goodies available)!
My favorite part of our time together (and I think everyone agrees) was when each person shared a little about themselves, in front of everyone else. Sometimes it's nerve-wracking to actually speak and open up in front of people (we're all bloggers, after all, and are used to hiding behind our screens and keyboards). Everyone shared...about anything and everything: their family, job, blog, interests, fears/failures, hopes for the future. It was inspiring to hear so many similar stories! Thank you for being so transparent, honest, and loving.
You better believe that Joy and I have plans for future Blog Brunch DC events! Stay tuned for details!!
Have a wonderful weekend celebrating AMERICA!
P.S. Two more Blog Brunch DC recaps, by Carlene and Alicia.