It’s really difficult for me to sum up this weekend in any limited amount of words. It was fun, relaxing, challenging, awakening…so many words. I spent the past weekend in a cabin in the mountains of Tennessee with 14 other women who by society’s standards were strangers. And yet, these are girls that I feel like I know, deeply, all because of blogging. Some more than others and some know me more than others, but still, there was nothing strange or unfamiliar about interacting with those women this weekend.
For a lot of the bloggers who were there this weekend, it was incredibly strange that I hadn’t met them. Especially sweet Rachel. It seems almost impossible that we haven’t known each other longer than a handful of months. It feels like we have been friends since high school. We had to remind ourselves upon multiple occasions that we were in the same room, hanging out in real life! We had to remind ourselves though, because it felt so natural that we forgot it was our first time meeting.
I am so lucky to get to see Jenna of Dearest Love as often as I do!
Meg of Rivers and Roads
Rachel and I worried a lot that there would be awkwardness or that people would feel uncomfortable. But there was none. 15 strangers hanging out and doing life together for a weekend. For some reason, it’s not a strange concept to me. One thing that I’ve been really pondering lately is how much more amazing the blogging world becomes when it extends beyond the computer screens. It becomes raw, unrehearsed, and real.
There is laughing and hugging and sass because that’s what real life looks like. But there is vulnerability and encouragement and community building, too. The amount of support we were able to give each other after only meeting hours before was incredible. We were able to pray over each other for things that are going on right now in all of our lives. We had been praying with and for each other for months leading up to the retreat, but getting to pray with each other in person made all the difference. We were able to play silly games and take crazy photos. These are the things that happen when you make real life connections a priority.
Girls listed above & Bailey!
Amy of Taking Steps Home
Amy | Meg | Meg (photo via Me With the Three)
I’m still processing so much of what God has been teaching me lately. Oftentimes it’s hard to put it into words which just tells me He’s not ready to fully show me yet. Being around a group of women who are all at different places in their lives but all giving their lives to the Lord is so inspiring, humbling and challenging all at the same time.
For those of you who are already wondering, yes there will more than likely be another retreat! Details are very unknown right now but Rachel and I loved the connections we saw happening over this weekend and would love to be able to do it again!
Also stay tuned for a swag bag reveal coming soon! We had some amazing sponsors and I can’t wait to show you all what they provided for us!
Have you ever gone to a blogger meetup? Was it strange to meet a group of people you didn’t know in real life?