on October 7, 2010 in Dreams Coming True with 6 comments by

I think I may have forgotten to mention this.

I’m at Catalyst in Atlanta.

What is Catalyst, you ask?

Well, according to the Catalyst website, “Catalyst was created to meet the felt need that existed within the church leader space for a leadership event that was focused on a new generation of church leaders.”

Is yours truly, AnnieBlogs, a church leader? Why no. No she is not.

But. I am a Christian with a few leadership roles, and a bunch of my friends were coming here, so I jumped in the car and sped down to Atlanta [which a trip to the hometown is never a bad idea]. I’m shacking up with Bianca, Lindsey, and Trish. Bianca is a newlywed and threatened more than once to cuddle with me. I said, “you’re the best, but no thanks.”

We ate lunch with a bunch of friends, I met tons of people and the conversations started like this:  “Hi, I’m Annie. I recognize you from Twitter.” And it has been true every time. It seems that on Wednesday, the Labs day, most people are fairly familiar with each other. Thursday promises 13,000 people and I PROMISE I won’t know most of them.

There were two main highlights from Wednesday […besides the friends. You know me, the people are always the highlight.]

Highlight #1: I had a three hour dinner with two of my very favorite dudes- Jeremy and Kyle. We all work together pretty regularly, but don’t see each other much. It was fun and thought-provoking. It was silly and deep. It was business and good times. I describe Kyle and Jeremy like this- they are the brothers that I have always never wanted. They pick on me and annoy me and I love them both to pieces.

[This was us in 2009. My hair was LONG and they are TALL. They are still tall, but in 2010, I cut my hair.]

Kyle took a picture at dinner of Jeremy and I in deep thought. Or….

We’re having a staring contest. In which case, I won. I always do.

Highlight #2: The labs on Wednesday were phenomenal- my bud-ski Anne Jackson and my other bud-ski Carlos Whittaker, Jeremy, Michael Hyatt, John Ortberg.

But by far, the moment that I would have driven all this way for- the lab by Jamie Tworkowski from To Write Love on Her Arms and Scott Harrison from Charity:Water.

Scott on left, Jamie on right

Now, you know me. You know I don’t get star struck. But when it comes to the world of non-profit workers [like me at Mocha Club], Scott Harrison is pretty much the bees’ knees. There are tons of things that Charity:Water does REALLY right and he’s the head of that ship. So. I pretty much sat as close to the front as possible, hung on his every word, and avoided eye contact.

Because I’m mature.

He’s just the coolest. In my mind, he’s the quarterback of the football team at Non-Profit High School. So it was pretty much delightful to be in the same room listening to him.

[By the way, Jamie is cool too. We have lots of mutual friends and talked for a bit. I just have a major NPO crush on Charity:Water.]

So that was a very long discussion on my first day ever at a Catalyst event.

Today holds lots of promise, including lunch with one of my heroes, Seth Godin. I haven’t seen him since New York, so I’m guessing I’ll tear up when I hug him.

Cause you know, that’s how I do. I’m a crier.

See y’all tomorrow.


  1. posted on Oct 07, 2010 at 7:08 AM  |  reply

    My hubby is there too! He goes every year! He’s a creative director for our church in the fabulous Marietta! Enjoy!!!

  2. posted on Oct 07, 2010 at 7:59 AM  |  reply

    I’m giving you an assignment. (I know. I’m a demanding blog reader. Get over it.) It’s not hard. So here it is: Go by the Focus on the Family/Boundless booth and meet Lisa Anderson while you’re at Catalyst. If you don’t already know who she is, then you’re missing out, seriously-big-time! She’s kind of hilarious and she loves the Gaither vocal band. And I have a feeling you’d probably love her.

    I don’t know if they said they’re passing out the “Girls Guide to Marrying Well” this year or not.. but if you haven’t read it, get it. GOOD STUFF right there!

    I expect you to report back about this. 😉 Now get going.

  3. Merideth Schoolcraft
    posted on Oct 07, 2010 at 8:42 AM  |  reply

    I’m so jealous you are there Annie. I have heard such amazing htings about that conference the last few years, and wish I could go. If you see any of our mutual friends there, please tell them hello for me.
    Also, a guy I know named Jon Acuff is there, too. I actually know him from the old days(we both grew up in the same town in Massachusetts). So, go pay him a visit and tell him hi for me too. For all I know you already know him. He wrote a book that came out this year called stuff Christians Like. Anyway, have a great time, and know I’m jealous! You know I love you, girl!

  4. posted on Oct 07, 2010 at 9:29 AM  |  reply

    Have a great time at jealous…

    also glad to know that I’m not the only one with a major NPO crush on Charity:Water. 🙂

  5. posted on Oct 08, 2010 at 3:00 AM  |  reply

    Sounds like fun!

  6. posted on Oct 10, 2010 at 11:55 PM  |  reply

    Awesome! I lived vicariously through twitter, and wished that I was at Catalyst! 😉 And I love Charity:Water! It’s become the new present in my family to get Charity:Water ecards!

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