You may have heard us mention (in)RL a couple times by now. We are pretty excited about it and we hope you are, too!

If you are new to hearing about (in)RL, we’re bring an (in)courage conference to life! Well, better to think of it as an un-conference, since we’re hoping it will be all kinds of unexpected- no waiting lists, no need for plane tickets, no limited number of spots- everyone is (in) and no one’s out with (in)RL. {You can sign up to register and host a meetup here}. And if you missed the (in)RL Trailer, check it out here.

Saturday, April 28th will be a day full of (in)courage meetups – think mini beach house parties – all around the country and globe and a webcast for everyone to tune into. Just imagine thousands of (in)courage women all over the world getting together in homes, coffee shops, restaurants, or churches – you name it- to connect in real life.

We’ll have a variety of video tracks pre-recorded so that your meet-up can tune in any time of the day to our webcast without worrying about time zones and watch as many of the videos as you’d like.

We would like to invite you to be a part of one of our (in)RL videos!

We’re looking for video submissions that reflect what community means to you. Here are the details for video submissions:

  • Focus on Community: We would like for you to share what community looks like in your life. Whether you think of it as belonging, support, friendship, family.. or you’ve been hurt and then healed by community.. we want you to share it with us.
  • Group or Individual submissions welcome: We’re really leaving the content of the video up to you. You know We want you to get creative and just be yourself! And grab a friend or two  and make it a group effort {it is all about community, after all!}.
  • 10-15 Minutes: Video submission should be 10-15 minutes long.
  • Amateurs Welcome: This does not need to be done with a professional camera. We’re looking for real, genuine footage here.. using your regular camcorder or video recording feature on your camera will work just fine {no video submissions from a camera phone, please}.
  • Script, Shoot, Edit, Submit: We’re looking for finished, polished submissions. Your work on our webcast – how cool would that be!
  • Deadline: What do you think? Are you interested? Deadline for all submissions is February 14th, 2012. A team at (in)courage and DaySpring will sort through the submissions and choose one to be a part of the (in)RL webcasts.
  • Submit your Entry: Please upload your submission to Vimeo and then fill out this (in)RL Video Submission Agreement Form. Here you’ll be able to insert a link to your entry on Vimeo.
  • Win! The winning selection – in addition to having your video join the (in)RL line up – will win a $250 cash prize and a $250 store credit shopping spree to Winners will be chosen based on creativity, originality, and an expression of community that resonates with the heart of (in)courage and the hope of (in)RL.
  • Announcing the Winner! The winner of the video submission contest will be announced on March 5th, 2012.

If you are even just thinking about participating and filming a submission, just click on over and fill out this form so we can check in with you every now and then to see if we can help. We love this (in)courage community so very much. And we are thrilled for you to share what community means to you!


Oh and guess what – the final vote for the (in)RL t-shirt is in. Thanks to all who voted on the design! Here it is..

Groovy, eh? Everyone who registers for (in)RL will receive this t-shirt. If you’ve already registered, we’ll be sending your shirt to you within the next couple of months.


If you have any questions about the Community Video Contest feel free to contact us. We are here for you. And if you haven’t found a meet-up in your area yet make sure you check back. There are meetups in 198 cities so far around the globe!

With love and Hershey’s kisses,
the (in)courage team

  • Bina

    OHMIGOODNESS…I am sooo excited!!! My mind is already whirling with ideas for a video…but since is it 1am, I best wait till after I have slept to make sure they are GOOD ideas, haha!!

  • Charina @ Pondered Thoughts

    The shirt design is beautiful! I so would love to join….hopefully will have the extra bucks before the registration ends :)

  • Shelly

    How fun! This is so exciting! Already jotting down my ideas! Cannot wait for April 28th! Love the tee! Ok. I think I have reverted to a teenager. My use of exclamation points is, well, scary. And the fragmented sentences? Enough to drive any grammar teacher mad! Oh well! I must go call my girls and tell them they are going to be in a video!

    • Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Your excited makes US excited! :)

  • Bernice Shupe

    I thought I had registered a couple months ago – the first day, in fact. I would like to host the meeting on April 28th in my home between Elkton and Bad Axe, MI. I have heard nothing from you. They say, there is no record of me. Perhaps you could tell me what to do next. Thank you! Blessings for the New Year! :)

    • Lisa-Jo @thegypsymama

      Hey there Bernice – can you shoot us an email at so we can help you figure it out. Thanks!

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  • sheryl martin

    Yeah super excited. To share with others!!!!!!