This past weekend I spent two absolutely lovely days with Stephanie May of the Lipstick Gospel and ten other women with a desire to discover the value of their story and how to share it with others.
Stephanie’s blog is one of my favorites, and out of all of the bloggers I started following this year (which is a LOT), she definitely inspires me the most with the way she vulnerably shares stories of faith, life and love.
She doesn’t write simply for herself – she writes to use what she’s experienced and learned over her lifetime to help others. I love that.
When she shared about a potential writers weekend in Atlanta, I was immediately on board. Nothing sounded more perfect than a weekend learning from both her wisdom as a Christian writer with influence and her experience as a blogger.
I was worried about spending the money for a weekend like this, but eventually I decided that what I gained would be worth it, so I just went for it!
I’m so glad I did.
The weekend was so much more than I was even expecting. In a warmly decorated suite on the 15th floor of the Georgian Hotel, eleven women from diverse corners of the US came together for the sake of storytelling.
Stephanie overwhelmed us (in a good way) with her insight while her fiance Carl cooked us gourmet meals that we shared over laughter, authentic conversation and book recommendations. We skipped straight past small talk and went for each other’s hearts. It was perfect.
Not only did I learn from Stephanie’s story, but I reflected on my own life and learned how to better use my writing to spread authenticity, vulnerability and hopefully a little joy into the world through my stories.
Along with the sessions about storytelling, we also talked nitty-gritty blog basics. Maybe I’m a nerd, but I love blog talk. It’s just so much fun!
I am so grateful for the connection I made with Stephanie and the ten other lovely writers – we created a beautiful community of storytellers that vowed to stay connected and support each other through each of our journeys as writers.
How lucky am I to have those beautiful women on my team?
So, stay tuned for some collaborations (hint: a giveaway!) and more personal stories from my own life about adventure, joy and faith.
I have a story, and this weekend, in the prettiest, coziest living room imaginable, Stephanie May told me that it matters. So I’m choosing to believe her.
All photos by the lovely Lottie Brooke.