Years ago when I realized I could not use my work email for personal use - I set up a Yahoo email address. I still use Yahoo Mail and view my RSS feeds via myYahoo page. So when Yahoo created a Mother Board program for outreach to mom bloggers, and I excited to participate.
The first Mother Board Summit was mid-July, I was excited to see the fellow Motherboard members, meet the engaging Yahoo team and connect with a brand that I am already a power user of - to learn more about their applications and properties.
As I de-brief from my trip to BlogHer10 in NYC August 6-7, I can't help but think of the fun I also had connecting with my fellow Motherboard members at conference and spending time at the Yahoo Shine booth.
The theme of the Yahoo Shine booth at BlogHer was "re-invention" - with videos discussing how women re-invented themselves displayed on screens as well as live video interviews being filmed at the booth to share more re-invention stories. I decided to share my own re-invention story with a video interview. Lucky for me, they had a makeup section and artist to help touch up my makeup before I went on. I had been in a hurry that morning at BlogHer10 and did not put my contacts in - so I needed some makeup "re-invention"!.
After I recieved the make-up "intervention" I was ready to discuss my career intervention. Jumping off the "Partner" career track as a Senior Manager at Deloitte to have my twins (I already had an older son) was a hard choice. I always felt that becoming a mom was the right choice - I just could not find the right work/life balance after I went back to work with my first child. I began blogging as a career 2.0 and online social networking to build a new professional network, which I could do on a flexible schedule (and the second shift - which is after the kids go to sleep). Then I did lots of hard work to build an new online brand (TechMama) - all of which helped me re-invent myself professionally. Here is my Yahoo Shine reinvention video:
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