My heart took flight throughout my time at the Allume conference, last week. In addition to chasing rainbows across the hotel lobby, I cemented friendships with some women who I knew my heart was connected to long before meeting in person.
I learned that I have a place within the legion of writers out there in the blogosphere. My need to stay up until midnight pouring my heart out until it finally feels right? I learned that’s totally normal. Sitting on suitcases and praying for them to suddenly zip? Also? Totally normal.
That Five Minute Friday community of writers that bravely hit the timer each week? I met many of them in person. They. Are. Gorgeous.
That (in)courage group of women that I am so deeply encouraged by? They are real flesh-and-blood women, with a desire to make each heart feel like they have a home in community. They. Radiate. Love.
I found My People, y’all.
They are brave and smart and funny and kind. They care and connect and crave community.
I heard a similar message, meant just for me, throughout each Keynote Speech, Session, and Sitting.
And a couple of very distinct words were emblazoned on my heart.
Confirmation. Carrying a message wrapped in funny is my gifting.
Creativity. We are art because we were made by An Artist.
Doors. Walking through the ones that are open will bring you one step closer.
Salt. Be it. Make sure you bring it to the table every time.
Second. Playing Second Fiddle can be a thing of beauty.
Unicorns. They are more beautiful in person.
Validation. We are ALL stars – and each one of us in the blogosphere is needed to make the others shine that much more brightly.
This conference provided more encouragement for my heart than I could possibly have hoped for. I was loved on, prayed over, and pushed ahead by some incredible women.
And I can’t wait to do it all again in 2014!