This past weekend I got the privilege of hanging out with other writers who have a passion for Jesus, sharing their story, and doing life with other people. (Did I really just say ‘doing life’? I don’t even like that phrase…oh well!)
We all met up in Atlanta, Georgia at the Living Room Writer’s Weekend put on by Stephanie May of the Lipstick Gospel! It was a weekend full of getting to know one another, sharing best writing practices, and discovering what the heart of our blog is truly about.
I learned a lot during that conference, about myself, my blog, my writing style; but the major win I got from the weekend was simply being able to go. I was sick the week before and didn’t think I’d be able to make it, but God showed up in a huge, unforgettable way that has changed the way I look at faith. That, in and of itself, made the trip worth it. Don’t worry, I’ll be writing about that experience later.
For now, here’s a look back at the #LGLivingRoom experience that I am so blessed to have shared with these amazing women!
Hey, that’s me!
This is me, post-flight and excited for the adventure ahead. Once I got to Atlanta (after getting up at 4 a.m. for my flight, ouch!) I spent my spare time hanging out at the hotel, drinking coffee and reading. After the stressful week I had, it was a marvelous feeling. After that, I met up with Tiffanie, another one of the attendees who flew in from Florida (so jealous). We explored midtown Atlanta and ate at a small, local diner. It was Ah-mazing! The food was so fresh and so delicious. I wish I could eat there all the time.
After spending roughly 6 hours as homeless people (since we couldn’t get into our hotel room til 4:30), we finally were able to get into our rooms. Everyone had to meet in my room and no one was allowed into room 1509 because they were still setting things up. None of us knew what that meant, nor why it took so long, but once we got in, we understood.
The hotel suite was turned into a fun, cozy “living room” for the weekend! Turns out we weren’t meeting in a conference room like I suspected. A girl named Suzy was responsible for this amazing-ness. Seriously Suzy, if you ever feel like flying out to Kansas City to decorate my living room, I wouldn’t be upset.
It was such a pleasure being able to meet Stephanie May. Before I knew about her blog, I was going through a weird time with my own blog. I didn’t know where my blog was going, what I wanted to talk about, and how I wanted my writings to be.
A friend suggested that I check out Stephanie’s blog because she’s a successful Christian writer who has a fun, inviting blog space for readers – something I was aspiring to be. I was instantly captivated. She was exactly the kind of writer I wanted to be. She’s honest, vulnerable, relate-able and an excellent story teller. This past weekend, I was challenged by her words and inspired to create a blog space that is real, inviting and unique. Here’s to you, Stephanie! It was an honor hanging out with you this weekend.
All of these ladies are so awesome! It still amazes me how after only knowing each other for an hour, we instantly clicked and were able to be honest and vulnerable with each other about our lives. They were very helpful to me in encouraging me with my blog’s theme and core values. They helped me to discover an aspect of my blog that I didn’t realize was so unique or important. Their encouragement was definitely needed and I am so thankful for them.
I’m even more excited to collaborate with them on our upcoming giveaway we’ll be having in June! Don’t worry, you’ll be hearing about that soon, too!
These pictures were taken by the lovely and amazingly talented Lacee Pelquin who flew in specifically to take professional head shots for us to help glam up our blog. I never realized how your photos could truly make or break your blog. We live in a visual age where the book is definitely judged by its cover. Thank you, Lacee, for capturing these beautiful shots! You can see more of her work on her blog Through Lens and Pen.
Well, that’s all I have for now! I’ll have another new post coming soon about my journey to the Living Room Writer’s Weekend. Also, be on the lookout for a #LGLivingRoom giveaway coming soon! I’m so excited to share all the details with with you that I’m struggling to keep it in! I guess I better stop typing before I spoil it for everyone.
Have a lovely Thursday!