You’re One of the Best Parts of Mom 2.0 For Me

You’re one of the best parts of Mom 2.0 for Me. – Love Alice

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Those words were scribbled across a piece of paper and slid in my general direction by someone who I JUST met at my first Mom 2.0 conference last year. She had requested me as a friend a couple of weeks before, and I let her sit in my queue until I could see her in person and size her up properly. I found her sitting in one of the sponsor suites that day last year, and plopped down dramatically and said “Hey! I’m Natasha, you requested me as a friend a while back, and I just wanted to make sure you’re not crazy.” She blinked a couple of times at my randomness, and then let out the biggest laugh. Right then and there I knew that I had a friend, but I didn’t know just how much of a friendship I was starting. You see, that’s the thing about Alice Chase. She works her way into your heart before you know it, and it’s as if you’ve been friends for decades. I would see her again several times in that year, and each time, we’d pick up where we left off and end our conversations with laughter and encouragement for the other. 

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This year, Mom 2.0 was unreal. Like, it felt like an entire church service to me. I know, I know. Let me explain. You know how when you’re in deep consecration with the Lord, you’re open to hearing only those things that He sends. This year, that’s what this conference was. From her note passed to me, to Clarissa Laskey from Clarissa Explains It All telling the story of my series with Nathaniel before he leaves for school, to Laurie White – Community Manager extraordinaire trusting me yet again to work alongside her to finally, the roommate that beats all roommates – Michelle Garrett from Divas With A Purpose. The person who I connected with at another blog conference in 2014 – who allowed me to room with her randomly, and now she’s one of the FIRST people I call with any news. The good, the bad, the ugly. 

I’ll actually do a recap post of Mom 2.0 because there were some GEMS dropped for the three days that we were there, but the most important things happened in the midst of it all. Hugs (YES HUGS) from the people who have grown into my extended family. Tears of joy, of surprise, of pride falling from the moment folks touched down in the Langham Pasadena until the end of the Iris Awards. The cheers, the gentle and not so gentle nudges for us to walk into our greatness. The support was bananas, and one of the very best parts of Mom 2.0 for me. 

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I should have known it was going to be a special conference when I found out that Alice, Laurie and I were slated to greet Mom 2 first timers, and greet them we did! Alice let them know that she never takes a bad photo, Laurie showed them her warm teacher persona, and I – well, all I could do was be me. Letting folks know that we were here to support them, but we also were made up of a network of more than 800 women in the space. Sorry men, you’re still welcome to come though. 

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Photo Credit: Alice Chase

The Iris Awards didn’t let me down either. Seeing faces that looked like mine walking up and accepting awards. Hearing Brandi stand firmly in her awesomeness and proclaim “I deserve this!” Having LaShawn thank us for seeing her memories, it all brought home the message that what we do is important AND amazing. 

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As I continue to find pieces of confetti in my hair a full week after the conference concluded, I’ll forever be reminded that I’ve chosen to surround myself with women who are true friends. True supporters, and truly the best part of Mom 2.0 

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8 Comments

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    Nellie
    May 12, 2018 at 9:49 am

    You forgot to mention all of the boss moves you were making behind the scenes!! It was like there was three Natasha’s running around tying up loose ends, starting dance parties and so much more!! So happy to know you girl.

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      Natasha Nicholes
      May 12, 2018 at 11:56 am

      I was in my element. I LOVE being on the go, and usually I hate for people to stop me when I’m in motion, but it was only divine intervention that allowed all of you to stop me at the exact right moment to give me exactly what I needed. I’m still screaming all inside for you btw!

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    Andrea Bates
    May 12, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Thank YOU for being one of these people for me at this conference. ❤️

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      Natasha Nicholes
      May 12, 2018 at 11:49 am

      That hallway conversation definitely needed to be had. I know it’s hard to be vulnerable, and I thank you for trusting me with that. <3

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    Clarissa
    May 12, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    I love this so much. Thank you for including me because you were one of the best parts for me too!

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    Michelle Garrett
    May 13, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Mom 2.0 is definitely a game changer and they set the bar high. It’s seriously become my Blogging Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year all rolled into one! The women and companies I have connected with since attending this conference far surpasses any other. And of course – getting to recap each night with the world’s best Roomie is the crème de la crème!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      May 14, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Blogging Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year rolled in one – that is a PERFECT description of the conference!!!!

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    Tatanisha Worthey
    May 18, 2018 at 8:19 am

    What a beautiful recap. Surrounding yourself with strong and beautiful women is so important in this space, and in life, generally. Thanks for being you!!

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