I think it started on Twitter. One of those conversations limited to 140-character quips between gals you’ve known online for years. A little “Hey! You should come visit me!” which transitioned into an email that read something like “Are you for serious? Can I crash on your couch?” which then turned into a purchased plane ticket.
So there I was, in the Chicago airport, entertaining the idea that these internet friends could be a figment of my imagination while I waited for them to find me. I considered what I would do – turn around and go home? Find a hotel and explore Chicago on my own? What a story that would have made. But they found me and they were very much real. And even more fantastic offline, than on.
Earlier in the year I had read something about it being essential that creative entrepreneurs invest money and time into meeting interesting people. It’s not even really about networking but more about having the kind of connections and experiences that recharge you. I decided I wanted to do just that. So I put my money where my mouth is and bought a ticket to Chicago to hang out with Emily and Merl. Emily is a graphic designer from Montreal and Merl is an eco-stylist and jewelry designer residing in Chicago. They were both very interesting people – I’m thankful to have been able to spend a little time with them over a long weekend. I’ll be sure to share more about my time in Chicago on the blog this week.