Giveaway: Pass to Mom 2.0, Fishful Thinking

As a mom, I worry about a lot of things with my kids. I worry about if
they’ll be healthy, if they’ll get into college, if they’ll floss when
they move out (OK, when they live here too.)

Most of the things I worry about, I can’t control. BUT I can try to
teach them to be resilient, adaptable people who cope with life’s
challenges. (And floss!)

Although emotional intelligence is one of the strongest single
predictors of what enables a person to be successful, it’s one of the things most seldom discussed with children or taught in textbooks.

That’s why I really appreciate Pepperidge Farm’s “Fishful Thinking”
Campaign, which is geared towards helping parents teach optimism,
resilience, goal setting, empowerment, and emotional awareness.

I’ll be attending the Mom 2.0 Conference in Houston from February
18-20, thanks to Fishful Thinking, and I’m happy to announce that
again, thanks to Pepperidge Farm, you can win a pass too!

There are three ways to enter:

Tweet the phrase of your choosing about Fishful Thinking giving
away a conference pass to Mom 2.0 {counts as one entry} Leave a comment here with your Twitter handle, which will serve as your
official entry. One per reader, please.

If you’re a blogger, please share your experience with Fishful
Thinking and why you want to attend Mom 2.0 via a dedicated blog post {counts as two entries}Please link your post here, via Mr. Linky.

If you don’t have a Twitter account or a blog, please Fan
Fishful Thinking on Facebook and share it on your FB homepage, and leave a comment telling me.

Deadline to re-Tweet, blog, or fan for entry is 4 pm EST EOD on
Weds. February 3rd. The winner will be randomly selected on February 4th.

Good luck!

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Comments (9)

  1. jodifur Friday - 29 / 01 / 2010 Reply
    I can't go to Blogher b/c of scheduling reasons and I so want to go to mom 2.0. I tweeted and my twitter handle is jodifur. Here's my tweet-
  2. MusingsfromMe/Jill Friday - 29 / 01 / 2010 Reply
    Here's my tweet: Lindsay-- I'm feeling conference envy every time I read a tweet about #Blissdom, #DisneySMMoms, or any other conference. Between finances -- how do all these bloggers manage to pay for all these conferences? Sponsorships? Out of their own pocket? -- and not being able to pull kids out of school for days on ends I have been unable to commit to these conferences. Mom 2.0 is one of the conferences I would love to go to. Fishful Thinking is just awesome itself, plus I am a Fishful Thinking Ambassador. Going under Fishful Thinkings would be a dream come true! Jill .-= MusingsfromMe/Jill´s last blog — I Want to Play!!! =-.
  3. Tickled Pink Twice Monday - 01 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    Mom 2.0 would be amazing to attend. Twitter ID: Tickled_Pink_x2 .-= Tickled Pink Twice´s last blog ..Trying Not to Compare Children… =-.
  4. BeenThereMom Tuesday - 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    I would love to go! @beentheremom
  5. Lolli Tuesday - 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    I would love to go to Mom 2.0!! Especially considering how much I LOVE the Fishful THinking program. Here's my tweet: Jill, I hear ya--how DO these women pay for all these conferences? PS--I love meeting fellow DC metro bloggers!
  6. Melissa Multitasking Mama Tuesday - 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    Here is my tweet Thanks for the opportunity!
  7. Jamie (thegrumbles) Tuesday - 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    I have some serious conference envy. Here's my tweet: .-= Jamie (thegrumbles)´s last blog ..and the award goes to... =-.
  8. Jennifer (Savor) Tuesday - 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    @savorthethyme -> My tweet
  9. rockrollmama Tuesday - 02 / 02 / 2010 Reply
    Thank you, guys! I know it's hard to choose which conferences are possible within a family budget. Most of the conferences I've gone to this year were mostly on my dime. I say mostly, because I did try to mitigate costs whenever possible. I did this primarily not through sponsorships, (although I did have a partial one for BlogHer, which was very nice.) but by either applying to be a speaker, or a mic wrangler, or in one memorable case just asking if there was anything at all I could do to help out. I did this for SXSW IA, Blogher, and several others. This negated the primary cost of a badge, while forcing me to stretch beyond my comfort zone simultaneously. Then I planned travel carefully- if East coast, and I took the Amtrak, I used the 2 week advance purchase. Wherever possible, I used my AAA or USAA discount for travel. I used Hotwire and Priceline bidding to get super-cheap fares and hotel rooms. I was fortunate to be able to cashflow travel through earnings and household budget adjustments, which was important to me- I didn't want to incur debt. (Actually, one of my biggest travel issues is slapping down a debit card instead of credit for incidentals, only to have hundreds of dollars tied up in a hotel hold- Ouch!) I tried to really look hard at why I wanted to go somewhere, and what my expectations were. With that said, my expectations were never concrete, about I want to GET X, Y and Z from a conference. I believe in serendipity, and I believe in being in the right place at the right time- I usually try to get where there's people I know I can learn from, and just see what happens. Since those folks are everywhere, it's been a really interesting crash course in business/human nature/innerweb stuff these 12 months. Doing my taxses, I've definitely been tallying up the numbers spent- but I truly believe they were some of the best dollars invested this year. When I've meet people face to face and start bouncing ideas, it deepens that connection and trust that's at the heart of all business. Anyhoo, loooong answer, I just thought it was a great question you asked, and have been ruminating on the value of the places I've been this year. It truly has expanded my horizons. By hook or by coat room, by audio help or sponsor, if it's possible, conferences help. And you are such a smart, funny, well spoken woman that the sooner we get you out from behind a monitor, the better.:) Thanks again, ladies- good luck to all! L

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