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  1. Wonderful list – it’s been awesome being a part of this community and I count many of them and you and Mr. G as friends as well. Hopefully we’ll get to connect in-person at some point!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Chris — Mr. Groovy and I count you as a friend, too! And we’re very impressed with your achievements.

  2. Love this one. I can’t believe how many interesting, diverse and AMAZING people I’ve met in my short time in the PF Twitter community. Very open and helpful. I’ve been given encouragement, constructive criticism, and leg ups.

    Hard part is finding enough time in the day to thank everyone!

    Looking forward to knowing everyone better and one day even meeting some my fellow bloggers in person.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Everyone IS amazing — and a little wacky too! 24 hours is too short a day when you get caught up in the blogosphere. And you just found the Rockstar Forums? They’re addictive. At times I have to force myself to stay away.

      Love your writing — don’t ever lose your edge!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      We’re freakin’ excited, too! (I’m quoting Mr. Groovy.)

      I’ve never been inside a popup camper! Nice photo of it on your current post. Woo-hoo, we’re going to Montana! Can’t wait to meet you.

  3. Seriously that is so cool you get to meet some these PF bloggers. I just started blogging so i can’t wait to get to know more bloggers. It seems like a community with open arms and great inspiration.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Open arms — just like in your logo, LOL! You’ll have loads of fun, Kris. Thanks for commenting!

  4. This is lovely. Not least of all because it gets harder to make friends after a certain point. A few of my really good friends moved away recently (cost of doing business when you live in an expensive urban area) and I feel like I just don’t have it in me to make new friends. I tell myself it’s part being busy and exhausted, and part just getting older. But that is a terrible way to think. Making friends should be a lifelong pursuit. I love this post.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Linda.

      Your comment made me think of my earlier life in Brooklyn. When many of my friends got married in their 20s, I became person non gratis. I wasn’t part of a couple and they lost interest. On the other hand, while Mr. Groovy’s friends married young, and he didn’t, they all remained friends to this day and many of them are still in NY.

      I agree that it’s harder to make friends as you get older and it should be a lifelong pursuit. But we get stuck in our ways. That’s why this community is such a blessing….you might recall a few months ago J$ posted a note in the Forum about another blogger who was going through a rough time, personally. He asked people to reach out to her, and her then-current post lit up like a XMAS tree. It was awesome!

  5. Awesome look at how you have made some awesome connections in blogging!

    As someone that is somewhat introverted and has trouble connecting with people in real life, the blogging community has been great. It is an opportunity to find similarities with people much quicker. I have been surprised at how quickly you can actually make real friends in the community.

    The support has also been amazing. Once you realize there is no competition between bloggers then it gets much more rewarding.

    I have also felt that without the support of others I would be far more frustrated with blogging and probably would not be as excited to do it. There is always someone willing to help or point out errors on your site. Not something that would happen to often in the real world.

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      You hit on one of the strangest/nicest aspects of this community — there is no competition. Everyone pulls each other up.

      The Rockstar Forums have been a huge plus for new bloggers. For us, it was trial by fire on the technical side. And it was very frustrating, just like you said.

      Thanks for your comment, Cameron!

  6. I never thought that blogging could give me a resemblance of a social life. This isn’t just net working, this PF community (Rockstar’s specifically, can’t speak for others hehe) is basically a hive of similarity minded people with proper values.

    We can start up a dating website just from that! Money and relationship pairings.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      You could be on to something with the dating website, Lily. I’d love to see some pairings come out of the community!

  7. Ah, Mrs. G. You are the bestest! I’m glad we can call each other real friends. It can be difficult to make friends with like-minded folks, but PF blogging has made that a whole lot easier. We’ll get to NC soon enough, I’m sure!

    Also, I had no idea that park could be haunted. HA! Maybe that explains the stage blood I found? *cue dramatic music*

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I totally missed the connection to the blood! That certainly explains it. Now, if only you can find Bigfoot next time…

      You and Garrett are the bestest, too!

  8. I love the connections I’ve made through blogging! 🙂 In fact, I’m not sure I would have stuck with it if it weren’t for the friendships I’ve made along the way. It’s really great to meet up in person too. I’ve met a few at meet ups and am looking forward to meeting more at FinCon! Great post, Mrs. G! 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Amanda. I’m not sure I would have stuck with it either. Finding the motivation is easier when you have the friendship and support of others in the community. FinCon should be an amazing experience!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Thanks, Kevin. I’m glad I found yours, too. And I’m happy to see you joined “The Drawdown Strategy Chain” (for those unfamiliar — anyone who’s writing about their strategy for withdrawing and spending assets can join the chain.)

  9. The PF blogging community is a great place full of wonderful people. I met a few bloggers in person at FinCon and lots more in the digital world. Everyone is friendly and helpful and I’m glad you’ve found the same. PS I love the Legos!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      We’ve only met wonderful people, both digitally and in person.

      I’m happy you love the Legos. My Son’s Father is so creative!

  10. That was a heart warming post. It is cool that you have made such intimate relationships with so many people. The personal finance community seems to be made up of some great folks. I look forward to meeting and developing more relationships as time goes by.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Aww, thanks Dave. The relationships came about very naturally. Mr. G and I are pretty much homebodies, LOL. You’ll definitely form bonds with others in the community in time.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Not this year, Brian. Perhaps next year if it’s in the Southeast or at a location on our bucket list. I know y’all are going to have blast and I hope someone will be doing live Twitter commenting.

  11. The PF community really is the best. I’m more of a casual blogger but still feel like people have welcomed me with open arms. Everyone is so supportive of each other!

    Really hoping to make it to the next North Stars meetup so I can meet local bloggers in person 🙂

    • Mrs. Groovy

      That’s the beauty of the community. You can be a casual blogger or even drop out of site for a while and people are always welcoming.

      I hope you get to meet some of the North Stars folks! Thanks for commenting, Kate!

  12. So honored and happy to be called your friend! I look forward to getting to know you and Mr. G better and cannot wait to meet you!

    Thanks, Mrs. G (& Mr. G too) for welcoming me into the community and extending your friendship! You too are definitely a blessing.

    And those Legos – My Son’s Father is awesome! 🙂

  13. Friendship is built upon mutual trust and interests….recently I have won a book from Jillian and enjoying reading it. I find her to be an online mentoring for her easy-going down-to-earth nature.:-)

    Thanks for sharing this.

  14. Haha oh please, you would have been early teenagers to have kids our age :)!

    Ha that did feel like a blind date didn’t it?! Cygnet #2 is definitely the laid back one so far. And if I’m lucky, the Cygnet’s will take after their mother in many ways.

    It’s nice having fellow bloggers so close by and I look forward to some trash talking with Mr. G soon!!!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Oh yeah, right. Flattery will get you everywhere, JW!

      Lucy is about the calmest mom I’ve ever seen. Motherhood suits her so well.

      Mr. G would love to do a trash talking episode with you! What about Cygnet 1 — is he camera shy?

      • Oh I’m sure he’d love to help out. We can make it a game for him!

        I do love the unintended consequences of blogging though…I wasn’t necessarily expecting so many friendships to develop when I started but the community is so great.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Like-minded is key, Erik. That’s what makes it so easy to connect. We may all be nerds with the numbers but we know how to have fun, too!

  15. I cried. Seriously, cried. This is tremendously inspiring. I’ve had nothing but amazing experiences interacting with other PF bloggers on Twitter. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming! Great post. Need tissues.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Aww, that’s sweet. It is kind of touching, isn’t it?

      You’ve been a great new addition to the community, Lady! Thanks for stopping by.

  16. Very cool. I’ve yet to meet any of my fellow bloggers but I can see the appeal. Maybe someday we’ll find ourselves down your way and drop you a line. We drive through there a lot on the way to South Georgia,

    • Mrs. Groovy

      We didn’t intentionally set out to meet people but it just sort of evolved.

      Sure we’d love to meet up with you when you head to South Georgia!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Grah — another word I had to look up in an Urban Dictionary!

      Glad I could introduce you to some other blogs, Mrs. PP!

  17. Awww – I love this! Thank you so much for being my cousins. I really enjoy our conversations and all the advice you give me. I am SO BUMMED that I won’t be meeting you both at FinCon but I have big plans to track you down to hug you at some point during this year. Bonus points if I can find you while with Jillian so I can bear hug her as well! 🙂

      • Are you sure you can walk after the spill you took?! Just saw it on Twitter. So glad my Cuz is ok. Damn…I don’t want to meet the Groovy’s at a funeral!! Stay off the roof from now on. I still need a place to launch my AT hike from. 🙂

      • Mrs. Groovy

        Sure you can come, Fritz!

        And WHAT SHE SAID!!! (Bianca, about staying OFF the roof.) I’ve heard of DIY but I’ve also heard of a funky term for hiring others to do work — oh yeah, they’re called CONTRACTORS. You know, those guys that are hard to get a hold of? I know that’s why you want to do it yourself. Mr. Groovy’s like that too but there are some things you gotta leave to the pros.

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I hear Charlotte is still a major hub for layovers, yes? Even if it’s a quick lunch we can meet you. You’d need at least 2 hours so we can drive to a normal neighborhood.

      Bear hug. Was that a pun? I bet you didn’t know Fritz has a camera out in the woods by his house to catch a glimpse of the neighborhood bear.

    • September…Montana. I have the pop up camper all set up in the yard for the groovies, but we have extra tents too! =) We’ll call it “pre-fincon”. That should be a thing. And it should be in Montana. =)

  18. Love this post, Mrs. G! And it is so true! I’ve met so many amazing people in just one year. And when we finally get all the renovations done and hit the road, I hope to be able to meet up with a bunch of folks. (And my aunt and first cousin live in Charlotte!) In my line of work (OK – my OLD line of work) – it was hard to have a lot of close relationships. As a principal, you couldn’t really “hang out” with teachers and there were few principals to hang out with! We have plenty of friends in town from our kids growing up, but these new friendships will be such an important part of “our next life” (to steal from Ms. ONL!) Ms. Montana just sent me two books – and they are AMAZING! (And so is she!) So many great things about this community!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Start setting your sights on some Charlotte barbecue, Vicki! We’d be so happy to meet you.

      We’ve had difficulty making close relationships here. For instance, our subdivision is a mecca for families with kids. Parents get on our “Next Door” (online bulletin board) and discuss school stuff, or lace into neighbors for speeding in the development — speeding is definitely not cool but these folks go on and on, and get very petty about EVERYTHING. I have no patience for it. We have a few neighbors we can count on for watching out for one another, but otherwise we stick to ourselves.

      • We had the “Next Door” invite a few months ago and we passed on it. We heard it was the same thing – people complaining about others, etc. We’re not into that drama either. We’ll definitely try to catch you on a southern route as we head to Sarasota. We’ll definitely stop in Charlotte to see them and hopefully you! (Or you can always stop and visit us further south too!)

        • Mrs. Groovy

          It’s good for a few things like lost (and found) pets, street closings and other urgent issues.

  19. The PF community is definitely one with open arms. Rockstar finance forum has been such a good place to meet people.

    I knew people were nice but after I met up with the North Stars group I realized what great people they were.
    I’ve even found friends in totally different situation half a country away!

    • Mrs. Groovy

      I forgot about the North Stars group meetup! That’s great that you were able to get a group together. It sounds like you’ve had the same experience we’ve had — people are just as nice in person as they are online.

      Thanks for your comment!

  20. Mrs G, I’m honored to be among the all-stars on your “Friend List”. I really enjoy the time we spend together, and consider you among my best blogging friends.

    The social aspect of blogging is something I never anticipated, and it’s my favorite part of this hobby. The network of bloggers is absolutely amazing, and I’m glad to have both you and Mr. G as friends!

    And, regarding Jackie, I absolutely married up! She’s incredible, I’m truly blessed. Between friends like you, and a wife like her, I struggle to think how life could be much better! Thanks for the shoutout, love you like a sister (or cousin, as Miss Mazuma would say!)

    • Mrs. Groovy

      Jackie’s a keeper! And her commitment to the doggies really touches me.

      We’re so glad to have you both as friends too. I can’t wait to hear about Maddie’s wedding!