It’s been two years since I have been able to attend the Allume Conference, though it feels more like ten years, because life moves fast–am I right?
I love the heart and mission behind Allume:
The Allume conference exists to offer a gathering place for kindred spirits to connect, learn, grow, and be refreshed so they can persevere in being a people who bring hope to the world through the social media medium. We want to reflect His Light in all our spheres of influence. Our goal is to go beyond the surface into intentional blogging and real life living, all to the glory of God. Allume is a one-of-a-kind conference that seeks to engage women by teaching blogging techniques and social media skill while also urging and encouraging women to live fully integrated lives with their faith and family.
This year, I’m making my way back to the conference that first introduced me to life on the other side of the screen, the place where I discovered a different kind of hospitality–unlike any I had ever known.
I know October is still a ways off, but I’m not going to lie–my anticipation is growing. I can’t wait to gather with so many friends and familiar faces and experience the generous hospitality of the conference itself. For you Meyers-Briggs people, I am an ENFP, and so attending Allume FILLS MY CUP.
Because we are writing about Practical Hospitality this month at GraceTable, I thought if would be fun (and hopefully helpful) to share a few tips for you, if you plan to attend Allume (hopefully) or any other Christian conference.
1. Pack comfortable footwear. This should go without saying, but sometimes the pull to wear those really awesome (but painfully uncomfortable) four-inch heels is overpowering. Resist the temptation. You will do a lot of standing and walking so opt for your TOMS instead. Or your cowboy boots–whichever won’t leave you stuck in a chair the whole time. You’re welcome.
2. Dress comfortably. Again, like the footwear thing, this should be obvious, but I understand the vibe that impossible skirt has on you–the one that incessantly rides up and twists itself around you backwards as you move. Leave. it. behind. Just do. You don’t want to be tugging at yourself and running to the ladies room to re-adjust every five minutes. It’s impossible to listen intently to someone sharing their heart while you’re worried if your knickers are showing.
3. If you’re meeting up with old friends, pack a few small tokens of appreciation. A journal, a little piece of jewelry, chocolate–whatever you like to give as gifts. Of course this is optional, but it is more blessed to give than to receive so why not show some love. Better still, pack a couple of goodies for a friend you haven’t met yet. I have been blessed by friends at Allume who gave me small surprises and their hospitality touched me deeply. You can be that person. Also, leave room for swag. Allume sponsors are notoriously generous with the goodies (BOOKS!)
4. Spend time in prayer before you go. This should be at the top of the list, but in the interest of being real, I will leave the shoe thing at number one. No sense in trying to pretend I am someone I am not. I thought of shoes before prayer. Forgive me?
5. RELAX and enjoy the hospitality of the event. If there’s anything my girl Logan knows about, it’s hospitality, and the entire Allume team works tirelessly to create an environment that is welcoming and generous. Study them, take notes, pay attention–they are good at what they do. You will feel loved and hopefully return home ready to fling your arms open to others in your community.
6. Use the time away to be filled. It’s likely that you spend a lot of time pouring yourself into the lives of others. We know that many of our GraceTable readers are generous, caring people who make a regular practice of loving others well, whether it’s on your own children and families, or on strangers and neighbors who cross your path and threshold. Take this opportunity away to be ministered to and encouraged and inspired to come home and love and live more generously than before. We all need to be refreshed. Allume is a great place to find restoration for the rest of your journey.
GraceTable is grateful to help sponsor Allume. Let me know if I will be seeing you there–I’d love to meet you in person.
Grab your ticket HERE.