What I Learned at Mom 2.0 Summit

by Elena on May 7, 2012 in blogging about blogging,Career Transition

Mom 2.0…
Two and a half days. Amazing women. Inspiring women. Passionate and intelligent women. A shared desire to learn, to reflect, to connect, and to move forward.

I could probably spend a week sharing tidbits and morsels of wisdom that were shared during the conference. But the truth is that there were common themes running behind the scenes of this conference.

Being intentional. Self sufficiency. Being bold. Following your passions.

From Brene’ Brown, to Jess Weiner, to Karen Walrond, to Lee Rhodes, to Stacey Ferguson, to Nicole Feliciano. So many messages. Messages that remind us to go after our dreams, to advocate for our passions, and to find what it is we are good at and chase after it until our dream becomes a reality.

A few highlights, or nuggets that will shape much of what I do in the coming year:

Find what lights you up.” Karen Walrond
Be the driving force. Steer your own business. Don’t wait for the email.” Nicole Feliciano
Where’s the proof? Be intentional. Not just what can we do, but what do you enjoy?” Brene’ Brown

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Every step I took during the conference was a reminder of why I am where I am and how important my upcoming career transition is. But what I realized as I listened to the many voices during Mom 2.0 Summit, is that I still have work to do. I still have thinking to do to make sure I am fully aware of what “lights me up.” Thinking and work to organize my efforts to highlight my passions.  And then the biggest step? Sharing my passion, out loud. With others, so that it is out there in the world. Because the more you share, the more likely that it is that our dreams can be realized.

The truth is that some of what I heard and learned, I may have heard before. Strategies to promote yourself, strategies to network, strategies to be intentional. The difference with this particular weekend, is that my brain was READY to hear it this time.

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Maybe the difference is that before, I never had a clear goal. I enjoyed what I was doing, but I was plodding along more than actively honing my craft in this space. Whereas now, much like I did over the course of my twelve years as an educator, the reflective practitioner in me is ready to ask myself the hard questions. I am ready to be ME, whoever that might be. I might even be ready to think ahead, like Brene Brown suggested with the questions: “What happens if you meet your goal?” and even harder,  “What will be in service of your goal?”

Of course, the other highlight of Mom 2.0 was the opportunity to meet new people, spend time with friends, and of course, enjoy the stunning surroundings of the Ritz Carlton. Which of course brings me to my other take away. Attending a conference at a location like Key Biscayne and more specifically at a Ritz Carlton, is a bit like wearing golden handcuffs.  It is hard to enjoy the many amenities because you are in sessions or events at all times. So…the solution? Arriving a day early, or even better, staying a day later to take it all in.

Will I take what I learned this year with me every step of the way as I move forward? Yes.

Will I go back to Mom 2.0 next year in Southern California? Yes.

Will I stay an extra day next year (because well, if I am going to travel ALL the way across the country, I should take advantage of being on the west coast, right?) Yes. Yes. and Yes. :)

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JoAnn Jordan May 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Hearing your story makes me even more interested in attending next year. Continuring to learn about ourselves and our world are wonderful for us and for the next generation.


Elena May 7, 2012 at 11:42 pm

It really is worth it. The quality of the content, the specific focus and the fabulous attention to detail make it something I will not miss.


By Word of Mouth Musings May 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

So blessed to be your friend and join you on this life makeover of yours. You are destined for great things, because you have so much heart and compassion. Watching you light up in the time I have known you has been a gift, your drive and love and sheer joy with which you approach the world is like being drawn into your bubble …
and one of these days, I hope we join in our visions to make a difference and head off somewhere and touch other peoples souls.
That is when I will know this blogging gig has been worth it.


Jessica@Team Rasler May 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

Sounds fabulous, and I hope you do get the extra day in SoCal next time!

I think you are spot on about how you may have heard it before, but this time your brain was ready to hear it. This seems to happen to me in so many areas of my life. The advice is there, the wisdom floating around me, but I’m not always ready to hear it at that moment. When I finally am, I can never believe it took me so long!

My problem now is figuring out exactly what my passion is… sounds like I’m not alone!


Corey Feldman May 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

As an HR pro, I worry about the follow your passion advise so common in the blogosphere. I think it can lead to a lot of drained bank accounts and debt. I might be biased because I quiet HR to teach for a while, and could afford to make it work. I think it is OK to follow your passion as long as you have a good business plan and a couple back up plans as well.


Elena May 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

I think you are absolutely spot on. We cannot go off to follow our passions without some sort of plan and way to evaluate our success, whatever that might mean.


jodifur May 8, 2012 at 10:54 am

Thank you so much for this. I so wanted to go to mom 2.0. and if you go next year, the Ritz in Laguna Nigel was my favorite hotel ever!


Melanie May 8, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thanks for sharing this! I really want to go to Mom 2.0 next year. I’m in the middle of a career transition right now too and trying to figure out just has to make the leap from part-time passion + full-time day job to full-time passion. Thanks for the inspiration! xo


Nicole Feliciano May 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I’m so honored that some of what I said resonated with you. And I agree–hearing Lee’s story was one of the best parts of the weekend for me–that keynote with Liz, Pilar and Lee was the strongest of the weekend. I know I’ll be coming back for more in 2013.


Rocket May 8, 2012 at 8:37 pm

You also learned that your husband is a more reliable and pleasant chaufer than two “professional” taxi companies :)


Elena May 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Um yes, that too.


Giselle May 9, 2012 at 12:52 am

I just hope I can attend such event like this because it looks fun and I think I can learn a lot from this kind of event..


Lisa May 9, 2012 at 7:27 am

What a great line up of speakers! Love the recap–sounds like you came away not only excited but committed!


Ellen S. May 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I am always SO happy to hang with you at these conferences! Wonderful recap, I am now totally inspired to finish up mine!!!


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