Girl Talk

Posted: June 15, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I had a good day today. A really good day. I woke up at 6 am to head out for a run. I hit the beach with no music, no set goals/pace, and no plan. I ran with just my thoughts, God, and the sound of the ocean in my ears.

I had time for four slower, steady miles again to process some thoughts and simply be with myself. At the end of my run, I happened to come across two very special people – Peter and Makenzie. We strolled the beach a little longer together before coming in for breakfast. I once again had my favorite bowl of oatmeal and some refreshing iced coffee.


Something about iced coffee tastes that much more refreshing at the beach. I savored it over a chill morning before getting ready for a special lunch date I had planned for later.

Julie and I have been buddies through the online world even before we both began blogging. Last year, when we knew we would be in closer proximity, we made sure to get together for a lunch. We had such a great time and needed to continue that tradition again when I came to Florida this year. And luckily, two other friends managed to add to the fun as well – Meghann and Kelly! I couldn’t wait to get the chance to meet both of them for the first time since we have bonded online for so long.

We met up at the Virgin Olive Market in Orlando for a lot of girl talk and sandwiches.


We were all ready to eat so hit up the order counter right after my arrival. I ordered the “Laughing Uncello” sandwich, which included turkey breast, provolone cheese, fresh basil, tomato & onion with a sundried tomato aioli all pressed on focaccia bread.


The sundried tomato aioli made this sandwich. Also, the focaccia. Without a doubt, focaccia makes a good sandwich. I loved every bite…and I do mean every bite. I ate the whole thing over the span of our almost 3 hour chat. Yep. Almost 3 hours. I would expect no less putting four women who love to share their lives and participate in such a fabulous community together. We talked blogging, relationships, Healthy Living Summit, family, running, babies, and more. I cannot wait to see them again…which luckily I won’t have to because we will all have the chance to spend more time together at HLS in August and at the Savannah RNR Race in November. Yay!

picture taken from Meghann because mine was super blurry

Hanging out with blog friends never fails to provide a lot of wonderful conversation, laughs, and plain ole fun. Next year hopefully I will remember to plan ahead enough to make it a bigger meet-up. More bloggers just means more fun!

  • What do you love most about the blogging community?

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47 Comments to “Girl Talk”
  1. I have been loving these recaps – y’all are such a great group of women! 🙂

  2. What a fun meet up! I love the support, encouragement, and inspiration I get from the blogging community.

  3. jobo says:

    sounds like an utterly perfect day!!!

  4. Sarah says:

    I’ve been reading all of your blogs for literally ever and love that each time I read I am inspired! I finally started my own blog a few months ago and can’t wait to become even closer to this amazing community. So positive, so inspirational, so motivating!

  5. Kelly says:

    What a fun day!! You all look lovely!

  6. Samantha says:

    Sounds like you had a great day! I can’t wait to start meeting the people behind all of the fabulous blogs I read 🙂

  7. Bari says:

    Looks like a great meet-up!

    What do I love best about the blogging community? The IRL friendships and support that has developed because of blogging. I have friends that will be friends for life.

  8. I love how supportive everyone is!

  9. How fun! Your sandwich looks SO delish!

    I love how everyone is so supportive of each other 🙂

  10. Your beach run sounds blissful! Yay, I’m so glad you’ll be at HLS!! It will be fun to meet you. I feel like I already know you and other bloggers I read daily.

  11. Jess says:

    Jealous of your AWESOME meetup!!

  12. Aw, how fun! I miss our meet ups! I hope I have a layover in Atlanta soon 🙂 Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

    • Tina says:

      I know! We always had good chats. You better let me know when you get stuck in Atlanta for a bit. : )

  13. Hi! I just found your blog and I really like it 🙂 I’m new to the blogging world, and while I don’t really know all that much I so far just love the feeling I have when I post something- even if people aren’t reading it…I like sharing the things that I am passionate about or am curious about..can’t wait to start looking at your blog lots more!

    • Tina says:

      Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you plan to hang around. 🙂 Can’t wait to visit you as well. I love making new blog friends!

      I know what you mean about hitting publish. Sharing thoughts is so empowering.

  14. I love how everyone is so positive and supportive of each other. One of these days when life isn’t so hectic I hope to get a chance to meet up with other bloggers a s well 🙂

  15. Amy says:

    Ah, what an awesome group right there!!!! I

  16. Kelly says:

    Hey Tina! It was really nice to meet you today! I can’t wait to go to HLS in August! 🙂

  17. Love it! I can’t wait to meet you and all the other amazing blogger friends in August!!!!

  18. Mrs. Fish says:

    I always love a good lunch with friends, it looks like you had a great time! 🙂

  19. Priyanka says:

    I love the fact that we as a community just understand each other, even though the whole bonding is virtual. Friends are there to give you virtual hugs when you need it the most.

  20. I just love how easily you can relate and bond to other people. We all have so much in common and its always great to relate to other people’s experiences. It’s a true support system and I love it!! Blogging is so much fun!

  21. Reading through all your posts it looks like you girls had a great time! Kinda jealous 😉

  22. Ohh, how fun!! I love the relationships we can build with one another through our blogs. After college, it’s been nice to have a new way to make friends in the absence of dorms and bars!

  23. Um, you kind of have the perfect life right now 🙂

  24. Karen says:

    What a great way to spend your day! What I love most about the blogging community is the amount of support that I receive from other bloggers and the new people that I have met through blogging. It really is such a great community of really amazing people!

  25. Can’t wait to meet all of you ladies at HLS!

  26. Michelle says:

    I love meeting new people and not having to go through that super socially awkward phase. It’s still a little weird (especially because I generally know more about the bloggers I’ve met than they know about me – I’m still a “newb”), but nobody has any problems just putting themselves out there!

    I can’t wait to meet you in Savannah!

    • Tina says:

      I’m so excited for Savannah too. Especially since you were out of town and we were this close to being able to meet.

  27. Karolina says:

    This post just made me smile. It sounds like you all had such a fun time getting together! I wish I lived closer to you all so I could get in on the meet ups too:) I love the inspiration and motivation that the blogging community provides!

  28. Danica says:

    What I love most about the blogging community is honestly the uplifting, positive, motivational, supportive, empowering vibe every single person has for one other–it’s so inspiring and there’s always a place or person to turn to for really any situation–everyone is real and honest and just doing their best to live the healthiest life they can

  29. Just over a year ago, I took a leap of faith and made some significant lifestyle changes–changes that were inspired by bloggers. The friendships I’ve made, and the unconditional support I’ve received, are what I love most about the blogging community. 🙂

    It sounds like you had a fun ladies’ lunch! I would love to meet all four of you someday!

  30. Angel7 says:

    I love iced coffee! I just had one a few hours ago, and it tasted so good!

    It is fun to read what other people have to say about different topics, and it is inspiring and fun!

  31. I love how supportive an open everyone is. If I have a question or need support, I don’t feel badly just asking someone. Great girls, for sure!

  32. lindsay says:

    cute cute ladies. I love meeting new people and making new friends. Even better while on vacation.

  33. Errign says:

    I love the friendship and camaraderie that comes from the blogging community, which is really kind of remarkable, because most of us have never met & maybe never will! 🙂

  34. Aww looks like it was a blast! I’m help planning a Chicago blogger meet up next month and I’m so excited since I’ve never been to a blogger meet up before!

    I love how much I’ve learned from different blogs!

  35. Your lunch sounded like fun!! I love how everyone in the blogging community is so supportive. My first blogging conference is HLS. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

  36. Heather says:

    jealous you got to meet up with the other bloggers! can’t wait to meet yall at HLS!

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