Mom 2.0 Summit: 10 Useful Things

May 6th, 2013

  1. An hour spent in person is worth a month of contact by phone or online. At least. Face-to-face time is a booster shot that no important relationship–personal or professional–should go too long without.
  2. A long, barefoot walk along a Southern California beach belongs on everyone’s life list.
  3. There is a built-in option for the iPhone camera called HDR, and it’s great for heightening details in photographs of the horizon, among other things. (Thanks, Jon Armstrong, for the 5 minute deck-top lounge tutorial!)
  4. Don’t let somebody’s blind spot block your vision. (“If you think you’re undervalued, bet on yourself.”  – Mom 2.0 Summit 7-Minute Expert Meg Keene.)
  5. The gift of encouragement is priceless.
  6. Be confident. Occupy the space in which you want to grow.
  7. If you wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of friends laughing, GET UP AND JOIN THEM, YOU DUMMY. You can sleep some other time.
  8. The secret to living out of a single carry-on for the weekend is neutral separates and a few beautiful scarves.  It also helps if you can borrow your roommate’s lip gloss and facial cleanser.
  9. Leave room for revision in your assessment of those you meet, even when a first impression is negative. Not every acquaintance turns into friendship, but most people have something positive to offer.
  10. Say yes to complimentary aquamarine blue nail polish. No to complimentary aquamarine blue cocktails. I did, and I believe I chose wisely.

My travel to Mom 2.0 Summit at the Laguna-Niguel Ritz-Carlton was sponsored in part by The Red Sari, whose exquisite artisan scarves (from reclaimed vintage sari fabric) I happily wore. From now until midnight Mother’s Day, you can use coupon code at checkout: MOM25 to get 25% off Red Sari handbags, scarves, jewelry, and other items from global artisans around the world.

3 Responses to “Mom 2.0 Summit: 10 Useful Things”

  1. I love you. And I am so grateful for the time (not enough!) we got to spend together last weekend. I echo many of your lessons learned (though, I have to say, that aquamarine colored cocktail was not as bad as I feared.)

  2. Alexandra says:

    I love this. And I love your simple, clear truths.


  3. It was great meeting you! I’m so glad you found that tip helpful as I can head into nerdland pretty quickly when it comes to iPhones and photography.

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