I said I wasn’t going to write a recap post on my experience at Mom 2.019 Summit. I even decided not to take the *big girl* camera because I was convinced that I wouldn’t have any feelings and I’d be in the moment and not feel compelled to document the conference like I had done so many times before. Except I left with much more feelings about things and I want to share them with you today.
This was my first visit to Texas EVER! Can you believe that? I was excited to visit Austin as I had heard SO many good things and as a bonus some of my favorite humans live there.
I knew this would be a “working” conference but I had no idea how that work would essentially triple while I was there. I didn’t get to many sessions (sad face) and I met a only few brands because most of my time was spent chatting, laughing and genuinely making new connections.
Speaker Roles at Mom 2.0
I found out a while back that my panel that I pitched for diversity was accepted and I was SO excited because I have been wanting to talk about this important topic for a long time. I had some incredible people that I shared the stage with and we were able to have an open an honest conversation with our audience about what diversity REALLY means. We chatted in depth about how we all can contribute to having more people of color in the room and on blogging campaigns.
The second panel I was able to speak on was about Kids and Digital Media with Google, you may remember that I partnered with Google a few months ago on the Be Internet Awesome campaign. I was able to chat about my personal digital parenting experience with the boys. The panelists all had different ways of managing the devices in their home and it was a great way to truly realize that whatever you want to do with your kids is just fine.
After all of that work, and having to be ON, I simply decided to disappear. The overwhelm was real y’all. I walked over to Torchy’s Tacos and stuffed myself with delicious tacos and queso. It was nice to go have a meal solo to reset after talking and presenting all morning. It quite honestly took everything out of me!
Dinner with Google and Amazon
Later that evening, I had the opportunity to attend not one but TWO events thrown by conference sponsors Google and Amazon. The first dinner was at a super traditional Mexican restaurant and all of the food was served family style. I tried most of it, but you know I’m a picky eater so I simply just ate a lot of what I liked.
The Amazon dinner was rightfully held at the Whole Foods Headquarters which was AMAZING. We were able to enjoy Rose’, a 3 course meal and even a gift box to end all gift boxes. We had dinner on the rooftop and it was a beautiful night. I had some amazing ladies at my table and we had such a great time with fantastic conversation. This is still the year of learning for me so I love being around serious influencers so I can learn as much as possible!
2019 Iris Awards
I was nominated for two awards this year, one for Best Sponsored Content and another nomination for Most Engaging Content. I was truly honored to be nominated. I wore my best yellow, put on some lashes and really dolled myself up to enjoy which is truly one of the most FUN nights of the year for me. The Iris Awards are not only a time to recognize our peers for their hard work, but the after party is one for the ages.
Spoiler alert: I didn’t win. But I had friends that won which filled up my cup all the same. I KNOW I did good work this year, and I am simply happy to be recognized for it. Somehow I lost my way with my confidence in the blogging space until I wrote the Imposter Syndrome piece, which truly made me look internally and break free of the inner doubt.
Although I didn’t go into the conference with many high expectations, I left with a heart full of happy. I had a really good time. I laughed to tears, I hugged my favorites and I learned more outside of the sessions than I ever expected to.
Until next time, Austin.
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