A little background: In addition to staying home with my two little ones, I have worked from home part time for the past two years with an online community of Christian women called The Influence Network. My job is to manage our various types of content – from social media to blog posts, to exclusive member content, to newsletters and magazines. Each year, women of Influence are invited to attend a conference in Indianapolis to experience this community in real life, hear some incredible speakers, and learn how to use the influence they have for good in their everyday life, right where they are.
The conference kicks off next week, so today we are launching the Conference Magazine. If you are coming to the conference, this is your go-to guide for the weekend. It has articles like Influence Conference 101, speaker introductions, a restaurant guide, and outfit ideas!
Can’t come to the conference this year? Don’t miss the virtual Sashes Market article (shop 27 handmade shops for the upcoming holidays), the Walking with Jesus article, and Experiencing the Conference from Home (hint: follow #influenceconf). It’s a really beautiful 50+ page e-magazine, and I’m so proud to be part of it!
One of my favorite things to create for the magazine is the restaurant and activity guides for Indianapolis. They’re like my little love letters to this city. (We live about 10 minutes from the conference hotel, and used to live right downtown!) This year I had some help from another local girl, Katie Elliott, who loves finding good food as much as I do. Of course, not everything can make the cut – so here are a few Indianapolis tidbits from the cutting room floor:
- Parking? Well, the parking garage next to the hotel can be pretty pricey. No promises here, but there is an overnight lot to the west of the hotel called the White River State Park Surface South Lot. We’ve used it before for only $10 per night. It’s worth a shot.
- If you don’t mind going a little farther from Downtown, my favorite, favorite places are: (a) Foundry Provisions for the best cappuccino outside of Rome and a creative atmosphere, (b) Goose the Market which makes incredible panini sandwiches and is hosting a (FREE) beer & bacon tasting Thursday of the conference, and (c) Locally Grown Gardens for their incredible makeover of an auto shop into a year round farmer’s market serving up salmon, pie and the prettiest home goods in the city.
- Want to bring something fun back home for your little one? There is the coolest local toy shop on Mass Ave (just look for the teddy bear lights in the windows).
Goose the Market
Mass Ave Toys