I found my people and my drive

May 7, 2014 in bloggers meet up,conference

As an adult, finding my people has been a challenge. I found them in pockets at grad school. I found a few when I starting teaching. We have a couple from church. But I’ve never been one to really truly feel like I fit in. Always a bit of an outsider in large groups. 

Then I started blogging. And found people online that seemed like-minded with so may similarities. And I met a couple in real life. I even went to Kansas and stayed in a blog friends’ house! I’m even in a group with several hundred local Georgia bloggers! 

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Mom 2.0 My peopleOf course, blogging has changed over the years since I started on 2005. But, at it’s core, it’s all about the same thing; the stories and community. That’s why we all started. That’s why we are all here. 

This weekend, I attended the Mom 2.0 Summit. When I bought my ticket last May, I had zero expectations (pretty sure it was Meghan that prompted me to hit “pay”). I even bought it thinking, “I’m going to have a four month old…I can always sell it, right?” As the conference grew closer, I didn’t get nervous or worried about bringing B with me, I got excited and ready to meet my friends. Some of whom I had met in person before, and some that only “lived in the computer.”


Friday morning, I met with my local friends and we drove into the conference where we ended up getting separated. Kelly and I found each other and she immediately asked me to come sit with her and some other buddies. I was at ease. I didn’t know everybody, but we were all kindred spirits and there for the same cause. I was with my people! Never have I sat in a room with several hundred people and felt more relaxed and dare I say confident. 

We listened to Robin Meade’s key note about beauty and saw videos with girls asking if they are beautiful. And we cried together. We smiled together. We laughed and cried some more. 

Mom 2.014 Atlanta


I was so incredibly nervous bringing B to a conference for 3 days by myself. What if she cries? Will people get upset? First, she was amazing. And second, I don’t think I met a stranger… well, at least she didn’t. Everybody was so welcoming her her cute little face! She was definitely an ice breaker for me. I had countless offers to hold her, carry her, carry my stuff, get me food and more. (Although, no offers to change her diapers!) She even made it onto The Today Show while Kendra was holding her!

And, we got to snap a picture with Robin Meade!

Mom 2.014 Atlanta

We conferenced hard for two days straight. I didn’t make it to every panel or session I wanted to. But I talked to everybody I could. I had meaningful and thoughtful conversations. Every person I talked to felt like they were genuinely interested. And, more importantly, they got me. They get me. These are my people. These are my friends, every last one of them. I consider them all my friends!

It might have taken me thirty-garble-grumble-something years to find my tribe. My people. But, I’m pretty darn sure I have. And while there aren’t pictures of all of them, Mitch, Linda and I made a point to get one together (third conference is the charm!). 

Mom 2.014 Atlanta

I am more than glad I went. I am, well it’s hard to put into words, thrilled. I found my people. The ones that get one. The ones that I get. All in the same “room” at the same time. Sharing, educating, passing on real knowledge and not just hinting at it. 

And while I was there, my confidence was boosted, my desire to do even better was renewed and my drive to move forward and be amazing was pushed to the max. Thank you to everybody at Mom 2.0 for such an amazing time and experience. And, of course, for the Prada bag!


Look out, Scottsdale, I’ve got my Mom 2.015 ticket!

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Theresa May 7, 2014 at 9:32 pm

That’s so great that you all clicked like that! I went to one blogging event this year and only made 1 great blogging buddy. That’s ok, because we laughed and had a great time all night long. Good for you finding your “people”!
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Jenn May 7, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Sounds like an amazing experience for you and your people! LOL. Hoping to get to attend one year.
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Christie May 8, 2014 at 7:53 am

What an amazing time! I couldn’t bring myself to hit pay this year, but you have encouraged me for next!
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Krystyn May 9, 2014 at 10:35 am

Yes, do it!

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Carly Bellard May 8, 2014 at 8:39 am

Being new to the blogging community, I was worried there was in “in-crowd”- the people with a bazillion followers. I was wrong. Everyone has been so welcoming. I hope that one day I can get my butt in gear and head to a conference!
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Krystyn May 9, 2014 at 10:36 am

Somebody said it best…we all put our pants on the same way:)

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Tracey May 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

Sounds like a great experience. So glad you found your tribe!
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Melinda
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May 8, 2014 at 9:22 am

i’ve always known conference to be so welcoming to mommas and their babies. we are MOM bloggers and all :)
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Krystyn May 9, 2014 at 10:40 am

Sadly, I haven’t always found it to be the case.

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Rosey May 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

It’s wonderful that you’ve been blogging so long, that you’ve found your niche. And that you found where you fit. :) The event looks awesome!
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Virginia @thatbaldchick May 8, 2014 at 11:03 am

Looks like you had a blast. Going to a blog conference is on my list for 2015!
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Shell May 8, 2014 at 11:15 am

It looks like it was a wonderful conference. I haven’t been to this one yet but I want to!
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Krystyn May 9, 2014 at 10:42 am

It’s such a good one!

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Bobbie May 8, 2014 at 5:37 pm

I have not attended mom summit yet. It is on my list, hopefully one day when they are closer to my area. Looks like a lot of fun and congrats on the win!!
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Krystyn May 9, 2014 at 10:42 am

It is nice when it’s in your backyard:)

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Veronica May 8, 2014 at 6:00 pm

That looks a great group! It is like food to the soul when you find like minded friends that you just click with

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Melissa @ This Girl's Life Blog May 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Looks like you had a blast. I would love to finally get a chance to go to a conference, hopefully next year. I have made some awesome blogger friends since I started and you are right they just get it.

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Autumn
Twitter: classic_mommy
May 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm

I am so bummed that I missed this one! But Scottsdale – here I come! So glad that you had such an awesome experience!
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Kecia May 9, 2014 at 1:37 am

Mom 2.0 was definitely an experience! I am hoping I can make it to Arizona next year. B was such a good conference babe too. I am not sure Baby D would have been so pleasant!!
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Krystyn May 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

I’m sure he would have been good:)

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rachel May 9, 2014 at 10:04 am

I’ve attended Mom 2 in Houston and in NOLA and it still remains one of my very favorite conferences! I was so sad it wasn’t in the cards for me this year!

Glad you had such an amazing time <3
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Krystyn May 9, 2014 at 10:32 am

Somebody linked up to a previous years’ pictures and I saw your name and got excited! Then I realized you weren’t coming! We need to make a point to catch up next time I go visit the fam!

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noelle d May 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

So glad you went and had a great time – I have yet to go to a conference, but I really want to do so soon.
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Dina May 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

i love to go to blog conferences. they are so much fun.

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amanda May 12, 2014 at 11:25 pm

i am beyond giddy for you friend. i totally get this and couldn’t be happier for you!

and holy crap dude you came to kansas?!?! FOREVER ago!! sooo crazy!! soo fun!!

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