She Speaks {Again}

She Speaks Conference When I set out four summers ago to compete in my first triathlon I needed inspiration, motivation, discipline, and coaching.  I found inspiration and motivation through the example of my brother.  I developed discipline by going to bed when my roommates were still up and getting up at 5 am to fit in workouts before and after work.  I found my coaching in an online triathlon training program.  I worked hard, and the result: I finished my first triathlon. 

The next summer, I trained again and competed in two tri’s.  And I actually placed third in my division in one of them.  {I believe there were only 5 of us in the division, but who’s counting?}  Last summer, I was pregnant and couldn’t compete, but this summer it is already on my radar, and I have been training for the past month!

Four summers ago I also intentionally set out to pursue a speaking and writing career.  I attended my first speaking conference about a month before I hit the water for my first triathlon.  This conference encouraged me to always continue to hone my speaking skills and taught me the importance of handling the Word of God with care.  It also taught me how to construct a talk that motivates listeners to take action.  I left feeling better equiped to deliver the Word of God accurately and in an engaging way.

Two years later, I realized that in order to pursue this new career path I needed continual inspiriation, motivation, discipline and coaching, just as I did for my first triathlon.  Last summer I found all four of these vitally important keys to success in one place: She Speaks.  I attended this conference with my sister and two friends {one of which is the wonderful Heather Proctor}.  It was at this conference that I learned the importance of consistency in my communication with you: my blog community.During my first day, I sat in a pre-conference session and heard Rob Eager  say that if I couldn’t blog 4 times a week, then I shouldn’t do it at all.  Of course, he was addressing the entire room, but I KNEW he was actually speaking to me.   This changed my blogging life.  This motivated me because I didn’t want to do something half-way.  This also caused me to be more disciplined in my blogging.  And when I wanted to sleep in, I would hear Rob’s words like a coach saying again and again, “If you can’t do it 4 times a week, then don’t do it.”  This was the coaching I needed to get me out of bed and to my laptop.  I found inspiration in knowing that many women around the world were doing the same thing I was. 

What you may or may not know {depending on how long you have been following my blog} is, I used to blog in quarters.  I would blog consistently {that being once a week or so} for a few months, then get a little burnt out and take a month or two off.  Then I would get a little motivation and begin again only to stop again a few months later.  However, since attending the She Speaks Conference, I have consistently blogged an average of 3-4 times per week.  The only time I’ve taken off was about 4 weeks when Janie Lou was born just after Christmas. 

I needed motivation, inspiration, discipline and coaching.  And this little tip is just one of the many useful lessons I learned at the She Speaks Conference last year.  I would LOVE to attend this conference again this year which is why I am posting this blog as my entry in the She Speaks scholarship contest.  I can’t wait to see what I can learn this summer. 

Thank you to all of you who consistently read my blogs.  I appreciate your time and would love to attend this conference so that I can serve each of you better.  Thank you She Speaks for equipping numerous women to invest in the lives of millions.  I hope to see you again this summer.

I've been a follower of Jesus for over 30 years, and have been teaching God's Word to students and women for nearly 20 years! God has brought me through some difficult chapters in my own life, and now my passion is equipping women like you with tools to embrace your own unexpected chapters in life with grace and truth.

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