Many of you have been following One Mother to Another for several years now and, in that time, tracked its evolution from a small page that only my mother followed to a large, diverse community of mothers from all over the world. Somewhere along the way, it also blossomed from being a lonely mom hobby into what I hope will be my career someday. Last year, I fulfilled one of my major goals for OMTA, which was to publish my first book about motherhood. Writing the book taught me so much about myself, helped me reach women with whom I’d never have otherwise connected, and actualized my childhood dream of becoming an author. But when all was said and done, there was still that familiar nagging in my soul that said, Another project is out there waiting.
At one point in my life I would’ve ignored that nagging feeling because the threat of failure would have loomed too large. Though I’ve pushed myself to stop avoiding hard things because they scare me, I’m not ashamed to admit that actually doing those things is still daunting. And this project? This one falls into the category of mildly terrifying. So here’s my secret…
On March 9-11, 2018 One Mother to Another will be hosting its first official conference. The One Mother to Another Conference will be a three-day event during which mothers from all walks of life can get away and recharge, make connections with other moms, and learn a little about themselves as mothers and women in the process. Hosted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Warwick, Rhode Island, the conference will feature dynamic female speakers presenting on a variety of topics that affect mothers and women, all with the goal of helping motherhood to feel more comfortable and manageable.
The conference is structured as a vacation of sorts for mothers, with an all-inclusive option that includes a two-night stay at the hotel, plus all meals, lectures, and social events throughout the weekend. In addition to the lectures, there will be Q&A sessions on topics that are of importance to you with moms from our own community plus some fun and functional hands-on workshops. At night, you can hang with some other awesome women over a glass (or several) of wine and go to bed past 9:30 PM because nobody is going to be demanding you wake up and feed them at the crack of dawn (unless you have a really needy roommate).
By current estimates, an all-inclusive ticket will be somewhere in the ballpark of $450. I know that seems like a lot (especially for all my fellow Dave Ramsey followers!) but remember that A) It includes two nights at a gorgeous hotel plus meals for three days in addition to all the lectures and social events and B) It’s still 14 months away, so you have time to save! Know I am doing everything I can behind the scenes to make this affordable for as many women as possible.
The hotel is only a few miles from the Green Airport in Providence, RI and provides free transportation to and from the airport. All events and activities will be onsite, so if you’ll be flying, there’s no need for a rental car. For any moms who are local and not in need of hotel accommodations or meals, there will be a separate commuter rate as well (this price is still being finalized).
Overall, I envision this event as a place where many of you who have developed Internet friendships can meet for the first time and enjoy a guilt-free weekend away from your kids. As an added bonus, you’ll hopefully come away from the weekend armed with some knowledge you didn’t have before about raising kids and finding happiness in the process.
All that said, none of this is real without you! So please, please, PLEASE take two minutes and fill out this very short survey about the conference. It will help me and my staff immensely in our planning and let us know what it is you most want to hear about from our speakers.
OK, so here’s your to-do list:
- Fill out the survey
- Tell your friends
- Put March 9-11, 2018 in your calendar!
- Make sure you sign up for emails from OMTA so you stay in the loop about the conference
Hope to you see you there!