There is a conference in October, which I have gone to the past three years in a row. Begun as the Relevant Conference, now called Allume, this conference has helped me to grow as a writer, expand as a blogger, forge and strengthen friendships with my online friends.
The Internet is an amazing place. 30 years ago I never would have thought that I would make friends through my computer. (Yes, we had one. A Commodore 64, wayyyy back in the early 80’s.) And now there are conferences dedicated to bloggers, meeting other bloggers face to face. What a concept!
The first year I went to Relevant, I got to meet a “Rockstar” blogger to me, and I also met others who made ME feel like a Rockstar. It was so weird! But the coolest thing is that some of those first ladies I met are now dear friends, like Michelle, Heather, and Steph.
The second year, which was last year, I didn’t meet very many people. I was turned inside, grieving as my Gramma passed away quite quicker than anyone expected, while I was back East at the conference. I had a few friends around me. I had one friend in particular whom I leaned on, a friend since the first Relevant Conference, while I was unable to really connect or have conherent conversations with others. Some women have told me that I DID have conversations with them… and I don’t remember meeting them… sigh. The sisterhood of believers, of writers, of women who insist on deep connection and the Holy Spirit’s presence were such a comfort to me.
Last week, I attended this conference for the third time. I went with excitement and some expectations, but again the most prevalent thing was just the connection, and re-connection, with dear sisters I love, and making new friendships that will grow.
Be thankful for those who make a point to connect with you, and to show you themselves. Being transparent in a made up, dressed up, faked up world isn’t easy. Invest in quality friendships offline and on, and the Lord will bless you through them!