Last Saturday my friend Kristi and I hosted our first ever Art & Eats mini retreat.
8 women, mostly strangers or acquaintances to one other, spent the morning together last Saturday.
From the moment everyone walked though the door [to create art and share brunch] there was laughter, meaningful conversations, and genuine fellowship.
Kristi and I loved hearing people say, “I so needed this.” Listening to the flutter of connections being made in conversation as I pulled quiche from the oven was heartwarming.
These women came ready to create and went beyond the usual surface level chitter chatter.
My heart is bursting with gratitude and the revelation that our towns and communities are smaller than we think.
I’m willing to bet there are multitudes of “strangers” in your community just waiting to know you. Just waiting for a time and place to gather, for the stage to be set for friendship.
Every friend you have was once a stranger to you. Right? That’s why it’s so essential to make time for people you don’t really know.
Here’s your call. Your encouragement. Open your home, or the coffee shop door, and gather with those on the fringes of your friend group. The acquaintances. The people you “know of” but have never actually hung out with. The “strangers”. The neighbors. The women and men who “need this”, need a place to be known, loved, cared for.
It might just turn out better than you could have imagined.
If you’re hesitant and have a slew of hangups when it comes to gathering with others… help is coming at the end of October.
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