Influenced + Influencer

Leading up to Influence, several thoughts were running through my mind. My brain wanted to attend strategy sessions, but I was fearful that my heart needed life sessions. As an extrovert, I am great at meeting people, less strong in building relationships. I was fearful of giving people the wrong impression, of them misinterpreting me. I was worried, preoccupied with me, me, and me.

And then this happened:







The ladies, in the order of appearance from left to right: Melody // Lena // Jami // Blair // (I am missing some of the pixie #teamawesome) // Raechel // John (the man) // Cally // Courtney // Meg // Kerrie // Sarah // Haley // Jessi // Jen // Cyndi // Julie // Blair // Kirsten // Brooke // Brooke // Amber // Alissa // John (again) // Lena // Sarah // Plus all the ladies I don't have photos with, but you should still get to know: RebeccaSarah, Moriah, Natalie, Rebecca, Amanda, Rachel and Kathleen.

Incredible women opened their hearts, their arms, and their love for each other. A few of their words (and a few smart guys too!) are already impacting the way I think about the balance of faith, family, and online presence.

When you are at capacity, to say "yes," means to have to say "no," to something already in your pipeline - John Saddington

Keeping your conversations in your head doesn't do any good. Talk to your spouse. - John Saddington

I am not in a movie, I can only bring vulnerably and the real me.  - Haley Morgan

If you are going to have social media streams, they need to be consistent. Spotty is worse than zero. - Haley Morgan

You can't continue unless your husband is on board.  - Nick Connolly

There is a process of learning our brave yes and our strong no. - Emily Freeman

Allow yourself the time to pour into your non-parenting activities guiltlessly. - Sarah Matheny

Have the type of grace for yourself that God has for you. - Sarah Matheny

What you worship is obvious to anyone who spends any time with you, or reading your blog. Can people see Christ through your blog?  - Jami Nato

To tell yourself you are going to wake up and do better is a disservice for the cross. - Jami Nato 
The beauty of a blogging conference over other conferences is bloggers don’t see each other as competition but community. - Will Bogel 
When you belong to Christ, you can't filter him out of your life.  - Sarah Matheny

My blog isnt enough to make me cut my hair. If 1,000 readers told me to cut it, it wouldn't be enough. - Blair McLeod

Understand what you are trying to do before using technology. Choose a few and do them well. - John Saddington 
Be strategic in your post titles. Stand out in feeds and readers.  - Casey Wiegand

And then there are these women, my roommates (+ one fine lady). The depth of conversation, their heart for serving the Lord, and their encouragement made it all worth it. It was all worth it.

I learned a lot of incredible things about strategy. I learned even more about the Sovereignty of God. Conversations that took place throughout the weekend have inspired and renewed me. A new set of goals, including my family, my faith, my marriage, and my blog are leading me forward. I have ideas about how to implement some of the things I have learned here. But even more so, I look forward to you engaging in the change. Welcome to the ride.
#InfluenceConf

16 comments:

  1. Welcome back. I am excited. I love the quotes, a lot. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Oh Whit, it was so good. It would be a blast to have you there next year!

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  2. love. and cally made an appearance :) so glad you two connected! thanks for sharing your highlights!

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    1. Who are you kidding? Cally and I were like butt buddies!

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  3. Oh I'm so glad you had such a lovely time! And I'm glad you got the chance to connect with such amazing women!

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  4. It was so good to meet you this weekend! So glad I now know where to find the cutest cards ever!

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  5. It was such a JOY to meet you, Lady! ;) Thanks for taking a picture of me with BACON.

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    1. Jen, that Bacon picture was priceless...and yet you can hardly tell there is bacon in your hand!

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  6. What fun roommates you had! Glad you were there & glad you came away inspired. And... so glad to meet you! xo

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  7. Hello Shannon! Just stopped by from the Pure & Simple Blog. So happy to have stumbled upon your site. I'm looking forward to following along & sharing in this journey together!

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  8. It was just great to meet you at the conference. You were so sweet to me. Thanks! Lisa~

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I will never use a mason jar again without thinking of you!

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  9. So very very glad to have met you. It's hard, in a room full of 200 people to find the few that you can truly relate to, and you "got" me in a lot of real ways. So thanks for that.

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  10. It was SO great meeting you! And what a great compilation of quotes! Thanks for posting them

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