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TedWomen – Showing Up: Self-Reflection about My Learning Self...

I recently attended the TedWomen conference, and I am so excited to tell you all about it.
First, you must understand, I am a conference junkie. I love the energy, the gatherings, the shared purpose of people wanting to learn, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time considering the perfect notebook for my note-taking and absorbing. I’m old school – totally believing in the handwriting / brain connection – I learn things differently that way than taking notes on my laptop. If I’ve written it down, chances are I’m gonna remember it.
So when I saw that the famous TedTalk folks were going to be hosting a TedWomen conference– and that it just happened to be in Palm Springs, California the last week of November (which is not my home state of New Jersey’s finest time of year for weather), I thought, huh, I think I want to do that. What better place to connect and research my latest book about the end of the world (where only women survive) than a TedWomen conference? I’ve taken to looking at every problem in the world in a different light – what would this look like if only women were making the decisions? Do we solve climate change? Do we solve food insecurity? Am I writing a dystopian or utopian fiction? I politely informed my hubby that this TedWomen thing was important to me, blocked it on his calendar, and then (with my best puppy dog eyes) asked my mom to be on duty for my kids (and furry dogs). I am lucky to have supportive and loving people who want me to do things for myself. I was going to invest in myself and my book and my passion for learning.
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Colleen Markley · Chandler Road · Chatham, NJ 07928-1804 · USA

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