Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hey Blissdom, I'm really over there --->

In prepping for my trip to the Blissdom Conference, I grabbed my box of business cards. That box is like an autobiography. You see, the social media world moves quickly and cards that accurately represented my professional life years, or even months ago, no longer fit the bill.

I keep a few of the outdated cards in the box to remind me how I've grown. Others are there in quantity only because I didn't realize how much I've evolved since I last used them. It turns out my cards promoting this blog also promote projects that I'm no longer involved with. Even my newest cards, the ones I ordered last fall could use a bit of tweaking. I'll get to that before BlogHer.

I still speak and consult on brand/blogger relations and I continue to write a monthly newsletter for 700+  mombloggers sharing hot topics and tips to help them keep tabs on this space and stay on top of their game. And I make the occasional video.

This blog has slowed down in recent months because I'm building up my newest property, The Maker Mom, where I write about science, technology, and the Maker Movement with a family-friendly spin.

As a spin-off of The Maker Mom, I also host a monthly Twitter chat, #STEMchat, which brings parents, educators and STEM professionals together to share ideas and resources for raising kids who love STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). I founded the chat uncertain of whether anyone would show up. After all, it's based on the exchange of ideas, not the awarding of prizes. Even without material incentives everyone wins with #STEMchat, including our brand sponsors.

This is all a bit much for a business card, it's what I'm up to these days.

I'm headed to Blissdom thanks to my longtime client and official conference philanthropic sponsor, ConAgra Foods. Don't miss out on the chance to help end child hunger in the US when you buy their products.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Oh Yeah, This

I'm Going, Y'all! Look where I'm headed later this week!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nurturing the Soul of Your Family

I could not resist the pitch offering me a review copy of Nurturing the Soul of Your Family: 10 Ways to Reconnect and Find Peace in Everyday Life by Renée Trudeau. How could I shut the door on path to a harmonious family life and connection with my busy teens?

As I started the book I was beginning to imagine myself living in alignment with my values and what matters most, but instead of slowing down in my life, I got distracted by Twitter, work, carpools, the lump on my hand that is not a cancer, and a spontaneous(ish) weekend away with my boys (connection! and only a little bit of yelling), blogging and Facebook.

It's so easy to get caught up in the moment living and being present on social media instead of with my family.

Can you relate?

If so, you need to work on that. I need to work on that. Technology (regulation of screen time, self-regulation of screen time, and related issues) are the biggest cause of family conflict. And some of us (read: not just me) get easily distracted by

Where was I? Oh yeah, the book. I think rather than picking up where I left off, I need to go back to the first chapter, "The transformative power of self-care," and instead of just reading, take Trudeau's advice to work along with a notebook, listing key points and holding myself accountable for accomplishing them.

Trudeau shares useful tips as well as insights gleaned from her admittedly less than perfect life to help readers learn to take better care of themselves, connect with other people, get out in nature, define and create a family culture and make tough choices that will ultimately simplify life. It's all good stuff, but like the computer programming books sitting on my ottoman will not make me (or you) a better person just by staring at the front cover.