At some point within this last year I felt a strong urge to gather Christian bloggers for retreat. I was looking for something that would be challenging, not watering down the Word, and at the same time be specific to bloggers. I even considered planning and hosting a very small retreat myself.
But then, I saw the announcement for The Influence Conference! As the hosts revealed more information and explained their heart behind it, I knew that this was what I had been longing for. It's a conference about using our influence to bring glory to Jesus and it's about building community and it's about using blogs/shops/social media to do that!
I am so excited to be rooming with L, Erin and Annie, and to finally meet Kerrie and so many other wonderful ladies that I've met through blogging.
So if you're new around here as part of the meet and greet, here are some fun facts and randoms :)
3 Get-To-Know-You Things About Me
I just started seminary last week! I spent the past 2 1/2 years as student minister in Austin, Texas (which I very much miss). Serving through church ministry has been such a beautiful, challenging, crazy experience and I am so ready to get back out there once I get this Master's degree.
I'm 24 (tomorrow!!) but I look like I'm 16. I hate the age-guessing game. Nobody EVER gets mine right. I suppose that will be good later in life ;)
I get ridiculous food babies.
That's where you eat and then your stomach expands into a perfect little pudge resembling pregnancy. Without pushing out at all, I honestly look pregnant... hence, food baby.
I named mine Lily.
sorry, I could not find a picture of the food baby. I'm sure if you're going, you will see her.
2 Things I'm Looking Forward to at Influence
1. Meeting some amazing women in real life that I already know and love from blogging and meeting totally new people! I think that this conference is going to be an amazing opportunity to really connect with other women.
2. Experiencing a combination of the blogging community and the church come together to learn how to love Jesus better in what we do.
(oh and the Stripes party and the Sashes market for some early Christmas shopping and late night conversations with lovely ladies and epic Cheesecake Factory dinners and exploring a part of the US I've never been to! What can I say? I'm excited about a lot!)
1 Thing I Can't Leave Home Without
I know it's lame but my iPhone. It keeps me from getting lost (and that might be my favorite feature.) It also lets me FaceTime David while we're in this long distance relationship phase. And I have a White Noise app that helps me sleep absolutely anywhere I need to! (which is key in ministry. we did a lot of sleeping on the floor for mission trips and conferences.)
So there you have it! I am so pumped to meet y'all in person!