I have an Oscar Night party every year. It is one of the highlights of my year. No one wants to watch a 3 1/2 hour show alone. It is much more fun with friends and food. Over the years I have done various contests, door prizes, and much more. The best part is the people. Last night I had 5 newbies at my Oscar party. They enjoyed the night and will definitely be on the actual invite list next year. While I could go on and on about how Parasite ruined everyone’s Oscar ballot, I’d rather talk about connections.

Two of the guests found they had a ton in common. We are planning a summer gathering to have a Sangria contest. They both make “the best” peach Sangria. Random. Also my favorite drink. They are both teachers and even own the same sweater. Point is, when you meet someone new, take the time to explore a bit deeper. You never know what will come of it. I believe a friendship may form here.

As for me, another Debbie came to the party.  Woohoo! Debbie’s rock. Our mutual friend has wanted us to meet for a long time. We enjoyed each other’s company and chatted a bit. At the end of the night she looked me in my eyes and said, let’s connect again when we can really talk. Oscar Night is laughter and eating and surface talk. I felt touched at her intentionality. I would love to connect one on one and talk deeper. I live for stuff like that.

What is the point of this blog today? Make a new friend. I have spent the past few years out of community at church. My excuse, I have enough friends and no time to add new ones in. Lie. I didn’t want to expose myself and be vulnerable to new people. Friends, be vulnerable. We need to be wise in who we share our lives with but when you meet another Debbie or someone who has your same sweater, take a risk and dive deeper. Life is not meant to be done alone or in a bubble. Expand your bubble. If you live near me or wanna make the drive, I guarantee next year’s Oscar Night will be epic and you just might make a new friend.

Dream Big! Pray Big!

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