10.16.2012

Influence.

Where do I even begin?
I have so much to say that I am worried I will leave something out.
I know that I am still processing much of what I took in, so this post is not going to be complete.
In order to keep my thoughts somewhat together, I am going to bullet point this baby out.
 
1. The blogging community.
My roomies: Nat//Me//Nicole//Ginny
 Ginny//Me//Alissa
Me//Morgan//Kelli
Me//Emily
 
This weekend proved to me over and over again that this community we have, it is so real.
We are more than girls who sit behind a computer. We are interested in more than DSLR cameras, sidebar buttons, and sock buns. We each have a story to share. We each evoke genuine emotions (some of us more than others cough::crybaby me::cough). Yes, we may have met "online" but our relationships grow much deeper than that. I have never laughed harder or cried more than I did during this three day stint. These people are more than online friends. They are my homies, my people, my friends for life.
 
2. Strategy.
 
I may not come across as somebody who is interested in the logistical side of things (not that wine and my love for Giuliana Rancic aren't logical...) but I am a huge strategy girl. I get a natural high talking new ideas. Better ways to do things. Risky moves....etc. This blog of mine hasn't grown on accident. I put A LOT of thought and energy into how I've gotten here and where I want it to go.
At Influence I came away with a ton of new thoughts. This blog has some changes up it's sleeve.
Heck, it may have a whole new blog up it's sleeve. Sponsor options are changing. Collaborations will be made. Mentorship programs are being considered. Virtual Assistants are being hired. I am ready to change up the game. I want to work smarter. Connect better. And have a heck of a lot more fun along the way.
 
3. Influence
Jami Nato said this weekend "What the blogging community does NOT need is another person trying to make a name for themselves." This blog is not intended for self glorifying purposes (although believe me, it can be awfully easy to forget that...). Now listen. I am not one to talk about Jesus much. I don't in "real life" nor do you see me speaking much of Him on this blog. I just don't. I could lie and say that I do but that would be..well a lie.
At the bottom of all of this is this: this is His blog. Ultimately, I am here to share the good news.
Not make a name for myself but to bring glory to His. I like funny. I like awkward. I like wine.
So guess what--I will talk about that. I am here to be real. Make you laugh. Show you love.
I have influence. You have influence. We all have influence. Always remember that people are watching us--be conscious of what type of influence you are making. My world was rocked this weekend on several occasions at the reminder of this.
 
My blog and more importantly, my life, will forever be changed from this conference.
 
I am sure this is just the brink of what else I will be sharing from what took place this weekend..but for now this is going to have to do. I have about twenty pages of notes to dive into.
It's time for me to shut up and just listen.
Or sleep.
Sleep sounds very good as well......
 
Is it September 26th yet?
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37 comments:

  1. You girls look so dang cute! Love the outfits!(:

    Glad i followed your blog!

    glammedbytarin.blogspot.com/
    XOXO

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  2. Not only do you have influence but you have internet real estate which is huge too. ;) Wish I would've been able to attend...looks like a life changing conference!!

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  3. I'm glad you had a good time. Sounds like it was super inspiring.

    It also sounds like my e-mail to you from earlier today about sponsoring might not be applicable anymore. :)

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  4. I'm so enjoying reading everyone's recaps from the conference. Wish I could have been there. Hopefully next year!

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  5. Sounds like it was a great conference all around! Can't wait to see how you continue to grow your blog!

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  6. Sounds like an amazing life changing event. I am so excited to see what's to come.

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  7. Virtual assistant?!? Sign me the heck up! Loved this, thanks for sharing for those that could not attend :)

    XO Kait

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  8. So glad you were inspired and can't wait to see the changes waiting to come!

    -amy
    http://theblankpagesblog.blogspot.com/

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  9. I really wanted to go to this so badly, but it was my cousin's wedding and I had to choose blood over bloggers. Haha. I would love to go next year. Saving the date! So glad you had a good time and you are so right about our blogs ultimately being His.

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  10. This looks like such an amazing conference!! I can't wait to see what growth you make in your blog!!

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  11. Looks like a good time---may have to join in next year;)

    Just found you and new follower, hope you check us out at http://www.thechirpingmoms.com!

    Julie

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  12. I can't wait for next September! I'm even more convinced that I have to go after reading and instagram stalking everyone who was there. It looks like it was the most incredible time ever! Can't wait to hear all about the rest!
    Xoxo
    Erin
    Readeatcreate.com

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  13. Your blog has always been my favorite & I can't wait to see what new things you have up your sleeve! <3

    P.S. You & the other girls looked adorable!

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  14. I love reading everyones posts on this past weekend...I'm convinced that I must be there next year. convinced.

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  15. Wow, sounds pretty amazing! Glad you enjoyed it so much

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  16. exciting! can't wait to see the changes up your sleeve! sounds like it was an amazing & inspiring conference...hope i can make it to one in the near future.

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  17. I want to go next year SO BAD. There's something electric about gathering with fellow Christians.

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  18. I loved getting to know you better!!

    I am thinking I may have a whole new blog up my sleeve too. Pretty crazy the things and ideas that happened this weekend!

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  19. You are already an inspiration. I'm looking forward to your new ideas. You have a creative and entrepreneurial spirit.

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  20. This is intense. I'm intrigued... Very intrigued.

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  21. SO jealous you all get to go to Blogger events. There are none in Germany and I hope when we move back to the states Ill be able to go to one....in a few years, ugh. You all are gorgeous!

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  22. I really wish we had conferences like this in South Africa! I can just imagine how inspirational it will be!

    http://johced-ourjourneytoeverywhere.blogspot.com/
    xxx

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  23. Sounds like such an amazing experience, I'm so considering it for next year! I adore this blog of yours and love your hilarious "voice". You inspire other bloggers that it's okay to be themselves and I love that. Can't wait to see what's to come :)

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  24. This sounds like such an amazing experience- I feel like I could stand to gain a lot from it. Maybe next year? :)

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  25. These are some amazing bullet points. Especially the last one :)

    Glad to see you had so much fun at the conference and I can't wait to hear more about it!

    PS - The blog change you'll make might be pretty awesome too ;)

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  26. I'm just a beginner but definitely sounds like something I'd be very interested in one day! Was fun followin you girls on instagram too!

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  27. This is so very random, but I've always wanted to be a virtual assistant.

    You have such an amazing blog, I can't wait to see what the future holds!

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  28. Sounds like a very good experience! excited to see more amazing things in Living in Yellow!

    Btw LOVE that you used your notebook to that event! So happy! :)

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  29. So very excited for you and all that's to come on the blog. I have to admit, I'm most intrigued by the virtual assistant and mentoring...Can I please sign up for both?? Haha!

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  30. I am so blessed by you! You are the best roomie ever (just don't tell Nat & Ginny)!! LOVE YOU!

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  31. "I have influence. You have influence. We all have influence. Always remember that people are watching us--be conscious of what type of influence you are making."

    This bit you wrote here hit a cord and is stuck in my head....in a good way. I love it!

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  32. I am super interested in the mentoring thing. I feel like I don't know what I'm doing wrong with the bloggity thing. Although I see amazing women in the blogosphere, I haven't made the connections others have and I feel left out.

    /end self pity comment.

    Also, I'm happy that you have taken so much away from the conference!!!

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  33. i love this post! i'm so glad we got to meet and talk, even if we didn't dance the cupid shuffle. (but now that's the whole point of next year.) did you buy your ticket for influence '13 already?

    i'm excited to read more of your thoughts.

    ps. if you're looking for a virtual assistant, email me! i'm looking to branch into more online work and i'd love to work with you! my email is annie at anniewiltse dot com :]

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  34. I love this post :) You girls are such beauties!!! So glad you had a wonderful time! xo

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)