Oh. My. Goodness. It’s actually happening. This week I will board a plane, sans anyone I know, and travel to Greenville, SC in order to attend the Allume conference. Friends, this is a big deal. In fact, if we’ve spoken at all in the last few weeks I’ve probably heard nothing you’ve said and spoken only about Allume. So, sorry about that, but guys- it’s finally here! I’m so nervous-excited I can’t sit still, but it’s finally here!
So some of you are probably wondering what Allume is. In short, Allume is a writing conference for Christian women. It’s a community of women at all stages of their writing journey gathering to connect and encourage one another. It’s super awesome, or so I’ve heard. I first heard about Allume years ago when I started blogging, and have wanted to go ever since, this year it’s finally happening!!! And I can’t help but expect something wonderful is going to happen there.
Renewed hope. A clearer vision. NEW FRIENDS!
That brings me to the real reason for my post today. The first new friends I’ll meet will be my Allume roommates and I wanted to give them a heads up on some things they should know about me. They are Wynter of Made to Mother, Aprille of Beautiful in His Time, and Katie of Wonderfully Made. Friends, I would love it if you would take just a moment to visit their blogs and pray over them as they are also traveling to the conference this week. Thank you!
What My Allume Roommates Should Know About Me:
I am an introvert. Really. I’ve learned from watching others what being an extrovert looks like and I’m good at faking it when I have to, so don’t be surprised if you see me table hopping and talking up a storm with someone new. But these social interactions tend to deplete me rapidly, so I’ll be looking forward to some downtime in our room. I may need to put in my ear-buds and completely tune out for 15-20 minutes. Don’t take it personally, just recognize I need a minute to recuperate.
I have an ooey-gooey relationship with my husband and I will have to talk to him at least 45 times a day and twice as often at bedtime. These calls will be a lot of us just listening to one another breathe, broken up with an “I love you” now and then. You know, kind of like when you talked on the phone with your boyfriend in high school. You can go right ahead and roll your eyes, make gagging faces, and kissing noises. I’ll get all red and flustered… It will be fun, like old times.
I am a very light sleeper! Every little thing wakes me up. I’m bringing a sleep mask, earplugs, and a white-noise app, but I may not be able to sleep much. That said, please don’t hesitate to get up and use the bathroom if you need to!
I am a morning person!!! Lucky for you, I live on the west coast, so I won’t likely be jumping up and down on the bed until around 8:30 or so (5:30 my time). I will try to contain my excitement that the sun has risen and, if unable to do so, I will remove myself from our room until a more reasonable hour. That is, as long as you promise not to freeze my bra when I start falling asleep at 7 PM.
I eat when I get nervous. Like, a LOT! It’s totally possible that I’ll gain 10 lbs on this trip. What can I say, sometimes it’s just so much easier for an introvert to stick food in her mouth than it is to come up with something relevant to say.
I do take some time to get ready in the morning. I am bringing my own mirror, provided that airport security doesn’t see it as a weapon. I timed myself the other day (much to my husband’s amusement) and I now know it takes me 11 minutes and 28 seconds to put on my makeup. It could take me as long to do my hair, depending on what I decide to do with it, I won’t know for sure until I consult the hair experts on Pinterest (have you seen my hair board? It’s awesome!). Maybe it’s vanity, I don’t really know. It’s just part of who I am.
I can’t tell you how many times this conference has been confirmed and reconfirmed as someplace God wants me to be this weekend. I have no idea what that means!!! Except I’m just so excited that it’s finally happening.
In closing, I want to say a big, huge thank you to Scott & Tawnya, Dan & Shannon, and Nate for making this trip happen for me. I love you guys so much! Your gifts, belief in my calling, and encouragement mean everything to me. I will be thanking God for you every moment I’m there. <3
That’s it, that’s all I’m going to share! If you, my dear friends and readers, think there’s something else my Allume roommates need to know please add it in the comments (if you’re a subscriber you can click here to leave a comment).