I’m Headed Back to She Speaks!


Four years ago I was in the throes of writing a book proposal. Lessons from the Hundred Acre Wood was to be my dazzling entrance into the world of traditional publication. I’d studied the best information available concerning form and content for nonfiction proposals. I’d spent hours writing and rewriting every sentence of my sample chapters to provide representatives from publishing houses a glimpse of my writing prowess.

Please enjoy the long, blondish-red hair. I do what I can to make your time here fun!! :)

Please enjoy the long, blondish-red hair. I do what I can to make your time here fun!! 🙂

And finally, early one July morning in 2010, I climbed into my car and headed to Concord, North Carolina, to attend She Speaks.

I was terrified! And excited!

She Speaks was a turning point for me. No, I didn’t get a publishing deal. Four years later, I still don’t have one. But it was during those three days the Lord opened my eyes to all the possibilities beyond a book contract. He reminded me I am more than the sum of my accomplishments. And, above all, He gently redirected me toward seeking His glory and not my own.

Since She Speaks 2010, I have attended over 15 other writing and blogging conferences. But every year, my one desire has been to return to She Speaks. And every year, there has been a reason I could not go back.

Until this year. About a month ago, my dear friend Lisa Boyd sent me an email saying she wanted to talk to me about She Speaks. The next day we chatted on the phone and she asked me if I’d be willing to lead two of the pre-conference sessions.

Um, yeah!! Was my less than articulate response.

She Speaks

And so, July 24th, I’ll be returning to She Speaks. My sessions at the pre-conference are “Blogging 101” and “Blogging Beyond the Basics.” I’m literally giddy about the opportunity to share with other writers, speakers, and ministry leaders how to use a blog to share their message and build their platform. But more than that, my hope is to use this opportunity as a way to give Him glory.

You see, I’m not the biggest or best blogger on the block. {Well, maybe on my block since I’m pretty sure none of my neighbors even know what a blog is … but that’s not really the point.} But I am willing to be used and to share what I’ve learned and to help others.

And y’all, that’s really what we’re all called to do. If you have ever considered attending a writing or speaking conference, She Speaks is the best of the best. I can’t wait to sit in on sessions by incredible people like Lysa Ter Keurst, Jerry Jenkins, and Shaunti Feldhahn. The entire Proverbs 31 team is amazing. They do everything with excellence and humility. And I cannot wait to be there with them.

There are still spots available though the conference is filling up fast. I’d love to see you this year at She Speaks! For more information or to register, visit the She Speaks website.

She Speaks 2014 Promo Video from Proverbs 31 Ministries on Vimeo.

Cheering you on,

How have you pursued your dreams?

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