(Shauna Niequist sharing!)
(a slide from Hayley's - the tiny twig - talk)
And you feel like you can only stare blankly because you're not sure how to answer in them in a way that explains everything.
This past weekend I was at the Influence Conference.
I am going to try and explain everything. It may be scattered.
The conference was incredible and refreshing and wonderful to be around people who share my same brand of crazy -- people who see the online world as a place to connect, to build businesses and to share life.
To be honest before I went, I was feeling really, really burned out. Overwhelmed. Questioning what and why I do what I do.
I remember telling Ashley, when she asked me to teach a workshop, I said that I was a mess -- that I wasn't "holy" enough for a Christian conference-- that I wasn't a "big enough" blogger to teach anyone anything. And I am a mess. I wrote my workshop on the plane (confession!) and I let a lot of things slip, a lot of the time.
And what was so, so beautiful about the conference -- beyond the practical advice, meeting everyone -- was that I could just let my walls down.
The thing is, yes, I am a mess. I am. I can't do anything on my own, but I believe fully that I don't have to. I believe that God is enough for me-- that He gives me strength when I don't have any. And honestly, lately, I have no strength. Being at the Influence Conference was the reminder that I don't have to be it all or have it all together-- that I can rely on God.
I needed that. Heading into this week, I'm getting on a plane again. It'll be the third weekend I'll be gone. This weekend I'll be at ReMake, hosted by Brit & Co and I am so excited for it -- but I have a lot to do.
So I'm holding onto the truths of the Influence Conference -- that I don't need to be enough; that His strength is sufficient when I am so very weak.
p.s. I also learned so much other stuff--- I especially scribbled down a TON of notes from Jeff Goins and Shauna Neiquist-- and I hope to share more of their wisdom in the coming weeks.
p.p.s. I brought my camera but did not take one photo. I kind of feel like a failure. So enjoy these slightly fuzzy iphone photos...