So… I’m packing for my trip to Charlotte, and like any girl, I am trying to think through what to wear! If I should go for the cute shoes I never get to wear or the comfortable ones. I am thinking through supplies for my breakouts and business cards and all the right accessories.
And… I then I start thinking back to my first and only experience with She Speaks. This is what I would’ve packed the first time.
10 Things I’m Packing For #SheSpeaks14
This time I am packing perspective. Last time I went, I thought my potential book was riding on this one conference. I am grateful to realize now – that only the Lord know what’s up and why each of our hineys are planted in those chairs. We show up, listen, do our part and keep it in perspective. Essentially – trust!
Behind the scenes are HOURS of preparation, volunteers, speakers in prayer, teams on execution and planning and more. All for one goal – to see God move in the lives of 800+ writers and speakers. I’m taking gratitude and hoping I get the chance to thank anyone from the person pouring my coffee to those on the P31 She Speaks planning team.
3. Open Heart
You know when you hear a great speaker and you think, “my sister should totally hear this or my friend should be here.” What if God has me here this weekend to teach me one big thing? Or encourage my heart specifically? I am there to teach two breakouts, but I know him well…if my heart is open, He will fill it up.
When you are surrounded by 800 women, you better pack your confidence. From the minute you get in the van and some girl tosses out her elevator speech in perfect pitch and speed … you could just crumble under your new old navy ensemble. Keep that chin up! Bring your confidence. You have YOU – your unique gifts – just as you were made. If you had it altogether you wouldn’t be coming to learn. Chin up! Just be YOU. Share your heart. I found asking others about themselves and then if/when asked – I just simply told the truth. Easier that way. No motive or pitch rehearsed – here’s why I am here.
You might see a speaker, author, publisher, blogger that you have admired from afar …and you might have a chance to ask them something. You GUYS! Go for it. You paid a lot of money to get there. Take the chance. Be courageous and gracious about it – but just be you and remember, we’ve all been there. I’d love to meet you and hear about your dreams.
I’d bringing my filter. When you hear 192 great ideas, your head can explode. Try to make a list of “try asap” or “think about for later”. I am bringing a binder with tabs with college-ruled paper – one for contacts, notes, my breakout power points and a to-do section. Just because I typically like to write A LOT of notes. And if I don’t write a little bit about the person I met – I’ll forget (thank you mommy amnesia). I also got a zip-up pouch for my nerdy binder to hold business cards (yours and mine). So bring me one. Pack your filter and remember just because it’s a great idea, doesn’t mean it’s for you, for this time.
He’s got this people. Breathe in and out. Whether your outfit rocks, your proposal is amazing, your house is ready for you to leave, or whether you have a binder or not. God has GOT THIS. Pack your peace of mind.
I am packing such excitement!!! This is like a Girl’s Night x 100! Just think a room full of 800 people passionate about the same things. It is AWESOME. Pack your excitement. You will not be disappointed.
Be ready to encourage those around you. My first trip, I sat down next to Megan. We hit it off and she played the role of cheerleader for me. You see, I almost had a heart attack going into my publisher appointments. Guess what guys? That same Megan (who wasn’t pitching a book that first year) is going this year and meeting with publishers. I get to cheer her on. Pack your pom-poms.
10. Open Minds
I get humbled to the core every time I get around crazy smart women. You think you know – and then you see how God is using many women. It’s ok – just be open to what he is doing around you. Celebrate don’t condemn. Pack open minds to see how he might be leading you, changing you, refining you.
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