Wednesday, September 5, 2012

influence conference {meet & greet}

While I am super excited it is September, I will be even more excited when October gets here. This October I will be going the Influence Conference

Today I am linking up for the meet and greet. 

Three things about me:

ONE // I just relocated to Virginia from California! A west coast gal gone east. I also spent the last 2 months living in Florida. This past year has been crazy to say the least. My husband is IN the Navy which explains the moving. We are so excited for this new adventure on a new coast and for the new job my husband will have. 

TWO // I have a degree in Political Science. That does not mean I like to discuss politics, it means I like to study politics, hehe. It is something most people are shocked to find out. Especially when they find out my working background is in finance, marketing and and working with military families. I recently launched the website Navy Wives Unite. I have a passion for working with military spouses and make sure they are not forgotten amidst the craziness of taking care of a their husband, all that comes along with his job and often times kids. I want to make sure all military spouses are aware of the resources available to us. We are not in this alone and we can all use a friend who can relate to what we are going through or impart some words of wisdom when we are ready to flip muffins. 

top: TJMaxx // tank: JCrew outlet // earrings: c/o World Market necklace: made by me // skinnies: Paige Denim, thrifted // Leopard wellies: Target, clearance score for $9!

THREE // Sometimes I don't think before I speak. Not like I tell people off left and right but I think sometimes I offend people because I express my feelings or opinion on something and don't realize how it can affect them.  I try really hard to think long and hard before I speak, but sometimes it happens. It did in fact happen at a blog conference I went to in the past. I made a comment about something silly and I totally think I offended someone I was with. It bothered me the whole time that I didn't apologize {mostly because I couldn't find the right time and I didn't know her very well at all.}

two things I am excited about for influence:

ONE // being around so many wonderful women who are sharing their story and seeing how God is using them. I know God has an amazing plan for me. Sometimes it is hard to see and I need reminders. I grew up going to church and loved it. Somewhere along the road I stopped going and just didn't feel connected. After I met my husband we both wanted to get back to church. It took us a while to find a type of church that fit both of us. He grew up going to a very traditional Lutheran Church and I grew up going to more contemporary protestant/nondenominational churches. It was hard to find a good middle ground. I have a hard time with super organized religion. I don't want to do something just because that is how the church did it 100 years ago. times are a changing, I need to feel connected. A cell phone in church is not taboo. I am tweeting, instagraming and sharing with others the glory God is showing me on Sunday morning! {no joke, one of the churches we visited in Florida had a pastor that encouraged the use of cell phones: for the bible app, to tweet the message to others. I about jumped out of my seat and screamed "Hallelujah"}

TWO // meeting my roommates Bernadette, Karina and Natalie . I have been to a few blog conferences but I've never stayed with roommates, let alone roommates I've never met in RL.  I know God as a plan for bringing us 4 ladies together. {ladies, i hope you are ready for my random spastic ways. I probably won't wash my hair, and will be a bit grumpy in the morning. Ill buy coffee for us all to say sorry for my grumpiness, hehe}

one thing I never leave home without:

ONE // I am going to cheat a bit and give you two things. I never leave the house without my phone, I am A.D.D.I.C.T.E.D. it might as well be permanently attached to my hand. I never go overnight with out a blue stuffed bear my husband one for me when we were dating a fair. Even if I go overnight to a friends it goes in my overnight bag. It has been to Guam, Japan, Mexico and more than 25 states. 


10 comments:

Bernadette Veenstra said...

Funny. I am a morning person, but I am not a talkative morning person. At least not until I've got my coffee. And I am really good at sneaking around in the morning, because I don't want to wake up the kids.=)
I am looking forward to meeting you too. I agree, God has a reason for putting the four of us together.

Beth @ dot...in the city said...

cute outfit! and I agree, cell phones should not be frowned upon in church when they actually make you more engaged in what's happening :)

courtney {splendid actually} said...

Your outfit is perfection. I wish I could pull off something like that. Can't wait to see how God works through you for your website and blog!

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke Photography said...

cute leaopard boots!

Ernestine Edna said...

You know I take a picture every Sunday morning! :)

Jessica said...

Jen, Love your heart for military wives. That is amazing. I'm an East Coast girl but I can understand you missing Cali. Hang in there. There's lots of good stuff about the East. Can't wait to meet you next month.

Brooke said...

Love your fashion sense-so cute! Looking forward to meeting you!

Annie said...

My minor was history and we ran into some poli sci stuff every once in a while and it was actually interesting! I say that as someone who HATES politics. But looking at different systems and how and why they work is something I enjoyed considering.

I also have a hard time with church. My attendance in college was pretty spotty. I believe, though, that in Influence we're creating a different kind of church. And that's a church I can get behind wholeheartedly.

I'm looking forward to meeting you!

Chelsea said...

I'm so excited to meet you and take some fashion tips! you always look so cute :)

Finding a church home can be exhausting... I just moved and although I need a community, I am having a hard time committing to one church to get involved in. So many factors go into it!

Trina {Beginner Beans} said...

What an exciting change to move coasts! Look forward to seeing you at the conference!

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