Making new friends

"Always remember that, nine times out of ten, you probably aren't having a full-on nervous breakdown- you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit." Caitlin Moran.

That was exactly I felt, nervous with excitement. You live a life in a comfortable bubble with your family and friends and sometimes you need to shake things up a bit and a blog is what I started. Some jump in and swim, other's like me dip the toes in slowly until I was used of the water. Scary cat you said?


Joining up a blog school.

The Clever Cookie blog school

This year I joined The Clever Cookie School of Blog. I wasn't expecting such a wonderful community of supportive and encouraging women and men, lead by our inspiring and loveliest mentors Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim and professional photographer Rowe Timson. It was 4 weeks of blogging, learning all about the blog world with great advice from our teachers/mentors and the best part was and still is the constant flow from the students- our blog community. Chantelle and Rowe gave us so much of their time and advice, answering all questions which is amazing considering our blog class is big! It felt personal and welcoming, as it got closer to the end of the 4th week, we started to feel sad and wanted more!

In the end of the course I completed so much within the month. I added more life and detail to my blog and started to post more (not so much during the month of our course) but post-course and keeping up with the community has been lovely. Thank you Chantelle and Rowe, you girls did amazing for a first timer for blog school!



The Sydney Clever Cookie Graduation High Noon Tea. 

It was during the course Sam with the help of Lisa, suggested a Sydney graduation event, at The Victorian Room in the QVB. An opportunity to get to meet the local students, mingling with bloggers alike. A lovely way to conclude our course.

As I travelled on the bus to the city, my nerves were trying to overcome my body and I know this feeling too well, anxiety. I kept calm and told myself it's only 2 hrs. This was a big goal for me, attending an event alone and meet a group of strangers (who aren't really). I felt this was something I couldn't miss out. My problem isn't that I'm an introvert but how the anxiety attacks my body and mind to stop me from socialising, conversing naturally with others. I didn't want to be a zombie like guest.

When I arrived, I waited to be seated. The waitress replied with a smile 'oh yes the big group with the gifts' directing me to the table.

As soon as I saw the faces, I relaxed. At first I may have come across as an extrovert, the nerves always make me talk more but after the introduction, I exhaled and realise it was going to be alright.  Everyone is so lovely and approachable and we talked non-stop, mincing words with the delicious food when the 2 hrs was nearly up. No! Too soon, we were warming up, making new friends; perhaps that's the reason we were given a glass of bubbles. We exchanged our gifts, lots of excitement and joy receiving notebooks, journals etc to get more inspired to write. Thanks to Lisa for the great gift exchange idea.

Overall, the morning went wonderfully well and all of us are looking forward to our next get together with new faces to meet from the girls who couldn't make it.

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As we sat down, we were greeted with this delicious gift by Sam. Sam's delicious caramel fudge recipe is found here.

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Delicious sweet treats...

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...all served with a glass of bubbles and pots of hot brewed tea with scones and finger sandwiches.

The girls.


The lovely Shannon, Lisa (who organised the bookings and Happy birthday for the day too!) and Stephanie.


Sneaky photo of Sam taking a pic.

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The lovely Stephanie, Kirralee and Di.


The lovely Sam who thought of the idea of meeting up and Chris who made us lol (photo courtsey of Sam)

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Lovely Michelle and Jackie.

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Jackie's little lady joining the girl's group.

Clever Cookie Sydney graduatesThe first Sydney Clever Cookie Blog School graduates of 2014. (I'm the one sitting in the front and the lovely girl next to me is Vivien.)

Please hover and click over the names of the girls to check out their amazing blogs.

9 Responses to "Making new friends"

  • Jackie
    October 30, 2014 - 10:06 am

    I totally understand how you were feeling. I’ve suffered anxiety my whole life and forced myself to overcome those feelings for the high tea! I had the whole trip from the Blue Mountains to talk myself out of it but I won! It was so lovely to meet you, you were so lovely and interesting… we will have to talk more at the next catch up! xx

    • Astrid
      October 30, 2014 - 12:42 pm

      Hi Jackie, there were many of us feeling this way and we all overcame it! We will now look forward to our next catch up, the nerves will be there but not as intense and we can chat more. x

  • Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    October 30, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    I totally get it. I get so anxious about meeting new people. When I was little I used to hide behind my mum and wrap myself up like a mummy in her voluminous skirts! I may have stopped the skirt wrapping, but I haven’t grown out of the anxiety! It was so lovely to meet you and the other cookies and your photos are stunning! And that shot of me snapping away like a pro… so sneaky! I can’t wait to do it all again next time xx

    • Astrid
      October 30, 2014 - 5:33 pm

      I did the same Sam hide under my mum’s dresses and skirts until I hide under the wrong lady. Did that freak me out!

      I love how we can shine through our blogs and yet we are introverts which is can be an advantage. We’re empathic, sensitive and good listeners. I just wish I can overcome public speaking.

  • di @ lime&soda
    October 30, 2014 - 6:58 pm

    It’s amazing that so many bloggers have the same anxious feeling! It’s been great getting to know you throughout the course, and meeting you IRL on Saturday. I hope we get to chat more at the next catchup.

    • Astrid
      October 30, 2014 - 7:57 pm

      It was great to see you too. Definitely a chat is in order for next meet up.

      Interestingly even though we are introverts, once you get to know each other we become organic extroverts (organic because there is no bullshit coming from us) 😉

  • stephanie@stephsjoy
    October 31, 2014 - 8:50 am

    So glad you shook things up a bit! It was so ovely to meet you IRL Astrid!

    • Astrid
      October 31, 2014 - 1:07 pm

      Let’s do it again! x

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