Today I met some of the most amazing people, (in)RealLife, and also I wrote and obituary. The two are somewhat related. But don’t worry, the obit wasn’t for anyone you know. At least not yet. See, I’ve spent today at the Faith & Culture Writers Conference in Newberg, OR. I found out about this awesome event from some of my fellow blogging beauties, that I met on Twitter.
|My NY Sister|
Now, my hubby gives me a hard time for this. How could I possibly really know these women? After all, we’ve never actually met. Sure there was a phone call and a Google hang out, but really-how do you truly know some one when all you see is their avatar and twitter handle? Well I’ll tell you how. These girls, this specific group of women, we’re part of a community. We each spend our time and our life traveling different paths but there are some things that come out the same-we all have battles, we all have baggage, and we all write our souls on these sheets of internet paper and hover our mouse of the publish button, fretting over telling too much to these women across the city or across the country. We are honest in ways we never knew we could be, because we’re bound by the beauty of a friendship wrapped in three strands and tested over the flame of shared truths.
|A Few of My Bench Girls|
And today I met some of them. And it was beautiful. There is a sisterhood that has formed over these wireless connections and I have been blessed by it. And today we shared in this conference that overflowed with goodness. Sarah Bessey and Deidra Riggs shared their hearts as they spoke to the masses. Then breakout sessions and mentoring meetings filled the spaces and the gaps between. I met with a mentor who said I didn’t need an agent to publish, and another who said I did. I went to an awesome break out session with Karen Spears Zacharias where she taught us about outlining our story line by writing our character’s obituary. It was actually pretty fun. Then I wrapped it up with dinner and chatting and blog stories and book love and editing and the mysteries of parenthood and I am full.
Full up. Straight to the top. Filled with prayed over blessings and the hugs of women who’s heart and writing knock my socks off. And I can’t wait to come back next year!
Want to know some of these awesome women? Check out their blogs and enjoy!