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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So I’m Going to This Conference Called Allume


One week from tomorrow I am off to my very first blogging conference:
Allume: I'm Going!

I’m not sure why I’m saying it’s my first.  I always refer to it as that, and “first” automatically implies a second.  Hmmm… food for thought.

Anywho,

I hope the person that you meet there – that would be ME – is the same as the person you have met here in my space (not MySpace), on Facebook, and behind the 140 character goodness of Twitter.  I only took one semester of acting in college, so this is all I’m really good at being.

If you are new here, I can tell you that I write about a little bit of anything that blows through my mind.  Off the top of my head that would include friendships, charities, toddler boys, chocolate, coffee, shoes, and Zumba.  I’m sometimes funny (in my own mind), sometimes serious, but always myself.  My belief in God is deep and rooted from my early childhood.  While I may not be explicit about it, my faith affects every part of my life.  When I don’t act like it, that faith comes to convict me and for some reason I feel the need to share that, too.  Just keeping it real, folks.
So how did we get here?

I planned to go to Allume simply to support a wonderful friend who was just beginning to truly pursue blogging as a calling.  When I bought my ticket at the twitter party I didn’t even have a blog.  No one, other than professors had ever read a word I’d written – letters to friends excepted.  Those who had didn’t seem terribly impressed.  So now that it’s come here are some things I’m pondering:

1-    What do I want to be accomplished here in this place online?  What am I missing that will take these words and images and make them bear good fruit?  I love learning, but the doing is all so new and daring.
2-    There are so many amazing people that I want to truly develop a relationship with, some deeper than others, obviously but how does that naturally happen without being pushy.  What if we never meet?  What if they wish we hadn’t?  This will require sensitivity that I’m not sure I have honed.
3-    Can I be focused enough to pass up the flash and glamour of a particular session or speaker to be where I truly felt led to be?  This goes back to my last point as well.  Conflicts in scheduling will force me to make choices that won’t be easy.  I know me!
4-    How can I serve others and be a blessing instead of just seeking out the blessings for myself like a crazed consumer at a clearance sale. This will include not infringing on the time of others.
5-    What will I do if I am blessed to get everything that my heart desires and more in three short days??  What is my responsibility to the gift of the blessing after all is said and done and the swag is scattered throughout my home?  This is a little scary to me, honestly.

Then there are the crazy little things about Allume.  There is no way this list is exhaustive because it changes minute by minute, but here we go:

1-    Will I be overdressed, underdressed or just pathetically dressed?  I have a love/hate relationship with shoes.  Consequently, that is where my outfits tend to fall apart.  If we meet, please just have your eyes stop at my knees when you take it all in.  I’m 5’-7” so you’ll have enough to work with without going all the way to my feet.
2-    Traffic!!  I’ve driven more interstate than some truckers!  I’ve been long-haul living from my family for 17 years now.  BUT – y’all!  I have to drive the Beltway around DC for this little trip.  THE BELTWAY.  I have a general rule in life I like to follow that I avoid any interstate that ends in 95.  Prayers gladly accepted for this.
3-    I am a dialectic chameleon!  I’ve lived in Louisiana, Illinois, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Connecticut, Ohio and Virginia.  I have a crazy accent that is predominantly Southern, but my speech pathology training gave me a good ear.  Who knows what will come out of my mouth this weekend, eh? (Canadians, hello!)  If I hear it, I’m likely to say it.
4-    I tend to over carry.  I have a thing with bags and tend to take too much with me wherever I go.  Give me a minute when we trade cards.  I may have to dig for mine under 2 notebooks, 5 pens, a camera, wallet, lip gloss and who knows what else.
5-    I’m so afraid I’m going to miss you!  I’ll tell you straight up – I AM AN EXTROVERT!  If you see me, come over say howdy, give me a hug, a high five, whatever.  In my world, the more the merrier.
      
     You can find out a little more about me in my post about the 10 things my roommates will need to know.

Please tell me you have some of this same craziness going on in your mind, too.  I didn’t even mention the whole fear of being a poser.  Got your own brand of craziness??  I’d love to hear about it in the comments.  Let me have it:

20 comments:

  1. Oh, Mercy, I so have to meet you! I loved you at the shoe part. I can't promise not to look below your knees and I'm 5'6". I'll be the loser hiding my anxiety well, introverted Southern girl pretending to be an extrovert to fit in. I'm not a hugger, but I fear I may have to get over that at Allume! ;)

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    1. Ha!! I hear lots of chatter about hugging, so you may be right. You just got your ticket, right? (I had to look at your twitter name.) :) Hope we cross paths early!!

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    2. yes, I won my ticket and we scrambled to work out all the details so I could go! It's been God all the way! EXCITED!

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  2. Can I just say it again?!! I am so thankful for you. I don't feel nervous about this trip, because YOU will be there. What a gift this is! You have pushed me in so many ways to dream big and I will be forever grateful.
    I loved Traci's comment about taking "epic" notes. And I think we should look at sessions as a divide and conquer opportunity. And then share our notes! What do you think?
    I need to take some time and plan my schedule. We should compare!
    And btw- I have always LOVED your shoe choices. Of course, I'm not the one to give any fashion advice. I will be wearing my "impulsive" boots one of the days!!! :)

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    1. That is an EPIC idea. We need to work out our plan. You absolutely must bring those notorious boots, even if you don't wear them. They must be fabulous!

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  3. LOL Aw, darling... You're going to have a great time, don't worry!!

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    1. I wish you were going to be there with us. I can only imagine the inappropriate laughter!!

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  4. I won't look below your knees (at least not when you're looking!). I'm a mixed bag of emotions. I'm sure I'm going to be quiet all the way there then drive my husband nuts all the way back home as I ramble about all the wonderful women I'm sure to meet and all the things I've learned. There's gonna be lots of hand gestures as I force him to hear me repeat all the things The Lord is sure to show me. This is going to be so much fun, I can hardly stand it. Can't wait to hug you and laugh do hard I snort!
    Praying for you...I've been praying for all of the Allume ladies since Otober 1st.

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    1. Why, oh why couldn't we have known each other the 4 years I lived in CT!!! I'm totally used to hand talking to go for it! [ used to teach deaf ed. :)] Just giddy with excitement here.

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  5. I went with my best friend last year, and am going with her again this year, and we did the "divide and conquer" thing with all but ONE session and it was a GREAT idea! We were able to network and meet new people and share what we each learned in our different sessions. From a "veteran" although I still feel like a newb I would say, even as an extrovert (which I am majorly...seriously) be prepared to be a little overwhelmed...I wasn't and yeah, it was AWESOME but just...overwhelming...I'm sure whatever you wear you will look great, AND no one will care...seriously...we sound alike in lots of ways, I can't wait to meet you...I'll be the one with the rainbow hair, so I'll be a little easier to spot..well, except for that I'm 5'1" and people will probably be wondering why some teenager (I get told I look rather young quite often) wandered into the conference! lol! Yes...lots of hugging, lots of laughing and lots of coffee too...really...just fabulous. :D

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    1. When we get together we will just talk nonstop over each other and love every minute of it. I'm jealous of your hair. May try to figure out how to get some purple tucked in, but I have called it quits on coloring - I hate what it does to my crazy thick, coarse hair. The phrase sensory overload keeps coming into my mind a lot lately. I'm pretty good at taking a lot in, too. BTW - loved your twitter explanation of your handle. :)

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  6. I love this line! "How can I serve others and be a blessing instead of just seeking out the blessings for myself like a crazed consumer at a clearance sale."
    That's hilarious and probably spot-on to how I might act.
    Let's definitely find each other! I'm an introvert so don't worry if I look overwhelmed and scared :)

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    1. I think that was a mashup of Always Alleluia and Jen Hatmaker. That's what happens when I read different things at the same time. We should have an "Amy" meetup there. That would be an AWESOME group. :)

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  7. Ahhh!! Can't wait until next Thursday!!

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  8. Amy, I so wish I was attending. Please go for both of us, and tell me all about it? Have an extraordinary time.
    Peace and good, my writing friend.
    Chelle

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    1. Thanks! I'd love to be able to soak up enough of this for 10 people. i'm sure I'll have much to share.

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  9. Yay!!!! So cannot wait to give u a great big hug!! I will private msg u and Becky with my phone number so we can meet up. When are you arriving?

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    1. Getting there Thursday midday sometime. Exact enough. You'll probably have some of the same traffic to deal with that I do. We should pray for each other on that one. :)

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