When you just need a Real Life touch

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Nothing replaces a hug. A real, live, smooshie hug. Technology has made connecting so much easier for us, sometimes we forget how important it is to actually touch.

Do you have friends you don’t get to hug enough? I know I do. Here’s the cool thing: (in)courage is doing something to get everyone up close and personal so we can build our friendships in real life. It’s called…well, (in)RL. Clever, no? They are amazing over there, and we at Write Where It Hurts are delighted to team up with them to promote their upcoming (in)RL event.

Here’s the skinny:

Registration opens Monday January 14th at www.inrl.us

*   It’s FREE!

*   Here’s the BRAND NEW EVERYONE’S INVITED TRAILER – watch with tissues, embed, like, share, spread it starting Jan 14 please 🙂

*   Everyone who registers on the day registration opens (Monday Jan 14) gets a copy of our (in)courage 365 Daybrightener  while supplies last (US residents only).

*   Everyone gets a copy of our first eBook: Best of the Beach House 2012.

*   About: (in)RL was born out of two years spent listening to women in the comments at (in)courage craving local, real life community. Derived from the social media acronym “IRL” or “in real life”, (in)RL is an invitation to share what we’ve learned about community and encourage women with stories and suggestions for connecting deeper in real life.

*   Think of it as a FREE girl’s weekend away that doesn’t require packing or plane tickets, where women can kick off any expectation of perfect, set aside their fears, their shyness, their worry that they’re not good enough, and find some of Jesus’ words of rest woven into every video shared here.

*   When: The (in)RL webcast kicks off on Friday, April 26 and (in)RL meetups follow on Saturday, April 27.

*   What: Last year we explored the nitty gritty of community. This year we’re taking a closer look at what it takes to stay rooted in community when sometimes just walking away would be so much easier and tons more convenient. Women share stories of how they’ve chosen to stay through hard marriages, challenging parenting, worthwhile friendships. How choosing to stay has freed them more fully and unexpectedly than if they’d cut and run.

I don’t know about you, but I deeply value the friends in my life who have stuck around for the long haul. The ones who didn’t “cut and run”. Do you have a few of those, too? Are you open to building one or more connections with women through a Real Life meet-up?

Anyone can be a friend when the going’s great. What about when things aren’t good? What about times of miscommunication or misunderstanding? Are you willing to walk through the hard places and still be holding her hand when the dust settles?

I’d like to invite you to join me—join all of us—on this mission to connect. All of us, together. In Real Life.

Let’s do this.

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