In the past year or so, I slowly became more aware of the Influence Network as friends posted about it. Basically, it’s an online community for creatively-minded Christian women who understand that their words (and often blogs) have power and influence for Christ.
The Influence Network is hosting a conference in a couple weeks. I hadn’t planned on going, but when I realized a) it’s in my city, b) I’m not going to be anywhere else (Africa!) at that time and c) I definitely need community and learning opportunities and introvertedness-stretching, we looked at our budget and decided it would work!
I am the queen of online-only relationships. It’s seems I generally follow people’s blogs or Twitter accounts before I actually meet them in person. This makes meeting frequently awkward, but here’s the secret: I pretend I don’t know their names. This conference will allow me to learn from women I admire, and I’m determined to just go ahead and admit how much I know about their lives.
Sometimes I’m put off by conferences and online communities and all that. This, though, seems to perfectly fit what I need and want to be learning right now, as I begin to see this story God is telling with my life. I’m really looking forward to it.
So, off I’ll go downtown in a couple weeks. (Hopefully wearing a scarf, because it’s been so hot out and hotel conference rooms are usually cold, right?)
I’m certainly bringing my journal, too. I’ve rediscovered a love of writing and processing and self-reflection as I’ve been forced to slow down and focus on God in new ways this past year.