We have Influence

This week I’m thrilled to be co-hosting A Meetup of Influential Women for the The Influence Network. I’m not sure I’ve raved about it enough, so let me take another moment to do so: The Influence Network is awesome. Seriously. If you’re a woman and you’re doing stuff online (and who isn’t?), then you need to join the network.

The Influence Network was created as a resource to help give your life online meaning. After spending the last two years blogging, writing and being active online, I can tell you that it can be a very isolating experience. By joining a network like Influence, you have the opportunity to connect with other Christ-loving, like-minded women through the forums, classes, and linkups like this one.

So without further shameless promotion, here’s how to join the link up: Write a post on your blog addressing the following three things and then link up below:

A photo of yourself that you love.

Three get-to-know-me things.

One valuable thing you’ve gained from the Network.


3 Things About Me!

1. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie. I love wake boarding, rope swinging, cliff jumping, downhill skiing, sky diving, roller coaster riding and I really want to try bungee jumping.  The other day someone asked my husband “so do you think Heather’s skiing days are over?” and he just laughed. Six weeks to the day, after my C-section, I went wake boarding, so I’d say my adventure days are far from over.

2. I was a dancer for 10 years. I took jazz, modern, hip hop and even ballet. Now, if you’ve ever seen my quads you’ll know I wasn’t really built for ballet, but it was a huge part of my life for a long time. I’ve even considered taking another class sometime in the future. At the very least it would provide some good entertainment for the teacher and my fellow classmates.

3. I am passionate about Jesus.  You guys, I really love Jesus.  He’s such a good God, an amazing friend, and a great example to me. There is nothing that drives me more in life than following Jesus, bringing Him glory and making His name known.  I don’t always do the best job of it, but it’s truly what gets me up in the morning and keeps me up at night. Some days I get so hungry for heaven and that moment when I’ll get to see Him face to face, that it makes me physically ache. If there is only one thing I want you to know about me, it’s that. I love Jesus.

One thing I’ve learned through The Influence Network

Doing life in community is better than doing it alone. If you read my most recent post, it explains all this a bit more.  But the short version is that for the last few years I’ve been doing “ministry” (speaking and writing), as a lone ranger. This year God has been challenging me to connect with others, pour into them, and engage in community.  He’s provided some amazing answers to prayer in this area and one of those answer came through joining The Influence Network.  By being active on the forums, taking classes and reading the blog, I’ve also had the opportunity to contribute to the blog and teach a class (tomorrow night! check it out here).

And finally, a photo I kinda love.

Now it’s your turn!

Once you link your post, visit the blog of the person before you, and leave some kindness in the comments.

And again, include the following:

A photo of yourself that you love.

Three get-to-know-me things.

One valuable thing you’ve gained from the Network.

39 thoughts on “We have Influence

  1. That’s a precious photo of you and your son! I didn’t know you were a dancer! I was, too; I took four years as a kid (ballet, jazz, & tap), and then took a semester in high school, in which I studied modern dance with a base in ballet. I loved it!

  2. Oh gosh, I am so opposite of an adrenaline junkie, but enjoy;) I took years of dance too, I miss it all the time. Yes — “doing life in community is better than doing it alone” — this is a tough lesson I’m learning, but thankfully I am learning.

  3. Oh Heather, that picture is all kinds of sweetness. I love overalls on little guys.

    I am glad those HS teaching days are over. I miss the kids, but I am really enjoying this season of life at home and working with the Network. I like not being surrounded by teenage drama 🙂 What did you teach?

    And – THANK YOU for hosting!

  4. Your photo is so cute! I’m part of the network too and so I’m just going around “meeting” people today. I need to be more active on the site! Hope to meet you in September!

  5. i agree. Jesus is such a great friend and comforter, how can we not fall in love with Him, right? i love that picture of you and your little one. so much love!

  6. What a sweet photo! I am a little jealous of your dancing experience. I did the typical ballet class when I was 5, but I truly have no dancing skills. I wish I did!!

  7. Heather! I feel like I got to know you a bit more through this post which I absolutely love! You’re such a blessing. You remind me of a pillar; deep roots, strong and faithful. Love YOU.

  8. Oh my goodness your words about your deep love for Christ just moved me so deeply Heather! Your hunger for heaven is so inspiring. I am SO glad we’re doing this community together! xoxo ~Bri~

  9. I don’t think I could love you any more. You’re just wonderful. And the adrenaline junky? That is SO not me. Oh – and I took dance for a week and hated it so I started playing violin instead. Music yes, dancing, no. For me at least. 🙂

  10. I love this. I am so glad I am able to get to know so many wonderful ladies through this link up.

    I agree that the community on Influence is wonderful. I love getting to know other women who love Jesus and have a desire to live that life out. Can’t wait to check out your post on community!

    Um, number 1 & 2 were things I did not know! We are VERY different. I didn’t realize how much. I am NOT an adrenaline junkie. I’ll do stuff, but it’s never my idea.
    And number 3, oh girl, I feel ya. I FEEL ya! I’m so thankful for your friendship and for the way you love Jesus. I love knowing that you love Him similarly to how I love Him, if that makes any sense.
    Thanks for your text today. I’m so glad you’re in my life. We don’t gotta be lone rangers anymore!

  12. First, I am suuuuuper pumped about your class tomorrow night, my BA is in speech communications but I have never really used it + I just got my first taste of sharing my testimony and I LOVED it!! Second, I was a dancer too!! I started when I was 5 and quit when I was 16 so that I could cheer instead, I wished I would have kept it up though. Do you watch So You Think You Can Dance? I am pretty much obsessed

  13. I knew there was a reason I felt a kindred spirit to you! I LOVE adventure. But I think you might top me a little (I would NEVER think of wakeboarding 6 weeks post-partum! go girl!) But you’re the type of friend I love to have to push me to try new things. 🙂 And you love Jesus. I think that one is obvious by the way you speak His truth. That’s the thing I’m most thankful for about you!! Glad to have gotten to know you through this network!

  14. You? An adrenaline junkie? Nah… 😉
    Love you, girl, and so super proud of you for all you’re doing with what God’s given ya! XO

  15. I loved learning a bit more about you today, Heather! I used to be a huge adrenaline junkie before kids, and I feel like motion sickness took over my life! I can’t even sit in the passenger seat of a car without getting queazy now!

  16. i love that picture! i feel like every one i keep meeting was a dancer…not me…i was found on the baseball field haha. me and being “delicate” just don’t mix 🙂

  17. “Some days I get so hungry for heaven and that moment when I’ll get to see Him face to face, that it makes me physically ache.” YES YES YES. also, doing life together with others in Jesus’ name is so much better than striving on our own! what a beautiful heart you write from.

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