I’m headed to Fitbloggin Today!
Oh man. I am full of nerves, but more than anything–I am full of excitement.
This will be my third fitbloggin! Seems like just yesterday that I was attending my first…and to think I was *thisclose* to not even going….! What had happened was…
I had just experienced my first blog conference, personal advice to any of my blogger friends–don’t let BlogHer be your first conference. It’s a fantastic conference, however, it’s the monster of ALL conferences and can be severely overwhelming. After having some amazing and not so amazing experiences–I’ll be honest–I had a negative view of blogging conferences. I really never wanted to do it again.
I purchased my Fitbloggin ticket at the same time that I purchased my BlogHer ticket. Still feeling extremely overwhelmed from BlogHer, I started to consider not going to fitbloggin. I had a couple of things working against me:
- I didn’t know one person at this conference.
- I wasn’t staying onsite.
- I had been gaining weight consistently in the months prior
Although it was only a 2 hour train away, I actually considered selling my ticket. I got to the point where I just didn’t care anymore. I didn’t want to be there…I wasn’t fit…I had pretty much given up on myself and I really didn’t know if I had the internal strength and confidence to even be friendly…
Life got in the way and before you knew it, there were 2 weeks left and I hadn’t sold my ticket. I had a long talk with my husband and he really pushed me to go. I didn’t want to…but he insisted. He told me that this might be what I need to get myself out of a funk…to push me way out of my comfort zone. I grudgingly agreed to go.
What I didn’t know was that I would meet amazing bloggers like Lia, Cassandre, Patty & Josie that I knew prior and that our spirits would mesh in all kinds of perfect ways. Within an hour of sitting down in my first session I would be crying buckets because these people got me. I would spend the first night dancing and laughing more than I had in years (my youngest was 9 months old at the time). I would gain the feeling that I could do this. I was inspired by so many.
I’d have a passion come alive. I’d leave with lifelong friends. Confident and ready to not only take on this blogging world but my health and wellness journey as well. I am SO happy I made the decision to go to Baltimore and to Portland last year. What I gain from the conference is invaluable.
For the first time, I will be speaking at Fitbloggin, leading a discussion with other bloggers on How Not To Lose Yourself While Blogging. I almost lost myself a few times in this journey, paying attention to trends and everyone else…I am so excited to share and discuss this topic with the community!
I am also doing something else that is a surprise…but if you remember last year…I will be doing THAT again.
The magic of Fitbloggin is real y’all and I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!