Ok, all you Relevant ladies. I’ve seen this going around blogland, so it’s about time I jumped on board.
If you’re reading this and you’re my Relevant roomie, here are 10 things you ought to know about me.
1) Well. Isn’t this awkward? Umm, I hate to tell you this, but you aren’t my Relevant roomie. Sorry. You might wanna check into that. You see… and for some reason, I feel guilty admitting this, but in the interest of full disclosure here… I don’t actually have a Relevant roomie**.
2) The reason for this is multi-fold. Mostly, it’s because I haven’t had a moment alone in ohhhh, a few years or so, and I took the opportunity this time around to enjoy this conference not just as the oh-so-amazing spiritual blogging conference I know it will be, but also as a bit of a mom retreat – a time to get quiet with myself and reflect, re-charge, and process the conference AND the very emotionally impactful last number of months of my life. Forgive me? I still want to meet you and spend time with you and be included as much as I can in all the Relevant festivities, but my extended pre- and post-conference nights at the hotel are date nights with my hotel desk and Bible and my manuscript-in-progress.
3) I’m painfully shy (not to be confused with quiet, by the way). If I’m being honest, this is also at least a little bit of the reason for #1 and #2. I’m a little preoccupied at this point that I’ll spend the entire conference wandering quietly and biting my fingernails anxiously while everyone else talks and laughs and hugs. If you see a wandering Whimsy, please say hello. I promise, I will think you’re a saint for the very act of taking pity on this friendless-girl.
4) I am relatively new to blogging and I don’t know a single Relevant soul in person. I don’t know a single Relevant soul very well at all, really, even online. I am so incredibly grateful that I’ll be there with a wonderful group of women from DaySpring and (in)courage, and this gives me an excuse to get out of my shell.
5) Despite being painfully shy, I am actually very friendly and I really, really, really want to meet and get to know you, even if the thought of making the first move and approaching people I don’t know makes me want to vomit. Once you get me talking, I may not actually ever shut up. You’ve been warned.
6) I’ve been to one conference before, a Proverbs 31 She Speaks conference several years ago. I think I managed to get through the entire conference speaking only about ten words. I didn’t meet a soul while I was there other than the publisher I was pitching, (even though I sat next to strangers at meals and breakout sessions) and that probably is why I’m on item #6 and still talking about how anxious I am about being the blog-conference equivalent of the last girl picked for dodgeball.
7) Two years ago, I was living in a 5000-square-foot house/lodge on a 300-acre ranch out near
. We were entirely off-the-grid, and I was 100%
city girl, learning daily how to deal with hydroelectricity, manage bat and
wasp infestations, hunt for elk (once was enough, thankyouverymuch), heat our
home with a woodstove, and bottle-feed baby cows. I spent my free time exploring waterfalls and
eating copious amounts of blackberries. Crater Lake,
One month ago, I was living in
Today, I’m living in a 100-square-foot-bedroom in my in-laws’ house in southern
8) I've let on some insecurities here, so on the flip side, here are a few things I love about me, and I hope you will too: I’m creative and my mind is generally a happy jumble of thoughts, shooting a million miles an hour in a hundred different directions (did I mention I have ADD?). My blog is my favorite escape – a place in the world where I feel free to be me, and my sincerest goal is that you can drop by and be yourself there, too. Let it all hang out, friend, I’ll love you even more for it, I promise. I love to write, and often, it’s how I make sense of the madness going on in my brain at any given moment. I am not particularly fashion conscious or stylish. I don’t spend more than $20 on a pair of jeans. My shoes come from Payless. But I’m learning to be comfortable in my own skin, and I find that my home (when I have one, see previous post) follows suit. Thrift-store chic seems to describe my wardrobe and my home décor these days, but I’m oddly comforted by distressed and well-loved stuff. It’s more real that way, and I guess that’s what I love about it.
9) Whimsy Smitten is going through a bit of a blog identity crisis, and I expect that to come to a full hilt at the conference.
10) When I return from Relevant, I plan on tackling NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) during the month of November (which means, I’m probably going to spend the 30 most inspired blogging days drastically neglecting my blog in favor of this writing project – bummer). I’m not actually writing a novel (it’s more like a memoir/personal narrative/creative nonfiction piece), but I can use all the motivation and inspiration I can get. Anyone else hopping on the NaNoWriMo bandwagon?
Ok, if you’ve made it this far, you get a medal. Can’t wait to meet you at Relevant!!!!!
** Despite my pre- and post-conference desk dates and such, if you or anyone else still needs a room for Relevant, I do have an empty bed and I'm happy to help a girl out, if there's any last-minute scramblers out there in need of a bed -- just let me know!