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SXSW 2017: I love you. I see you.

It always takes me a good week to recover from SXSW, to let everything absorb and settle into my system. This year, I took a little different approach. I didn’t want to get over scheduled on sessions, and instead, I wanted to take advantage of having access to Film and Music. Originally, I had a number of the Interactive keynotes marked. And then I started swapping them out for big celeb sessions, like Game of Thrones. To my surprise, I ended up at sessions for politicians. I imagine the current political landscape influenced my decisions. 😉 Cory Booker New Jersey US Senator Cory Booker was the opening Interactive keynote Friday morning. He gave an emotional address about what love is, how we treat other people and how we cannot be silent when injustice is happening. Love is I see you and recognize your worth. Tolerance builds fences. Love rips them down. #CoryBooker #sxsw — terri (@FindingDrishti) March 10, 2017 Before you tell me about your religion. Show it to me by how you treat other …

SXSW 2017: Working Moms Meet Up

It was a joy to host the Working Moms Meet Up again this year! We had a mix of moms with different children’s ages, varying work/home situations and surprisingly many within advertising and UX. I loved witnessing the little sparks when someone could completely identify with another woman’s struggle or victory. Parenting is truly a group effort. Even if you yourself have the most amazing mother as a role model, it isn’t quite the same as sharing with someone who is currently or has recently experienced what you’re going through. Working motherhood has an extra challenge in that networking with other working moms isn’t easily accessible. Your hours are limited perhaps to only weekends and evenings. Setting up playdates with other families with kids of the same age is a rare occasion or doesn’t happen at all. Through technology, social networks, online forums and the like, finding and maintaining strong friendships expands beyond local networks. It’s still not the same as meeting another working mom and her kiddos at the local park, but the internet can start to bridge …

6 Poses to survive SXSW

Stretching helps to alleviate the aches and pains we accumulate in our bodies, especially if we’re sedentary for too long or on our feet all day. Experiencing SXSW will be a combination of: a) trekking across town on concrete, b) standing in line while carrying all of your stuff + swag, c) sitting in a cramped room on small banquet chairs, and d) repeating this for 5+ days along with overconsumption. Here are 6 poses to help your body survive the Fest. These are great for pretty much anyone with a spine as they move the spine in all directions. Seated twist You can do this with the leg crossed at the knee or without. Sit up nice and tall and twist to one side, turning the head over the shoulder. Hold for 3-4 breaths. Unwind and go to the other side. I like to pretend like I’m “looking for someone” at the back of the room. Stretching incognito! Side stretches Grab one wrist. Take it up and over, elongating through the side body. Breathe into the …

Attending SXSW: Health & Fitness Edition

I’m going 7 weeks strong with My Peak Challenge, even with a few out-of-town weekends that altered my schedule and diet slightly. But the biggest hurdle coming up next week is the 10-day event that takes over all of Austin: SXSW. Free booze. Free food. More free booze. Late night debauchery. It’s the adult nerd’s spring break with more clothing and way more tech. In the past, I shared tips on what to bring if you’re attending SXSW Interactive. These still apply for the general attendee. This year, I present tips for incorporating health and fitness without missing ALL the fun. Strap on your fitness tracker. You’ll want to get credit for all 15K, 20K, 25K steps a day you take while trekking around town. It’ll make you feel better that you canceled out at least 1 to 2 beers/tacos. It may even motivate you to skip waiting for a cab/pedicab/Mazda ride and walk instead. SXSW is also the week I invite everyone I know to a step challenge, so I blow them all away!! Hydrate like your life …

SXSW 2017 PanelPicker: Please vote!

If you’ve got a moment’s break from all of the Olympics action, please vote for my Working Moms Meet Up for 2017’s SXSW Conference. This became a passion issue for me when I found my re-entry into the working world post-baby to be so incredibly jarring. Not only is there a huge adjustment period to parenthood, but when you realize that there is very little support for women returning to work, you feel defeated. I love this quote from Having It All Kinda Sucks by Amy Westervelt. I’m leaning so far in I’m falling flat on my face. This meet up is less about sacrificing to the point of collapse. Instead, it will be a celebration of what we have accomplished – like getting dressed, packing lunches, getting kids to daycare/school and showing up at work to be a rockstar every day. (And maybe giving a side eye to the 20-something-year-old who rolls in late to everything.) Voting will be open through Friday September 2 (11:59pm CST). Here’s the link: panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/61180 You’ll need to create a PanelPicker login (or …

SXSW 2016: Vulnerability & Your True Self

2016’s Interactive & Film Festival felt like a different SXSW than I’ve experienced the last couple of years. There’s always an underlying tech theme, but with everything internet/social media connected anyway, there was room for more personal growth, purpose and inspiring action. Perhaps I’m more attracted to sessions that expand my approach to life and bring more meaning to my everyday existence, but I was finding even with the keynote speakers a softening of the self. For the longest time, startup and tech culture have been about pouring all your energy, time, blood, sweat and tears toward launching something first. From that, you look at data, even more data, metrics, analysis, engagement, yada yada yada. It was very calculated and taxing and ego driven. What I noticed last year was a push for physical ways to address tech stress through yoga and meditation. This is the initial step for many to begin the practice of yoga; to undo the modern day abuse to our minds and bodies through a physical practice. However, this year, the conversations …

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