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And So It Begins

All of the conference details, the ones you care about, and the ones you don’t—Part 1
Introduction and Wednesday

The convention that I attended last week was the 84th annual convention of the Religious Communicators Council (RCC), and the theme was “Communicating at the Speed of Life.  All about Social Media.”  The RCC is an interfaith group of religious communicators who work in a number of different mediums.  I was made aware of a group by a professor at Milligan who heard about the convention and their scholarship program and suggested I look into it.  One of the goals that RCC has is investing in up and coming religious communicators through their scholarship program.  They hope to educate students about religious communications and let see what a profession as a religious communicator would look like.  As a recipient of the scholarship program, I received a paid registration for the convention, my hotel room was paid for, and my travel and food expenses were also paid for.  And lastly, my membership in the council is paid for 2013 and 2014 and I will work with a mentor in the field for the next year.

As the time for the convention got closer and closer, I found myself getting more and more nervous.  I would be traveling eight hours away, all by myself, and spending the week with a bunch of people that I did not know!  Another thing that I didn’t know what to expect was the size.  I was not sure if I should expect a CIY sized event, or a small group setting.  It ended up being around 100 people, but I think that made it a lot better.  One fun thing that I will highlight in this blog post is also the food that I ate while in Indianapolis.  I never ate the same thing twice and only at one chain restaurant all week.  I’m surprised I didn’t gain 10 pounds.

Besides myself, there were three other scholarship recipients.  Two senior Public Relations (PR) students from Florida State University, and a junior PR student from the University of Indianapolis.  I enjoyed getting to know the three of them throughout the convention.  There is so much information that I want to share with you about the convention.  I hope you will bear with me, but feel free to take breaks, as long as you will come back and finish reading!

On Wednesday  when I arrived in Indianapolis, I carried all of my stuff up to my hotel room (which was quite a feat in a sling), met my roommate, and got settled in.  Just a little while later, we went down to the lobby and met the scholarship coordinator, Phillip Poole.  Phillip is a wonderful guy.  I really felt like he cared about us and invested in us all week.  That night he took us to Rock Bottom Brewery for dinner and it was delicious!  I had a handmade, fresh margarita pizza.  Talk about yummy.  We spent the evening talking a little about the convention and getting to know each other.   That evening, as Teresa and I were going to bed, there was this terrible sound in our room.  It kept us up for a while and then woke us up early in the morning.  We finally put all the pieces together.  Our room shared a wall with the elevators, and one of them sounded like a shopping cart with a wobbly wheel.  Talk about annoying!  Needless to say, after that first night, we moved rooms.  Thank goodness!

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This I Believe…

At the Religious Communicators Convention I went to a workshop about putting the social back in social media and one of the things we talked about was blogging.  This is a writing exercise that we did, and my partner thought I did a really good job and I wanted to share it with you.

This I Believe
This I believe, that you have to have friends to help you through the mountains of life.  You need them in the high times and the low times.  They help you celebrate in the good times, and they pick you up and help you hike out of the valleys.  The bad times in my life seem so much worse without a friend to encourage you and lift you up.  And the peaks of the mountain, when you are so close to God, can be a much bigger blessing with someone to rejoice with you.  You already have the best friend with God, but I believe we are blessed with other partners to journey and hike the big mountains with.

What is your “This I Believe?”

*coming soon an update about my conference!*

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My bags are packed

Well, the time has finally come.  Today at four, I will be on my way to the Religious Communicators Council Annual Convention in Indianapolis.  I am a big jumble of excitement and nerves.

Last night I did all my laundry, packing, grocery shopping for Adam, and this morning I loaded it all into my car.  I know this will sound silly to some of you, but I am going to be away from Adam for 5 and a half days and I’m really not looking forward to that!  It is just about the longest we have been apart.  And only having one cell phone is a huge problem!  All we’re going to be able to do is Facebook chat in the evenings.

There are going to be several free nights, so my plan is to catch up on my Netflix viewing and my book reading (and my junk food eating).  This week is definitely going to be an adventure for me.  And I’ll be sure to keep you up to date during the week!

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Life Update and Funny Friday

I thought I would take some time to update you on my life this morning.  I feel like I haven’t written very much this week.

1-Have have found a new website that I looovvveee!!  It is called goodreads.  It is a website where you can put in all the books you have read, rate and write reviews on them, list the books you are currently reading, and the books you want to read.  I love it.  It is pretty addicting.  And my “to-read” list is growing faster than I can keep up with it.  I added the goodreads widget to the right, so check it out.

2-In case you did not already know, I got the scholarship to attend the Religious Communicators Council annual convention free of charge April 4-6.  I am so excited!  It is going to be a great time of networking and learning.

3-I went to the doctor yesterday about my shoulder.  It turns out they did find tearing in my MRI.  It is not in the labrum, which I do not know if that is good news or bad news, but it is in my bicep tendon.  And the only way to fix this is to have surgery.  There are temporary things they can do to relieve the pain, but nothing will fix it but surgery.  After surgery I will need to be in a sling for 6 weeks and then do 6-8 weeks of physical therapy.  We don’t know when the surgery will be yet, but we need to save some money before it can happen.  Also, since I need to be able to drive to Indianapolis for the convention in April and cannot do that for 6 weeks after surgery, the surgery will probably have to be after the convention in April, so my guess is that it will be sometime in April.  Which is good because hopefully we can have a good chunk saved by then.

4.  I have been dreaming of babies all week!  It has been so crazy!  I have been finding a lot of cute baby stuff on Pinterest for whenever Adam and I decide to embark on that adventure, so maybe it has gone to my head…

5.  I have been working the Emmanuel Phoneathon for a few nights this week and will be doing it a couple nights next week.  It has been lots of hours of calling, many hang-ups, but still good conversations and donations.  It has been a good experience so far.

6.  This is going to be the best weekend ever!  I get to have a birthday celebration with my husband and the Oscars are on Sunday!  Yay!  And then either Thursday or Friday of next week my parents are coming down for my sister’s opera and to celebrate my birthday.  I am excited to spend some time with them, and they are bringing us some furniture that I’m really pumped about!  It’s also potluck Sunday at church, which is a lot of fun fellowship, but also a little stressful for me, so let’s hope that goes well.

7. Random fact:  I have been seriously craving pizza all week and I’m hoping that this weekend, with some birthday money, I will be able to enjoy some warm, cheesy, yummy pizza.  Hmm…I wish I was close enough that Joe Bologna’s would deliver to me!

And now, Funny Friday:
2534Hope that made your friday even better!! I know it did for me 🙂

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