It’s been just over a week since the closing session of this year’s Families in Global Transition conference (#FIGT17NL) and my return to Texas. It seems like both yesterday and a whole other life time away.
In the week since I got ‘home’, I’ve found myself waking at odd hours of the night. For a while I thought it was jet lag. However, as the week wore on, I realized that my brain was still trying to process everything that I’d experienced at FIGT. I wasn’t waking up because it was breakfast time in Amsterdam. I was waking up because my head was full of ideas to research; books to read; contacts to follow up with; dreams to turn into reality.
It seemed appropriate that the last session of this year’s FIGT conference finished with a number of delegates sharing their stories.
The importance of telling our stories was a recurring theme over the last three days, but today is seemed to take center stage.
If we spent yesterday talking about community, today’s #FIGT17NL was a tangible demonstration of how that community works.
It started off with a treat for me – two of my favorite bloggers sharing their experiences of building their online tribe through their blogs. And is typical of both Mariam Ottimoiore and Terry Anne Wilson, they generously provided a wealth of resources and support that will enable others far beyond today’s workshop.
If you asked me what I thought about the first day of #FIGHT17NL, I’d tell you that I can’t wait to get home to think about it all properly. It has been an extraordinary day – challenging and affirming in equal measure.