Have you heard? Jen and Hallie just made a few more tickets available for the Edel Gathering this July in Charleston, SC. And guess what?! Because the lovely Jenny Uebbing is expecting and won’t be able to travel to emcee the event………..I’m the new emcee! AND Audrey Assad is going to give a keynote!
(^make that “today”!)
I’ve seen a lot of excitement about Edel this week. And I’ve also seen plenty of folks sharing why they won’t be going. Some of them are good reasons, but some of them aren’t. Here’s a few of the most common reasons (good AND bad) and my take on ’em:
1. “It’s a bad time to be away from my family/I’m having a baby that weekend.”
All moms need a break sometimes, but there are seasons where it’s really impossible for mom to get away. Now if you’re worried about leaving your nursing babe, you don’t have to. There are babies everywhere. It’s like the most baby-friendly event on the planet.
2. “I can’t afford it.”
Totally legit. I understand budget limitations. If finances are the only thing holding you back, please check out the scholarship fund that’s being set up. Maybe that’s the thing that can make it happen for you!
3. “I’m suffering from infertility, subfertility, miscarriage, or infant loss and I just can’t face a weekend with pregnant women and babies everywhere.”
Dear heart, I get that. Praying for you. No one there is going to judge your family size, but avoiding a situation that will be painful for you is a perfectly understandable reason not to attend.
4. “I’m not a blogger.”
While there are lots of folks who are active in the Catholic blogosphere attending, Edel is NOT a blogging conference. Not at all. It’s about Catholic women. Not Catholic bloggers. If you’re not a blogger, you will not feel out of place!
5. “I’m too old.”
This is not a get together for women in their 20s and 30s. It’s for Catholic women. There’s not an age limit and you’ll see super young moms sitting next to grandmothers. Some of the gals I’m most excited about meeting and hanging out with at Edel have a good 20 years on me. You’re only too old to attend if you’re too old to have fun and that’s hopefully never, right?
6. “I’m not ‘cool enough.'”
Think you’re not cool? Perfect. You’ll fit right in. This is a gathering for women who like to dance like no one is watching and wear shoes they made out of dinosaur toys. (Well, I’m not crafty enough to make shoes out of dinosaur toys, but you get the idea.) You can totally sit with us.
7. “I’m going through a hard time and no one will understand because everyone there has it all together.”
No, we don’t. We don’t have it together. At all. Which is why we need this weekend. Whatever you’re going through, I betcha someone there can relate.
8. “I’m worried no one will talk to me.”
OK, sweet introverts. I know events like this are mildly to overwhelmingly terrifying. And I can’t promise that anyone will talk to you IF you hide in a corner all weekend. BUT I can promise that if you sit down and introduce yourself, you’ll be welcomed with open arms. If you don’t know where to start, come find me. I’ll be the loud one with the tattoo hanging out with the loud Canadian who says “aboot” instead of “about” (love ya, Christy!)
9. “I’m not a mom.”
You don’t have to be a mom to attend. While some of the talks last year (including mine) were geared toward mothers, not all of them were! I can’t guarantee that we won’t annoy you with some mom chatter, but I think the weekend could still be one of fun and refreshment for any Catholic woman.
10. “I’m not Catholic.”
They won’t be checking Vatican-issued Catholic IDs at the door, but you’ll be partying with a room full of papists. Don’t mind prayers to St. Anthony when we lose our room keys and some on site Eucharistic Adoration (Jesus is coming to Edel!)? Then head on over and more power to ya!