I had the privilege of attending the fourth annual Try This Conference last week at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

It was amazing.

If you have doubts that West Virginia is headed in the right direction, you need to attend a Try This West Virginia meeting. Or should I say revival?

Over 600 people were there, presenting projects from starting running clubs to building baseball fields, and from opening community markets to cleaning up communities.

Stories of inspired people climbing out of hospital beds to making a ball field for community children. Stories of determined people coming out of prison to build gardens. Stories of West Virginians being rescued from drug addiction to help others.

Resonant purpose. Providing hope to others. Hope that West Virginia is rising. Hope in their communities. Hope in a better future.

Clay Marsh speaks with Kayla Hinkley, new Deputy Director of Try This WV, during a "Talk with Strangers" moment
Clay Marsh speaks with Kayla Hinkley, new Deputy Director of Try This WV, during a "Talk with Strangers" moment

Together.

I have blogged in the part on the key elements of connections to others, purpose and mindset to health.

Try This West Virginia provided access to all these elements. Their motto, “It’s up to us!”

I left the conference confident that West Virginia citizens are embracing this motto.

The attendees have a mindset of abundance for our state.

They see a bright future for our people.

So do I.

By attending the church of hope called Try This West Virginia.