My first experience at Catalyst Dallas (May 7-9, 2012)

A big thank you to Margaret Feinberg for graciously allowing me and a guest to attend the 2012 Catalyst event in Dallas. The experience was wonderful and very fulfilling.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending one of the largest church leadership conferences in the nation: Catalyst. Fortunately for me, the event came to Dallas *AND* my friend and very talented Christian author, Margaret Feinberg, was a speaker.

I had no idea what to expect at Catalyst Dallas, as I had never attended before, but I had a wonderful time meeting church leaders, bloggers, musicians, writers, and marketing executives who are focused on sharing The Good News and targeting all God’s people.

There were several moments when I looked around the small room during seminars or in the huge auditorium during main sessions that I felt uncomfortable, out of place, or decided I didn’t fit in. In my pea-brain, I thought I was inadequate because I wasn’t wearing the latest fashion, or have a tattoo, or the ministries I participate in are not big enough to make a difference. I must have drank some Nonsense Juice, because those thoughts were totally out of line! As ridiculous as it sounds, it was in these moments that I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me and whisper, “Be present. You are enough. Be present. You are enough.”

I did not attend Catalyst to earn style points or collect a zillion ink pens from every vendor in the fellowship hall (okay, I did take a few mints and two gel ink pens and I registered to win an iPad) from complete strangers. I attended the event to be energized, educated, and engaged in my faith. I lifted my voice and hands in worship. I made new friends (social media is a very cool thing …. I have more Twitter followers now!) and I laughed so hard during the main sessions that people around me thought I stopped breathing!

Photo courtesy of CatalystSpace.com

A team of very talented artists created a mural using pages from old books, small boxes, glue, and different shades of paint.

I thought this was very, very cool.

During one of the main sessions, Pastor Rudy Rasmus, from St. John’s Downtown Church in Houston. challenged us ~ all 3,500 in the auditorium ~ to a speech bubble promise. I committed to reaching beyond my comfort level and quieten the pessimist inside me saying I’m not enough.

* I AM ENOUGH *

I’m sorry about the pictures of the cardboard signs. I took these shots after I got home and began thinking about this post. Obviously, poor planning on my part.

I cannot be trusted when I have something to write ON and something to write WITH. My board eventually became a doodle-space. It was perfect for jotting down notes though, because I left my journal in the car. (Yes, I admit, I brought home several blank speech bubbles because I thought they were super-duper cool and I couldn’t help myself and I asked the passer-outer-person for an extra one but she gave me five. I’ll find something to write on them. Any suggestions?)

The first time I drove into the parking lot (Wednesday morning), my face lit up. The great lawn near the entrance was filled with lawn chairs, hammocks, corn-hole boards, and *BRIGHT PINK* flamingos.Who doesn’t love bright pink flamingos?! They were awesome and I seriously wanted to enjoy the beautiful weather by reading a book in a hammock. Unfortunately, in order to avoid the re-donk-culous traffic in the entire DFW Metroplex, I had to leave early each day.

The flamingos are calling my name, perhaps I’ll get a few and decorate the pasture. I’m sure Blue would like the company. Husband won’t mind the lawn ornaments. Right?

Here are close-up pictures of the *BE PRESENT* mural using pages out of books.

There are some insanely creative people in this world.

I, unfortunately, am not one of them.

Once again, a big thanks to *MARGARET FEINBERG* for the opportunity to attend Catalyst Dallas 2012. If you are looking for a book to read or DVD study to complete by yourself or with a group, check out her website. I recently ordered the “Graduation Gift Set” for some very special high school graduates. I love her books, I really enjoy her DVD studies, and I’m incredibly blessed to call her my friend.

I will leave you with the message from the Catalyst event:

* BE PRESENT *

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  1. Celeste Zachry May 15, 2012 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Love it! Wish I didn’t spend my days getting beaten down by the youth of Johnson Co. so I could have gone with.

    • Nicole May 15, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Awww Mama Zee, I wish you could have gone with me too. But you are doing a FABULOUS job with the youth of Johnson County …. bless their hearts!

  2. Celeste Zachry May 15, 2012 at 5:43 am - Reply

    Love it! Wish I didn’t spend my days getting beaten down by the youth of Johnson Co. so I could have gone with.

    • Nicole May 15, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

      Awww Mama Zee, I wish you could have gone with me too. But you are doing a FABULOUS job with the youth of Johnson County …. bless their hearts!

  3. Michele Craddock May 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Nicole, So glad you got attend! I want you to know that I feel you are always “present” and I admire the way you live IN your life. You don’t sit by passively. By you being PRESENT, you inspire me to be more IN my life. And all this before you attended the seminar. Who knows where & how you will inspire someone today!! Let’s go get artsy again.

    • Nicole May 18, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

      That’s a SPECTACULAR idea, Mrs. Craddock!!!!!! Of course, now that I spent most of the evening with your husband, I owe you TWICE as much time! He’s such a jewel, I love you all. Plus, i got to see Amy too. She’s so adorable. I want to be a Craddock when I grow up. hahahaha

      Big Hug,
      Nicole

  4. Michele Craddock May 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    Nicole, So glad you got attend! I want you to know that I feel you are always “present” and I admire the way you live IN your life. You don’t sit by passively. By you being PRESENT, you inspire me to be more IN my life. And all this before you attended the seminar. Who knows where & how you will inspire someone today!! Let’s go get artsy again.

    • Nicole May 18, 2012 at 12:17 am - Reply

      That’s a SPECTACULAR idea, Mrs. Craddock!!!!!! Of course, now that I spent most of the evening with your husband, I owe you TWICE as much time! He’s such a jewel, I love you all. Plus, i got to see Amy too. She’s so adorable. I want to be a Craddock when I grow up. hahahaha

      Big Hug,
      Nicole

  5. margaretfeinberg May 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out Nicole! You are such a blessing. I am so glad you had a wonderful time–really enjoyed reading this!

    • Nicole May 18, 2012 at 12:24 pm - Reply

      Oh Margaret, thank YOU!!!! I really enjoyed my time spent in Dallas and I’m grateful for your generosity. Safe travels wherever you land this weekend. Big hug to you and Leif. And, of course, a WOOF to my buddy, Hershey. 🙂

      Nicole

  6. margaretfeinberg May 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the shout out Nicole! You are such a blessing. I am so glad you had a wonderful time–really enjoyed reading this!

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