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You Have to be Brave…

Pacific Ocean view at the Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel

You have to be brave with your life so that others can be brave with theirs.

It is one of those sayings that just stays with me. It follows me around. It encourages me to be brave so that I can help others be brave as well.

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As I read the announcements about this year’s Mom 2.0 Conference, that one line hit me like a ton of bricks. Ok, I’ll admit it, it made me cry. My friend Carrie, one of the organizers of the event, had already been telling me that I really needed to join them. When I saw that sentence, I knew it was where I needed to be.

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It is hard to believe that it has already been 3 weeks since I flew out to California for that amazing weekend. Things seem abundantly clear now, and while I’ve been quiet here, there is much going on below the surface and behind the scenes.

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That line still resonates with me. I think I need to make a sign and hang it in my studio. It sums up how I feel and how I think all women should feel. Be brave. Inspire others. Dream big.

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Photograph taken at the opening party at the Mom 2.0 Summit, overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the Ritz Carlton at Laguna Niguel in California, May 2, 2013.

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I Am Looking Forward To… (30 Days of Lists: Day 3)

Next up for the 30 Days of Lists are things that I’m looking forward to. I’ve realized recently after meeting Me Ra Koh and working with Jeff Jochum that I generally don’t dream beyond the present moment. I’ve been working on it, but I am not there yet – so asking me what I’m looking forward to is a lot more pressure than you might think. Hmm… what am I looking forward to?

– Those few fleeting days of spring weather that Houston has each year
– SxSWi because I haven’t been in a few years
– The Mom 2.0 Summit
– Summer vacation with my family
– A trip to Galveston and time on the Gulf plus time on the Strand
– Returning to New Orleans
– My upcoming destination wedding
– My other work-related trips where I am lucky to get to spend time with friends
– Seeing Ann & Karl’s baby (I got them a Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Stroller as a gift)
– Returning to Belize
– Having my new logo & design materials done for Hot Mama Boudoir
– Moving to the Heights someday
– Good times with my family & friends
– Reading a good book from cover to cover in one day
– An empty Inbox and to do list
– Visiting Europe
– Making my boudoir business bigger than I’ve ever dreamed before
– Figuring out exactly what that means for me.
– Doing something even more with my life