Oct 31, 2011

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Relevant ’11: Real. Intentional. Blogging

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I just returned from a 4 day trip to the Relevant conference. Those 3 words in the title: Real. Intentional. Blogging….explains exactly what it was and more. I am so glad that things worked out for me to go. (I got a ticket 8 weeks before the conference) I’ve been telling everyone that this conference was not one conference, but really a 3 in 1 conference.

♦ A Girlfriend Getaway

I roomed with my in real life friends: Janelle, from Comfy in the Kitchen, Courtney from Women Living Well and then my new friends Ruth from the Better Mom, Darlene from Time Warp Wife and Joy from Gracefull Mama. (Check out their blog posts about Relevant! Comfy and WLW They have more pictures!!)

We had 2 rooms with an adjoining door and it was like we were in college again! Because it was 4 nights and close to 5 days we really were able to let loose and relax! We laughed and laughed and laughed! We spent 6 hours in the van driving both to and from. We barely slept and we ate at midnight. Can I say that we truly “lived it up”? We were all missing our families by the end, but it was so refreshing to be a “girlfriend” again!

( Ruth, myself and Janelle waiting to pick up Darlene at the airport!)

(Joy and I before dinner! She was a keynote speaker and let me tell you. She is one beautiful woman)


♦ A Bloggy Learning Experience

This is the main reason I went. I thought it was going to purely be to learn about blogging. I learned about making money on blogs, how to write better, how to balance blogging with your family and made lots of connections!

(Renee Swope and I. She just wrote the book “A Confident Heart”. We chatted a few times through the conferences and she just ROCKS!!)

(Courtney from Women Living Well. You can blame her for me starting my blog! She helped me process a lot and lead great panel sessions!!)

♦ A Spiritual Refreshment and Refinement

This took me by surprise. While I knew this was a Christian conference and had Christian underlying ones, I didn’t know how much the Spirit would be moving in the hearts of everyone, mainly myself. I heard from outstanding speakers and listened to talented musicians. (Ann Voskamp, Dr. Juli Slattery, Shawn Groves, Christa Wells and Sally Clarkson to name a few!) I went to the conference praying for God to give me some guidance for this blog and got exactly that. I will share with you later some things that God showed me for the blog.

(Christa Wells and I. Not sure who she is? She wrote the song “Held” made famous by Natalie Grant and many others for the group Selah. If you don’t know her music, you need to get to know it!)

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Thank you to the Relevant team for putting on such an awesome conference! Real. Intentional. Blogging. Yes. That sums it up!

  1. Love it Clare. Miss you lots and lots! I am in detox right now! :)

  2. Interesting. I never heard of this one and it was in PA? So close.

  3. Had SUCH a great time with you Clare!!!!

  4. I am so happy to have met you and look forward to working with you more in the future with #eatpraylose and #mustloveGod!!

    Keep up what you’re doing…mom’s like me need it!!!

    Blessings to you!!
    Kristi

  5. What a blessing for you! I went to college with Christa at Anderson University. She is very talented!

  6. Looks like you girls had a blast! Can’t wait to hear more about what you learned:)

  7. I had so much fun and was refreshed. Hate I missed seeing you there.

  8. How FUN; great pictures! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. Hi Clare,

    It was great to meet you at Relevant. You show such a happy and giving spirit. I’m looking forward to reading your bog over the coming months as you continue to grow and share what you know.

    Many blessings to you!

  10. YOU were one of my highlights!! LOVED meeting you girl. Seriously love your heart, your smile, your spirit, your spunk. If you were in town I’d have to hire you to be my first ever fitness trainer so I could be buff inside and out – just like you!

    Love your post and your photos!! Such great memories!

  11. It was so awesome meeting you!! Can’t tell you how much you rock, Clare!!

  12. Claire~ It was awesome meeting you and running *with* you, well, behond you, LOL but it was super neat to meet you in person! You are so feisty and fun, and a big encouragement! Yay! Relevant was increadible!!

  13. Thanks for hangin out with us at the #eatpraylose meet up. You rock!

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