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A belated congratulations to Jessie on the birth of her twins, and happy birthdays to Lauren and Amanda!

This weekend I met one of my best blogging friends in real life, and it was amazing. Heather, Aaron, and Heather’s brother and his girlfriend came to Chicago (and did it up!), and the true highlight of my weekend was spending the day with them on Saturday, and rarely having a pause in the conversation during the entirety of it.

suz and heather

From brunch at Yolk (after I went for a wet, snowing/sleety run), to coffee, to Revolution Brewery, to watching Alex watch the UVA basketball game, to Cantina Laredo, to watching the Steelers game at American Junkie, to getting froyo to bring back to AJ while the boys continued to be enthralled…. I feel like (and wish that) I spent way longer than just a day with them.

We honestly didn’t take as many pictures as I would have thought, considering, well, you know, blogger status and all that, but it just seemed to be one of the those days when it wasn’t necessary! So instead of regaling you with every detail of what we did beyond that timeline, I just wanted to express to all what this weekend once again impressed upon me. Happy Monday!

Thanks, Katie!

Thanks, Katie!

I have mentioned this on several occasions, most notably illustrating this phenomenon in my recap of 2014, but one of the greatest gifts that becoming a blogger, or joining the blogging community, has given to me is the gift of friendship.

When I moved to Chicago, and even after several months of living here, I truly did not know many people. I know Alex, I met some residents, but we all know the type of schedules that they enjoy (though it must be said that it was far less intensive at the very beginning for Alex, and there were many social events to help people bond). When I got my job at the restaurant, that pretty much threw any hope of making social plans out the window–I worked nights. Furthermore, it seemed that no matter how hard I tried to integrate myself into the architectural and preservation communities here, I made very little headway in finding peers with similar interests. I felt so incredibly alone–I missed my girlfriends, I missed being able to have conversations with people (remember, I started dinner shiftsΒ at the restaurant before people got off of work!). And because I didn’t see Alex much, I tended to reserve nights not at the restaurant for him, further isolating myself.

Blogging changed all of that for me. When I spoke about how you can be in the same place but have literally run through an entire experience (like a life treadmill), I think that my life is a perfect example of that: Here we are, a year later, and no one has moved to the city or left the city, I have a job and Alex has a job (both full time), we still have times when we struggle to see each other, I still workout and I still focus mostly on running, I still read and write a blog, and yup, as of this weekend, it is snowing and we are expecting drastic temperature drops.

But oh, what a difference a year can make.

Heather!

Heather!

And these are just the people that I have met through the blog. One of the reasons that I have fallen in love with this community is that, no matter where I am, no matter what I am going through, I am surrounded by some of the most incredible people that I could ever hope to meet. In Real Life, or just on the Internets.

Part of the reason that my “amateur” blogging status suits me just fine is that my focus with my blog is not the next greatest recipe, or the next amazing workout, or all the free things! This is about being surrounded by people who you don’t have to explain yourself to, even though you’ve never met. Who you meet and immediately give the biggest hug ever, and an even bigger hug when you have to leave. Who cheer you on, actually want to hear about your problems, and to help.

Yes, I have joined various networks. Yes, I do join link up parties. And thank goodness I have. Or else I never would have met half of these people that I wake up to every morning, and talk to throughout the day. Who I give and receive advice from, new ideas from, and belly-hurting laughs from.

There is so much about blogging that truly is a game: all about the numbers, the SEO, the return on investment. And like I said on my post on Friday about blogging with integrity, that is fantastic that some people can play that game so well, and kudos to them. But if the only product of my blog are the experiences I have already had (not counting the ones I’ve yet to have and the people that I’ve yet to meet)….

Then I will always be thankful for it and will count this as one of the most successful undertakings of my life. Numbers, immortality, and free stuff be damned. You can have it all back, but I will forever remember what it is like to feel this surrounded by support and genuine souls. Thank you all for being a part of making this journey such an incredible experience for me. Β For making the comments as important as the posts sometimes, and the segue to the most meaningful relationships.

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I hope you have the most fantastic day, the most fantastic year, the most fantastic life. I hope that I one day get to meet you, to share stories over brunch, or coffee, or a run. Β To climb into bulk candy bins or fight against the headwinds or feel the burn. But even if we don’t, please know that you still have impacted my life in such a positive way that I think of you as a friend IRL (in real life).

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117 Comments

  • Reply Farrah

    “…but we all know the type of schedules that they enjoy.”
    Hahahaha. I will have something to look forward to. <3

    I definitely agree with you that the best takeaway part from blogging is definitely the experiences. :] I sometimes feel like I'm in isolation while I'm on my rotations, but having this awesome community makes me feel like I have a whole 'nother support system going and it's rather awesome. <3 I don't think I've met a single blog friend yet, but I'm really hoping to change that this year! It does definitely make me happy to know thta wherever I end up going, there's probably a blogger from one of the communities I'm in hangin' out there. :]
    Farrah recently posted…Preventative CareMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 5:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You will be living that dream for a bit, but after a while, it will let up, I promise. And I think that your ability to maintain your life outside of the hospital via blogging will prove invaluable to you as well–your passions as well as just knowing that there is a bigger world!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I’m so jealous you got to meet Heather! I cannot believe all the bloggers you have gotten to meet! That is just so cool. More people need to come to Augusta clearly : )

    And I agree that the coolest thing about blogging is being able to share your life with people that you would have never met any way but through blogging. I love how it connects us all despite where we live.
    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted…VictoriousMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 5:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The universality in the midst of the personal experience, if you will. It is just amazing.

      January 6, 2015 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Annmarie

    Aw, I LOVE this! I could not agree more that anytime I have met a blogger friend in real life I feel like I have known them forever! I hope I get to meet you IRL someday soon!!!
    Annmarie recently posted…Meatless Monday: Mushroom and Black Bean “Meatballs” {Gluten Free}My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 6:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh, me too! I would love that.

      January 6, 2015 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Heather @Fit n Cookies

    Love youuu!! I had such a great day with you! Honestly it flew by, but what a great last day in Chicago! I couldn’t agree more with the “products to gain through a blog” being blends. I love making the connections with others, and having friends that I truly know so much about, but might not have met. Miss you already, though not the cold weather πŸ˜‰
    Heather @Fit n Cookies recently posted…How to Customize a Planner for less than $5My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 6:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Love you right back! It was seriously one of the best days. The next morning, Alex was talking about what a great time he had, and that we were such similar couples! Like mirror images of each other. Can’t wait to see you in February!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Well said! When I started blogging I had no idea how many friends I would make. Until you actually experience it, it sounds kind of weird/creepy. But what better way to connect with others who share the same interests as you than blogging? I haven’t met many of my blog friends in real life, but I still feel like I know you all so well!
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…A Fresh Start & A Whole30My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 6:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know–I discuss my blogger friends lives with Alex, he asks me about you all, you guys are definitely a part of my life!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:36 am
  • Reply Ruthie@She'sWickedHealthy

    We have yet to pow wow in real life but I sure am thankful I’ve gotten to know you through the blogging world! One of my favorite things is the connections too! Bloggers just get it – Just the right dose of passion, smarts, inspiration, fun…and a touch of crazy! πŸ˜€
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    January 5, 2015 at 6:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I definitely feel like you are a real friend, if not in real life yet. And a dash of crazy makes everything better πŸ˜€

      January 6, 2015 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Bri

    Love this, and I totally agree! I’m not a newbie blogger but only recently began to grow readership thanks to ambassador programs… and to be honest, the best part about being in those communities is not the free stuff and exposure, but getting support and supporting other like-minded bloggers like you πŸ™‚ Hopefully we can meet one day, too!
    Bri recently posted…One third of my life is over and here’s how I plan to celebrate itMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly! Sure the other stuff is nice, but like I said, I would still do it even without all the stuff.

      January 6, 2015 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes

    I can’t believe how many blends you have met!! I am so jealous!! One day we WILL climb into bulk candy bins together!
    Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes recently posted…New Years in Boston!My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 7:05 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Oh most definitely. It will be glory.

      January 6, 2015 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli

    Ahh, it’s so crazy seeing both of you together! I really wish I could’ve been there too! :). I totally get you on “amateur” blog status – I’m the same way, and right now I’m juuuuust fine with that. I’ve met some great people through blogging, but I just wish most of them (like you!) didn’t live so far away!!
    Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli recently posted…Meet the Blogger: Lauren of The Bikini ExperimentMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 7:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish that the conferences weren’t so darn expensive. And that we could apparate. That would also work.

      January 6, 2015 at 9:34 am
  • Reply Erica @ Erica Finds

    So happy to have met you IRL. This is definitely my fave unintended consequence of starting my blog. It has opened my life here in Chicago (and beyond) even more. This year will be so much fun!
    Erica @ Erica Finds recently posted…Start 2015 Off Healthier with Wrawps #GiveawayMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 7:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You have really impacted my time here in Chicago, even in just a few months. You are just one of the most giving, hilarious, and amazing people I have ever met! I can’t wait to get into hijinks with you πŸ˜€

      January 6, 2015 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Laura @ the gluten-free treadmill

    Definitely such an amazing year for you! I’ve loved seeing you grow and am so grateful for our virtual friendship! Can’t wait to meet you this summer!
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    January 5, 2015 at 7:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too me too! I can’t wait for this adventure of yours!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Smitha @ Running with SD Mom

    Can’t wait until I see you IRL and be part of your 2016 post!

    January 5, 2015 at 7:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You better believe it! #itsgoingdowninPHX

      January 6, 2015 at 9:32 am
  • Reply Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner

    I love all of the “friends” I’ve made through blogging. For the most part, so supportive and helpful. Don’t know what I did with all this time before. πŸ™‚ I wish we could all get together at one big party. Oooh now that’s an idea!
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    January 5, 2015 at 7:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If we can find a way to fund it, I am there πŸ˜€

      January 6, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Cassie

    I basically wouldn’t have friends in SF if it weren’t for blogging. And some of my closest friends (Davida, Erin) I met through blogging! Totally agree with you… blends make this all totally worth it!
    Cassie recently posted…Goals for 2015My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 7:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Every moment of it!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Michele

    Meeting amazing people online has been hands down the biggest and best blogging surprise for me! You really do get the feeling that you’re surrounded with an incredible community wherever you are!
    Michele recently posted…TGI Monday Plus Paleo Breakfast IdeasMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is just amazing to never feel like you are alone. And that people understand!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Sarah

    What a sweet post! Sounds like you had a pretty awesome weekend. Hard to believe what a difference a year makes!
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    January 5, 2015 at 8:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know. So short, yet so long a time for things to happen. Thank you for being part of it!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:56 am
  • Reply Mar @ Mar on the Run

    Love πŸ™‚ and so true! Next time I come to Chicago to visit my bestie, I’m gettin on that wall!
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    January 5, 2015 at 8:12 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m holding you to it!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:55 am
  • Reply AJ @ NutriFitMama

    Aw I love this. I have only been blogging for a short time, and have only “met” other bloggers online so far- but it has been an awesome experience, and I can see how it would be SO fun to meet IRL one day! How fun!
    AJ @ NutriFitMama recently posted…10 Tips for a Healthier 2015 and FREE Fitness PlannerMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You will have such a great time when you do!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Shawna

    awww, you. you’re such a doll. fantastic day, year, life…hope all the same for you, too, my yet-blog-world-friend who i hopefully will meet one of these days or years or sometime in our lives. πŸ™‚
    Shawna recently posted…Friday Five: Goals for 2015My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 8:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I hope the very same for you. And we will definitely meet up one day, for sure.

      January 6, 2015 at 9:53 am
  • Reply meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    Our little community is the best, isn’t it? I call it ours because you guys are all my friends even if we haven’t met – I probably talk more to all of you then most of my “real life” friends on a daily basis lol. I mean, Amanda’s birthday was yesterday and I was so excited for her to turn 30, everyone in my “real world” even knew it was my “blend” friend’s birthday.

    January 5, 2015 at 8:18 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree and hear you–these are real people, who we have real relationships with. Harry Potter is a great person, but we don’t need to celebrate his birthday. But our real friends? then HELL YEAH

      January 6, 2015 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment

    What a lovey post! I am so glad we have connected this past year too. Blogging really is about community and it amazing the people you can discover. Have a great week!
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    January 5, 2015 at 8:20 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So glad to have met you as well! Maybe one day I will make it to Austin!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Marielle

    Aww I love this! Meeting blog friends in real life is the best! I just moved to Dallas from LA a month ago, we do have friends here but it is strange feeling like I need to start over in a sense and make my own friends!
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    January 5, 2015 at 8:43 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know so well what you mean–when I moved, I felt like I was alone, even though I knew that I obviously wasn’t. And then I felt bad about it. But getting yourself out there will help so much–even if you aren’t crazy social, just knowing that you have that option makes all the difference.

      January 6, 2015 at 9:51 am
  • Reply Ursula

    That’s so wonderful you’ve been able to meet up with fellow bloggers and I second what you said about that being the best part of blogging. I love the amateur blogger status too because all too often I see the big bloggers lose touch and they don’t connect to their readers in the same way you do. Hope you have a fantastic Monday xx
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    January 5, 2015 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree, there is definitely a loss of contact and connection when you get to the top, which is a hazard of “fame” I guess. Thus why I’m fine being right where I am right now.
      And when are we going to go on an epic adventure together?

      January 6, 2015 at 9:50 am
  • Reply cait @pieceofcait

    SO SO fun!!!! and how amazing to spend a day together and talk for hours.. that’s what friends are for πŸ™‚
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    January 5, 2015 at 9:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And to be able to do so, even though you have never met before? Incredible!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:49 am
  • Reply Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home

    I’ve met a lot of my blogger friends this year and it has been great! When I was a kid, I used to have penpals, and that’s what this reminds me of! I love it!
    Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…Staying positive in the winterMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are so right! We are like public penpals!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    I couldn’t agree more! I have met some incredible people this last year through blogging who are quickly becoming some of my best friends. It’s the perfect way to meet amazing people of similar interests. It’s the most rewarding thing that’s come out of blogging for me.

    January 5, 2015 at 9:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait for February!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Sarah @pickyrunner

    AND PRETTY SOON I’LL BE ADDED TO THAT LIST (**fingers crossed**)
    Sarah @pickyrunner recently posted…Catch you later.My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 9:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      PPPLLLLEEEAAAASSSEEEE

      January 6, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Jill

    Aww! What a wonderful weekend! This is what I love most about blogging too! Even though I’ve really only met/seen a couple of bloggers IRL I still feel a sense of community on the inter webs. One day I shall try to make it to Chi-town. Or we can meet up when you move back to the ATL?!?
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    January 5, 2015 at 9:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We should just live together when I get back to ATL. That would be easier lol

      January 6, 2015 at 10:01 am
  • Reply Sara @ Lake Shore Runner

    I am so happy we met in 2014 and can’t wait for many more adventures together in 2014.

    The friend aspect of blogging is one I did not expect and it is now my favorite part of it πŸ™‚ I never would of believed I could make connections with so many people through the world wide web, and it is now one of my favorite parts of blogging. I love getting advice and reading everyone’s comments.
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    January 5, 2015 at 9:26 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Me too (to all). Regardless of the intentions or expectations that brought you into blogging, ultimately, the community is what keeps us here. Just that incredible level of support.

      January 6, 2015 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Carmy

    Love this! I’ve connected with so many amazing people this last year and have met a bunch of amazing ladies from IG! I would have trade my experience in for the world!
    Carmy recently posted…Monday on the Run #10My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 9:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is so awesome–the fact that media like IG can drive relationships is incredible to me!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Rae

    I have said so many times since I started my blog that I can’t believe that amazing people and friendships I’ve found. It’s such a nice feeling to have a group of folks to talk to about running, health, or whatever. Glad you’ve made some awesome friends too πŸ™‚
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    January 5, 2015 at 9:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I count you among them!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:03 am
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    It’s so funny because I refer to you and a few of my other “blogger friends” to my friends/familu I get to see often. My sister actually said to me the other day when I posted a pic on my FB page and Helly commented on it and I told her I wanted her to come visit– who is that, I don’t think I have met her? HA! While I knew her before I started blogging through another online group–gaining these new friendships has been my favorite part of blogging!
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    January 5, 2015 at 10:02 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I mean, that’s the thing–I am way more active on my blog friend’s social media than many of my old friend’s–part of that is the culture, but I love it!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:25 am
  • Reply Carson

    My husband laughs at me when I talk about my blog friends. It’s so true. though. We are a community of like minded people and I consider so many of these “bloggers” my friends.
    Carson recently posted…Meadowbrook 5k 2014My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 10:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love that they laugh at us, but we have so much more in common, have relationships based on real shared interests, way more than many other relationships, which seem to me to just be based on convenience. LAUGH AWAY FOOLS

      January 6, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Suzy

    Aww… you’re such an incredible person, and I could tell this by our very first conversation a couple of days ago! All these ladies are so lucky to have you in their lives. Such a great post, Susie! <3
    Suzy recently posted…Mileage MondayMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 10:35 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you! and Thank you for reaching out–I can’t wait to get to know you better!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    LOOK AT YOU, Ms. Popular! πŸ˜‰ haha

    thanks for the birthday shoutout!! You’re too sweet. We’re all so lucky that we live in a community that not only wants to get to know other people but who are truly kind and gracious. I can’t wait for more blogger meetups in the future now that the craziness of the holidays has passed!
    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted…the birthday: cake for breakfast and other overdosesMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 10:40 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And when are we going to Big Star and Blue Door?

      January 6, 2015 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog

    Meeting blog friends in real life and making connections with people across the globe is really the best part of blogging! =)

    January 5, 2015 at 11:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love it!

      January 6, 2015 at 9:58 am
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I love how involved you are in the blogging community. There are lots of bloggers who comment on each other’s blogs and get to know each other through that, but it never goes beyond that, which is such a shame. Most of the bloggers I talk to are in the US, so I don’t get much opportunity to meet them.

    But here is to us meeting this year and eating tons of Mexican food! Yeah!
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    January 5, 2015 at 11:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We really have developed a blogging culture here in the US. But I love that you are in the UK, and offer a different point of view, though I definitely wish it was easier for us to meet.
      Luckily, we will have an opportunity this year!!!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Montana

    I love blogging for that reason! It’s a place where I can gush about my running and yoga adventures and have people who actually want to read it and interact with me! Many of my “real life” friends are couch potatoes to varying degrees and they don’t necesarily like when I tell them running stories for like the 1000th time! I’ll let you know if I’m in Chi town and you let me know if you venture down to Tampa k?
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    January 5, 2015 at 1:38 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You know I will! And you better! But I would wait a few months, if I were you, haha. It definitely is difficult when your “regular” friends lead such a different life than you do. Having people that don’t question you getting up early to workout or eating a particular diet before a long run–that can even offer tips! You meet people this way, but then find out so much more about them.

      January 6, 2015 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    such a sweet post! You have a wonderful mindset and I love how real your blog is. It makes reading it so much fun.
    Pragati // Simple Medicine recently posted…Happy New Year!My Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 3:39 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, P. I have loved reading your blog as well!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    aw so fun! great picture!
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    January 5, 2015 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was a great day!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate

    Oh my gosh, how fun! I absolutely love meeting bloggers in person. I hope I can make it to an event this year to meet many many more (like you!!) πŸ™‚
    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate recently posted…Brewpub Crawling Around MadisonMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 4:30 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      If you are interested in running a Ragnar, we still have a few spots left open on my Ragnar team for Madison to Chicago!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    What a nice post. Upon reflection, a lot of the people that I have met have been through my blog as well. I am terribly awkward at meeting people and making friends, but by putting myself out there and going to blog meet ups and things I have a made a bunch of connections…way more than I think I could just in every day life.

    All the people I have met after moving to Chicago have been blog related in one way or another, so it’s really important to me to make sure to connect w people who read mine as well as reach out to other people to make more connections. Glad we met and I look forward to seeing more of you!
    Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job recently posted…A Whirlwind WeekendMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know! Now that the craziness of the holidays is over, I’m hoping that we will actually be able to do something! I love how chance meetings can become something fantastic.

      January 6, 2015 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Jamie

    Great story…I am anxious to get to the place in my blogging where I can attend a conference and start interacting with other bloggers face to face!!
    Jamie recently posted…Caramel Pecan CakeMy Profile

    January 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I was just thinking about it, and I though I would love to go to a blogging conference, I honestly might just find it overwhelming! I love that I got to know each of these ladies one on one.

      January 6, 2015 at 10:37 am
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I hope I get to give you a big squeeze someday, you are awesome. I totally agree. I have met so many wonderful people IRL from my blog and there are so many others that I can only hope I’ll get to hang out with in person someday. I think my husband thinks I’m crazy that I have so many “virtual” friends, but he just doesn’t get the sense of community. Not sure he ever will…his loss!
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    January 5, 2015 at 6:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We can squeeze the life out of each other one day. It will be magical. Alex has watched the transformation of me over the past year as a result of the blog–I think he is as happy as I am that I found such an incredible base of friends!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Kay @ Kay Bueno

    Woah, are you in my brain?

    I feel exactly the same way about blogging. I have a satisfying job, and don’t really need more free things. But I work in an industry where everyone hangs out with the same people. I was sooooo tired of hanging out with a completely homogeneous group every weekend. Blogging has let me meet a diverse, fun, group of people. It’s been amazing for me socially.

    I had no idea you were in my hometown Chicago. I should try to hit you up some time. πŸ™‚
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    January 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      AM I IN YOUR BRAIN? That would be crazy. But I wouldn’t rule it out. When i worked at the restaurant, it felt so insular, and I just wanted to leave at the end of the night. So sure, I had people I could talk to, but not TALK to. And um YES. I’m downtown!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Mattie @ Comfy & Confident

    It is so great you have got to meet so many incredible bloggers! I hope to meet a lot of you some day too!
    I really liked this post, your passion for the community and the people behind the blogs shines bright! And, I completely agree. I really enjoy connecting with people and sharing experiences with everyone too. It’s what keeps me blogging!

    January 5, 2015 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m so glad that you are loving the connections too–it has really made my world feel fulfilled.

      January 6, 2015 at 10:28 am
  • Reply neil@neilshealthymeals.com

    So good reading about your experiences and I couldn’t agree more. It’s not always about counting the numbers, blog stats wise.

    You’ve defined a clear and measurable number for your happiness from your blogging. Your experiences and your friendships made πŸ˜‰ , and I say that is absolutely fantastic!! πŸ˜€

    For me, when I started blogging in February 2014, I only thought about posting my healthy recipes. Then people started commenting and talking to me, and now I want to jump on a plane and meet them and hug them all!

    What a great opportunity blogging is to share this unique gift of life we all have!
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    January 6, 2015 at 12:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish you would jump on a plane! And then take me back with you–I could fit into a suitcase….

      January 6, 2015 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Arman @ thebigmansworld

    So our picture will be there this year, right. you with your beer. Me with my cosmo.

    Wait, what.
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    January 6, 2015 at 2:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Cheers to that. I will fix you a great one πŸ˜€

      January 6, 2015 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Tina Muir

    WOW! You really have met a lot of bloggers, impressive Suz! So glad I was one of them. I loved this post, and it is all about why we should appreciate one another, and we can become ACTUAL friends in real life. LOVE it πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week my friend!
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    January 6, 2015 at 5:29 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope that you have a fantastic week as well! I am so glad that you were able to carve out some time for breakfast with me. The fact that you were able to do so in the midst of such a hectic weekend is a testament to you, as well as how important these relationships are!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:40 am
  • Reply Nicole@Thegirlwhoraneverywhere

    Awww Suze i love this!! I am SO happy for you and the difference in your life from one year to the next! This just reaffirms my belief that one day, we must meet, hug, drink wine, and go running together.
    Well maybe not in that order. Ok, who cares? if i’m with TheSuz-I do not care!!! : ) HUGS!

    January 6, 2015 at 8:03 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OH FO SHO!!!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Sarah

    That is so great that you have friends that are also Bloggers it is very important! I have a few blogger friends but we don’t live near each other.

    January 6, 2015 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Until I started getting involved in some of the local blog groups, I didn’t know people around here, either. But now that I know some of the girls around here, it has made such an incredible difference!

      January 6, 2015 at 10:39 am
  • Reply Lauren

    I love this post! When I think about why I spend so much time blogging, the reasons I continue is because of all the awesome opportunities and people I’ve met and become friends with through it! I’d love to meet you some day (in the least creepy way possible). Cheers!
    Lauren recently posted…Goals for 2015 {and looking back at 2014 in photos}My Profile

    January 6, 2015 at 8:46 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I totally agree–sure, I would love not to spend so much time on certain things, but I would put that same effort into my relationships, wouldn’t I?

      January 6, 2015 at 10:41 am
  • Reply Mo (@rushourunner)

    Great post!!! I’m so glad I met you, because how else would I have achieved my lifelong dream of running a half marathon in a crown? Exactly.
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    January 6, 2015 at 11:01 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I know that it meant literally everything to you. That is why I did it .

      January 8, 2015 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Ange @ Cowgirl Runs

    Goal for 2015: get a picture with YOU!!!!!!!!
    And, yes to everything you said. Sure, I’ve got some awesome perks from my blog, but by FAR (like, waaaaaaaay far) the best have been my new Calgary friends and my internet friends. Amazing.
    Ange @ Cowgirl Runs recently posted…Tuesday TruthsMy Profile

    January 6, 2015 at 3:26 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      YES PLEASE. I would love that. SO hard.

      January 8, 2015 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Hi! So I’m behind on my comments but I am so happy you guys met. I moved twice when I was younger by myself and it was so hard to meet people. And then I worked crazy hours. I feel ya on the “its hard to make friends.” Blogging is such a good way to connect and sounds cheesy, but I’m glad I connected with you!
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    January 11, 2015 at 7:44 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I am so glad that you and I have connected as well. I would love to get down for a vist to Asheville some day (and you know that you would be one my list!). And you’ve always got a friend up here in Chicago!

      January 12, 2015 at 2:48 pm
  • Reply Things to do in Chicago

    […] Aaron and I first decided we were going to Chicago, I knew I had to meet up with Susie! We planned on going for a run Saturday morning but since it was all rain and cold, Susie told me […]

    January 12, 2015 at 5:00 am
  • Reply Kelly @ The Fit Skool

    I found your blog through Heather’s, I think it is so great that you two got together. It is so true that blogging buddies know everything about you and cheer you on! Great post πŸ™‚
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    January 12, 2015 at 1:45 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well I’m so glad that you stopped by! Heather is really an incredible friend, and I am so glad that I have gotten to know her. I am so lucky to have such fantastic people in my life. Have a great day!

      January 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Alicia

    I wish I had found your blog when I still lived in Evanston, IL. I moved last April to Philadelphia knowing nobody, but needed a change and it was closer to where my boyfriend worked. So far it has really worked out (got a job and am happy with my life), but making friends is still very difficult. I am from Evanston though and hoping to book a flight home over memorial day weekend this year.
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    January 13, 2015 at 8:04 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That is fabulous to hear that you are having some success at your new job. Get involved with your local blogging groups–you will find them invaluable! And let me know if you do make it back!

      January 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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