So, a few months ago I met a group of amazing women at a blog retreat. We got to talking about life, blogging, and our faith and an idea began to form in my heart. I truly believe what this blogging community needs is a faith based, Jesus filled, gospel centered blog conference. So I talked to my friend Nicole about starting our own. We had a few women we wanted to be speakers, knew where we wanted to hold it, had a conference name, tag line, website design etc etc etc. But, I have to say, God's timing is so obvious sometimes. As much as He pressed this event on my heart, I never heard MOVE from him. Nicole and I talk and prayed about the fact that we just weren't clear that God was saying absolutely yes. And that's when Jessi, Hayley, and Casey
were persuaded by me through about a million messages to let me in on the fact that they already had The Influence Conference in the works.
You guys? My heart did a back flip.
Ok, maybe 16 year old me did a back flip.
But seriously, I was excited.
So WHAT is the influence conference you ask? Well allow me to quote the three hosts and let them tell you in their own words.
"It's a faith-based conference for women happening October 11, 12 and 13. It will help you grow your voice and improve your strategy to best use your influence for the Gospel--however that may be (a family blog, a handmade shop, as an eBook author, a fashion blogger...whatever!)."-Casey
"I am passionate about connecting women, about dreaming big and new ideas, about putting our passions to the best use. This conference is a beautiful combination of all those things–and with some of my favorite people on the internet."- Hayley
"So whether you're a professional blogger/social media pro or a stay at home mama who doesn't care a thing about twitter or a woman of God who just wants to love her community better, we believe the Lord will have something for you at Influence. We believe He's given you influence for a purpose - to make much of Him. And that is something to celebrate. "-Jessi
And guess who is going to be one of the community leaders at The Influence Conference?
That's right, yours truly. I will be helping lead you
yes you, because you seriously need to be there through one of the two session tracks: Life or Strategy.
LIFE Each of our lives are uniquely shaped by God Himself. By telling our stories of grace, forgiveness, trials, loss, and triumph- we are telling of the Good News. Each speaker has a story to tell, full to the brim with the Goodness of God.
STRATEGY If you are wanting to take your storytelling to a new place this track will help. Your influence in social media can bless you and your ministries relationally and even financially. These sessions will give you practical tips to leverage your influence for good.
And just wait until you hear who
some of? the speakers are. Emily Freeman, Jessica Turner, Allie Lehman, Anne Bogel, Nish Weiseth, John Saddington, and Jami Nato.
Oh, Jami Nato, you're about to meet your new bff and you don't even know it yet.
I swear I'm not a stalker.
So, for the important deets.
The conference is in Indianapolis, Indiana (fly through Indianapolis International) from 4pm Thursday, October 11th through late Saturday night, October 13th at the lovely Keystone Sheraton (deals on rooms coming soon!).The conference price includes all the sessions, goodies, and breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. Tickets are on sale RIGHT NOW! There are 50 early bird tickets for the low low price of $170. After they are sold out a few more tickets will be released for the not-as-low-but-still-a-deal price of $200 before they hit the regular ticket price of $250.
I am seriously thrilled e
xcited, honored, pumped to be a part of this and I am really really hoping that you will join me. I promise a hug, an awkward joke, and maaaaaaaaaaybe I'll tell you 5ohBaby's real name.