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
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.
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.