Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I'm back from the 2:1 conference!

I almost chickened out you know.  I almost backed out (paid airfare and all!)  This was my first time traveling alone in gulp 12 years!  Never mind that I didn't know a single person there.

But I was wrong.

I knew a TON of people there. 

I may have never met them in person before, but I have shared their homeschooling journeys, their triumphs and struggles via their blogs. There were times that I read some of their blog posts and said to myself, "gosh, I wish I could just reach out and hug her." Well, this weekend, I did!

With Amy Roberts of Raising Arrows

This is a picture I wanted to get for a long time!  There have been so many times I have read Amy's blog Raising Arrows that I said to myself "I just HAVE to tell this woman how much her writing means to me and HOW much it has influenced the way I mother, the way I homeschool and the way I love God."  So, I did.  I had to tame my smile down in this picture or it would have been scary how happy I was!

Here I am with Angie from Many Little Blessings
That's me above with Angie from Many Little Blessings, The Homeschool Classroom and Catholic Mothers Online.  Phew, can you say busy?  I have to say that she is probably the funniest person I have ever met.  I tried to do her skit of describing how she thinks God talks to her to my husband, but you really need to see it in person!

My big take home message this weekend was to connect NOT collect.  I'll admit, I went into the conference feeling a little foolish that the total hits to my blog ever was as much as some of these moms get in a day.  Really.  But, I kept hearing over and over that if even ONE person reads what you have to say, or if you just feel good writing it, then that is what matters.

So, if you're reading this today then thank you for reading

I look forward to getting to know you better as you get to know me better.  I witnessed this weekend the power of a strong community, it should not be underestimated, no matter the size.


28 comments:

  1. A very beautiful recap. We are stronger together, yes we are! And your photos are lovely.
    I'm looking forward to next year already. :)
    Rachel

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  2. Monique O'NeillMay 1, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Keep going - maybe on time I'll join the blogging and make it stick. Monique

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  3. It was such a joy to meet you Nicole!(We sat by each other at lunch on Saturday.) This weekend I felt very much like a "baby blogger" in the midst of all those "pros", but it made me appreciate the blogging family that I have, and encouraged me to connect with others. Have a great week!

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  4. It was so much fun to meet YOU Nicole! You are just so lovely! Looking forward to getting to know you better thru this blogging journey... :-)

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  5. Sherri! It was great to meet you! It was nice to put a face to your blog!!! I am still on a conference high, aren't you? :)

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  6. Krisa! Thanks for connecting! Of course I remember you...we met over meatloaf :) I'm excited to see what you guys have planned for your blog!

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  7. Monique what are you waiting for? I'll give you the nudge! I would love to read what you have to say. You were always so lovely in high school (and that isn't easy!)

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  8. You are such a beautiful person, inside and out! I loved listening to what you had to say this weekend. How appropriate tour post was this morning. I will bookmark it and read it often. Heck, I think I'm going to read it for the third time right now! ;)

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  9. Sabrina JustisonMay 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Nicole! I loved getting to meet you this weekend and can't wait to get our online fellowship group rolling.

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  10. you're beautiful! Thank you for sharing - and coming to that break out!! So excited to meet you - can't wait to see you next year! =)

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  11. Nicole- It was so good to meet you and chat!! So glad you came girl!

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  12. It was so wonderful meeting you! Looking forward to reading more of your blog and getting to know you better!

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  13. Lena @luvmycrzylifeMay 1, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    You have such a beautiful smile. Your smile was lighting up the room every time I looked at you! I'm looking forward to getting to know you better and hopefully seeing you at 2:1 next year too!

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  14. I'm so glad you didn't back out!!! And glad you were blessed by attending. It is an amazing feeling to turn bloggy friends into IRL friends isn't it?? I missed Angie's session...I wonder if she'll vlog her skit for us :)

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  15. I cannot imagine what I would have done if you had backed out. It was so fun getting to know you.

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  16. It was such a joy to meet you this weekend, Nicole. I love the way you summed up the conference. I agree completely.

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  17. It was so nice meeting you! You seem so sweet and genuine. I was was scared too, but everyone was so nice.

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  18. Thanks Kris! It was so great meeting you and getting to listen to your talk!

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  19. Tabitha I am SO GLAD I met you! You are such a wonderful person and I enjoyed getting to know you better this weekend. I hope our paths cross again soon!!!

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  20. I'm all for Angie vlogging her skit..she is like a stand up comedian! I was laughing so hard! Once again, thank you for the wonderful conference, you should be so proud!

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  21. Yes, I look forward to it next year! I'm sure time will fly until then!

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  22. Thanks Joy! It was a blessing to meet you as well! This week has just flown by...Can it be a week already????

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  23. Stef, I hope you are talking again next year. Yours was the last talk I heard before I had to fly out and it was the PERFECT way to end the conference.

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  24. I am anti-vlogging, don't you know that? ;)

    I have long since figured that I would do a decent job vlogging though. All of my friends (that I see locally, etc.) always ask me to tell new stories about my life. It's just not the same to write out things. One of my friends says I'm her favorite story teller. :)

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  25. Nicole -

    It was so wonderful to meet you! You are such a lovely person, and I think you're a hoot. You are the kind of person I would love to have as a neighborhood friend -- someone I could talk to in person whenever I wanted. :)

    I'm really touched to be featured so prominently in your recap. (((HUGS)))

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  26. WOW - you're so sweet (but Rachael Carman nailed it, I will try to find you the notes)

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  27. It was great to meet you last weekend... and I love your takeaway point!!

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  28. Nicole --
    So glad to be able to meet you at the conference!! I'm glad you swallowed your fears and went! (I almost backed out at the last minute, too!) That's Satan, trying to keep us from what is good -- putting our faith and families first!!

    Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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