Last summer, when the Lord first laid Wonderfully Made on my heart, I knew nothing about blogging. I only knew I was being called to share our story and that blogging was the avenue God presented for that purpose.
I stumbled my way through the first few months, writing what was on my heart, but feeling it was being lost somewhere in cyberspace. It was around that time, I came across this post from my friend Aprille at Beautiful In His Time. That post changed everything for me. It connected me with Aprille who has become one of my very dearest friends, it brought me into a community of like-hearted women who were facing the same types of challenges our family was facing as we tried to navigate the tumultuous waters of special needs, and, as I explored Aprille’s blog more, it introduced me to Allume.
So much of blogging for me is about letting go and revealing my true self, which is not always an easy thing to do. It can be hard to put yourself out there, to share your story vulnerably, and to invite others in to what oftentimes feels like a messy life. But Allume is centered on sharing your journey through both the beauty and the brokenness of life, and that is what makes it so special.
So, this year, after lots of planning and saving, Aprille and I decided to attend the conference together, and I could not be more excited!
Going into this week, she encouraged me to think about my goals for Allume, so I sat down yesterday afternoon and thought about why this conference matters so much to me. Why I saved up for a year to attend. And why I made it a priority in the midst of a chaotic, messy life.
So, here are my whys, my goals for Allume, friends:
Connecting: In the summer of 2013, the Lord laid Wonderfully Made on my heart. What I didn’t realize at the time was that He was leading me to much more than just sharing our story. He was leading me to community. Being a special needs mom can feel lonely, but blogging offers a space where like-hearted souls can gather no matter where they live and share their journeys together. Allume offers the opportunity to sit down and share a cup of coffee with many of these like-hearted souls in person and that is pretty amazing.
Learning: There’s so much to learn about blogging and I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to learn from the Allume presenters, speakers, and attendees. I am looking forward to learning more about writing and blogging from women I deeply admire and respect.
Worshiping: As my steadfast readers (bless you, you are loved, you are awesome) know, going to church has been difficult for our family. About a year ago, after lots of meltdowns, followed by lots of prayer and discussion, we decided to take a break from church and to instead focus on meeting our children’s needs as a family. As beneficial as that decision has been for our family during this season of life, I am really looking forward to worshiping alongside other mothers, sisters, and friends in Christ this week.
How about you, friends? Have you been to a blog conference before? What was your experience like? Allume friends, I can’t wait to meet you in person! I’ll be the big, pregnant mama waddling from event to event :) See you soon!