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BFRB Conference 2018 – I’m Going! Are You?
This April I’m headed out to San Franscico, California for the 25th Annual BFRB Conference.
This is actually the first year I’ve ever been to this conference so I have no idea what to expect at all.
Aneela is the co-creator of the Keen bracelets that I wear.
She’s going to have a table at the conference so be sure to stop by and see her (and me, because I’ll be hanging out with her).
There’s a few things about the conference that make me feel a little overwhelemed at the moment…
Speaking In Public
This is the first time in my life I have ever done any public speaking at all.
I’m a bit of a shy, akward person and I’ve always been more of a listener, than a speaker.
I genuinely believe that God can use to me to help others but I am feeling a bit anxious.
I still have a few months to work on those nerves, so that’s good and of course I plan to practice.
Flying to San Francisco
This is also the first time I have ever left my all my kids behind…. and that is probably the HARDEST part of all this for me.
I know they will be fine, I know this, but it’s still breaks my heart to leave them.
I have never had to be without them at nighttime, I’ve always been there to kiss them to bed – so I’m sad about that.
I wish I could bring them all with me but that would be utter choas and I really wouldn’t get any time with them at all because my focus will be on learning and serving others at the conference.
I also have to get on a plane and fly there, that means talking to strangers and making my way through places I have never been – yikes! That’s a bit hard to think about too.
While most people fly all over the world so it’s no big deal, I’m over here like…. 🤔
I wish I was kidding, but I’m not.
Sharing a Room with Someone I Hardly Know
I am speaking with Aneela so I am sharing a room with her too (she was kind enough to offer that which she didn’t have to do), but I have some strange freaking sleeping habits!
I’m not sure she will like me after three nights in a room with me?
I get up early and not to mention, I go pee a LOT in the middle of the night!
If I can get my finances together in the next couple weeks, I may book my own room in the hotel, just to spare this nice woman my annoying night presence.
They are giving an incredible room rate for this area and this hotel but it’s still pretty pricey so I’m still working out this issue.
It will all be okay, I know, but I have all these thoughts that are trying to consume me.
I definitely plan to take a lot of time over the next couple months to work on my thoughts and feelings about all these seemingly simple things to most people.
But Other Than ALL THAT…
I’m Really Excited To Be Going to the BFRB Conference!
I’m really excited to learn lots of new things, hear people tell their stories and most of all, connect with people like me.
I can’t imagine the sort of love and support that goes into an event like this and it should be a life-changing experience to say the least!!
I want to do a live stream from San Francisco to my Facebook group while I’m there – you know to say “hi” and show them what what’s going on and stuff like that.
I’ll post pictures to my fan page of the event too for those of you following.
I’ve already booked my flight, it’s a nonstop flight, it only takes two hours from where I live (that’s awesome).
The hotel looks really nice!
It’s pretty close to the SFO airport so that’s good, I don’t have to travel across town.
I’ll have to check out the food nearby, perhaps I could use one of those services like Postmates or UberEats to bring it to me?
What Will I Be Speaking About?
Our topic is from “hiding to healing.”
Our stories are different but have a lot of the same elements which is what brought us together for this conference.
Both Aneela and I have a heart to serve the BFRB community in our own unique ways and I’m really excited to be a part of this presentation with her.
Be sure to let me know if you’re going to be there so we have a chance to meet