While I was traveling, I heard stories of other bloggers’ travel mishaps on Twitter, and I had a snafu or two of my own, including an hour and fifteen minute stop (and I mean stop) on the turnpike I took from Philly to Harrisburg.
Of course, as a breastfeeding mom, I have to tell you about my woes of pumping, too (but nothing obscene for the gentlemen in the room!). I had to pump 5 times a day while I was gone, and because of my long travel itinerary, I had to pump in two airplanes, one rental car, one airport restroom, and one hotel room full of my lovely roommates (maybe I should throw a partridge in a pear tree for good measure?).
I was worried about forgetting all of the milk in the fridge when I left Harrisburg, but thankfully, I did not. I did, however, leave my pump (with milk) in the rental car. I realized this as I was checking my bag and had to go back to National Rental Car and have the men there search for the pump. It was found in the nick of time, and I have to say my experience with the rental car company was excellent from start to finish. I was quite impressed with their customer service. (I am not being paid to say that 😉 You have to clarify these things on blogs.)
Back to Relevant: When I first read the mission of the conference, I knew I wanted to be there, and I was not disappointed. In fact, my expectations were exceeded.
I met so many incredible women, all with unique blogs, at the conference. I ended up with three roommates, Natalie, Faith, and Marsha. It was awesome to spend our time in the hotel room getting to know each other’s stories and sharing tips, but it was especially nice to have a common faith. We all felt relaxed around each other, and when I was worn out from networking, I could go to them and relax. It was like we were instantly old friends. I think I heard someone call it “home base”, and that’s what it felt like.
The conference was for Christian women bloggers, so I knew we would talk about God and how our blogs can be used as a ministry to others. But the entire first 24 hours were all about putting God and our families first. We heard some awesome women offer advice for unplugging, prioritizing, and giving up on ambitions.
It reminded me of something I told Brad when I felt like I was getting really excited about blogging: God did not call me to blogging; he called me to Him.
That message was a good foundation for the rest of the weekend. I decided to forego attending the sessions based more on monetizing my blog and instead went to the sessions about discernment, criticism, writing…and OK, I went to a session on getting published. 🙂
As a fairly new blogger, there wasn’t a better place to learn this information. The speakers and panel leaders are women who have been doing this for years. They have triumphed and made mistakes, and I got to learn from their wisdom.
I know my mistakes are waiting, just lingering on the next horizon, and I’m thankful to have some guidance for how to deal with them when they come.
Lord, continue to guide me to your throne. As Ann said, bring me to the keyboard so that I can let you work on me while I write. I hold this blog in my hand and unclench my fingers so that it can be used for you.