This post could also be titled 'an Essay about Long Distance Friendships', because at the heart of it, that's what I really want to talk about today. My friend Tenneil.

Tenneil is kind, and thoughtful, and talented (seriously, go read her blog). She's super generous, with her friendship and also just in nature. She took time to get to know me and even cheerlead for my tiny blog, which grew thanks to her. She wrote a guest post when I had no time to create content, she wrote me emails back and forth and has been a friend when I needed someone. She lives in Melbourne, and I live in England. We've known each other for just shy of two years, I think.

These are the kinds of friends I have made, somehow, on the internet. They're the kinds of friends you want to tell everyone about but not everyone gets it. 'So... You've never met in real life?!'

We'd been talking about doing a swap for a while - I think back in October we first starting shooting around ideas via emails back and forth. Life happened a lot and we both got busy but around Christmastime we finally picked a date and started finalising our packages, wishlists exchanged. In January I posted off my parcel and a few weeks later, I had received a super special package of my own at work. I hauled the ridiculously large box home from my office and excitedly filmed an unboxing - which I'll share in a vlog this weekend for you guys! That will go more into detail about what I received and show me almost weeping like a loon - get ready.

You can see some of the beautiful things Tenneil picked out for me above, but what really made me so happy was her thoughtful letter and card. A little 'Australia' magnet which now sits in pride of place on my fridge. A diagram about how to properly eat a Tim Tam with a big mug of tea. Things that only a friend would think of. I had been having a hard time and this was such a ray of sunshine, to think that somewhere across the world, someone had been so thoughtful and considerate of me. It's one of the things that made me fall in love with blogging in the very first place, and it reminded me how much I really wanted to get back to writing properly here. For that and for SO MUCH ELSE, thank you lady.

I've never been the type to make friends easily - I like to think I'm quite easy going and easy to talk to, but I'm shy at first and usually pretty anxious in social situations. Perhaps that's how all of us internet-dwellers are, and maybe it says something about my generation that we now seem to make closer friendships online than off, but personally? I think making friends on the internet is amazing. Where else could you find people with interests so closely aligned to yours, from everywhere, and connect to them so easily?

I'll write more in detail about what I received and what I thought of beauty products and all of that good stuff, but for now, I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate the little surprises and good things life can bring your way unexpectedly. There really is a whole lot to be thankful for, and so happy about, if your eyes (and mind, sometimes!) are open.

Tell me about your internet friendships! Let's share the love for blogging, email or FaceTime friends, cuz Valentines weekend shouldn't just be about romancin', know what I mean?

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  1. Hey, I just came across your blog (thanks to Tenneil, I admit it) and wanted to say that I can totally relate as I've known two of my best friends for nearly ten years now when I decided to join the online world. To me, Internet friendships really are the best! Hope you get to meet each other someday ;)

    Léa, myslumberingheart.com

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    1. Thanks so much Léa - it's amazing how much these friendships can change our lives :) I'm keeping my fingers crossed for us too! Thanks so much for reading and commenting T xx

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  2. My longest internet friendship is probably almost 11 years now. We don't talk as much as we used to but we still keep in touch and are still friends! And she knows she can come to me whenever she needs someone to talk to. Hopefully, I get to meet her one day and hopefully, you and Tenneil get to meet one day too! :)

    I personally agree that making friends online is better. I, too, am very shy and can be socially awkward. I have a hard time connecting to people sometimes and can never continue a conversation and so, they all end up dying. And then these people just think I'm too awkward so I completely understand. It's hard for me to make friends alone. I usually can do it when I'm with someone I'm comfortable with. Honestly, that's how I made all my friends - through other people! But I simply just make friends by myself through the Internet. The internet has its ups and downs but it definitely has a way to bring people together which I just LOVE. :)

    All the love!
    http://www.llindatt.blogspot.com

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    1. That's pretty amazing, Linda! It's so awesome to read everyone's stories and hear all the different perspectives on making friends online, making friends as an adult - I love that blogging has an incredible way of connecting people who otherwise might never have met. I hope you get to meet your internet friend one day soon. Thanks so much for reading and commenting! T xx

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  3. Oh girl, this is so lovely!! You lucky thing!! I can't wait to see what she sent you, and I hope you enjoy the Tim Tam dunk!!
    I think we briefly discussed doing a swap also and I totally got sidetracked, as per usual :( Ahhh I am the worst. It's so nice to receive parcels in the mail, or anything really, so I'm so glad this made you happy!

    I still think it's hard in this day and age for people to accept other people making friends via the internet, but I can proudly say that I met two of my best friends in the world online, over ten years ago, and we literally still talk every single day (and I've visited twice). It's not conventional, and it's got it's ups and downs (I hate being so far away from people - get me to England ASAP!!!), but I think the internet is still a great way to meet people and blogging has introduced me to so many lovely people, it's been amazing.

    Gush gush gush. I miss you gal!!

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    1. We should still swap lady! I miss you too. You and Tenneil are honestly 1000% why I am so desperate to visit Aus soon! LET'S ORGANISE THIS THING AND BECOME PEN PALS. It's my favourite. Sending lots of love and hugs your way T xx

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  4. Aww, this is such a sweet post! Tenneil is the most beautiful person, we've been internet friends for years now and a while ago she came to Sydney for an internship for 3 months and we hung out a couple of times while she was here, and then about a year ago when she moved to Melbourne she moved in with one of my real life best friends (who I also met on the internet back in 2003, haha) so now when I go to Melbourne I stay with them and sometimes I just think about how much blogging has brought me in life and how different I would be without it, and how many amazing people I never would have met otherwise. Tenneil is one of my favourite people I've ever met through the internet and I'm so glad you feel so touched by her friendship too. :)

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

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    1. She is a TOTAL babe - honestly could have just written a Tenneil appreciation post here because she is just that lovely. It's not something I've experienced too often throughout school, girls supporting one another in the way they do in the blogging community, and it made me so grateful for the experience and the lovely, lovely friends I've made. It's so wonderful hearing about your friendship too. GALENTINE'S ARE THE BEST. T xx

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  5. Babeeee! Sorry it's taken me so long to comment on this post! It's been on the back of my mind for the longest time and I couldn't go without letting you know how touched I was by your words and how it brought such a smile to my face. I'm so glad we've become such amazing friends through blogging and as your friendship means a lot to me, I'm also super happy my package could bring a little joy into your life! Yours definitely did too and don't worry, I've got a post on your package to me in the works! I just haven't had a lot of time to blog due to my family visiting. :)

    I think you totally hit the nail on the head about us Internet-dwellers. I think a lot of us tend to be introverted and a little bit of a homebody, and there's totally nothing wrong or weird about making friends online. Of course, I love being out with my "real life" friends, but to make friends with like-minded people with similar interests and from all around the world is pretty incredible too. I've become real life friends with a few of my Internet friends and one day we WILL meet in person and do the same! Hurry up and get your butt to Australia, woman!!!

    http://likeneonlove.com

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