Past speakers include Jen and Kristin from #IMOMSOHARD, Internet Sensation Kristina Kuzmic, Author/TV Contributor Samantha Ettus, Author/Comedian Meredith Masony and many more inspiring women, bloggers & authors who share inspirational stories, personal struggles and successes.
I MOM SO HARD
Two moms.(Not married.)
(Actually, married. Just not to each other.)
Four kids.Two husbands.Three dogs. Two glasses of wine- to start. Lots of laughs.
Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley have been performing, teaching, and writing comedy internationally for a combined 40+ years. They have been moms for one quarter of that time and it shows. How do they cope? They laugh about all of the craziness that comes with being a mom and they want you to laugh about it too! From snot to stretchmarks to sleepless nights, Kristin and Jen know firsthand that parenting is a hard job and they invite you to join them in taking it all a little less seriously (even if for a few short minutes a day). After all, Jen currently has four days of dry shampoo in her hair and Kristin’s keys are still in her front door. They try, they fail, they support each other, and they mom as hard as they can.
A renowned work/life wellness expert, Sam inspires corporate cultures and increases employee retention and productivity through her executive workshops and keynotes. Thousands of professionals from C-level leaders to administrative assistants have benefitted from Sam’s unique guidance on how to maximize work/life success. She finds that spark within each of us and turns it into a fire.
Energetic, funny, and obsessed with creativity, Kristina has an in-your-face perspective on issues of parenting and life in general. In fact, you may have seen Kristina recently on your Facebook feed, or on any one of a number of internet, radio or TV outlets. She has become a Youtube sensation with her “mom-centric” videos about raising children and juggling all of life’s challenges. With over 300 million views across media outlets and websites worldwide, Kristina already has a voice and personality that has proven to be a hit with a massive audience (from young millennials through Gen-Xers and even Baby Boomers).
Life blogger, Meredith Masony loves to share her stories about, life, marriage, motherhood, and the quest to be the best me she can be. With three kids ages 10, 7, 5. her motto is “I’ll say it, so you don’t have to.” Life is messy, and it’s OK to talk about it. She has been featured in Huffington Post, POPSUGAR & many more.
Here are just a few of the uplifting stories
that came from our BLOOM Portland 2017 weekend:
I had at least one a-ha moment from each speaker. The one that really spoke to me was when Samantha Ettus explained guilt and how no one likes to be the recipient of guilt. I often feel guilty as a mom who works 50-60 hours a week. Even coming to this event, I felt guilty for leaving my 3 year-old who had a 102 degree fever the day before. I have been trying to find a way to get over the guilt, and the light bulb went off for me when Samantha spoke. That is an amazing gift. Thank you for creating an event that could change so many women's lives in a positive way. I can't wait till next year!
- April from California
This event did not disappoint! Amazing speakers and environment, I felt spoiled! I was reminded about the amazing bond women have, even when strangers. We have a common ground that we long to find in each other as we yearn to feel connected. Thank you to all of the amazing women who played a part in this weekend!
- Lis from Utah
I won tickets to BLOOM, not knowing exactly what I had entered in to, or what I would have taken away from it. It was a huge blessing in disguise at just the right time. I've been battling depression since October, recently uprooted our family to a new state, no friends, no family and have been struggling to re-establish my identity... I've put myself in the most vulnerable of situations just to make a connection with other moms and have felt failure, not being good enough, judged and isolated from other human connection. I've been in counseling and on anti-depressants and just feeling like all I had become was a complete mess. This weekend gave me courage, strength and empowerment to remain persistent in my journey to become a better me and to keep working to build better relationships. I walked away with knowing I'm not alone and that the right people will enter my life and stay there. I want to tell everyone about what I've learned, I want to rip off the filters and spread truth about the real hardships of work/life balance, motherhood and friendships. For now it's one step and one day at a time. Thank you for all that you women have done and for all that you have given me.
- Alexa from Oregon
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