Whenever God is calling me to something new, there is a scary, stepping out on a limb element involved; I’ve learned that being obedient to the Lord’s plan always requires bravery.

I’ve known since January 1st that 2013 would be a year of big changes, of new things in my life, a year of new beginnings.   One day several months ago I was reading a blog, and a sidebar button for The Influence Network caught my attention.  I went to the Influence website, and I immediately knew–deep down in my bones, butterflies in my stomach knew–that this was something I HAD to be part of, that this was one of the new things.  I paid the membership fee and joined the network within a few minutes of pulling the site up.  After joining, I learned that Influence has an annual conference in Indianapolis; I knew I had to be part of that, too.

September 26 I will be flying from Dallas to Indy to spend the weekend with hundreds of girls I’ve never met before.  I will be sharing a hotel room with two girls I’ve never met before.  As an introvert who is super new to the blogging/online business community, this is a big, intimidating leap of faith for me.  I am choosing to be brave, to step confidently in the direction where I feel the Lord is leading me.

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23

the influence conference

As any good Pinterest fanatic/type A personality would, I’ve been researching what to bring to a blogging conference.  In addition to my ever-present iPhone (Instagram!!) and the majority of the clothes in my closet, the two things I plan on having with me are my gorgeous new journal for recording profound nuggets of wisdom, and my hole punch/book ring combo thingy for storing all of the business cards I’ll be collecting.

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I’m full of joyful expectation for what these three days will bring.  I am excited for the life-giving, beautiful relationships that will be formed and for the invaluable knowledge I will come away with.  In addition to practical, strategic advice from women who have been blogging and pursuing online businesses for years, there will also be powerful worship and Biblical teaching.  AMAZE.

If you see me at the conference, come say hi!


(This post is a link up to The Influence Network)

  • https://plus.google.com/108144438586827871724 Elise Burkhead

    Inspiring and pretty notebooks are my downfall – love that one! Can’t wait to meet ya :)

  • Rachel G

    This is my first time going to any conference at all, and I’m definitely seeing it as a huge step in the direction of bravery–good job doing everything you needed to do to go!

  • http://www.thisjessibridges.com Jessi

    I’m so glad to hear you are stepping out to come to the conference! This is my first year too. Wanted to go SO bad last year but just couldn’t make it fly. I am so looking forward to meeting you. And I am planning to do the same thing for business cards! I think I saw the idea on A Royal Daughter’s blog. Brilliant, right?? See you there!

  • http://magnoliaanddot.blogspot.com Sarah Bendel

    So blessed to know you are coming! and I can’t wait to hug you!! {if that’s your thing}

  • http://thekublygirl.com lindsey @ thekublygirl

    Oh! I needed that reminder about the hole punch and binder ring. I’m so glad you’re choosing to be brave. I know it will be worth it!

  • Andrea Corbin

    Exciting!!! Have a wonderful time, and meet lots of new people :)

  • annieawiltse

    I’m excited to meet you, Caroline! I was pretty nervous last year about going to Influence and it was such an amazing experience. I’m nervous again this year but I know once I get there I’ll be fine! I pray God would continue to fuel your bravery as you step out on this path of obedience, and I’m stoked to see you in just a few weeks!

  • http://aroyaldaughter.com Amanda {A Royal Daughter}

    I’m flying out of Dallas too! :) I hope you have an incredible time at the Influence Conference, I think God is up to something BIG!

  • http://www.kerriewilliams.com Kerrie Williams

    You will love it! Last year was one of my highlights for sure. I am so excited to return and meet so many more people with a shared passion for blogging and Jesus!

  • https://twitter.com/LisaVdesigner Lisa V

    woohoo! I think there may be a lot of introverts…I’m just getting connected with women from the network/conference, but through the link-up I’ve seen quite a few. Maybe we’ll meet in Indianapolis. :)

  • http://www.inspiredbyannetta.com Annetta Bosakova

    Sheesh!! What a gorgeous post and I think I’ll just re-do mine now, lol! I am so excited to meet you! I am super easy to get along with and love to talk/listen. I’m very much an extravert, but when I am at such big groups I tend to be a big introvert! PS. you have such a great idea to bring a whole punch and a ring for your cards, that is just genus!

  • https://plus.google.com/116514744757993288144 Erica Hart

    You are beautiful! I am so excited to meet you! I am the fourth roomie that just came along!!! Thanks to Annetta!

  • http://twitter.com/TGL_mandyford Mandy Ford (@TGL_mandyford)

    Love the journal and the business card idea is so genius…I have been contemplating doing that too. :) Hope we can meet in person!

  • http://gravatar.com/lilyandlight lilyandlight

    i need to do that holepunch-keyring idea for my biz cards.

    as for my passport~ it pretty much is just my little notebook with names, but i decorated it a bit to look like a passport haha

    looking forward to meeting you Caroline, and we should totally keep in touch since I have fam in Dallas. I’d love to try to meet up next time I’m visiting them :)