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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Meet & Greet.

The Influence Conference is just around the corner. In about 2 weeks, I will be hopping on a plane at LAX and flying to Indianapolis to meet up with my bestest internet sisters. I am SO excited. I wish you all, my dear readers, could be there too. I am eagerly anticipating meeting you who are coming. I'm praying so much for the conference - that God will move. And I will surely share with you all on this little space everything the Lord does (and lots of pictures!) I just can't wait to meet you ladies. 

2 Things I'm Excited About

- Real coffee dates and chats and hugs with blog besties. I always say I wish we could all meet for a coffee date. And Influence Conference is an opportunity for blog sisters to do just that. Influence is kinda like a big, long coffee date (doesn't hurt that our fab hotel has a Starbucks in the lobby - score!) 

- Loving on the ladies who will be there. I can't wait to connect, talk, have heart to hearts, real life conversations, and hopefully - as a community leader - try and make anyone who feels alone, afraid or a little nervous totally welcome and comfortable!

2 Things I Will Have Packed in My Bag 


Okay so that's more than 2 things. It's more like 8. (Clearly, I tend to way over-pack)

Influence girls - I can't wait to hug you (if you're cool with that. I'm a total hugger :)
Sooooo anticipating and praying over this conference. Cannot wait to learn, grow, and build real friendships. And just a heads up, if it's anything like last year - I will most likely be doing the ugly cry more than once. It is all so amazing and good. 

Also - 

If you're a single gal, my sweet friend Annie & I want to invite you to dinner!

unashamedly stole the following from Annie's blog - 

"When: The Friday of Influence
Where: We haven't decided yet. The combinations of California laidback and Michigan last-minute will do that to you ;]
But why?

Well, one, because the single ladies dinner is as traditional as influence itself. Chelsea and I hosted the inaugural dinner at the cheesecake factory at last year's influence conference and I am thrilled to be doing it again with Erin in just a few weeks.

But more than that, Erin and I both have a deep passion for those of us who are single learning to live in the truth of our value and not the lies of the world. Erin is going to be teaching a workshop on singleness at Influence, and we thought this would be a great way for us single girls to get to know each other ahead of time.

We're not doing this to single ourselves out, the way so many church ministries do painfully.

We're doing this because I believe we are uniquely gifted to bear Christ to the world, to serve and love like Him in a way that others, for whatever reason, aren't able to." 

Let us know, single ladies, if you are able to join and we will make reservations! 

Love you all.


If you want to hear more of my experience last year, read my recap post -


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  1. I think a notebook is definitely a necessity and man, you don't mess around when it comees to hair supplies! I think I'll just make do with a straightener, otherwise my bangs will decide to curl towards the ceiling.

  2. Hey gorgeous girl!

    Love these photos and youll have to give me some hair tips at the conference ;)

    Excited to meet you!

    Love, Amy K

  3. Howdy, Meet & Greet neighbor :) I'm so very excited to be in IN in two weeks and to hug it out!! I'm a total hugger, too, so game on.

    I love your heart for the single gals. May God bless you through this ministry!

    See ya in a couple weeks!
    xoxo J

  4. A secret (or now, not-so-secret) fear of mine is that I will see your name on your nametag and not process until you are waaaaay down the hall that "Erin" and "Sweetness Itself" are one and the same. Because my brain knows you first as "Sweetness Itself," and it would be totally typical of me to not put two and two together until we were no longer in the same space.

    (If you see me staring blankly at your name tag at Influence, help a girl out, mkay?)

  5. Awww Erin this makes me soooo wish that I could go to the conference! You have so many fun things planned (and there's no such thing as overpacking!). With me being in college this year and the expenses that come with school and Greek life (plus the fact that I don't have a school break when Influence is) the timing isn't right for me to go, but I pray that I can someday be there and hopefully meet *you*!!

    xoxo Miss ALK

  6. I'm so excited to meet you!! Growing my list of people it's appropriate to hug. Check! :) can hear your heart in your writing and I just love it. Also, I cannot believe I've never been over here before! Let blog-stalk commence.

  7. Ah!!!!!! You my friend are going to get a HUGE hug from me! And I'm not even a hugger. I CANNOT wait to meet you. Love you sweet girl.

  8. bahaha, you word thief, you! ;]

    let's talk about how excited i am to see you again and how big a hug i'm going to give you.

    and, yes, you are an overpacker ;] but you have darn good hair to show for it! so just you keep overpacking with pride.

  9. I hope you have a great time and I am looking forward to reading all about it! I wanted you to know that I share your IG posts about purity with my tween daughter. I appreciate and respect you for your Christian values. You show the girls that you can be Godly and gorgeous! Susan

  10. Ah! Just read Annie's too, love that you guys are hosting a dinner for single women. Where should I have my awesome brother meet you? I'm kidding=) I'm kidding.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone's faces in real life, including yours!


  11. That Ombre planner is too cute! Hope to meet you!

  12. i love that you and Annie are doing the 2nd annual influence single ladies dinner! so fun.

  13. Wow! So wish I could be there for the conference and single lady get-together--sounds fabulous! And surprise...our tastes in hair products are pretty much identical. #twinsies

  14. So excited I get to see you and give you a hug soon, sweet friend!! By the way, I love that ombre planner-so pretty! :)

  15. all of this. you. the dry shampoo. i seriously just can't wait to finally meet you.

  16. Lets talk about that ombre planner. Where did you get it?? I love your taste! The dry shampoo sealed the deal for me! I really can't wait to meet you!

  17. Hi Erin! Looking forward to meeting you for real. And dinner Fri. :) @lisavdesigner on Twitter/Instagram

  18. I'm so excited to meet you! Also can't wait for the single ladies dinner, it will be fantastic to be in such an awesome community!

  19. Hi Erin! I love your blog its very inspiring! Hope that We can meet at the conference! Is this your second time going??


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