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Allume Highlights and Missed Opportunities

This past week I was at Allume.  Today I’m home, wearing my PJ’s at 1:45pm and reminiscing.


I’m tired. The weeks leading up to the conference were a whirlwind. I was working way too much and really needed the break. While I didn’t really get the physical break that I was needing, I had a great time. I made connections and networked. I sat through some amazing sessions and learned a ton.  I heard God clearly speaking to me (more on this later…) and He gave me rest that I didn’t know I needed.  I’m excited for what’s ahead but today I’m resting and refocusing.

I have some great friends.  Re-connecting with friends is always the highlight of blogging conference.  These people on the other side of the screen are real. They are real friends who have encouraged me over the last 4 years.  Thanks to the wonderful internet I chat with Erin online nearly every day and seeing her was like seeing an old friend from highschool, it was nice to finally be together spending time together, in person.  Some of my favorite times were hiding away having late night chats with Kristin and Chris Ann, Kim, ErinJanelle Kristin, Leigh, Teri Lynne.  I loved chatting with Kristina, Trina,  Crystal, Kristin, Mandy,  and reconnecting with author and friend, Dani Pettrey and so so many more.

I wonder if I should have been a “swarmer”.  I have this one problem when I go to conferences … I don’t want to be “one of those bloggers”  you know the one’s… the BIG keynote speaker comes in the room and they swarm.  I didn’t want to be in that crowd.  Unfortunately one of the only ways to have a few minutes with one of these brilliant speakers is to swarm, otherwise you’re left waiting and your big questions are left unanswered.

I didn’t swarm and I wonder if I should have.  I didn’t ask the big questions I wanted to ask.  Some of these “swarm-able” bloggers I have talked to over the last 3 years and they are just like you and me, down to earth, some are shy, other’s outgoing and extroverted.  I think they get me, they know that I’m not placing them high up on a pedestal. I have a level of respect for them but I’m not star-struck, they are just friends.

I chatted with the Aussie.  I did take a minute to chat with Darren when he was getting ready for his session on Friday (I guess being the “A/V girl for Allume has a few perks).  All I really wanted to ask him was “Where are you hiding the Tim Tams” but I restrained myself.  I would have loved to sit down over coffee and talk to him for an hour about working from home.  No, I didn’t really have any big blogging questions for him.  I wanted to talk to him about being an entrepreneur, because, deep down that is at my core.  My business is in a great place of growth. It is scary and exciting all at the same time.  I’d love to hear how he balances home and work-life.  I’d love to hear the boundaries he has built into his life to protect family time. I wanted to ask him how he goes from idea to blog post… because I’ve sure got the ideas, just no time.

I learned much. Even though I didn’t get to ask the BIG questions I had, I learned so much.  I don’t even know where to begin today.  I have notes to dig through, thoughts to process and e-mails to return, so it will have to wait for another post.

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  • Crystal
    October 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I adored chatting with you 🙂 You made me feel so welcome, the second I walked into the registration area! And it took me LITERALLY the entire weekend to go talk to Ann Voskamp…as she was checking out of the hotel. Because I didn’t want to be “that girl” and overwhelm her or call attention to her if she didn’t want that. It’s a delicate balance, isn’t it?

  • Sylvia R
    November 1, 2012 at 8:51 am

    It’s good to read the real, warm, down-to-earth yet heavenly minded thoughts you put down here. A blessing to me.
    Blessings back to you!

  • Shelley
    November 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Donna! Love your site, and can’t wait to get to know you more….

  • Logan@LifeforDessert
    November 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Donna my friend!!! First of all, I’m gonna need that picture of me, you and Erin. Secondly, where would we have been without you?! You were overworked and over-stretched and i for one want to say THANK YOU! I loved getting to know you more and spending time together. You are a gem my friend….real, authentic, and honest! Loved spending time with you!

  • Rebekah from Simply Rebekah
    November 6, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    I said it there and I’ll say it again… I can’t imagine going to a blogging conference with out you!!

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