What is Shiftcon? Honestly, I had only heard of it last year when my good friend Erika from Essentially Erika told me about it. She came back all jacked up with inspiration and news; she was downright gushing. I was curious.
“ShiftCon is a social media conference/ Expo with over 50 brands that mirror our ideals. ShiftCon attendees value transparency, health and eco-friendly values. We not only expect that from the companies and brands we support, we applaud it, celebrate it and promote it.”
So, this year as I got a little greener and felt the need to educate myself more, I thought about it.
I’m not a “crunchy mom.”
I like to say that I try to be aware of what I put in mine and my family’s bodies. I use organic sunblocks’ like Goddess Garden. I try to eat as organic as possible, but I also buy the spray and spray my fruits and veggies. I read labels. I recycle. I use nontoxic art supplies. I practice meditation and teach breathing to my children. I try. Am I making a difference? I’m not sure.
It’s scary, yes. A little intimidating. I grew up in the 70’s when people ate SPAM and use candied cherries on everything. I’m not sure how many brain cells I killed by spraying Aqua Net on my hair daily. Now I must explain to a 3-year-old and a four-year-old why they can’t grab an apple out of the grocery bag and just eat it without washing it first. So, even though I have a lot to learn, I want to learn. I feel a responsibility to educate myself and my family. I’m not going to be an expert, but the ShiftCon conference is a great start. Conferences are also a great way to connect to other like-minded people.
I know there is so much more. So much more to learn as science keeps presenting us with more evidence of cancer causing chemicals. I have reached a point in my life where I NEED to know. For my family, especially for my children, the next generation. I could be greener. If everyone was a little greener, then imagine the possibilities! Therefore, I want to be a part of ShiftCon.
So, last year I went to my first big social media conference. It was great, but I remember that there were things that I would do differently next time. I would pack differently.
It would be different next time.
I also asked for some ideas from other bloggers on what to pack.
First, I remember trying to live stream workshops and my arm felt like it was going to fall off. When I got back from the trip, my husband bought me a gorilla pod which I will bring with me this time!
I also ended up walking around with bags of swag and business cards stuffed into my purse, along with my camera. I did not feel organized. This year I am taking a larger bag – maybe a backpack and organizing myself more. I’m also using an App to upload business cards, so I don’t fumble.
One of the things that I regret not doing in my last conference is spending more time with the sponsors. I felt like I had to make time for everyone; sponsors, workshops, other bloggers and was going in every direction. I will manage my time better and have also set personal goals. I’m ready!
Will I see you there? There’s still time to REGISTER!