Explore 2019: Pride

I have a late flight out of NJ tonight and while I do have work backlog to deal with, I took the opportunity to sit down and celebrate with a proper meal. (And yeah, I was the person who said to the host as he tried to seat me between a bunch of people, "OMG can I please sit somewhere not around other people?" #periodicintrovert ) Today marks my last work trip of the spring.

Thirteen years ago I left academia to forge an unknown career on the Internet and every now and then Jon says to me, "Christine, I'm not sure you fully realize how extraordinary it is that you have created a lucrative, multidimensional career from absolutely nothing. That is really effing hard to do." Most of the time I'm like, "Yeah yeah, no biggie!" but today I am feeling it. I work my ass off and I am proud of my work and feel like it's OK to be proud! That's kind of unnecessarily taboo for women, wouldn't you agree? Whereas mediocre bros are ALL OVER THE PRIDE.

But working my ass off does not magically happen in a silo. I'm so grateful for Jon, my sweet girls, and our local friends who made my busy spring travel schedule possible. I'm so lucky to have a village.


Explore 2019: High Octane Productivity

In case anyone doubts the ROI of attending Mom 2.0, here's what I have done since returning to my office on Monday, h/t'ing people who inspired me!

1️⃣ Wrote a mission statement uniting my brands

2️⃣ Identified 9 key business priorities for 2019-2010

3️⃣ Sent a couple of biz dev partnership emails

4️⃣ Developed a refined “less is more” analytics-based content strategy for Boston Mamas (h/t Robyn Downs)

5️⃣ Added Linktree to my Boston Mamas IG profile (h/t Asha Dornfest)

6️⃣ - 9️⃣ Added affiliate links for recent fashion posts on IG + applied for new affiliate programs + added affiliate banners in posts that should have had them already + published an organically inspired jumpsuit post that was perfect for affiliate integration (h/t Jessica N. Turner)

1️⃣0️⃣ - 1️⃣5️⃣ Started Edit Your Life Show IG (h/t The Mom Hour) + created quote graphics + added and populated linktr.ee + signed up for and figured out how to create audiograms using Headliner (h/t Karen Walrond) + developed an Edit Your Life IG ed cal + got some podcast promo wheels turning

1️⃣6️⃣ Built a metrics tracker for my various websites + social properties with a plan for bi-weekly analysis

1️⃣7️⃣ Did my first IGTV! (h/t Sally Kim + Angela J. Kim)

1️⃣8️⃣ Bought a ring light tripod setup to finally replace my wonky tripod (h/t Meg + Kendra Stanton)

1️⃣9️⃣ Started brainstorming digital product ideas (h/t Valencia Morton)

2️⃣0️⃣ Started mapping ideas for videos (h/t Ali Edwards + Jessica Ashley)

2️⃣1️⃣ Purchased and sent gifts to a few friends to serve as loving reminders of the magic that happened during this trip.

I still need to go through all of my notes more deeply, peg things to my to-do list, and follow up with people I met at the conference (oh, and also, uh, UNPACK) but I’m feeling like these are some seriously badass first steps! Thank you Laura Harrison Mayes, Carrie Pacini + Mom 2.0 for creating an incredible hub for connection, growth, and love. And for inspiring us all to lead with kindness and generosity.


Explore 2019: Business Evolution

In reality, it's 6 o'clock and I am standing at Violet's soccer practice (this particular parenting scenario = not my favorite!). But my mind is still at Mom 2.0. Since my return, in addition to general work demands, I have been working on developing ways to intersect my different business properties and evolve my work in a way that is meaningful and impactful. Thank you for being with me on this journey.

Also, OMG everyone was asking me about this jumpsuit. Clearly, I should just wear jumpsuits all the time! It's linked in my profile if you want details.