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Monday, October 28, 2013

Allume Lost and Found Part 1

What I Lost at Allume

Every large place or event has one – a lost and found.  There resides an assortment of odds and ends ranging from stray socks to expensive electronics.  Somewhere, I imagine, is the right hand of my favorite hot pink stretch velvet Kenneth Cole gloves.  I lost it last year on a quick trip to the mall for my niece’s gift.  Between the car, Dick’s and Game Stop and back again it disappeared.  Let’s take a moment, shall we?



I was at Allume this past weekend.  There were several announcements about missing glasses and phones.  Thankfully no one misplaced a binder – most of all me!

There were several things I took with me that I did lose.  I’ll give you my list here.  No need to return them to me.

1)    Track of Time – Moving through the day with purpose, goals and serendipity made the time flow in a swiftness that I’ve rarely experienced.  Team meetings melted into breakfast, which streamed right into dinner and the late night.  The providence of conversation and chance meeting was interspersed through each day.  Let me tell you, at points this was the grace break that my soul needed to keep moving.

2)    Sleep – Granted, I knew going in there would be late nights.  It was a conference for over 400 women!  That’s a lot of talking that needs to get accomplished.  There was also the work that started early and ended late.  Beyond that, there were times I know I was completely awakened by the Holy Spirit – before the alarm clock!!  Y’all!  I don’t do that!  I had nudges to check twitter to see that one of the speakers was thanking Allume and on their way home.  I was ready with a reply that made it seem I had intentionally waited for that.  Shhh… don’t tell Logan or Nasreen that wasn’t the case.

3)    A great pen – I received the pen as a gift in a bag on a trip that was all grace.  This was not one of those throw in your pen cup pens – it was a keeper!  It, in turn, was used to write words “Full of Grace”  into books and hearts of women who showed grace to each other!  A high honor indeed for a humble pen.

4)    A little Vanity – I broke the handle off my hairbrush the first night in the hotel.  The hairdryer cord caught it in my hand and dashed it to the unforgiving tile floor.  So long favored hairbrush!  I also found myself smiling in front of cameras with dear friends long after the foundation, and concealer, and color-correcting primer that was hiding this rosacea I’ve been fighting a shame war with for months had worn off.  Did I mention one of these times was on stage when I had no idea that was happening?  Oy & Vey!

5)    Preconceived Notions – Face it, we probably all packed a little of this when we left.  I read this by Kim Hall which was a bit of a confirmation.  I didn’t tuck this neatly into a corner of the suitcase.  These were living beings in my mind that looked strangely similar to a whole lot of people I had never actually met.  Generally I find they are rarely like their real-life counterpart.  I’m not sure why we do that but I hope we all lost most of it there. 


I didn’t only lose things there.  There was much that I gained and we can look into that box next time.  I hope you’ll stay tuned to see what I pull out.

I'm linking this up at Allume with others who are telling what they may have lost or found this year.

17 comments:

  1. Amy, you are amazing friend! Thank you for the way you worked hard and cared so well for our speakers and team! Grateful for your friendship!

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    1. Logan, none of that would've happened without your vision, trust and willingness to take a chance. I know you won't see this for two weeks, but so grateful for your friendship, too!

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  2. Kim's post was great, wasn't it? I'm still a little tired, and my Allume swag litters the floor of Scott's room. I'll get to it eventually :)

    And for what it's worth, I found you to be as sweet and genuine in real life as you are online. And that's about the best compliment you can give/get in my opinion!

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    1. I would say the exact same thing about you - and so many people really. I've just started pulling stuff out of bags - now to figure out where it all goes! :)

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  3. Oh, friend! I just love your creativity shining through in this post! What a fun way to start a recap. Love you so very much and can't wait to read more!
    And about the vanity thing- every single person that meets you is blown away by your genuine and FUN personality, so no worries AT ALL,okay?!!!

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    1. Oh, Becky Daye, why must we be so far apart - you are good for me. Wish we were reminiscing over coffee. Now what I need to do is catch up on your letters. :)

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  4. I loved this, Amy! I really felt the vanity piece, and ended up letting it go, too. I felt your pain about your missing glove. On the first day of Allume I pulled my brandy new lovely navy cardigan out of my suitcase to wear to dinner and the party, only to have it fall off my shoulder at some point. Apparently, someone else needed it more than I did, because it was never turned in. :-(

    Thanks for linking up to my post-glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Oh, no. So sad about your brand new sweater. :( I hate we didn't get to meet, but thank you so much for sharing about Erika. That took a great amount of bravery to lay it out - names and all.

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  5. I loved how so many of us came thinking, feeling, believing one thing and walked away completely changed!! God is so good and it was such a blessing to meet you in person and share some space together - even if it was short lived!! Hugs friend!!

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    1. Your words were so sweet to me at Allume. Thanks for your prayer warrior heart!

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  6. I was a hot mess all weekend and loved every moment of it anyhow. It was so good to see you in real life again. It's funny how it doesn't really feel like time passes. I so appreciate all you do to make the communities around you tick away efficiently. You bless us all through the way you serve. Love you, friend. PS. Sorry about your sad lonely glove :(

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    1. It's been close to a year, so I'm starting to heal. :) I think we just see through each other's hot mess when we are filled with joy. It seems to be the only attribute that shows. You are a blessing friend.

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  7. Oh, friend...you make me smile, and I loved the chance to spend a little time with you. Thank you for all you did for so many and for the beautiful way you served others. And I'm still in I-need-to-process-this mode, too...which is why I wrote about cake yesterday. ;) Blessings, friend! (((hugs)))

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    1. I think cake is what I need, too. Still trying to takes the parts and make them into a whole. It truly was fun spending time together.

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  8. I just so loved meeting you and hugging your neck and had there been no agendas I would have kidnapped you and we could have eaten chicken and biscuits and cupcakes and spilled our hearts!!! Love you sweet friend.

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    1. YES!!! Maybe you just need to come to my house and the biscuits will be on me. If it happens to be in the morning there will also be copious amounts of coffee and chocolate gravy to smother them. Those hugs are some of my fave souvenirs! :)

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  9. Amy, it sounds like a wonderful time! I loved living vicariously through your post. Maybe someday I'll get to join all of you at the conference!

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