It’s #FMFParty time, where we gather together and write freely, for just five minutes, together. Then we link up at Kate’s place. Won’t you join us?
Here is this place, the space where the words flow freely…this unexpected place where writing meets community and beautiful things happen. This is the place where online encouragers and writers become in-person friends. And here in the real world, friendships form and blossom, an unexpected blessing in an ever-more-connected world.
It’s something I never imagined would happen when I first started writing with the Five Minute Friday community two years ago. I wasn’t one who thought I would meet up with the women I write with each week, let alone attend a retreat with them. And yet, here I sit in Nashville, gathering with a couple dozen women for a weekend of fellowship, writing, and encouragement.
Here in this space where the online world crashes into the real world, and virtual friendships are cemented into reality.
In the place where Twitter handles and blog profiles are replaced with real names, hugs, and laughter.
We gather here, united through years of writing together, furiously pounding out five minutes, pouring our hearts and souls into a few words each week. Sharing, commenting, encouraging. Both old friends and new, striving to let go of inhibitions, fears, and self-imposed limitations.
And here is where it transforms into the ever-so-real, long-awaited #FMFRetreat. And yet it’s happened three other times as well, when I’ve met with other lovely #FMFParty ladies in the real world.
What a beautiful reality! And what an unexpected blessing.