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Last week to VOTE for Working Moms Meet Up at SXSW 2018

As I’m getting last minute preparations ready to start the Big Kid in Kindergarten, I realized how my working mom role is about to change. Before this new phase of schooling, we could drop kids off whenever for daycare and plan vacations/doctor’s appointments around our convenience. Starting tomorrow, we’re going to have to be on the kid’s school schedule. On-time drop-offs. On-time pick-ups. Working around school holidays and packing any extra items for class activities. I don’t even want to think about what to do with my kid when he’s off next summer! I’ve survived so far raising my infants into toddlers, but K-12 schooling is a whole other level of parenting. And I need all the mamas in my life to provide guidance. I’ve always heard that as your kids get older, they are less physically demanding (nursing, feeding, playing toys with them) but become more mentally and emotionally demanding (talking them through social problems, homework, school/friend drama). As a working mom who can often feel depleted in all aspects, I’ll be looking to …

SXSW 2017: Modern Composer Music Showcase

My Sixth Street days are LOOOOOONG gone. But having a Platinum badge this year and access to the Music portion of SXSW was enough for me to venture downtown in the evening. While some of the bigger names were certainly on my radar, I had a hard time trying to figure out teaching and family and trying to see Weezer play at midnight. Also, I don’t stay up until midnight out and about anymore! Instead, I looked for a smaller, quieter venue. One where I could sit in air conditioning without being too crowded. I landed on the Modern Composer Showcase at St. David’s Episcopal Church for an evening of piano music. (Side note: I began playing piano when I was 4 and continued lessons through 15.) I previewed all the artists and liked what I was hearing. I even added them to some of my yoga class playlists. While other people were finishing their dinners downtown, I settled into the church with a 2nd row seat. Most of the artists I saw were from …

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. ūüėČ 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 …

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