Yesterday I had some friends around for an (In)courage (Real Life) meet-up.
Incourage is a website and community for christian women, and they provided us with a whole host of webcasts and discussion material for a "virtual" conference.
The (In)courage community and website has a beach house theme, so I had fun decorating the room with shells and candles.
For food we had some delicious colour-co-ordinated mini cupcakes. The yellow ones had lemon butter cream and the blue ones were cream cheese butter icing - I can take no credit for them, other than ordering them from a friend.
We had a lovely time together, watching and sharing, laughing, and some of us (mostly me) crying too!
We watched the very moving video "Choose Joy: Sara's Story" about the blogger GitzenGirl.
One of my favourite quotes of the event was from Lisa-Jo, The Gypsy Mama
"It's impossible to be perfect and real at the same time. Something has to give"
We weren't able to watch everything but some of the other topics covered included in the webcasts were
Be the CHANGE would want to see
Prayers CONNECTS us
The myth that anyone can "Do It All"
Voices of WOMEN
There was a wee surprise at the end, as the final webcast we watched "A Virtual Community Reading: 20 Women; One Body in Christ"
including me! It was a bit cringe-y seeing myself but it was lovely to
be part of it. I was spotted by a blogger I met in Atlanta last October
who tweeted me to let me know :)
After my friends left, I was able to watch my twitter and instagram feed as meetups continued around the world - there were 472 events in total - including Singapore, Italy and Hawaii!
There was a wonderful sense of community and of being part of something global.
You can read more of the (in)RL meetups here
Were you part of the (in)courage community meetup yesterday?
If not, it will all be happening again next year, but in the meantime, visit the (in)courage website.