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I'm Teaching an Influence Network Class

Have you ever struggled with where you're at in your story, wondering why God has you where He does and what might be next for you in this adventure called life?

Well, you aren't alone. ;)

I'm really excited to share that I'll be teaching an Influence Network class next Thursday, October 22 on that very topic.

Trusting God with our stories doesn’t always come easily. Sometimes, it can be a serious struggle to believe that where we are is right where we’re meant to be and that God is working out all things, even when we can’t see the fruit. Sometimes, we just want to get to that next chapter — or at least get a hint at what it could be!

But all of the really good stories have twists and turns that keep you guessing, so it makes sense that we can’t quite seem to predict the entirety of God’s plan for us, given that it’s been written by the greatest Storyteller and Creator there is.

So, what does it look like to trust God with our stories and to live each day with courage, confidence, and creativity? In my class next week, I will share some of my own still-in-progress story, as well as some of the ways God has shown me what it looks like to live an inspired life and a story that’s surrendered to Him. I continue to learn that His plan is always, always better than ours, and that the good stuff, the growing stuff, is often found in our unexpected chapters.

If you have any questions about the class, please don't hesitate to reach out.

You can learn more and sign up, here.

I hope to see you there! :)


2014 Influence Conference Recap - Be Where You Are and Be All There

unnamed-1024x511 It's been a few days since I returned from this year's Influence Conference, and I've been processing through everything — the notes, the heart stuff, the "what's nexts..."

To be honest, I arrived at this year's conference feeling a little heavy...

When I went the previous year, I went with specific hopes and dreams to explore and specific prayers I wanted to pray. I had an eBook I was about to release to the world, and I was just bursting with excitement for all that was ahead.

I was in a quieter, much more tender place this year.

On the drive into Indy, my friend (and conference roomie!) Holly asked me if I had anything I was hoping to hear from God about (she remembered I went with questions and prayers the year before).

But I didn't.

"I guess I just want to be a part of God doing something big," I told her. "I just want to hear from Him."

After the Black-and-White welcome party hosted by Mocha Club, I started  feeling lighter and more hopeful about all that was ahead. I still wasn't sure what I hoped to learn or hear from God, but I was sure He would show up.

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In my still-slightly tender and uncertain place, I had a hard time selecting the sessions I wanted to hear the next day (they ALL sounded so good)! ;) And as we began that first day of speakers and workshops, I found myself reading the tweets from the session I wasn't in, feeling restless and like I was missing out.

But then, all of a sudden, I felt like I was finally hearing from God.

Be where you are and be all there.

Yes.

Be where you are and be all there.

And it wasn't just about those sessions, it was about life in general. It was about continuing to embrace my current season and live it fully and creatively (exactly the topic I had explored in the eBook I wrote the previous year).

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Later, in Lara Casey's session, I stood up in front of a room full of more than a hundred women and gave voice to one of my deepest fears. As other women stood up to share their own, walls and tears came down, and I felt God continue to work something out in my heart.

And even though I was at a blogging conference, He wasn't speaking to me about how to blog better, create more, or find more followers online...He was speaking to me about my life in general and how I'm living it for Him. He was asking me to trust Him more, surrender more, and make even more space for Him to move.

Lara asked us to answer this fill-in-the blank statement: My life is too short not to______. 

During her session, I made notes, but it wasn't until a few days later that this phrase stuck with me: "My life is too short not to love the story God has for me."

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It's such a simple statement but it says SO MUCH.

My life is too short to wait for someday.

My life is too short not to live with purpose — right here, right now.

My life is too short not to pray boldly and with big belief.

My life is too short not to believe that God can do the impossible.

My life is too short not to pay attention to all God is doing.

And my life is too short not to share it...

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This year's conference was so much different than last year's, but in the best of ways.

I did leave with new creative ideas and dreams to explore, but I also left with a deeper desire to truly trust God with my story and a hopefulness about all He is capable of doing in my life and in the lives of others.

He's written all of our stories differently, and there's goodness and purpose in that. 

And while He may not give us an outline about what comes next, He has gone before us, and He promises to lead the way in love.

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Before I wrap this up, because I just can't resist, I'll leave you with this picture from my departing brunch at Cafe Patachou. (Honestly, that needs to be a Sunday Influence tradition from here on out...) WOW, that waffle was amazing! I'm STILL thinking about it! ;)

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If you'd like to learn more about the conference, feel free to email me. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have, if you're wondering if you'd like to attend. (You can also check out this fun video recap from The Busy Budgeting Mama. And, yep, that IS me dancing around at minute 3:34.) ;)

 

Influence Conference Meet & Greet x2

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I love lattes, bright colors, and cute, cozy coffee shops.

Hi, all!

This will be my second time attending The Influence Conference, and I'm so excited to participate in this year's pre-conference link-up.

(P.S. You can read my recap of last year's conference, here.)

Moving on to my introduction... :)

I'm Katie, a writer, creator, and polka-dot wearer (see above). ;) I'm also the author of An Inspired Life, a book about living fully and creatively in every season. I love to help others live and tell inspired stories!

What I'm most looking forward to: The prayer suite! I'm so, so excited to spend some intentional time in prayer during the conference. I'm also excited to gather during break time on Saturday (time change to 1:45-2:15, since it looks like the schedule was adjusted a bit) to pray about singleness and marriage. As a 30-something single, I know the ache of waiting, and I want to gather a group together to pray over the singles at the conference, future marriages that God is orchestrating behind the scenes, and for God to use us right where we are. Waiting time is not wasted time! (And even if you're married and have a heart for singles, I invite you to join us!) Would love for this to be an encouraging time of prayer for all who participate!

What I won't leave home without: A notebook and a few bright, happy pens for note-taking. This former journalist can't help but take lots and lots of notes. :)

I look forward to meeting you at the conference. Please don't wait until next week to say hi, though. Give me a shout on Instagram or Twitter (@aplacetodwell).

See you soon!

Influence Conference Meet-and-Greet Link-Up

Hi, all! I'm excited to be participating in this Influence Conference link-up. If you haven't visited my blog before, let me introduce myself.

I'm Katie. I write, create, and wear a lot of polka dots. I also wrote a few thoughts about the upcoming conference, here.

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Now onto the link-up questions...

Two things I will be sure to have packed in my bag:

1. Some colorful pens and my new notebook! (Technically more than one item, eh?)

2. My camera to capture memories and moments.

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Two things I'm looking forward to about the conference:

1. GROWTH: Stepping out of my comfort zone and going FURTHER in my faith, writing, and art.

2. INSPIRATION: I can't wait to meet all of the lovely and inspiring ladies I've been getting to know over this past year! I look forward to many hugs, honest conversations, prayers, and encouragement.

See you all soon!

xo,

Katie

Making My Online Life Mean Something

AnneSymonsTyping It's hard to believe that The Influence Conference is less than a month away! I've been part of the network since it launched in January, and I've been blessed to connect with women who are passionate about who God made them to be and passionate to develop and use the influence He's given them to further His Kingdom.

But I'll be honest.

I'm definitely nervous for the conference weekend, and I'm fairly intimidated by the fact that I'll probably be one of the oldest attendees (who also happens to be unmarried). Yikes! It also doesn't help matters that I can chat up a storm when I'm in a small group, but my introvert self comes out in full force when I'm in a large crowd of people.

It's safe to say I will be stepping out of my comfort zone by attending the conference — probably more accurate to say I will be LEAPING out of my comfort zone... ;)

But, didn't I agree to going FURTHER with Him this year — to opening myself up to His plan, going bravely wherever He's leading?

I might be nervous and a bit intimidated, but I know how life-giving this conference is going to be for me, my faith, and my online life. I know I want to continue to develop and use the influence He's given me, and I know I want to become even more of the woman He created me to be.

I'm thankful for this opportunity to grow as a writer, artist, and blogger, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to meet so many of the women who have been friends, encouragers, and inspirers for me this year.

Will I see you there?

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