September 30, 2011

Blog Sugar: Restoring My Weary Soul

Last weekend I have the absolutely privilege and blessing to attend an incredible conference, BlogSugar. I can't even begin to put into words how badly my soul needed it, and God knew I needed to be there. The past two years of my life have been very difficult to say the least. There have been plenty of moments where I have felt:





At the beginning of 2011, I stumbled across the blogging world and fell in love with the stories I read. There were stories of brokenness, of loss, of heartache, of pain and suffering. Yet there were also stories of hope, joy, restoration, and answered prayers. I was encouraged, overwhelmed, and comforted. I can't begin to tell you the hours I poured over these incredible blogs. Furthermore, I loved being able to connect with the women behind the stories via email. And it was an incredible blessing to be able to hug their sweet selves in real life at BlogSugar.

And lucky me, I even got the hug the girl behind the very first blog I ever found (and loved!); my sweet friend Maggie from Gussy Sews.
and she is just as ever bit sweet and humble in real life as she is in her blog and emails.

When I got on the airplane to head to California, I was nervous, anxious, and scared. I felt fragile and weary. But I knew that I needed to step out in faith. I needed to overcome my fears of flying. I needed to push myself out of my comfort zone.

When I arrived, I was able to meet one of my first blogging friends, Alissa, in real life. I had the absolute blessing of spending four days being loved on by her family and kids. I secretly wanted to take them home in my suitcase! But Alissa said no; bummer!

Isn't he the cutest?

The following day my crafting buddy, Meagan and sweet Jacqui joined in the fun. Although, I had never met these three incredible girls in real life, I felt like they knew me instantly. The time I spent with them, although felt limited, was so good for my soul. They even had me laughing to the point of tears.

sweet miss meagan

And quite possibly my favorite part of the conference was running into one of my dearest college friends, Lauren. She and I hadn't talked in over a year, so it was incredible to see her sweet self and catch up.

The conference was just what my weary soul needed. I needed to hear that my blog and my business are simply not about me, but rather gifts given to me, that I can use to better this world. It reminded me that I have a voice, a story, a journey to share. It encouraged me to be real, to be honest, to be true to myself. It inspired me knowing that sharing stories can change lives, restore lives, and rebuild lives.

As I boarded the plane to go home, I felt challenged, inspired, encouraged, and well loved. My body was weary, but my soul was not.



September 29, 2011

WIWW: Week Two

This past week I got to spend four days in the beautiful state of California with some of my very sweet blogging friends!

On Saturday, Meagan, took me to Ikea since I had never been there before. I was seriously in furniture heaven! :) We took a silly little picture in a giant mirror.

Dress: Mini Boden
Sweater: Old Navy
Belt and flipflops: Target

Then I had the privilege of attending a wonderful conference called Blog Sugar. I was able to meet some amazing bloggers and businesswomen, who encouraged me, inspired me, and changed me for the better! 

Dress: J. Crew
Sweater: Target
Jacket: Mini Boden
Hairbow: Caroline G


September 22, 2011

Overcoming Fears

So I have a confession: I'm afraid of flying. Growing up, I loved plane rides and saw them as an adventure. There was something so thrilling about zooming off on the runway and then landing in a new location. Not to mention, I loved all the different airports I've been to in the past.

However, as I got older, I started to realize all the unknowns that can happen when flying. I've been on flights that have attempted to land and had to take back off immediately to avoid a crash. I've had delays due to broken parts. And I've watched someone have a seizure and go unconscious mid-air. There is just something that terrfies me about now.

But, tomorrow, I'm going to work on conquoring those fears. I'm going on my first ever solo trip to meet some friends out in California and attend an amazing conference. I'm choosing to remind myself that God is far bigger and that He holds me in the palm of His hand. Although this experience is going to push me out of my comfort zone in many ways, I feel incredibly blessed for the opportunity!

Well off to finish packing. I'll be dancing in the California sun tomorrow!