What to Pack for ShiftCon
Blog - January 29, 2018

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.

Should I?

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!

 

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