Change- A Type A Mom Con Story

Stories

I stepped off the plane in Seattle to a cold wind and sun. When I left, only four days earlier, summer was still raging and children played in sprinklers. However, fall noticeably bustled in during my absece, taking over the breezes and leaves, making the air chilly and my unused jacket necessary.

I felt just as different as the weather.

Four days ago I stepped on a flight to Ashville, NC. The 48 hours I spent at Type-A-Mom was a transcendent experience.

I met some fantastic women. I found some wonderful opportunities to grow and expand, both in my career and in my personal relationships. I held deep and wonderful conversations with some of my most favorite bloggers. These women, plus some new favorites, and old friends, friendly faces, and encouraging smiles, gave me the courage to stand up during the “Town Hall Meeting” and say something that is near and dear to my life as a blogger:

Be who you are and you will find companies who will want to work with you because of it. You can dress it up a touch, maybe make it a touch classy, but don’t change yourself. The companies that love you for who you are will be a much better, long lasting relationship than the ones that require changes to you or your blog.

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My first experience in this was after Blissdom 09. After speaking in the vivacious, charismatic way that I do, I wondered if my client in the audience would rather work with someone more professional looking, sounding. I have a wealth of knowledge behind this trucker’s mouth. A ton of wisdom behind this post-child body. I have more to offer if I truly love working with you than if I don’t. But I didn’t know how she would feel after watching me “cracker it up” on stage.

Turns out? Molly is not only a client, but became a good friend. She not only stuck around after seeing me be myself in a professional setting, she clung to me like a lover and I to her. Ok, lover is a touch strong here, but you see what I’m saying.

I have similar stories with many of my clients.

Be yourself and your audience and sponsors will reflect who you really are.

After the Pioneer Woman linked to me, a (few) hundreds of people came by. Many were not my typical audience. Those who were, however, those who I found just as engaging and wonderful as they enjoyed what I had to say, stuck around and became new online friends. I couldn’t change my type of writing simply to accomidate a larger audience. And so I didn’t. But I did remain true to my own voice and those of you who are STILL around, are not only crackertastically adorable, but people I connect with on many levels.

For which I am grateful.

It is with this knowledge that I entered Type-A-Mom-Con this weekend. I became empowered to be the person I’ve always been, outgoing, loving to laugh, and silly. Friendly. Possibly too much so. But I felt accepted and met so many wonderful ladies that I truly couldn’t change who I am if I wanted to.

I’m thankful to Rob from Cozi for his wonderful input in the ad session. I’m grateful for MomDot for being so open and honest and infomational. I’m always thankful for my friend Alli who’s encouragement is never-ending and to Mishi and Rick for their photography inspiration and photos. I’m especially thankful to Dress Barn for the fantastic evening and outfit and to David for giving us the opportunity.

I will always be me. I hope you enjoy it. You? Are wonderful just the way you are.

I hope you know that.

XO


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