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breaking point

Tomorrow I head home after a 5 day campus activities programming conference in Nashville, TN.

I got to meet some incredible people, hear some incredible things, and most surprisingly, use my story to (as one agent put it) “truly transform people’s lives.”

Here are a few pictures with some notable people:

frankie muniz - malcom in the middle

frankie muniz – malcom in the middle

LZ Granderson - CNN journalist and ESPN commentator.

LZ Granderson – CNN journalist and ESPN commentator.

Entrepreneur and lecturer Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, is powerfully changing the way this world works - one bar of soap at a time.

This is entrepreneur and lecturer Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project.  He is powerfully changing the way this world works – one bar of soap at a time.

hehe

hehe

Jose Antonio Vargas - journalist, speaker, activist for immigrant's rights!

Jose Antonio Vargas – journalist, speaker, activist for immigrant’s rights!

Daniel Hernandez, the intern credited and lauded by Barack Obama for saving Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford's life in a 2011 shooting.

Daniel Hernandez, the intern credited and lauded by Barack Obama for saving Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford’s life in a 2011 shooting.
Nev Schulman, director of the acclaimed documentary (and now T.V. show) "Catfish"

Nev Schulman, director of the acclaimed documentary (and now T.V. show) “Catfish”

In many ways, I was brought to a breaking point this weekend, but it was definitely a positive experience.

What I mean by that is the cons, the stresses, the broken and tensed relationships that sometimes seemed to plague my conference experience, were hard to deal with at times.

I felt like breaking in half half the time.

But ALL of these things were absolutely overwhelmed by the amazing people I have met this week, and by the experiences we were all able to share together within just a few days.

I am learning a lot about how to handle such stress better, how to take it to God and not take it out on those I care about.  This conference experience, aside from a wealth of programming and recruitment knowledge to take back to my position, has taught me that…real love?  It is patient and kind, not envious or rude, not arrogant or self-seeking.

And I’ve really learned that I certainly have a long way to go in actually becoming patient and kind, not envious or rude, not arrogant or self-seeking.

So thank you to the friends I have made this week.  I honestly will miss you all and hope to see you again someday.  Thank you for the love and grace you have shown me.  It is the most encouraging thing in the world.

Anyhow, I would love to talk with anyone about my experience, pass on information, answer any questions, brainstorm about programming, etc. once I get back onto campus.  Please just shoot me an email.

Several of the above photographed have actually agreed to do an interview on the blog with me, so definitely be looking out for those as well.

(Also, if you haven’t heard, I’ll be studying abroad in Costa Rica this summer :)!  woohoo!)

Sorry I don’t have more.  I love you all back home and thank you so much for the support.

Grace and Peace,

Brightside

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    God is truly at work in your life…thanks for sharing. You have a gift.

    February 20, 2013

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