Hi friends. I want to chat with you about something today. Something very near and dear to my heart. I'm always talking about The Influence Network and The Influence Conference, but how about we go a bit deeper on that subject today? I really want you to join me. I want you to know why this community is important to me and why you should be a part of it.
Why Influence? There are hundreds, maybe millions (probably not, but who's counting?!), of blogging conferences to choose from. There are a lot of things you can get from different conferences. I think you could probably choose from a number of great conferences and walk away with a wealth of knowledge and a new love for blogging. So what sets Influence a part for me? It's about Jesus. It's about community. I feel cherished for doing what I'm called to do.
Why should YOU go? Blogging is about more than you. It's more than stats and making money. It's more than a number of comments, likes and shares. It's about something deeper. Once you know and believe you have an influence online, thats why you should be at Influence. You should be there because you want to make MUCH of Jesus and make it less about you. (ps. spoiler alert, but I'll be teaching a workshop too so you can add that to your list of reasons why you should go. WINK!!!)
Since most of us are moms around here, let's talk about a few lies that typically keep a busy mom from going to a conference (or even to the grocery store!).
LIE ONE: I need to focus on my kids right now, not me.
Lies, Lies, Lies, Lies, LIES! This is a major struggle for me. I tell myself constantly that it should NEVER be about me and it should always be about my family. But do you know what happens when I do that? I hit rock bottom, I break and I'm worse off for my family. You need a break. You need to focus on you. Should I write that in all caps so you understand it? YOU NEED A BREAK. You will be a better you if you take a few days away to focus on your passions.
LIE TWO: It's selfish to spend money on something like this when I need to buy diapers & school supplies.
Let me share a little story with you. Last year I jumped on board to be a part of this brand new conference and I knew that God had a big plan for me and for this community of women. So, with no idea how I would pay for it, I said yes. I prayed over how I would make it happen and in ONE DAY I made $700 to go to the conference. In one day. And I'm not some big famous blogger that typically makes a ton of money! But I knew that if I gave it over to the Lord, he would provide just like He always promises He will. And I still had enough for a few boxes of diapers to leave with my hubby while I was gone!
LIE THREE: I won't fit in. I don't know how to be me without my kids connected to me.
Just quit that right now. You are a beautiful, creative, brilliant, amazing woman created in the image of a perfect God. You were made for community. I know how hard it can be to shift from ABC's to adult conversation, but you NEED this. You need this community. You will not know how you were even on the internet before it!!! My entire outlook on blogging and online community shifted after The Influence Conference. I am a better mom, blogger, friend and follower of Christ because of this experience.
Stop believing the lies that may keep you from being there. I promise those lies will come. If you want to make more of Christ and be an influence for Him, there will be obstacles in your path. Ignore the lies and know that this will be an amazing experience for you. I had a HUGE takeaway from last year, that resulting in me teaming up with one of my blogging besties to start a ministry focused on encouraging moms! You never know what God has in store for you, sometimes you just have to take that leap of faith!
Just get there, ok? I can't wait to hug you!