Living the Dream

After 3 glorious days in San Diego for BlogHer 11, it's business as usual at BadAssMama Central. I've gone from day-long informative and inspiring sessions, back to boogers and peanut butter. From dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse to chicken nuggets and tater tots. From 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep to intermittent trips down the hall to fix blankies, wipe noses and chase away the boogie monster.

And I wouldn't have it any other way.

BlogHer was an incredible experience and much needed respite from the hustle and bustle that is my every day life with 2 boys under the age of 5. But as I got off the red eye Sunday morning, there was nothing I wanted more than to hug my babies. The screams of,"Mommy!" as I walked into baggage claim felt better than a full week of sleep with a Baskin Robbins sundae on top.

Well, almost as good...

As I reflect upon my BlogHer experience, three themes continue to resonate: Be authentic. Own your story. Know your value. Intertwined with technical sessions on how to implement community functions on your blog and tips on how to drive traffic, these themes continued to surface throughout the conference.

I may not know everything about being a good mom, but after enough years on those planet to know better than to discuss my age, I am learning to be more of my authentic self. I am learning that my story, while not always pretty, is mine and mine alone. It made me the bold girl that was, and has shaped me into the BadAss woman that I have become. With the help of my incredible husband, great friends and the reminder of 3600 awe-inspiring women bloggers, I am learning to know my value and honor my accomplishments as a professional, as a woman, as a wife and mother.

I left BlogHer feeling empowered to follow my dreams. To expand The BadAssMama Chronicles from blog to books, regular magazine and website contributions and more. I am excited to begin the next step of my journey, and I hope you'll keep me company along the way!

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