My brain is filled to the brim and my journal is covered in thoughts, quotes, and prayers. Influence Conference was just so good for me. I could easily write an entire week’s worth of posts based only on the incredible friendships, truths, and experiences that were crammed into a three day trip. But I won’t do that. I’ll just do a little re-cap for you and then we’ll talk about all the nitty gritty details later.
First. The friendships.
You guys. I can’t even describe the unearthly bond my roomies and I experienced immediately upon meeting for the first time. Besides Christie and I, none of us had met in person, so things could’ve been really awkward. I was secretly praying it wouldn’t be a total train wreck. But it was absolutely the opposite. When Cassie walked into the hotel room, the party started and it didn’t stop until Sunday morning when we parted ways. We were meant to be. We started the hashtag #ecumenicalfriendships because apparently Catholics and Protestants can cross the line of friendship into sisterhood and it’s such a beautiful and amazing thing. I love my little Catholic buddies and I’m so, so, thankful for our friendship. I really could write an entire post about my love for them, but that would be weird so I’m moving on now. But first. We all need to just be aware that this happened :
But don’t think we just kept to ourselves. We made new friends, met up with some other online faces that we hadn’t had the chance to squeeze in person yet and basically just brought the party with us wherever we went.
So basically if nothing else was awesome about the entire weekend, the friendships I made would’ve been enough for me to come back and say, “Yea. That was 100% worth it.” But the friendships were just the beginning. The messages, the speakers, the vibe of the whole event, it was just absolutely saturated in love and Jesus and all the things that I hadn’t realized my soul was needing desperately. I’ll be sharing a little more about those thoughts as they become more than just a mumbled mess in my brain, but I’m excited for the direction and clarity God seems to be giving me these days. Really excited. And a little bit scared. But good things. Really good things.
AND THEN THERE WAS JEN LULA. I’m not a fangirl typically. I’ve met some people in my day and I’m just not one of those “Oh mah god it’s YOU” type of girls but then there’s Jen. She was the first blog I ever started following and that was back in 2011 when I was a new mom and she was just totally cool. So I was pretty excited to sit in her class and listen to her share her little Jesus loving blogger’s heart. Most of her talk was about working with brands, which was great, but I’m kind of past that now, so that wasn’t the part of her talk that got me. It was when she started talking about her priorities. She said her blog, as successful as it’s been, is the last on her priorities list. She hasn’t blogged regularly or consistently in a while and that’s because her full time job is to be there for her family. As soon as she started talking about her priorities, I got a check in my little convicted heart. My priorities have been WAY out of wack. Embarassingly so. And I’m correcting that as of today. I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was open up my Bible. I can’t remember the last time my Bible was a priority. I’m so thankful I was sitting in her class and that she felt the need to talk about her priorities. It’s rocked my world. Jen Lula you’re my hero. Sorry for being awkward in the elevator.
I keep trying to sum up the thoughts and knowledge that I walked away from this conference with, but I can’t seem to find the words right now. I’m just really thankful for this conference, the friendships, the rest, the team of women who worked so hard to put the whole thing together, and that I was able to attend. I’m certain I’ll be sharing more with you throughout the next few weeks and you can expect some big changes around here.
Speaking of changes, what do you think of the new site design?? It’s still a work in progress, but I’m feeling this updated look for reals. Anyhoo. It’s Monday. I need to get back into the swing of things and feed my kids or something. Love you all!!
Just a few of the blogger lady friends in these photos :