Things I Learned About Myself At Mom 2.0
As I’ve been getting older, I feel I’m becoming more and more of an introvert. The Mom 2.0 Summit just confirmed that. Which is a drastic change from the once bartender, dancing on the bar serving shots, and foing our dancing me. Hold your judgement, this was before I was married and had kids. I was in my twenties, perfect timing to get all of that out of my system.
Picture yourself back in high school. What are some of the first memories that pop into your head? Playing sports? Classes and favorite (or least favorite) teachers? Hanging out with friends? Mine is lunch time, and walking through the cafeteria trying to figure out who to sit with. Uuuggghhh! I only knew about 6 other bloggers there and wasn’t always able to find one at lunch/dinner time.
Oh and you’re welcome for these horrid high school pictures of myself!
That weird, awkward feeling of not having many friends there to instantly make you feel comfortable and at ease. Yes that was me a lot during the conference.
The last thing I wanted was for all of these amazing women to think that I was a snob or stuck up. Shy definitely isn’t the right word to describe me either. I hate small talk. Plus I’m the absolute worst at remembering names, always have been. Going back to my bar tending days, I knew people by what they drank, I barely knew anyone’s name. Many of these women are huggers! Ask anyone of my close friends about me and hugs. They’ll admittedly say I’m the worst. Its even been a long running joke.
What was different about this conference, which had roughly 900 people in attendance, was that they respected everyone. Introvert, extrovert, shy, outgoing, life of the party and those who enjoy just sitting back and taking it all in, all are appreciated and adored just the way they are.
A funny quote that sticks with me was from one of the co-founders of Mom 2.0. She said, please ladies this is a Spanx Free zone. No need to wear those here. You supported the founder (a woman) by buying the Spanx, but here be comfortable and just be you! Let it all hang out. Permission, permission to not wear Spanx!?!?!?! Where the heck have you all been all my life?
So yes, I had a few of those I feel awkward moments but I turned them into something else. I used to time to sneak off and get some amazing pictures of the hotel. I also used them to get some quiet time. Time in my own head, quiet and able to think. Which doesn’t happen often enough when you are a stay at home mom.
It also gave a few moments of meeting ladies I probably otherwise wouldn’t have met. Many of which turned out to be from the Boston area.
Mom 2.0 is definitely the conference of all conferences!
I was able to take a quick selfie with Tori Spelling and Natalie Morales. Natalie also signed a copy of her new cookbook for me as well. We had a fun adventure with Kristen Bell. We are not allowed to talk about it, all I can say is watch for it on the Ellen Degeneres Show!
This is the one conference I hope to attend year after year. It was such an amazing experience and I was really able to connect with some great ladies. Mom 2.0 will be held in Austin Texas in 2019!
To hear more about the gorgeous Langham Pasadena where the conference was held, check out my blog post here: https://reallifemamadrama.com/langham-pasadena/