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Relevant Wishes

Loved connecting with friends! Denise and I

I am pretty sure that my experience at The Relevant Conference this year was quite unlike anyone elses. I haven’t read of anyone else with my similar experience so far. This isn’t to say that I didn’t get a lot of the same things out of it, though. Since I am still having trouble putting together coherent thoughts, I think bullet points are the best I can do right now.

Some things I wished I had done:

Stayed home and gone to Seattle. I know, not what most people would say, but considering my Gramma died over the course of three days, passing away on Friday while I was at the conference, yes I do wish I’d stayed home. We just didn’t know it would happen so fast.

But since I didn’t…

Went to the writing workshops. At least the second and/or third ones. I wanted to (so badly!) but I also wanted to go to the ones I did attend. It was really hard to choose. Now I wish I’d chosen differently. The ones I went to had a lot of the same info I got in sessions last year.

Wrote in more prayer journals. I LOVE that they made those for us, but was bummed that I didn’t get much of a chance to write in them and apparently that was the case for most people.  Most of the journals were pretty empty, including mine.

Had more real conversations with people. I really wasn’t (emotionally) able to, and while I was starving for those connections, I only had a few and the others were very brief. There were lots of women on my “want to meet” list who I never did get a chance to meet, or met but never really got to talk to.

When someone said “Hi, I’m __. How are you? It’s good to meet you!” my reply was usually “Hi, I’m fine/doing alright. Nice to meet you too!” and that was it. What my brain was screaming was “I’m NOT FINE! I want to cry and I feel like a big faker right now!” So yeah. More real conversations. Even then I felt like a big whiner. Ugh. SO not the way I wanted my weekend to go.

When I was a little girl, my Gramma would tell me, “If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.”  My wishes didn’t happen either. But that’s not to say I didn’t get anything out of it!

Stay tuned for what I learned at Relevant.  

I can’t be the only one. What did you WISH you had done/seen/experienced at The Relevant Conference?


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2 Responses to Relevant Wishes

  1. Michelle November 17, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Aw…Now this makes me wish I had a do-over and could give you a great big hug and spend some real time together. My wish/regret is not having sat and talked with you at Relevant. (Even before this post that was a regret) I think when we finally met each other I was having one of those "No one really cares to meet me anyway, they're just being polite so I don't want to bug them" moments. I regret not being braver when those feelings popped up.

    Praying for you in your grief, and sending virtual hugs until we meet again and can sit and chat for real.
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    • Dawn November 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      Michelle don't feel bad! Really, I can see now that for whatever reason, God had a plan for me at Relevant, and it happened the way it was supposed to. I really didn't socialize a lot… I was present at the social things, but I didn't socialize very much. Next year will be better I'm sure! :) And as far as being brave, I'm the same way. Exactly. Like you. Except that I was LOOKING FOR YOU because I wanted to meet you in person, since you did my cards for me! So yes, people DID want to meet you. ;)

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