So, last Saturday it was the very first ever Florence Finds meet up. After a week of logistical nightmares, cancellations and organisational hiccups which saw me swearing to Gemma I would never organise another meet up if it was the last thing I did, I boarded a train to London after a morning Surgery and headed to Drink, Shop and Do in Kings Cross. Despite being on time, a world’s first for me, people were already there waiting for me and you know what? I felt instantly at home.
Of course, there were familiar faces, Gemma, Victoria, Anna K, Anna, Becca, Anna R, Rachel, Bex and Katie, but I also met Anna M, Diane, Sian, Elisabetta and friends that had been brought along for the ride. Despite the mix of old friends and new faces, there wasn’t a trace of awkwardness and looking around me half way through the afternoon tea, I was just blown away by the lovely people there, all immersed in deep conversation, most with people they didn’t already know. Looking around, you never would have known.
It realised a few weeks ago, that this might actually be the whole purpose of Florence Finds, to bring together like minded women, but Saturday just confirmed it. I’m social, and until recently didn’t consider myself lacking in friends, but as friends get married, have babies, move away, local friends become thinner on the ground. One day I would love to be able to bring people together on a local level, like the Florence Finds meet up did on Saturday. One reader told me that she had been so nervous that she had called her husband and almost chickened out at the last minute, but was so glad she came – so was I! I have never met so many stylish, intelligent and funny women in one day. How awesome is that?
Thank you so much to all of you for coming and here’s to the next meet up on Sunday in Manchester. If you want to put your name down last minute, just get in touch. 🙂