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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 …

Working Moms Meet Up at SXSW 2016

Official announcements for the SXSW 2016 schedule are out, and for the second year in a row, I’ll be hosting the Working Moms Meet Up! I’m THRILLED to be part of SXSW’s programming. I really enjoyed meeting other moms this past March and sharing in our struggles to follow our passion while feeling like we’re capable and attentive mothers. And of course, I had a blast destroying an old breast pump on the sidewalk outside of the JW Marriott! As I’m starting to comb through the schedule and flag other sessions I’m interested in, I’m also making notes of all the other moms (like Kerry Washington!) who will be in attendance. And who knows, maybe I can convince Sam Heughan (aka Jamie Fraser) to come to the meet up and give us ladies a fantasy moment of meeting our book boyfriend. Literary and actual fathers deserve some recognition too. 😉 It’ll be my mission via Twitter. Thank you to all who voted in the Panel Picker and helped draw the attention of SXSW’s advisory board. …

A different kind of working mom

I used to be the typical kind of working mom. I had a 9-to-done job. Every meal was an Iron Chef-type scramble around the kitchen for me and my husband. I dropped off at daycare. I rushed through traffic to make pick-up before they started charging me extra by the minute. And then our evenings were a race to bedtime. This year, I’m on the path as a different kind of working mom, and it has its own special challenges. I know a lot of moms are in this boat with me, where we’re caring for a child (or children) at home all day but also working to earn money. Some moms are monetizing their blogs. Some are freelancers and consultants away from their previous 9-to-5 gig. Some are selling Plexus or Jamberry or Southern Living or Arbonne or any number of multi-level marketing brands. Some are photographers, and some provide customer service over the phone and internet. It’s amazing how many new ways exist for moms to earn money for their families away from the traditional …

SXSW 2016 PanelPicker: Please vote!

It’s that time of year where I beg for votes and comments for my SXSW Meet Up proposal. I had 20 moms show up to the Working Moms Meet Up this year, and I’m hoping for an even bigger turnout next year. I love meeting these women and feeling like we’re all in it together. Voting will go from August 10 through September 4. Here’s the link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/55460 You’ll need to create a PanelPicker login (or use the same one from last year). It takes only a moment. Please and Thank You!

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