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I'm so glad you are here. I'm Elizabeth and this is the blog. This is the space I tend to. The place I share my heart and our stories. I pack these pages full of tips, stories, adventures, travels, outfits, and recipes. It's a little bit of everything and a whole lot of me. My hope is that these words & photos would encourage & inspire you. That being here will brighten things at least a little bit. Please stick around & explore. There is something here for everyone! Click through the categories below for more! 

Time to Say Hello

Lindt HELLO Chocolates!!! 

 It all starts with a hello, ammiright? Relationships are so important. I would say they are in fact the most important things. Imagine your life without relationships – and I am not just talking romantic relationships, I am talking ALL relationships. No relationships with coworkers, family members, friends, bloggers, or strangers. It is hard to imagine because it is almost impossible to live without relationships.

Okay, so relationships may be inevitable but they are also not the easiest things in the world. Maintaining good & healthy relationships take work. You have to talk through differences, support each other during hard times, forgive and also ask for forgiveness, and spend time together. Because all of us have been hurt by at least one relationship in life, we can tend to guard ourselves. So we want relationships but we are afraid of them and we live in a weird relationship medium where we know people and people know us but we don’t really know them and they don’t really know us. It is hard to make the first move, and maybe we feel like if people really cared they would reach out but I have a secret, everyone feels that way. Like my good friend Winnie the Pooh says,  “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” Someone has to make the first move and say Hello!

Your best friends may come from the most unexpected places. My college best friend Tori was a girl who walked out of behind a tree and sat with me at lunch – after that, we were inseparable. Bruce was just a funny boy who talked to me & made me laugh, after six years of that he found out he didn’t want life without me & asked me out. Jessiann threw up at my parents house and had to stay home from camp which allowed time for me to meet her. Gretchen & I were like weird arch enemies the day we met and suddenly we realized we were knit from the same thread. Sam (of Elah Tree) pressured me into a google hangouts and now we text & share as if we were friends for ever even though we still have never met in real life. And Megan was home-schooled, who knows how we became friends! I could go on, the point is that each friendship has a story but it always starts with a hello!

FIVE EASY TIPS FOR FORMING CONNECTIONS IN BLOG LAND & IN PERSON:
1. Send & Respond to Emails: I wrote a post last week about sending emails! You should read it over and then be confident enough to email some of your favorite blogger and brands! Also, responding to emails is so important. If someone reached out to you, say hi back! It is just that simple. That is how Samantha of Elah Tree and I became friends (and now we are planning a trip to meet in real life!)
2. Comment on Blog Posts: When you think something positive or encouraging about someone’s blog post, comment on it! Sometimes I can read a post, connect with it, learn from it, laugh out loud because of it but just click off the page. Share some love! If you connected with the post in any way, say hello and share that. You may bond over that shared experience! 
3. Compliment Others (even Strangers!): I started making a conscious effort to not always keep my compliments in my head a couple years ago. If I remember it correctly, I was walking with Bruce and I told him that I loved a girl’s t-shirt or something as we were walking by her. He said, “You should tell her! How fun to get a compliment by a random stranger.” I love it when people I don’t know comment on my Deathly Hallows Car Sticker or tell me they love the way I did my hair. The world needs more encouragement, share it – with everyone. 
4. Have Candy on your Desk: You know that everyone knows where the candy is in an office. It is the gathering place/ the I am just going to go on a quick walk ending place. This is where these Lindt HELLO Chocolates come in – people are drawn to the classic, delicious taste of Lindt and then BAM you friend attack them with a hello! Okay, so it doesn’t need to be that dramatic, but be the place that people want to come to. You’ll meet so many people and hear so many stories that way. 
5. Be Brave: Just say hello to the person you see at the mailbox all the time or the grocery clerk in the store. A smile and a hello can go a long way and may only be the beginning of a wonderful story

Thanks to Lindt HELLO for sponsoring today’s story time & friendship advice

If you still want some more inspiration to say hello, you NEED to check out new episodes of the β€œIt Started with HELLO” web series every week/ catch up on all the videos over there now. They are like the cutest ever.

In bigger news, you can make new connections of your own by entering the Lindt HELLO Sweet Connections Sweepstakes for a chance to win sweet experiences from Lindt Chocolate – and who doesn’t love FREE things?!?!

WHAT ARE YOUR FRIENDSHIP TIPS & STORIES?

  • My mom always says if you think a compliment in your head you need to say it, there is no reason to keep it to yourself!!

  • ashley

    Candy on a desk always attracts my husband at work! Ha.

  • Beth! This is so great! I love complementing others! Especially strangers! It love seeing their face when you tell them how much you love something about them!

  • Love this post, Beth. I'm definitely learning to be more outgoing in blogland:)

    <3
    Daisy | Simplicity Relished

  • I love these 5 simple steps. Its so true, give complements is such a sweet surprise especially from people you dont know!

  • So many great points. I often try to compliment others on things I like. I think it's also great to remind others that even if you don't get the response you want that you should keep trying. (This has happened to me with emails and comments before – if after a few no responses from bloggers, I make sure to find ones who do respond).

  • Fab tips…thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚ Blogging/writing is such a great way for introverts like me to make new friends! It feels less threatening and I can go at my own pace, ya know?!?

  • I love that πŸ™‚

  • That is also a great habit!

  • Do it!

    Yeah. You're my favorite homeschooler!

  • Good job! I am so proud of you!

  • Great momma!

  • People love the candy!

  • Thanks!!! HAHA. Sometimes I make myself laugh when I type!

  • Thanks Sammy!

  • I complimented a girl I passed on the sidewalk on her adorable shirt while I was on a run last week…. I think my sweat drenched self terrified her lol! the best part is I ran past her again and got a look like "oh no! the crazy friendly runner again!"

  • That is the best! I would so rather be the weird nice girl than anything else πŸ˜‰

  • I love these ideas and the creative spin you took on this post! You never know when taking a step towards a relationship will result in a longtime friend! πŸ™‚

  • These are such lovely tips! I keep candy on my desk at work and it definitely helps engage people more with me. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  • this is so true, I recently decided that I am going to be a yes person in regarding to friends and different events. I think this is along the same line, taking any opportunity to connect to people. Saying hello, saying yes when people invite you to something. Engaging with others. Sometimes it is really hard to find real friendships, but we have to make a real effort to do so and one day someone will come along the way and like you said you will gain an amazing friend. Thanks for encouraging me to do the same

  • You are so welcome! I love what you had to say about all this!

  • YES! so true!