I recently attended The Declare Conference in Dallas, TX.
This conference is for Christian women bloggers who want to make a Kingdom impact with their blogs. Pretty perfect, eh?
It was a refreshing time in more ways than one, full of late-night conversations, inspiring speakers, worship services, deep times with God, many new friends. Not to mention all the new technical information and training.
The theme of the weekend was Wild Obedience.
It gave me a lot to think about, both with my blog and in my own life. Obedience to God is what matters in life, and it can mean a plethora of different things to different people.
I took quite a few notes. To give you a sense of the awesomeness-level of this conference, I’m including some of my favorite, tweet-able quotes from the weekend below.
Declare Conference Quotables
“Seek to be inspired by God, not to be inspiring for God [on His behalf].” –Jess Connolly >>click to tweet
“Be overwhelmed by God, not life.” –Jess Connolly >>click to tweet
“To be wildly obedient, you first have to be wildly free.” –Francie Winslow >>click to tweet
“It’s not that obedience to God leads to success, it’s that obedience equals success.” –Lisa Jo Baker >>click to tweet
“Habits are like small things on steroids” –Kat Lee >>click to tweet
So, what will the coming year look like for Embracing a Simpler Life? How can I keep this blog about God and not me? How does He want to use it? Where should I get involved? What am I to pursue?
These questions do not all have clear answers, but I do have some initial thoughts and goals.
Blog Goals and Action Steps
- Remain faithful to blogging 2-3 times per week for a complete year (until May 31st 2015)
- Submit two guest posts per month to other blogs in order to find more readers.
- Find one cause to support.
- Send out one newsletter per month. If you’re not getting these, you can sign up here.
- Up my game with Facebook. I need to post more often in order to encourage new “likes” and for my posts to be seen more frequently.
- And the scary one–I think I’m going to write a book. …don’t hold me to that. I might chicken out.
Thanks again to all of you who support and follow along with my blog. I greatly appreciate it!
Photos by Joseph Johnson of The Forgotten Stories