Friday, October 17, 2014

Go meet some facebook friends (especially the ones you don't even know)

Awhile ago, I happened upon the blog of author ArLynn Presser, a romance novelist (and former lawyer) with anxiety disorder who decided to embark on a yearlong project to meet every one of her then 335 facebook friends in order to stretch her boundaries (which, at that time, were the four walls of her home).  

Delving a little deeper, I found Presser's intriguing Wikipedia bio:  "Presser was born on July 23, 1960 to Justin and Aleta Leiber, who later put her up for adoption before divorcing. Presser was adopted by Donald and Judy Patrick of Western Springs and given the name Lynn Melody Patrick. She left the Patrick family when she was 15 and became a ward of the DuPage County Juvenile Justice agency. Presser did not finish high school but graduated from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1985. She married Stephen B. Presser and had two sons together before divorcing in 2010."

So, at the time she began her Face to Facebook project, she had just become a divorcée.  Curiouser and curiouser.

Today, a couple of years after her project ended, guess what?  She's now up to 5,000 facebook friends, and you can see glamorous photos of her on her facebook page

In my opinion, Presser's get-out-of-the-house project was a brilliant way to become a dynamic divorcée.   So, here's her Face to Facebook blog from the very beginning for your perusal.  I have to confess that I haven't read it all, but it strikes me that her life got a lot bigger and more colorful during her year of self-enforced tête-à-têtes all over the world, and she continues her blog to this day. 

Need another reason to reach out and touch someone?  Watch this video to find out how checking in with folks you barely know, or haven't contacted in a long time can pay big rewards -- personally or professionally.  Don't let the fact that this video comes from Inc. magazine's Idea Lab make you click away.  It is worth the view.  In spades.

Hope you'll be inspired and think about whom you'd like to be back in touch with . . . or meet for the first time.  If a 50-year-old with anxiety disorder can do it, you can, too!

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