Thursday, November 14, 2013

An Unexpected, Happy Side Effect

Photo courtesy of Betsy's mom and Tina's camera!

When I started my blog, I did it for the writing. I had (and have) ideas swirling around in me and an unusual mix of interests and topics that I couldn't wait to explore and express. I wanted more creativity in my life and wanted to stretch my imagination and stimulate my mind.

This past weekend, my husband and I were talking with my Dad (who is a writer) and he said something really wise. He said that in life and in work you should try to "figure out what you can't not do." My Dad can't not write. He analyzes his world through words and it's such a part of who he is. And more and more, I've realized that he passed his writing gene on to me.

I get so much enjoyment out of writing. I truly love my blog and feel devoted to it. I knew as soon as I started Something Ivory that it would bring me joy and satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment. But you know what I never expected this blog to bring into my life? Good friends.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting two blog (turned real-life!) friends, Tina and Betsy. These girls have interesting, sweet, funny, and wise blogs that I have been reading for months now, and it was a lot of fun to meet in person. We explored the gardens at the National Cathedral and then walked a few blocks to an adorable cupcake shop, all the while enjoying a sunny, crisp, blustery D.C. day. 

It makes sense when I think about it. We share our hearts on our blogs, so when you find a blogger you click with it's only natural that you will enjoy each other's company in real life. I imagine it's a little bit like having a pen pal. You communicate through words alone for months and when you get together, you don't feel like strangers meeting for the first time because you've already established a connection through language. 

For me, this has certainly been an unexpected, happy side effect of blogging. Finding kindred spirits, clicking with other writers, and making friends. 

Thanks for such a fun afternoon, Tina and Betsy!


  1. Kate, I can relate--truly. Your dad (who sounds very wise) nailed it: I guess I keep blogging because I can't NOT write.

    How fun to meet up with blogging friends!

    Looking forward to seeing you on a few weeks!

    Mrs. Pearl

  2. Getting to know you has been a highlight of this blogging adventure! Can't wait to see you at the wedding :)

  3. Thank YOU for a wonderful afternoon! And I love what your dad told you. Figure out what you can't NOT do. Oh my goodness, that solves all of my problems! Seriously, that is such amazing advice. :)

  4. Katie @ Loverly SheNovember 14, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Come to Canada! :)

  5. My Dad is full of the most wise advice. I'm a lucky gal! He'll like seeing your comment about it :)

  6. It'd be a dream to meet! Someday! :)

  7. what a lovely day for you ladies!!! I'm so happy you could all meet up! Your dad sure did give you wonderful advice. What a great dad you have!


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