I’ve been a fan of The Influence Network since it was a fuzzy dream between two friends. I have the privilege to call both of the founders–Jessi and Hayley–live and in person friends. So. I was going to be a fan no matter what.
I couldn’t go to the conference last year. That’s just my reality. I know it’s yours, too. Sometimes I have to say no when I really, really want to say yes. On the weekend of the conference, I texted with and prayed for my sweet friends. I was so excited for them. A little bit sad, yes. But mostly excited.
I’ve watched something grow since that weekend in October last year that I think is just right. I love that there are so many ways to connect with women through Influence: forums, classes, the conference. And just this week, a relaunch brings discipleship and pursuit groups. Plus, now you can purchase recordings of older classes.
Becoming a part of the teaching team and teaching classes has been a favorite for me over the past seven months. If you’ve never taken a class, I hope you’ll consider taking one soon. I’m super excited about the teachers and subjects the network has lined up for you.
But. I really want to talk to you about the conference this year (It’s September 26-28 in Indianapolis). Listen. Going to a blogging/social media/women’s/whathaveyou conference can be overwhelming, especially for an introvert. At my first conference, I found myself crying on the phone to my husband and ready to come home after a few days. It’s hard for me to be away from my people. But. It’s also abundantly good to sit across the table from a kindred heart or hole up in a hotel room and dream big. There’s nothing like learning that you aren’t alone even when it means that you connect with someone who’s miles away in her everyday.
This year’s conference is going to be a sweet time to connect and focus and surrender. The speakers look amazing (I’m not sure how I’m going to listen to all of them. Because I really, really want to.). There will be smaller, hands-on workshops (I’lm leading the one on writing). It’s just going to be sweet.
I’m going to be there as a community leader. I couldn’t be more excited even though I am a hermit-like introvert.
How about you? Will you be there?