How Mom 2 Summit Changed The Way I View Myself
I was fortunate enough to attend the Mom 2 Summit last weekend and it was really one of the best conference I have ever been to (and you guys know I’ve been to a LOT of conferences).
When you have been in the game so long and you spend so much time learning new things, algorithms, and best the best blogger person you can be—you tend to want something a little more from these conferences. It’s REALLY hard to sit in a session where the speakers are spewing out the same old same old that you learned on your own…(if I had a quarter for every time I heard “be authentic” at a conference in 2015 I’d be a very rich woman).
Don’t get me wrong, the Mom 2 Summit is pricey. We stayed at the Ritz ($$) and the summit ticket costs $500 full price. However after attending, I totally get it. It was a full experience. Amazing food, atmosphere, speakers and the swag was just out of control good.
I came to the conference with little expectations. I had a LOT, like a highly unusual amount of blogger friends dating back to 2011 coming to the conference. However what I got out of the conference was more than seeing and hugging old friends.
I’ve been at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to this blogging space. I have NOT thought about quitting, don’t worry about that. I’ll still be blogging when blogs are as obsolete as record players. However, I’ve been struggling with what exactly to share in this space—is it more of my life (which I really can’t do because the things that are happening now require more privacy than ever) more fitness/parenting tips? More about my day to day entrepreneurial life? Should I go less personal and more practical? This has always been a very personal space for me so veering away from that is very scary.
However, I’m not sure if personal is the way to go at this point. It may be a quality in a blog that I adore but is it a quality that my current readers appreciate? I’m not so sure.
Next Level Conferencing
The Mom 2.0 Summit was chock full of leaders in our industry. Women with off the chain writing skills that are breaking new ground every single day. You know when they say if you are the smartest person in your circle, get a new circle? I felt like I stepped right into a brand new smarter, faster, sharper circle this weekend.
As I try to figure out what exactly I want to do with this space, I learned so much about the different directions I COULD go into. The conference gave me sparks of little and big ideas. EVERYONE at the conference was super forthcoming about what works for them and what doesn’t. In an industry where it’s the norm to keep secrets, being around these women that were open to share was a gift.
Most of all though? I felt proud. Proud of what I was able to do, achieve, and see in the past 6 years. The blogging world is so fleeting…you do something MAJOR, you partner with a huge brand, you do a commercial, you meet someone amazing, and just like that the moment is over. Everyone wants to see what you are going to do next.
This weekend I was able to reflect on what I have done, and how far I have come. I actually took the time to really pat myself on the back. This blog is absolutely a labor of love and it has given me back exactly what I have put in.
I caught up with old friends over meals, I met someone new who I bonded with instantly because our children are facing the same struggles. I really listened and took notes, despite the hundreds of emails that were begging for my attention. I danced with new friends, stayed up late chatting and stepped clear out of my comfort zone.
I shared all my secrets. I shared how hard it can be. I shared about the sweet reward of hard work. I asked questions. I ate…a lot. (The food was REALLY good y’all.) I left feeling rejuvenated but also at peace with a very clear image of myself and the power of my voice.