Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Influence Conference 2013

Because I'm still processing through everything #influenceconf related, I thought a little top 5 list of things from The Influcence Conference would suffice for now:
  1. My awesome roommates!
    • I couldn't have asked for two better women {Ashton & Tanya} to room with and sincerely hope this isn't the last time we all stay up until after midnight laughing & crying together.
  2. Meeting bloggers whom I have followed for years.
    • One of the crazy things about blogging is feeling like you already know someone without ever meeting face-to-face.  And yet, the friendships that can come through emailing and social media still amazes me every day.  As my twitter began to fill up with talk of the conference, I was both excited & nervous to meet some of the bloggers I had been following for years and I am so thankful I actually tabled my nerves & actually said hello some of them {Lindsey of The Kubly Girl, Erin of Blue Eyed Bride, and Lindsay of Hello Hue to name a few}. 
  3. Listening & learning from such passionate speakers.
  4. A beautiful night of worship.
    • On the last night of the conference, we all gathered together to worship and sing together.  To be honest, this was probably my favorite part of the whole conference because I could feel the Holy Spirit in the room and I knew there was a reason I had attended this conference.  And not to mention, the sound from that room was just breathtaking!
  5. Watching The Influence Network core team love on, pray for, and engage with all the attendees.
    • I honestly believe these six women could be called "the dream team". J Not only did their gifts & resources come together to bring us an amazing conference, but they also support a beautiful network of like-minded women all year long.  I've been a fan of each of their work with the network and individual blogs for at least the last six months and I can tell you that each of them writes just as they would speak to you in person, which I admire greatly.

Many times throughout the weekend, I found myself wondering about how this whole network & conference specfically came together and if I ever get a chance to be apart of the behind the scenes, I will consider myself lucky to be among such doers & dreamers! 

As I returned home on Sunday, my mind was swirling {and still is!} with thoughts & plans and my heart both blessed & wrecked in the best possible way.  I'm sure it will take some time to fully see the effects the conference had on me, but for now I am just grateful for the opportunity to attend.


  1. It's funny, it was also a scary thing to me to go up and say hi to bloggers I've followed for a long time--but I also thought it was worth overcoming the nervousness!

  2. I love how you summarized everything so deeply and succinctly all at the same time. Saying hello to bloggers I'd followed for years was one of my favorite parts last year, and it was so cool to see some of them again this year, having cultivated a friendship with them since those initial hellos!

  3. I'm so happy and thankful that you were able to attend and to hear how good it was for you.

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  5. I was amazed at the beautiful sounds coming from women inside that room during worship. His presence was most certainly there!

  6. i am only bummed that i didn't get to hug you longer. thankful for YOU.

  7. Love you girl. Way to rock the recap. I'm still trying to put it all into words, but you did it so beautifully.