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Carol doing her thing!

Carol doing her thing!

Hey Friends!

When was the last time you attended a life changing conference?

I spent last week at Carol Kent’s Speak Up Conference, and it was ah-mazing!

I’ve shared many times before how God has used this powerful conference to significantly teach and encourage me over the past ten years, and this year did not disappoint.

Once again, my heart is FULL!

My mouth is actually still sore from smiling so much!

Speak Up 2016

Speak Up 2016

It was such an amazing, anointed, God inspired three days! Yippee!

If I had to sum up my time at Speak Up with 3 quick, personal highlights, they would include…

Starbucks run!

Starbucks run!

1. Meeting so many wonderful men and women and hearing their personal stories.

I met tons of women—and a few amazing men!

All had one thing in common: a beautiful heart for God, and a sacrificial desire to serve Him with excellence. I wish I could have enjoyed a cup of coffee with every single one of them!  (Thanks, Michele, for being willing to take our 1:1 on the go!)

I also loved every moment of seeing old friends, meeting new ones, hearing amazing God stories, and cheering another women on their personal faith journey. #mysweetspot

Hope you left your bricks of fear at the Prince Center!

Hope you left your bricks of fear at the Prince Center!

2. Teaching my 3 different workshops, plus coaching the speakers groups.

It is always a huge joy and humble privilege to teach at the Speak Up Conference. I love sharing what I have learned over the years with others!

(Did you know you can access all my workshop hand-outs on-line? Check them out HERE)

My favorite moment was sharing with my Blogging with Purpose class how a drug dealer told me to get on me knees and pray to Jesus when I was trying to purchase cocaine during a relapse. Ha! I guess you had to be there to see how that story fit with blogging. (If you are totally confused, you can hear more of my story here) 🙂


We take our coffee seriously at the Bultema B&B

We take our coffee seriously at the Bultema B&B

3. My Roommates

Another huge highlight included having three very dear friends (Jen Ferguson, JJ Landis, & Jenn Hand) attend the Speak Up Conference and stay at my home—otherwise known as the Bultema B & B.

Although our time went WAY too fast, it was a huge JOY to start each morning praying with them, and end every night reflecting on the day’s bright spots.

Overall, it was a HUGE joy and privilege to serve at the Speak Up Conference! You can check out more of my photo recap here!

(Want to be FB friends while you are there? If you follow me, I’ll follow you right back. I’d love to keep in touch!)


Want to read more encouraging stories about the Speak Up Conference 2016? Check out the amazing blog posts linked up below!

Mark your calendars! Next year’s Speak Up Conference dates are July 13-15, 2017. We would love to see you there!


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