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Thank you.

I am seriously excited about this MomCom! The last MomCom left me tired, worn out and frankly, I didn’t know if I’d make it through another one. I am so proud of this one and everything that everyone has done to make it happen, from my supportive husband to the volunteers, to the sponsors, to the speakers, the kick-ass exhibitors and to the alumni MomCom-ers who have stuck with me, most of whom came from the Austin Bloggers group, created by Christina Linnell. And last but definitely not least, Melissa Madole-Kopp who has really been such a huge part in keeping me off the ledge. It’s going to be great! I’m so looking forward to Saturday!

Attendee Spotlight: Amy of McCrafty Gals

Amy, MomCom scholarship recipient

Amy, MomCom scholarship recipient

Amy of McCrafty Gals, MomCom Scholarship Recipient

by Melissa Madole-Kopp

Today we’re featuring our first scholarship recipient. We hope to offer more scholarships as the scholarship fund grows.

Amy of McCrafty Gals, moved to Austin last year, leaving a successful business in New Mexico. Although very determined, she is finding it difficult to move to a new city, raise two kids and re-launch her business. She is thrilled to be able to attend MomCom and get those creative juices flowing!

MK: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Amy: I LOVE being a wife and mother! I’m super crafty too and enjoy late night jaunts to my craft room to be in my quiet space. Sometimes I create gobs of goods and sometimes I create nothing at all but, it’s my happy place. I love spending time with my girlfriends too, without the kiddos. It’s important to recharge my spirit with women that lift me up and that I adore.

MK: What personal accomplishment has given you the greatest satisfaction?

Amy: #1 My children, Savannah 4 years and Jameson 4 months. Before I had kiddos, I owned a Natural Bath Products store. I loved creating on a daily basis and coming up with new scents and blends. I was able to share my talents. I held classes and spa parties. It was so much fun! I met interesting people and networked regularly. It was my creative bliss. I still make bath goodies here and there but my creative interest has shifted and changed shape to paper crafting and teaching classes with paper. It brings me joy!

MK: Have you ever failed at something, and if so what did you learn from it?

Amy: I’ve failed at a lot but, each time I pick myself up, dust myself off and keep on truckin’. There’s always something to be learned from a failed attempt. No matter the depth, you can always come back from it?. I’m going to quote a song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (It’s my mantra and I’m a mommy so that’s what my motivational speaking boils down to) ‘Up from the ashes grow the roses of success.’ Brilliant!”

MK: What do you hope to take away from MomCom on January 26th?

Amy: New friendships and networking!  Sparks of inspiration, on how I can expand on using my talents as a business and blogger. I’m new to Austin so I’m looking forward to meeting fabulous local business women and moms.

MK: If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Amy: Unlimited Pixie Dust! I would love to fly around and make things light as a feather to carry with me (my family). Oh, the places I would see and all the traffic I would avoid! It’s such a practical superpower.

Register today and meet Amy and other likeminded women at MomCom Austin on January 26th.

Real Life. Real Moms.

Kirsten Gillibrand at mock swear-in ceremony for family. Image: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

Kirsten Gillibrand at mock swear-in ceremony for family. Image: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images

I love this picture. It’s inspiring to see a mom sworn in as Senator. I love that     she has young kids and she’s in such a “real life” situation. Granted, they do this mock ceremony for the families and the real swearing in happens on the Senate floor but this is so symbolic of how our lives as moms takes on so many forms.

Write it down. Say it out loud.

Write it down. Say it out loud.


Years ago I wrote down a list of specific goals, with dates of completion and posted it on my mirror. At one point, I took it down and filed it away. I didn’t look at it again until I moved to a new house in 2006. When I read my goals, I realized they had all been accomplished. I had traveled to Spain, I had gotten my MBA, I bought two houses, hiked the Grand Canyon, Sedona and the Superstition Mountains all by myself, and I had, for a time, given my time and energy to a church. There were more items on the list, and I had done them all. I was astounded but it proved what I had always been told. Writing down goals, not as a quick list, but as intentional well-thought-out goals that are attainable, works.

Acting and speaking as if is something else I have always heard works. For example, instead of saying, “I’m going to lose ten pounds by March,” you say, “I am ten pounds lighter. I am sleek and strong and fit.”

So last year I started MomCom. I started talking about it as if it was already happening. By doing so, I was almost forced into doing what I said I was going to do. I told enough people and therefore it happened. The power of thinking expressed in words gives you the power to follow through with action.

Most recently, I did both. I wrote down what kind of exhibitors I wanted and I spoke that wish out loud repeatedly. I said I wanted mom or women owned or managed businesses who fit with the MomCom mission of encouraging moms and letting them know they aren’t alone in “wanting more”. I wanted legitimate businesses that were moving forward, that had common interests with our attendees, and that respected women as a powerful force in the market. I wanted companies that get it.

June 2012 Exhibitor, Zeehive

June 2012 Exhibitor, Zeehive

And guess what? It happened! All the organizations exhibiting at MomCom are wonderful. I am PROUD to have them as exhibitors. I didn’t sell out by accepting companies that didn’t meet the standards I had set for the event, which can happen when you are trying to make money in the conference business. Seriously. When you are a start up, ALL money looks like good money.

Going forward I encourage you say what you want, act as if it’s already happening and write it down and post it where you look at it every day. Have faith in your abilities to get what you want and you probably will.

A huge thank you to our exhibitors and to the women who kept me inspired to stick to what is important to me. Because, as with everything in life, you can’t do it alone.

We expect more from technology and less from each other.

Sherry Turkle’s TED talk insists that it’s time to talk. We need to listen to each other. Powerful. “Human relationships are rich, messy and demanding and we clean them up with technology. And when we do, one of the things that can happen is we sacrifice conversation with mere connection. We short change ourselves.”