Life: New friends that have stole my heart.

Anyone that knows me well, would say instantly I am quite a private person.

When you meet me though, you would never describe me as shy. But I am.

I’m not good in crowds. I prefer small groups of people any day.

Yes, I’m open and friendly and love a good natter, but it takes a special person to really find out anything about me (you know the stuff I mean, the deep personal stuff).

When I do meet someone new though, I know within seconds if I like them. I always trust my gut.

If someone has a lovely smile and a warm attitude to life this helps immensely. I’m also a fabulous judge of character (forgive the arrogance, but I am) – I very rarely get it wrong.

If they are special though my ‘walls’ come tumbling down within a heart beat and I’m more than happy to share my soul with them.

friends that have stole my heart

But what if you meet/make  friends through social media or blogging?

Can you connect in the same way you would if you had made that connection in ‘real-life’?

Until I came to Australia I had not read many blogs. I did have a blog attached to my bridal boutique website, but the only blog posts I did read were related to the wedding industry – that was my life folks – 24/7 Ivory!

But over the past 2 years I have embraced the blogging/social media world in a way I didn’t think was possible.

By finding and reading blogs that you love, you start to recognise names of the people commenting, people who you have something in common with – after all they are reading and commenting on the same things as you – it goes without saying, they like what you like.

One blog then leads you to another and the same names keep appearing before your eyes.

Before you know it you have found them on Facebook. Or you follow their life through the images they post on Instagram. But you very rarely meet them.

But what if you do? Will the bubble burst? Will your original impression be shattered or will it be like meeting a long-lost friend?

A few weeks ago I had the complete pleasure of meeting Katy Potaty.

I know lots of you will already know this gorgeous girl. Let me just tell you though if you haven’t met her yet, this girl is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out.

From the first moment I met her I just knew we would be friends.

You know the type of friend I mean, the ones you feel you have known forever. The ones that make you relax, laugh and choke with laughter instantly.

Now this meeting of our’s was fate. We both live on the Sunny Coast and we both work in Noosa…Our places of work are the bookends to the Sheraton Hotel on Hastings Street.

Before we had even arranged our first ‘lunch-date’ this friendship of our’s was sealed for me by Katy’s unexpected delivery of homemade sweet treats for me at Witchery (quickest route to my heart – anything homemade and sweet) – Oh My Goodness – they were delicious.

Yes, she is that kind of girl. Warm and generous.

On our first lunch together we did not come up for air. We talked, we shared and we laughed. It was delightful.

What I love most about this beautiful girl is her zest for life. She’s a compassionate, caring and intelligent woman.

The best bit? She leaves you feeling excited about the next meeting…and that is not something you find very often.

New friends that have stole my heart

** Katy  was taking a break from her blogging  – life sometimes just has the habit of getting in the way – but today she is back. I know she’d love you to pop over and say’ hello again’ !

During one of our natter sessions we were talking about people that we both loved from Social Media and blog commenting.

There is a HUGE  list of people and blogs that we both love, but here are just a few peeps that stand out because of their sheer loveliness…

Beautiful Sonia of Sonia Styling – god this girl makes me melt, her gorgeousness radiates itself straight to your heart. I would adopt this girl because I know for sure Ms.May would love her too!

The wonderful Sonia from Life Love and Hiccups – this girl writes from the heart – she lets you in and makes you feel like you are the only person reading her words. Not only is Sonia’s writing style completely honest it’s also bloody hilarious. One day Sonia we will share copious amounts of alcohol together – that’s a promise!

Kim-Marie of Kimbalikes – what a fabulous ray of colourfulness this girl is – everyday she always makes me smile. Her relationship with son ‘ Boyo’  is just the best.

Before long the gorgeous Lisa Queen of Thrift  (that’s her Instagram link) came up in our conversation.

Katy and I both said just how lovely Lisa is. She is a sweetheart.

Now Lisa doesn’t have a blog – well not that I know of? – (Lisa if you do, I need to know about it) but she is an amazingly dedicated, loyal and faithful blog reader and most importantly commenter.

I don’t know how she finds time in her busy day to share herself around so generously, but she does. And for this alone, I for one, am grateful.

Even before I was brave enough to comment on the blogs I was reading, I would always read Lisa’s comments. She impressed me and even though we had never talked, I knew I liked her.

New friends that have stole my heart

People can often walk into your life when you least expect them. Good people who make a difference to your day, by just for being ‘around’.

It doesn’t matter how you get to know them, or how the friendship was conceived. All that matters is if feels right, then enjoy every second and let the friendship blossom.

Katy: Just because I’m leaving Noosa doesn’t mean I’m disappearing…to pinch your words ‘We’ve only just begun’  Sweet Cheeks  xx

Lisa: Thank-you so much for your dedication and friendship – you have made this new kid on the block feel right at home xx

 Right its over to you folks, tell my your thoughts…made many/any online buddies?



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  • Ohhhh Bev You have made me get ll emotional. Thank you so much for your beautiful words hun and I truly hope with all my heart that one day in the not so distant future we get to share those drinks together. I just adore the blogging community and the way everyone supports and encourages each other. My only regret is that I didn’t know about it earlier. Thank you again beautiful and the feeling is TOTALLY mutual. Mwah Mwah Mwah xxx

    • Son I feel I came late to the party, but I am so delighted I came!
      You my darling, are a gorgeous soul, with a fabulous talent. I love the way you let us in all in your world and you don’t hold back. You are amazing and so is this inspirational community. Mwah right back at ya xx

  • as you probably know Miss Katy and I are besties and our first ‘conversation’ was via twitter. We met at San Churro at the plaza one Thursday night and neither of us came up for air. Before we knew it it was ten thirty and the rest they say is history. @katypotaty:disqus

    • I love yours and Katy’s story Peta…it a beautiful coming together that was meant to be!
      There is another coming together that is meant to be too – it involves you Ned, Kay and me – I can’t wait! xx

    • katypotaty

      Hey. HEY!
      I only just read this comment, Peta. And you’re too sweet, I’m so glad that things have happened the way they did. SO GLAD.
      Also, churros soon?

  • Susan Cumming

    What a great post! Like a couple of others here, I’m quite new to blogging but I love to read yours Bev and all the ladies you mention, although Life Love and Hiccups is now being added to my list. I’m also a bit of a stalker, don’t often comment but you have all inspired me and I am about to start to blog as well as my instagram posting. It’s funny how you can feel you know people you have never met if their interests are similar to yours. I’ll continue to stalk all you lovely ladies but instead of just reading the blog and liking the insta pictures I might even pluck up the courage to comment!!

    • Susan welcome aboard! Thank you so much your for the lovely words. Delighted to hear you’re starting a blog, please let me know when you go live – I will pop by and say hello!
      There are so many wonderful, inspiring women who encourage each other along life’s path on social media – I’m sure you will fit in perfectly xx

  • THIS right here is the best way to start the week and the exact reason why I adore blogging and social media so much. You’ve been a sparkly addition to my circle of friends, Bev – you are so supportive and caring and always there with a compliment to build me up. I would so love for you to adopt me! I adore all of the other women you’ve mentioned for the exact same reasons and I consider myself so lucky to call them all (and you!) my friends. xx

    • katypotaty

      Hey pretty-face! How awesome would it be to be adopted by Bev, she’s adorable!

    • Awwww gorgeous girl, thank-you xx Mwah. I feel honoured that I’m a sparkly addition to your circle – totally made my day that has…Also, I have cleared it with Ms.May, she is happy for the adoption to go ahead 😉 xxx

  • Karen L

    What a lovely post to read first thing on a Monday morning! I am fairly new to reading blogs, I am a bit of a stalker and rarely leave comments, I have come across the lovely ladies you mention above and felt their wonderful personalities shining through their words – yours too of course Bev 🙂 I enjoy reading blogs and viewing photos and comments on Instagram – I am a daily reader of quite a few blogs, I should start giving back the love and start showing my appreciation to you beautiful ladies!! 🙂 xx

    • katypotaty


    • Karen thank you so much for your lovely words!
      Delighted to hear the post brightened up your Monday morning. It’s ok to stalk in my books – I did it for quite a while before I plucked up the courage to comment. Once I started though, there was no stopping me! xxx Can’t wait to catch up again soon and thanks again xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    You are making me cry too just like Katy, you have made my day you gorgeous girl.
    I have to agree with you about Katy,Sonia and Kimba they all have a kind word to say and when Dad and Bron were in hospital Sonia even did a shout out on FB and IG to let people know she was thinking of people that were having a hard time!
    I find Instagram an incredibly kind and thougthtful place, it is my favourite of all the social medias.There is so many lovely people I have “met” on there and I do hope one day we get to meet in real life as I know we would be friends,when Nikki at Stylingyou showcased your blog she said she knew we would click a very wise woman!No i don’t blog petal I’m too busy reading other peoples maybe one day,Thank you Bev I count you as a friend and you have the biggest kindest heart Xx
    PS good luck at the dentist xx

    • katypotaty

      Mwaah, big hugs!

    • You are so welcome gorgeous!
      I love that you take the time to stop by and leave this new girl a comment. I love that you remember things I’m doing and ask how things are going – that to me is friendship. I just wanted you to know I appreciate your efforts and your kindness.
      Can I just add though, I feel totally honoured to be on the list of blogs you read on a regular basis – thank-you Lisa because you certainly know you bloggy stuff! xx
      Ps. the dentist didn’t go well – I have an infection in my gum which needs a specialist to do an urgent root canal. Its this Thursday and I’m dreading it!

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        Your so so welcome gorgeous girl a blog does not have to be a big famous one for me to read and connect with it ,I have to like the person who writes it too.I really enjoy your blog Bev and I don’t know how I remember all the things I do but I do cause I care.I’m sorry that you have to have a root canal not nice I had one quite a few years ago but at least you know what is wrong now and can get it fixed up.I am going for my MRI on Friday night so my husband can take me as I feel claustrophobic when in small spaces so I will be taking a little tablet to help me cope,I will send you a msg on Thursday morning Xx

        • Lisa, you are adorable. Thursday will not be my favourite day of the week. I can’t wait for it to be over now. Mr IM is taking me for moral support and to drive me home after as I am such a chicken where the dentist is concerned. I’ve had an MRI before – so I will be thinking of you sweet pea. Fingers crossed the little tablet will help to make you feel calm and relaxed. Try to close your eyes and dream of far away places. Mwah xx

          • Lisa Mckenzie

            I will be thinking of you sweets I am a chicken too in everything though people think I’m tough because have had lots done,so not true,I am so glad your husband is driving you ,I hope it won’t be as bad as you think.
            Yes I hope the tablet helps though I hate feeling closed in and when your head is in the MRI you have no choice I have had a couple before and I don’t like it,oh well it has to be done.Think of lovely things too when your at the dentist mwah back Xx

  • Petra

    I’m fairly new to all this blogging stuff, especially style-bloggers. I find it kind of weird to see so much sharing, but seeing everyone’s lovely responses has made me feel a bit better about it all. I’m better at meeting people in the flesh; I love people and hearing their stories, so fascinating, and I think that’s why I enjoy reading blogs of women similar to myself – to hear their stories. Perhaps one-day I’ll meet one or two, but in the meantime it’s fun to be part of women’s lives through their blogs and form an on-line “friendship” that’s quite modern in today’s world!

    • katypotaty

      That’s so true, isn’t it Petra? I love blogging for the stories, and the insight into lovely women’s lives!

    • Petra I hear you. What I love the most though is that no matter where you are in the world you can connect with someone else and get to know them. Build friendships with like minded people. You can just follow their daily/weekly ramblings, or join in the conversation – whichever feels comfortable!
      Thanks so much for stopping by xx

  • katypotaty

    Gah, I’m tearing up over my morning cuppa!

    Thanks goodness it’s not a workday for me, I’d be a hot mess!

    We HAVE only just begun. (Although if Ned loves you more than he loves me, it’s all over Red Rover.)

    • We so have gorgeous!
      A week today I will be meeting the little man – to say I’m a bit excited is an understatement…I’ll pop in tomorrow sweet cheeks xx

  • I love every single one of these gorgeous people you have mentioned and you are included in my list as well. Love blogging love the whole community. A little positivity can go a long way.

    • katypotaty

      You’re too sweet, Vicki – you’re awesome on Social Media!

      • Thank you beautiful lady. You really do not know how much that means to me x

        • Lisa Mckenzie

          Vicki you are a super lovely too Xx

    • Vicki thank-you so much gorgeous girl. I’ve not been around this place for long but I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many beautiful, supportive woman – which very much includes you xx

  • Sophisticated Mumma

    A lovely post! Always so nice to recognise those in your life even if it is from a distance. Totally agree with the gut feeling effect too…always trust in yourself! I’m sure you’ll make a few peoples week with your lovely comments too x

    • katypotaty

      Made my week? Made my flippin’ year, more like it! Bev is just too lovely!

      • Lisa Mckenzie

        I agree Katy I feel famous or something xx Bev is gorgeous i have to agree!

    • Awww thanks so much lovely! There are so many fabulous women online that are supportive, kind and generous to one another. Sometimes it’s just nice to vocalise what you are thinking. When I first started reading blogs I was so scared to comment, in the end I got over myself and decided to use the same principals I use when I meet anyone – I trusted my gut! xxx 😉