The Importance Of Talking To Strangers

Old Ireland In Colour by John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley

A note about making connections

Back in March 2010, I met my Irish husband in Canada before flying out to Australia a few months later.

That first conversation triggered a series of events which led to the course of both our lives changing and our future plans evolving to include each other.

In early 2014, when we relocated to Galway, Ireland and later Naas, Co. Kildare, I started setting up coffee chats with complete strangers I found inspiring on LinkedIn or read about in the local papers. A practice I started doing as a journalism student and have kept doing, even if it’s virtual these days!

One of those people was John Breslin, a Professor at NUIG Galway, entrepreneur and later, the founder of the Portershed. We had a great catch up and continued to keep in touch over the years.

When he published his latest book, Old Ireland In Colour, I ordered a copy for our home library. The book arrived yesterday from Newbridge Co. Kildare, ironically a town I used to work in, and was announced this week as Best Irish-Published Book in An Post Irish Book Awards!

It’s a beautifully made book, featuring colour photographs created using AI technology and historical research, full of important and everyday moments in the country’s history. We’re looking forward to reading it as a family and sharing it with others.

You never know who you may meet, where a conversation may lead, what a person may create or the impact it may have on the lives of others.

Your reminder for the day to take more chances, try new things and speak to complete strangers, you never know what could happen!

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Over the past decade, Amy Maureen Lynch has negotiated remote work arrangements, freelance client work and validated business ideas, in between living and working in Canada, Europe and Australia (and having three kids). She writes about travel, international family life, creativity and flexible work on her blog, where you can read about her experiences bringing her children into business settings and access flexible and remote work resources to help you navigate the future of work: She produces and hosts the Mixing Babies And Business™ Podcast, parent-friendly professional development events, digital resources and advises others on creating inclusive and flexible work solutions at: Amy’s first book, Startup Blogging: Validate A Business Idea and Build Your Audience, is based on her journey as a blogger, writer, founder and parent to date.

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