I’ve been putting off this post (it’s actually Wednesday morning that I’m writing this), because I wasn’t quite sure how honest to be. But to me, this blog is nothing without honesty. So, here is my experience.
When I was in high school, I was never one of the cool kids. Truly, I didn’t mind too much, being “cool” wasn’t really an ambition of mine, but it came at a larger cost—community and fellowship.
In high school, the majority of the people already had their friends, their groups, and I didn’t fit. I often found myself rejected, less than, and left out.
Going into Allume, I worried it would be just like that. That the room would be filled with 400+ women who were all too cool for me. And that I would be left out. Rejected. Less than.
And you know what? I was right. There was definitely a cool table. There were a couple of groups that just didn’t have room for us small people. So, yes. For me, there were times when someone brushed me off, made me feel less than, and I heard the same from a couple of other women.
But at Allume, something amazing happened. Those cool kids? They were in the minority. And, They were the ones who missed out, even if they never realize it.
They missed out because the vast majority of those 400 women had such open hearts and open arms and it was absolutely amazing. I went to this conference knowing no one. When I found out that I had won the sponsorship package from Christin Slade, I began frantically trying to “meet” people online so that I would at least kind of know someone, but I still went there with very few real connections. I came away with so much more.
So, I want to take a few minutes to tell you about just a few (there were so many more) of the awesome women who really blessed me this weekend.
It was awesome to meet my sponsor, Christin Slade. She has such a giving heart, and you could see that just by watching her at the conference. I’m glad I got to meet her and hug her and thank her in person.
I was standing alone on the first night when Tanya Morales came up to me, telling me about how she’d read my blog. This woman was just oozing joy and love. God’s spirit was all over her and I was so blessed to get to meet her and see that. She just poured out love on me all weekend, and it was such a blessing.
My roommates, Erica and Reeve were just amazing. I was so afraid of rooming with complete strangers, but they really blew away my expectations (and even hopes!). We connected immediately and spent hours chatting each night and throughout the days. These women were just so sweet, and thoughtful, and loving. I am so blessed to have roomed with them.
One of the biggest surprises for me was Crystal from Money Saving Mom. She has one of the biggest blogs represented at that conference and yet she was so down to earth, and opened up her heart and arms and conversation to whoever happened to be in front of her. She didn’t have to reach out to me, but she did and I really appreciate that.
There were so many women who just poured out God’s love that I couldn’t possibly name them all one-by-one. But the bottom line for me is that this is, overall, a great community and I was blessed to be a part of it.