A few months ago I had a conversation with a blogger that went like this:

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Me: So, how do you do it all? How do you make these amazing recipes on a daily basis, take the “perfect” pictures, write the blogs, and keep the family going?

Her: I send my kids to school, start the cooking process and by the afternoon when I’m finished, I take the pictures. In between I am Skyping, Tweeting, Facebooking and blogging.

Me: What happens to the food after you finish the recipe? (I was hanging on for dear-life, waiting for the answer that I hoped to hear.)

Her: The food goes in the fridge and sometimes we eat it for dinner.

Me: Sometimes? Do you ever have friends come over to share the meal with your family?

Her: Nope. We either eat it that night or it gets tossed out. (*Gasp* No!)

Me: Being the foodie that you are, and with an active family life and a mother of 3 little ones, surely you have a lot of activities in your home and chances to entertain?

Her: Oh, no, we never have people over. Or if we do, maybe twice during the summer months.

Ouch. What’s the purpose of cooking tantalizing dishes, and then not sharing them with others? What has happened to the intimacy of eating together and sharing our lives with others?

The world wide web.

I will be the first to admit that I’ve been distracted by this amazing piece of technology.

Many of us have been caught and consumed by it like miserable flies. Blogging can turn into an amazing business, and I admire my friends who are savvy and run it that way. But before we know it, hours have flown by … or maybe even our lives.

Relationships around us change, and we don’t make time for others or invite them into our homes. Hospitality goes out the door …

and then we toss out the food!?

When I write about hospitality and entertaining and my life on RE, it had better be real. My husband and I purposely invite others over for dinner because we need our friends! Life offers itself to us, but we have to be open to receiving what is there for us, what is best for us.

But I do get distracted, just like everybody else.

The Relevant ’11 Speakers:

But then I heard from Sarah Mae, founder of The Relevant Conference.

She asked me to attend the Relevant ’11 Conference October 27th-29th in Harrisburg, PA.

I’ve heard that this inspiring and transforming conference can be a rich time of building new friendships, while learning the importance of balancing priorities, time management, and striving to become intentional bloggers. I’ve heard that it’s a faith-building weekend, and I love anything that can move us in a better direction. Anything that deals with the real stuff of life, right?

So I said “yes,” to Sarah Mae, knowing that I would benefit from all of the help that I would get.

Intimacy along with intention is the key for me.

Tickets are on sale now for this conference. If you have time, please check out this site, and would you consider joining us?

Do you still prioritize “the real stuff of life” or have you been distracted by technology?

Have you heard about the Relevant Conference taking place this year?