Day 70 – Tweetup

18 HUGS, 4 children, 12 adults (1 husband, 1 neighborhood friend, 10 new friends from tweetup)

Today I attended my first tweetup at The Pit (a BBQ restaurant in downtown Raleigh). I was nervous before attending because I was afraid of coming across as a naive flake when it came time to tell people about my blog. I said as much to my neighbor and her response? “That’s what I thought at first until I heard you talk about it more.” Great, thanks for the boost of confidence.

My opportunity to share my blog happened fairly seamlessly. Everyone seemed to know each other there and greeted each other with hugs. When this would happen, I would say, “my turn for a hug”. That then led to, “I blog about hugs.” This led to a few different conversations where I had an opportunity to share. Wouldn’t you know it? One of the first people I shared with has a friend continuing Juan Mann’s mission of Free Hugs! (Day 34) She instantly sent him a message and he has already been in contact with me! Amazing! I can’t wait to learn more about what he has been able to accomplish (aside from hugging 1200 people in 2 days during one festival. WOW!) So, really, what are the odds of me meeting someone at my very first tweetup (local people on Twitter meeting up) who HAPPENS to know someone that HAPPENS to be on a Free Hugs mission? Crazy, crazy universe provides yet again.

I was completely out of my element at this tweetup and I loved it. I challenged myself to meet new people and I did. I felt completely out of my league and rather than let that bother me, I embraced it. (everyone was tweeting during lunch and I didn’t even bring a phone) Regardless of how foolish people might think I was I continued to hug everyone I encountered during this luncheon. I even went so far as to seek out someone I follow on Twitter to introduce myself and guess what? I got 2 hugs out of her! Success all around!

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


6 thoughts on “Day 70 – Tweetup

  1. It was great to meet you! So glad I could help you link up with a friend on the same mission. Also, no one thought you were a naive flake. And next time, we’re planking. 🙂

    • Thank you Pam. So far this journey is not taking the path I thought it would and I love it. I am so excited to see the end result. I will dedicate a full post on how it has changed me because I know you will be on my case if I don’t. 🙂

  2. Howdy Melinda, wasn’t sure how to contact you so I figured this would work.
    We’ll be giving out free hugs for fourth friday in fayetteville, if you’re in the area I would love for you to join us.
    I was inspired by Jason Hunter who Juan was originally inspired by. I’ve actually been hugging longer than Juan but he’s done something greater than any of us could have imagined by turning international. I’ve yet to meet him but I’m sure he’s a great guy.
    here’s my email add me on fb and check out the website when you can. Would love for you to enter the contest (either way I’ll give you a shirt)
    Take care!


    • I welcome emails at I have added you on fb.
      I never knew about Jason. That is so interesting and I am surprised that I have not heard of him through my research. Maybe I don’t know where to be looking? I won’t be able to join you for fourth friday, but I definitely want to join you in the future. Please let me know when/where the next one will be! Can’t wait to meet you.

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