Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Meetup of Influential Women

Welcome!


This is my first post for The Poser Mama blog, and I can't think of a better way to launch it than with this Influence Network link-up.  Truth be told, the link-up date actually gave me a good deadline to get this online space up and running, so here it is.

Three things about me:

  1. I attended Southern Illinois University where I majored in English (with an emphasis in literary theory) and minored in creative writing (poetry).  I marched tenor saxophone with the Marching Salukis my first semester and met my husband, Ian, who was the graduate assistant over the drumline that year.  #bandgeeklove
  2. In high school, my friend and I created a secret society so secret that even the members didn't know about it.  Each member had a code name, and we conducted meetings with the whole group at the lunch table to discuss important secret society business. All unbeknownst to everyone except us, of course.
  3. When I was a child, I would occasionally see a monster truck rally on television and worry about all those people who were getting their cars smashed.  I thought that the cars were randomly selected from the lot where the spectators parked.  I was truly distressed about how they would get home afterwards.

One valuable thing I've gained from the Influence Network:


I think the Influence Network has helped me most by showing me that there is enough room at the table for everyone, whether you're an established blogger or just starting out.  This has encouraged and motivated me to pursue my own creative projects without fear of stepping on anyone's toes.

A photo of me that I love:

 

This was taken almost seven years ago.  Ian (now my husband) was in a band, and we were at a show about four hours away from home.  We had been dating for about three months, and this was the first picture ever taken of us together.  It so perfectly represents the people we were at the time, and I cherish it.

36 comments:

  1. I love the nostalgia of the photos from our earliest days of dating too. It is crazy to think of how far we've come with marriage, children, adult-hood.

    Glad you are part of the Network, Hope. Looking forward to hearing what creative projects you want to take on!

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    1. Thanks, Lindsey!


      I think my favorite thing about the photo is I don't look at it and think "If only you knew then what you know now..." At the time, I thought my husband was rad and that marriage would be great.

      I still think that. =)

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  2. Yay for a new blog and congrats on your first post! That photo of the two of you is so sweet! I'm glad you're part of the Network and hope to see you there soon!

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  3. Girl, your post had me laughing out loud (about the secret society thing!) So good to meet you!!

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    1. I'm so glad my high school antics made your day a little better. =)

      Thank you for saying hello!

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  4. The part about the monster trucks may be one of my favorite things I've read! Hahaha. LOVE it!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed that tidbit! Isn't it funny how little minds work? I just knew that cars were very expensive, and it never occurred to me that people could have a bunch of old cars sitting around unused. Who had that kind of money??

      Anyway, I've learned a thing or two since then. =)

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  5. Quite the perfect way to start a blog! So nice to meet you!
    The secret society and monster truck lines are hilarious!
    Blessings to you!

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    1. Lori, it's nice to meet you as well!

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  6. "there is enough room at the table for everyone" THIS! i love this! such a great way to put it.

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    1. So glad to hear that idea resonated with you. Thanks for letting me know. =)

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  7. how fun! A secret society! haha seriously i love that. So excited to comment on your first post here at The Poser Mama :)

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    1. And I am so excited that you commented on my first post as well. Thank you!

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  8. There is SO much room at the table! I'm so glad you said that. It's so true. I've learned so much simply about finding value in my own voice. I'm glad your voice is at the table.

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  9. Oh - and welcome to blogging!!!!! Did you have a blog before? Or is this a remake of an old blog? Regardless, I'm glad you're here.

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    1. I started a blog earlier this year about hospitality and obstacles to community, but I found out I like talking about that a lot more than writing about it, so I turned it into a weekly podcast (I only have two episodes posted so far, but SO MANY ideas).

      I still wanted to blog about other things, though, so here I am. =)

      Thank you for the warm welcome!

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  10. I majored in English too! And yes, I love that the network shows us there's room for everyone on the internet, just like there's room for everyone at the table of Jesus.

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    1. Annie, I couldn't agree more. Thank you so much for saying hello!

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  11. When I was a teenager my friends and I made up our own language called ARP. We could talk about anything we wanted without anyone knowing what we were saying.
    It was amazing!
    Blessings, Ashley Rane Sparks
    www.makeitrane.com

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    1. Ashley, sounds like we would have made quite the team in high school. =)

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  12. Love this. So funny and insightful. Glad to be blog launching twins :).

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    1. Thanks, Kari! And twins, indeed. I have a good feeling about this. =)

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  13. Great meeting you, Hope! Your childhood story is awesome. Kids are so weird! haha When I was little, my cousin talked me into thinking that my granola bar wrappers had feelings and that if I threw them away, I'd be killing them!

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    1. Oh, Moriah, what a terrible thing for your cousin to tell you! It is so easy for kids to be sensitive to feelings, even of inanimate objects. For instance, I remember being worried certain stuffed animals would feel left out of I didn't play with them. Even at the time, I knew they weren't "real," but it was still hard not to project my own feelings onto them.

      Thank you for saying hello!

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  14. I kind of love that this is your first post on your new blog!! How appropriate!! And the secret society - now that sounds like fun.

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    1. Thanks! I love it, too. It totally saved me the huge "what should I post first?" dilemma.

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  15. mmm I love that there is room at the table for everyone! for as many bloggers, as many musicians, as many artists, crafters, designers, and speakers as come to be fed; none is turned away, or looked at as being less than another. what a blessing to be a part of this network and children {daughters! women!} of God!

    love that this was your first post on the new blog. so fitting. and I'm probably going to have to check out this podcast of yours. hospitality + community is kind of my thing. :)

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    1. Indeed, there is no limit to creativity or beauty or grace. It's a wonderful thing.

      I would love for you to check the podcast out! The website is hellostrangerhospitality.com. You can also click the "Hello, Stranger" button on my sidebar. I would love to get some feedback on it if you have the time.

      Thanks!

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  16. So nice to "meet" you, Hope! I, too, love the mix of newbies and experienced bloggers on the Network and knowing that EVERYONE is accepted and wanted!

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Natalie! Thank you for saying hello.

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  17. Absolutely love what you said about there being room at the table for everyone---I agree! Everyone has been so welcoming so far.
    Glad to meet you! Looking forward to more posts.
    -Mary

    www.thesauersblog.com

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    1. Nice to meet you, too, Mary! I hope to get some more posts up very soon. =)

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  18. OH MAN. #3 - SO GREAT!! Excited to meet you!

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  19. You had me at The Juliana Theory t-shirt. (: So excited for you! I just started my blog recently too and have been so blessed by the great seasoned bloggers of the Influence Network.

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  20. Old pictures are the best!! And of course- concert dates. :) Nice to meet you!

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