My Mom 2.0 experience from last year to this year is different in practically every way. Last year I attended the conference with some of my best blogging buddies. We shared a room and the conference was like one big blogging family reunion. Even the location could not have been more different - from the desert to the ocean.
This year I not only attended as a blogger, but also as the Community Ambassador for Vinted Kids. My blogging besties sat this year out and I found myself traveling alone for the first time in my entire 35 years of life.
I realize that sounds crazy but I've never traveled for a job before. I've traveled to spend time with friends or family or to visit friends or family. April 27, 2016, at the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, California was the first time I have ever stayed in a hotel room alone. Not being the best flyer, I naturally didn't get much sleep the night before this trip. But after landing and hopping in one of the Kia vehicles that were providing transportation from the hotel to the resort, I found myself in a (super awesome) mini van with three social influencers I had worked with over the years but just met.
These images are not going to do the view of Mom 2.0 justice but let me just say this was one of the most beautiful places I've been in my life. And now you're probably laughing to yourself but just because I haven't traveled alone doesn't mean I haven't traveled. I've been coast to coast and sea to shining sea. This particular spot is absolutely stunning in every way.
After attending a couple early bird sessions, I snuck away to put my toes in the ocean. Looking out over endless blue kind of puts things in perspective. Listening to the water crash on the sand and watching the surfers bob out on the waves gives me a total sense of calm. Any anxiety about leaving my family behind and traveling alone just washed away.
Attending any event solo can be intimidating so I was very thankful for bumping into Jillian Warner of Hello Splendid right when I walked off the elevator. Her roommates were fun and welcoming and we had the best night.
Dove was again a title sponsor of Mom 2.0 and this year's theme was #BeautyIs. It was a very relevant hashtag that could be applied to so many moments during those three days. The Dove Self Esteem Workshop was a moving experience where we were encouraged to rewrite our beauty stories. It was raw and emotional and will stay with me for a very long time.
Listening to amazing women share their stories of success and second chances makes you want to dig deeper and work harder.
However, I may have learned the most about myself from going at it alone.
Before I took one last walk down to the beach, I made plans to share an Uber with Melissa Buckles from Everyday Savvy. Our ride to airport was so much fun, we ended up getting lunch together and hanging out until boarding the plane.
Funny enough, the three bloggers I rode with on the way to the conference were on my flight home along with Melissa and two other newly made blogger friends.
This trip was a success on all fronts. Although Mom 2.0 for me this year was a completely different experience than the last, it was still just as wonderful. My ticket for Orlando is already purchased and I look forward to seeing old friends and new next year! Did you attend Mom 2.0 this year? Leave a link to your post in the comments!