I know when I moved here making friends was something that I stressed out about, worried about, and wondered if I would find friends. This is not really an advice post, this is a post to show you just how small the world really is.
My cousin Joyce kept sending me Facebook messages along with Amelia's sister telling us we needed to meet. Amelia had grown up with my cousins at CAC and Joyce just knew we would be friends. Amelia had just moved to Australia and I was about to move. Now to be honest, we all just kind of ignored the messages. The first weekend I lived in Brisbane, Josh and I were at the counter ordering food, The next thing we knew we had an Australian come up to us saying, "Where are yall from?" Make a long story short, he noticed our accents sounded like his girlfriend's.....Amelia. Yeah! Joyce was right we hit it off.
Courtney and I met at the local Lorna Jane Living Room. Lorna Jane is a women's athletic clothing store that headquarters is in Brisbane. They were trialling the Active Living Room concept to roll out to their other stores. The classes were only $2.00, so a great and cheap way to go to workout. We were both at a yoga class and started talking before class. We quickly realized we were both from The South, teachers, and husbands do same type of jobs. We decided to go next door for lunch for $2.00 tacos after class. During our discussions we realized we had so much in common, both had blogs, both had just moved to Brisbane, and our husbands actually worked and still work for the same company. Needless to say, we have been friends ever since.
A lot of expats are members of the Facebook groups, one of the popular ones in Australia is Yanks Down Under. The Facebook group is great to learn the next tax laws for Americans living here, where to find food that you might miss, and listen to people gripe who just need to go home. To be completely honest I have unfollowed it now, but I am so glad we met Jillian before I did. Soon after Jillian moved here, she introduced herself to the Facebook group, and Courtney Facebook stalked her. She decided she would be a great addition to our group of friends, invited her to $2.00 Tuesday at Lorna Jane and tacos.......
The way we met Monique is a wired windy tail, but that is the point of this post. I want to show you how small encounters can lead to great friendships. Monique's husband is friends with a guy named Gabe. Gabe and Travis, Courtney's husband were frat brothers. When they moved here Gabe invited them over to his house to watch Riverfire. Monique and Jayden were there. Courtney and Monique hit it off, and she invited Monique to hang out with us. At the time Monique and I lived really close, so we would go walking at night, have a glass of wine after dinner, or just catch up often.
Meghan and Monique are best friends so we all got so lucky to meet here. Meghan is the kind of friend who will hang out of the window honking on a busy street while you are running just to say good job. I am so happy my group of friends has grown so.
I do have other friends, and I do not mean to leave anyone out. Lauren and Laura are pretty fun stories also. Lauren saw my blog and realized we were neighbors. Laura manages the gym I go to, and we started talking because her sisters were traveling to Dallas.
I just wanted to show how small the world really is, and how small encounters count. Each and every one of these girls help make my experience in the expat life amazing. I can not imagine my time in Brisbane without anyone of them. It is so nice to have a good group when we just need a good friend.
So, see it is a small world, small interactions can lead to great friendships. Go out daily, be kind to people, and take time to get to know the person you are just saying hi too. Do not, not go because you do not have a friend to go with. If I would have not gone to the yoga class alone, I wouldn't have three of my close friends. You never know, they might be your next best friend. What is a random story about how you met your friends?