Monthly Archives: September 2012

Influence: Pre Conference Meet & Greet

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So, in about 5 weeks, I’m going to wake up, drive to the airport, fly to Indiana, stay in a hotel with 2 girls I’ve never met (and 1 that I have, so I don’t have to worry too much about being killed in my sleep…) and meet about 150 new ladies. This sounds crazy when I say it, crazy when I type it, and crazy when I think it. I’m leaving my family for 3 days so I can go meet internet friends. (I guess this really shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point, since the last time I decided to go meet internet friends, I also decided to go run 13 miles with them….) But so far, my blog meetups have served me well, and I love the friends that I’ve made through this crazy little world. So when Raechel posted on her blog about the Influence Conference, I immediately knew I wanted to go. So, my husband agreed to yet another one of my crazy schemes, even though it meant a pretty hefty financial investment for us, as well as me being gone for 4 days. I was excited and anxious for October to arrive and felt SO blessed to be part of this awesome adventure. Making much of Jesus, with a bunch of amazing women who have formed a community online. How awesome is that?

Except here we are, 5 weeks out, and I have a little secret.

I’m scared. 

But, my ticket is nonrefundable and so is my flight. So I’m going. And I’m guessing there’s a reason for it, since most times the things I’m scared of end up being the most awesome. So, I’m joining up in the little linky party pre-conference meet & greet.

3 things about me:

1) I’m long winded. If you send me a 2 sentence e-mail, I’m going to send you a 5 paragraph reply. Twitter is really challenging for me, because it can take me 10+ minutes to figure out how to get my thoughts down to 140 characters. I’m a talker, and I’m an over-thinker. My roomies are luuuuucky.

2) I’m hardcore addicted to coffee. I’ve worked at sbux for nearly 9 years, and on my days off, it’s still almost always the first place I go in the morning. But lately I’ve been learning that I don’ t think I’m addicted to the coffee nearly as much as the experience. When I’m in Indiana, I’ll need to find the nearest sbux to make me feel like I’m home.

3) I don’t have a type-A bone in my entire body. I’m not organized, I’m messy, there’s always clutter everywhere in my house. I can’t for the life of me keep my laundry from exploding. I’m not good at things that involve charts, or graphs, or anything that needs to be precise. I prefer cooking to baking, and even when I bake, I often guess. I dislike this about myself, because the older I get, the more the dysfunction drives me up.the.wall. When I lose things for the 87th time, I start to lose my mind a little. I keep thinking one day I’ll grow up and it’ll be better, but so far, not so much.

2 Things I’m looking forward to:

1) My roomies!! I’m rooming with a friend from home, along with 2 strangers and I’m just so excited to be in a hotel and get to stay up late for girly chats and chocolate binges and getting to sleeeeeeep!

2. Is it inappropriate to say yummy food? If it is, then pretend I said the workshops or sessions. But honestly, the food.

1 thing I can’t leave home without:

1) Something to tame my beast, aka my hair. It either needs to be straightened or diffused if I want to resemble a human.   Also, a hoodie.