if you’re coming from the influenets, welcome! i come from the metro D in the mitten state, which is where i get the hybrid of classy and gangster from which i like to derive my own brand of individuality.
or maybe not.
the picture above is from when i was 19. i’m not 19 anymore. (praise be.)
i’m 22 going on 4, as evidenced by the fact that my friend A and i went to the women’s bible fellowship at our church this past sunday and what i got excited about were penguin gummies.
you read that right. penguin. gummies.
i love penguins and i love gummy bears (and gummy worms) so really penguin gummies are like manna from heaven. especially since i don’t know what manna is, nor do i know of what gummy anything is made.
also, my friend A, to my knowledge, is not the one responsible for any crimes committed in or near rosewood, pa. i feel strongly about making that disclaimer.
as riveting as my life is in a sleepy suburb of the metro D, you probably want to know some other things about me.
t w o t h i n g s i ‘ l l b e s u r e t o h a v e p a c k e d i n m y b a g
one • tigger.
|tigger, like any cat, thinks blog time is play time|
those who read my influence introduction last year will know tigger comes with me everywhere. those who followed me on instagram during influence will know tigger was bitter about not coming to the stripes party.
advocates of tigger will be as distressed as i to know he stayed behind, for the first time ever in his short, stuffed life, as i went off to kenya. and he is bitter about that, too.
he better fix his attitude quick because i am not about to drive down to indianapolis enclosed in steel with an angry cat.
two • chelsea
|chels probably really wishes i weren’t embarrassing her with this photo but really what are blogger bffs for if not for this?|
flat chelsea, that is.
in my house we call her “chelsea from texas” but i usually call her c-france or ste. francis because, well, those are her names.
chelsea from texas will be chelsea in texas while we are at the conference this year. but fear not! i will be cutting out her pretty silhouette, taping it to a popsicle stick, and carrying her around during the conference. and she will be flat (because she’s two-dimensional) and she will be chelsea and she will be flat chelsea.
you think i’m kidding, but i’m as serious as tigger is bitter and chelsea is sweet.
t w o t h i n g s i ‘ m l o o k i n g f o r w a r d t o a b o u t t h e c o n f e r e n c e
one • [re]connection
i met a ton of amazing people last year, and i’m so stoked to see so many of them again (and so sad to know just as many of them are staying home!) i’m incredibly excited about meeting blog friends i’ve known for a long time but haven’t met irl yet, and i’m also looking forward to meeting women whom i don’t know in real life or via the internet. this community is growing so large and i love seeing the Lord move through it!
also i’m excited because i have the. best. roommates: amy, kerrie, and margaret. margaret and i roomed together last year, kerrie was our next door neighbor, and we will all be meeting amy for the first time in the real life at influence!
also i’m incredibly stoked to be meeting my biggest rival in real life.
football, people, football. hail!
two • rest
i didn’t mention that i spent all of august unemployed and searching desperately for a job. i didn’t know how i was going to pay for my phone bill or car insurance, much less this conference. i spent all of august attempting to remind myself the Lord knew i would be going to indiana and He would make the way clear for me to go.
i’ve since found employment at two jobs, which i’ll be working nonstop until and including the day i leave for influence. what’s doubly miraculous is even with the fairly short notice, i was still able to get all the time off i needed without any fuss.
so really, i’m looking forward to getting to the conference and having the opportunity to just be. i’ve been worried about a job and then worried about the time off and now crunching the numbers and still worried about money (even though it’s there and my problem is i can’t turn my brain off even after i’ve made sense of the things). i know once i actually hit the road i’ll be wondering why i even thought for two hot seconds about any of the above, and i know once i get to indianapolis (shoot, who am i kidding? once i pick amy up at the airport in chicago), i’ll be surrounded with encouragement and authenticity.
because that’s the kind of Jesus i got.
and because that’s the kind of community this is.
keep it real, y’all.
(i’m from where they use that phrase ALL THE TIME but i feel like only now is there a context in which it actually makes a modicum of sense. and hello-goodbye, annie, gangsta english nerd.)
|now here’s a picture of me at 22. although, again: i’m going on 4.|
when: the friday of influence
where: we haven’t decided yet. the combinations of california laidback and michigan last-minute will do that to you ;]