This past weekend I spent it in Savannah, GA at my first blog conference, FitBloggin. I didn’t know what to expect when I arrived. I was rooming with people I didn’t know, traveling to a city I knew nothing about and embarking on the complete unknown. Attending this conference was out of my comfort zone. The one thing I knew: I needed to do this.
I needed to get out and meet people who understand the world of blogging and social media. I needed to make connections with people who understand the time, effort and sacrifice it takes to maintain a blog. I needed to be know people who were enthusiastic about health and wellness…and wouldn’t look at me funny for being that way.
I learned so much from this past weekend.
1. I learned that I am slowly but surely coming out of my shell. I feel like I’m putting myself out there a little bit more. Asking more questions and really getting to know people.
2. I learned that I’ve really come a long way. Yes, I run marathons and that’s a great thing, but I’m all about improving. During the early morning bootcamp session there were times I had to stop and just say to myself, “you’re doing this.” Because a couple of years ago I couldn’t have done this and even last year, I would have struggled a little bit.
3. I learned that everyone’s story is inspiring and/or motivational. The people at this conference are truly amazing and are accomplishing great things everyday…big and small. I am proud to be one of those people but most importantly I’m proud to know these people. At Friday night’s Ignite, Alan’s story really hit close to home. I identify with every part of his journey and I look forward to traveling the rest of the road with him. He really pointed on how love and support really makes a difference. It’s all about finding people who love you for you and will support you in the moments that you really don’t expect them to support.
4. I learned that people really do pay attention to the blog. Within the first hour, Kari came up to me and told me Willie and I inspired her. That warmed my heart. The reason I blog is to make a difference in just one person’s life and in that moment I knew I had succeeded. Thank you Kari! You are strong and beautiful and you will achieve every goal you want to reach!
5. I learned so much about improving my blog. I want to engage the people who read and I want you to get something out of this. I want to provide you with great content, motivation and inspiration. I want to be here for everyone who needs help. The sessions were so informative and are really going to help me push the blog to next level.
6. I learned that I need to just face the fear and just tri it! I’ve been slacking on my goal of becoming a triathlete because I’m afraid. When I attended the tri chat, it got me energized. I listened to everyone’s stories and I KNOW I can do it but I can’t let myself get in the way of my dreams of becoming an Ironman!
7. I made some friends that I know I will have for a long time to come. Apparently, when you attend Fitbloggin you make some really great friends…and I think that happened for me.
8. It’s okay to try new things and like them. I stuck in a routine, I cycle/spin, run and do my weight workouts. I’ve been trying to branch out of that the past four weeks and I really continued the trend here. I did a cross fit session, PIYO+Insanity and a boot camp! I really was pushing my fitness limits and I REALLY like it.
9. Balsamic and herb almonds owned me. Thanks for all the healthy snacks!
10. I know I’ll be back in 2015 in Denver to see old friends and meet new people!
Here are my other posts about Fitbloggin: