Hello again my fellow lifestyle igniters! Last month I first took the leap and met David Crandall of Heroic Destiny in person. Recently I expanded this real world meet up of bloggers in my home city of Chicago to include Joel Runyon and Nina Yau.
Brandon James of New Life Travel had started his epic hiatus from a world bike trip, and Joel Runyon from the Blog of Impossible Things was in town for the Chicago Triathlon. We met up with Blogger and Minimalist Nina Yau of Castles in the Air for some good eats at the delicious Peruvian Restaurant Rosa De Lima.
Connecting online with like minded individuals has been one of the greatest benefits of writing this blog. Watching twitter and comment streams I can see many interactions happening publicly. However, some of the connections can get to be stale and repetitive. While the internet space is great for interacting, nothing takes the place of real life meet ups and face to face interactions. The conversation is less robotic, and tends to be much more authentic. As the four of us met, words flowed with ease, as it felt like I had known Joel and Nina much longer than I actually had.
I have already known Brandon James for years, so adding Joel and Nina to the list of Bloggers I have met offline has been incredible. While there was much “blogspeak” we were able to break into conversation as friends on a wide range of topics. As Nina showed off her martial arts moves (see below), Watch out Chicago, Nina has got a mean right high kick! Her round house kick to the face is also rumored to be just as painful though, this has never been confirmed.
We discussed the striking resemblance Joel has to Tim Ferriss (also see below). Tell me that doesn’t look like him!
As we discussed our own life paths, we had a mutual understanding. We were all shaping our lives how we want, but in different unconventional ways. As all four of us are in different stages of our life journey, we had a common understanding that we want to live life doing what we love and will go out of our way to make our dreams become reality. Sometimes it can be difficult doing things unconventionally as this goes against the way we were brought up and the value system we considered “right” for so long. It’s amazing that the internet can bring together like minded individuals in such a way. No matter what you’re thinking, someone out there thinks and feels the same way. The internet is a great tool to bring people together in whatever realm they’re from, yet nothing beats face to face interactions. Great meeting up with you all!
Intense conversation and pondering