Mighty Life List
Sep 27 2010

Mighty Summit Post Roundup

I’m working away behind the curtain over here, but here are some of the things attendees have said about the Summit. Ladies, if you attended and posted something you don’t see here, please let me know in comments. I’m starting a collection.


(Photo by Andrea Scher)

Danielle Henderson from Knotty Yarn:

“Slowly (so slowly) over the past few years, I’ve taken small opportunities to believe in myself. To say “yes.” Instead of immediately talking myself out of something, I instead asked myself “What if?” What if you DID apply to that university? What if they DID accept you into that program? What if you got the grants you needed to pay for it? What if you started taking better care of your body instead of lamenting the fact that you never have in the past? What if you said yes and went to that party? What if you got a chance to spend a weekend with 20 incredible women?”


(photo by Amber Blatt)

Meg Keene from A Practical Wedding:

On Money and Self Worth
After spending two plus days hanging out with some of the most accomplished (in a free-wheeling, freelance, creative way) and supportive women I’ve ever met, I’ve been thinking a lot about self-worth. I’ve been thinking about how as women we often undervalue ourselves, our life stories, and what we’re capable of, and that leads to lost potential. We think, “I can’t do that, I can’t dream that big, I’m being selfish to even think about this, I don’t deserve to earn (or have my company earn) that much money, I shouldn’t have delusions of grandeur.” And when this happens, we all lose. Think of all those projects that could have been created, those businesses that could have thrived, that money that could be flowing back into our communities. When we cut ourselves off at the knees we lose all that, our communities lose all that, we all lose.

Mighty Summit: In Gratitude for the Blogosphere

“It was about this movement we’ve created together, as women in the social media space. It was about continuing to shape that into a force to be reckoned with. It was about shaking up the media establishment. Of telling our stories, your stories.”


(photo by Andrea Scher)

Tara Weaver of Tea and Cookies:
Throwing Your Hat Into the Ring
“The ‘no’ we hear should never come from our own lips.”

Andrea Scher from Superhero Designs Blog:

“Most importantly, I learned that women want to help other women achieve their dreams. They really do. No matter what we learned in high school (and later) about being competitive, jealous and believing there wasn’t enough goodness to go around, the truth is that when we can create a culture of community and empowerment around our goals and dreams, women are the first ones to jump in and want to help.”

Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind:

“Consider this my commitment to sharing more of myself with you — right here. My hopes, dreams and fears — and I want you to do the same with me. Let’s hold ourselves accountable in an effort to shape our futures however we may wish. Because after all? We are indeed mighty.”


(Photo by Zan McQuade)

Margaret Stewart of Fountly:

What Women Really Want Dispatch From the Mighty Summit
“Women have always been sources of creative energy in families and society, and we have always been the makers of things. We knitted, we sewed, we cooked, we quilted. We were able to express our care and affection by feeding, clothing, and wrapping people up in our creations. And while we were and are capable of so many other things, both artist and intellectual, we’ve lost something in abandoning these basic creative pursuits. And in fact, we’ve vilified them at some level over the years, making it seem unambitious or wasting your potential to focus energies on the seemingly humble craft of living.”

Mighty Junior Life Lists: Beatrice, age 9
“Inspired by my weekend at The Mighty Summit and my own experience creating a Life List (see right column of my blog), I sat down with my own kids and asked them what they’d put on their list. Here’s the first one, shared with permission by it’s author, 9-year-old Beatrice. I love the way reality and fantasy co-mingle….”


(By Zan McQuade)

Leah from A Girl and a Boy:

“I met Meg, who, if you believe in destiny, was the whole reason this opportunity fell in my lap at all. In case you didn’t catch on yesterday, she and her team of readers at A Practical Wedding are leading the charge in getting my middle-aged tuchus married off (in style!) once and for all. I’m so excited I could puke.”


(photo by Amber Blatt)

Nicole Balch from Making it Lovely:

“We all committed to working on five of our dreams this year. Maggie told us at lunch on the last day that when she set the wheels in motion on her life list, she bought a gold band to commemorate the occasion. She wears it every day along with her wedding ring. We were then each given a gold necklace by lemonade handmade with five small rings on it, representing the five things we will accomplish this year…”


(By Margaret Gould Stewart)

Heather Sphor from The Sphors are Multiplying:

“As I listened to these amazingly accomplished women, I reevaluated the things I wanted to do in my life. More specifically, the order. Sure, I still DO want to prank call the vice president, or find out who Billy Jean’s baby daddy really was. But I have some goals that I have set for myself that I want to complete in the next 365 days.”


(By Zan McQuade)

Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks:

wine! (or, everything you ever wanted to know about wine from someone who doesn’t know jack about wine)
“As far as what you’re looking for in the scent and the taste, Erin tells me you’re simply looking for a scent and taste that pleases you. If you want to, you can look for cranberry-ness or oak-y-ness or insouciant-ness, but really, like art, it’s just about learning what you like, as opposed to Knowing What You’re Supposed to Like. Once I learned this, it was like a weight lifting from my shoulders — when tasting wine, you’re the expert, not the waiter.”

Karen also continued a life list project by taking some portraits while all of us were together:
Photos, Part I

Photos, Part 2

Kelly Wickham of Mocha Momma writes about finally meeting Internet friend Andrea Wishom face to face, and how that led to meeting Oprah face to face. (Yay, Oprah!)

Roxanna Sarmiento of Everyday treats gives a peek into the invitations and “the swag.”

Helen Jane Hearn of HelenJane.com posted a how to on sabering open a bottle of champagne.

Liz Stanley from Say Yes to Hoboken has a “what i wore” segment that you should go see.

Alli Worthington of Mrs. Fussypants posted some videos and photos of the redwoods.

Heather Armstrong of Dooce sings the praises of Maile’s amazing camera bags. (And took a gorgeous photo of our room.)

Laura Mayes of The Queso learned to knit.

Allison Czarnecki from Petit Elefant: Mormon=1, Champagne=0

Amber Blatt of The Amber Show did a great recap of how the weekend unfolded. Here’s Part I and Part II.

13 Responses to “Mighty Summit Post Roundup”

  • Krissa Says:

    Bravo, Maggie! Mighty Summit was delightful to follow along with from afar this year. You ladies have inspired me to commit to a few of my own life list items this year:
    http://petithiboux.com/2010/09/27/mighty-inspiring/

  • Katherine Dey Says:

    Maggie – I’ve followed your blog for years after meeting you at the (sad) Kerry election night in Boston (i was the advance gal who sneaked ya’ll some libations from backstage).

    Lots has happened since in my life (marriage, successful career, relocating for the military husband) and i’m at a bit of a crossroads. Reading the many many responses and posts about this recent summit has really helped solidify my decision to follow a big dream of mine to leave the fundraising/event world and go to culinary school. Thanks for being such a good source of reassurance and smiles!

  • Jill Says:

    Oh my gosh. I read about the Mighty Summit and SO want to be a part of this group of amazing, intelligent, beautiful women. I read their statements about the summit and feel the intense support and love. And then I find myself crying because I feel less than worthy—not smart enough, not stylish enough, not enough to bring to the table. How could I ever be a part of something so incredible? Then I kick myself in the pants and yell, “THAT GOES AGAINST EVERYTHING THE SUMMIT STANDS FOR.” (Yet more points off for ending with a preposition.)

    *sigh* I’m working on it. Myself, that is.

  • dana Says:

    Just reading the recap here has brought tears to my eyeballs! Amazing! I want to create that energy in my life because I am starting somewhere totally new right now & I feel lost & scared & I want to gather that inspiring community around me – for now I am going to read all of these posts & subscribe to all of those blogs & get some mojo that year — Mighty Summit by proxy!

  • theambershow Says:

    My name is Amber Marlow Blatt. :)

    Dude. I’m still processing the wonderfulness. I’m super excited to stop saying no to so much of the life goodness I can TOTALLY HAVE, and it’s because I can hear the chanting of a few dozen women: “You! Can! Do! It!”

    I think, years from now when I’m able to inspire my own children to be their very best, I will point to this weekend as the turning point: the place I learned to finally say yes.

  • Meg Says:

    Ohhhh Amber…. sniffle, sniffle, BAWLLLLL.

  • Cindy Says:

    I’m Mighty Jealous. Something that I took home from BlogHer was this over whelming support from all the women there. There were no “mean girls”. I love that you were able to bring all of these wonderful creative women together for this.

    And I really love Danielle Henderson’s tattoo.

  • Angeerah Says:

    I look forward to reading all of the links. Y’all have inspired me so much that I took a big step today. I called my former boss and asked if he would be willing to hire me part-time (I am an attorney) so I can be home three days a week, teach at night, and work on some projects. I think I have thanked you a bazillion times lately but again, thank you and all the women in the blogosphere who are making their words be heard and creating a movement.
    I am really not this cheesy but I am getting a little teary.

  • Kristina Says:

    You know what, I needed this. I’m going to make this my (academic?) year of Fuck Yes.

  • Chrissy Says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this. I love what women are doing for social media, I love that you had this summit…I’m so jealous. Wish I could have been there – but I am such a tiny speck in the world of women bloggers. Sigh. Someday…

    Good for you – keep up the fab work!!

  • Laura Says:

    Maggie, those are some kick-ass gals you got together for this thing. I mostly knew all your ladies from last year’s Broad Summit (and they’re super) but I have *loved* finding out about so many of this year’s rock stars. I have to especially say, though – dude, how awesome is Meg Keene? APW is amazing and she is such a lifter-upper of others. She is someone you really want in your corner. Cheers!

  • Mendy Says:

    The one thing I noticed in each of these pictures was the individual beauty of each woman. I think it must come from their confidence.

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