Storyline far exceeded my expectations, providing the attendees with many great inspirational speakers and experiences intended to help one reflect upon their own life's story. From the film festival, to the opening sessions, the concerts, the keynotes, and writer's workshop; I was able to gain a better understanding of who I am, the story I have lived, and how I can write a better story moving forward. While all of these experiences proved valuable, what I enjoyed most was the opportunity to listen and learn about the stories of so many people, from varied backgrounds and with a myriad of experiences.
As I left the conference on Saturday, I realized that I was not only saying goodbye to four great days of learning and reflection, but also to many amazing people I know I would never see again face to face. While many of these newly formed friendships can live on through our interactions on Twitter and Facebook, the possibility of sitting down for a meal or chatting about our latest ventures over a cup of coffee is unrealistic. I truly thank all of those people that took to the time to ask the most popular question of the conference, "What's your story" and allow me to share my story with them. Hopefully, my story struck a chord with somebody because I know I was inspired by all of yours. Thanks again to the following people for taking the time to talk to a stranger from Nebraska and share your story with me.
Brandon--The carpenter and Young Life leader from Denver
Rick--Youth Counselor from Michigan
Ben--World renowned Opera singer from Toronto
Terri and Catherine--Two amazing women from Grand Rapids, Michigan
Brian and Betsy--Youth Pastor and stay at home mother of five from Worthington, MN
Robbie--Educational consultant from Indiana
Ester-Writer from Berlin
Erika--Writer/Blogger from New York City
The new parents from Chicago, originally from Aurora, Nebrasaka