If I had to describe Mom 2.0 in word, it would be full. Mom 2.0 2014 has left me so full that I keep talking about it. This was my first Mom 2.0 and will certainly not be my last.
My experience was full of connections. Not just with brands but with the people who represented the brands as people and my fellow bloggers. I went in knowing a few people. I walked away knowing tons more people. Not just on the polite “let’s exchange business cards” level but like “I can’t wait to see and talk with you again” level! We had deep conversations and broke racial walls but we also danced the night away and laughed together. The brands who were there also were amazing to talk with as people. I liked hearing about their products but I loved talking about their experiences working with the brands and the best features of the products they brought to share.
It was full of information. From the opening keynote to the closing Iris Awards, I learned so much. The keynote panel challenged me to think about beauty and how I represent it. There were sessions on child sleep, free playing with my children, how to change my path without fear and so much more. That doesn’t even include the information I gained from the conversations with other bloggers.
It was full of experiences. I challenged myself by moving out of my comfort zone and introducing myself to everyone I talked to. That totally paid off (see above). I danced, I created flower arrangements, I had tea, I participated in Run 2.0, I made the Today show (okay, my bodice did), I walked the red carpet, It was just a full weekend.
It filled me. I started my blog last year at an interesting time in my family’s life. My husband had just lived through an act of God, my last baby turned one, I fully jumped into starting my business. Our year was full of transitions. I started the blog with the idea of being able to help and inspire someone. I’ve wavered in trying to figure out if my voice really counts and do I have anything to say. I realized I do. My voice counts and if I don’t start sharing it today, I might wonder the what ifs.
I know I told you this was my first Mom 2.o and won’t be my last, so guess what? I’ve already bought my ticket for next year. 2015 will be in Scottsdale, AZ at The Phoenician April 29 – May 1 and I’m going to be there. Will you be?