My mind continues to reel from the Mom 2.0 Summit I attended this past weekend. Picture this. Ocean views from spectacular cliffs, the lovely hospitality of the Ritz Carlton and a room filled with empowered, passionate, creative women sharing stories of inspiration and purpose. I felt like Cinderella. And Mom 2.0 was the best ball ever.
In just two whirlwind days, I met a number of amazing people, took pages of notes, and made connections with media outlets in hopes of taking my voice to new audiences.
I was the newbie. It was not only my first Mom 2.0, but also my first blogging conference. I was worried about getting swallowed up in the sea of 500-plus attendees, but I held my own. I pushed out of my comfort zone and met strangers, and listened intently as I heard their stories and journeys. The sessions were amazing, yes, but even more important, I left the paradise of Laguna Niguel with a sense of purpose.
Months ago, I made a very conscious decision to say, “YES” to new experiences. I was in a rut. I lacked passion. I needed something more.
Enter blogging. As a writer, and former journalist, I yearned to tell a story, my story, the stories and challenges of working moms. What I’ve discovered and gained as a result is so much more. I have a tribe, a community, a group of people who are supportive and giving and bright as hell. Still, as a newish blogger, it’s easy to feel isolated at times. Is anyone reading? Am I connecting? Am I full of shit?
There are certainly ebbs and flows, and this summit came at just the right time. I wanted to see what is possible with blogging and seek ways to keep the creative spark alive. This conference delivered on all counts, and I offer my sincere thanks to the Mom 2.0 Summit team and many attendees and brands.
I’m sure there will be posts in the weeks ahead that will touch on things I learned, but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite nuggets.
- From Dove, who has just launched an absolutely amazing campaign called Girls Unstoppable, I heard the message that we need to do a much better job projecting positive images and mantras to encourage girls to be strong. Our future needs positive role models for girls, and that starts with me. I want my own daughter to be “unstoppable” and show the world she is capable of doing anything. Want to feel inspired? Check this out.
- From Erica Ehm of the Yummy Mummy Club, I heard “Find the right jeans for your ass.” Translation? Connect with people who “get you” and if they don’t, keep looking.
- From Elan Morgan, I heard the message about taking time to recharge and feed your passions. Your family can get their own cereal in the morning. You need time to be you. She said it much cooler and edgier, but the point is, I need to focus on me, or I’ll wither away.
- From Lindsey Garrett, also known as The Modchik, and Tracey Clark, I heard some great tips on infusing creativity into my life. I must feed my urge to be creative, and encourage my children’s creative spirits. I loved when Lindsey said, “The future belongs to the right brain – our kids are going to be fighting for jobs, fighting to stand out … creativity will be the differentiator.” And Tracey chimed in with a great nugget, “Create for joy. You don’t have to share everything.”
- From Katherine Wintsch of The Mom Complex, “Mothers are not at war with other mothers. We are at war with ourselves.” Seriously, let’s give ourselves a break. No one is perfect. Let’s stop pretending and just get honest. I need to work on letting go of the mommy guilt.
These are just a few of the powerful messages that connected with me this weekend. So, I’m so glad I said, “YES” to Mom 2.0 Summit. No regrets beyond the fact that I couldn’t connect with everyone I wanted to meet. But, there’s always next year …