At the beginning of this year, my friend Lynsey and I embarked on an adventure with the brunching experts Gals That Brunch. A national organization founded in summer 2015, Gals That Brunch aims to provide a space for women in their 20s-30s to meet new friends while exploring their local neighborhoods.

The founder of GTB, Tiffany, reached out to Lynsey through Instagram to ask about starting a chapter in the Raleigh area. So how did I get involved?

Well Lynsey is a beloved transplant to the area from Kansas who happens to share office space with me at work. She is a creative soul who designs beautiful stationery and art work, and she is planning my wedding. In my mind’s eye, she is part sunflower and part unicorn (and it totally works). I could rave about her for hours, but I will reserve that for a blog post all of her own. That’s how much I adore this gal. Anyway, she asked me if I wanted to help her out because she is still exploring the area and isn’t familiar with too many brunch spots.

Insert major social anxiety episode here.

I’m exaggerating, of course, but I was hesitant and signed on to help plan a brunch every other month to get the Raleigh-Durham chapter started. And let me tell you – the first two brunches blew me away.

The restaurants we visited were overwhelming accommodating for our groups of 20+ at each place, and the food was delicious, per usual around these parts. But the gals who showed up fearlessly to eat brunch with women they didn’t know?! Absolutely amazing. Friendships formed, work collaborations commenced, and so many mimosas were toasted.

Right now we’re working on planning our third brunch, and I am still amazed at how a hashtag on Instagram brought this amazing organization into our lives. The power of social media, y’all.

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