The Untold Story Of My First Fitbloggin

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:

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!

What is the last thing you did that you didn’t want to do, that turned out better than you thought? Are you attending Fitbloggin’?



Mommy. Fitness Addict. Socialite.
Schnelle "Nellie" Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (3 and 6), she is an Account Manager by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Brooklyn Active Mama is a body positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. A recent running addict, Nellie has completed 7 Half Marathons and is currently training for the New York City Marathon on 11/1/2015. Nellie also is a co-founder of the annual A Healthy U Conference which is a conference dedicated to helping women improve their mental, spiritual and physical health. Nellie is a licensed Zumba instructor in Brooklyn. You can find Nellie on TwitterInstagramFacebookPinterest, PeriscopeGoogle Plus.


  1. I’m so glad you decided to go! I would love to attend one sometime. I know I could really use a charge like that. I can’t wait to hear how it went!
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  2. Wow! I just marked the Fitbloggin’ page for next year. It’s hard though because my husband doesn’t understand why I need to leave STL for these things. You may need to write him a letter. LOL!

    I can’t wait to hear about your speech. Wish I were there to hear it!
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  3. OMG I can’t believe you almost didn’t go to your first one!? I hope you did something nice for your husband since he was the one to push you into it:-) I cannot wait for this year – even though I feel like I don’t know that many people and if I think about my Ignite speech one more time, I’m going to puke. Oh well – here goes nothin’ :-)
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  4. Oh snap! Look at this new web design lady! LOVE it. I am so jealous you are going to fitbloggin. I may need to put that one on my list for next year. I never want to do things…I am a bit of a homebody. So, I am always pushing myself out there and better for it! Have a great time.
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  5. Aww, so glad your husband pushed you to go to the original conference and sounds like an amazing experience was had. So, excited for you that you will be speaking at this one and wishing you a fun, amazing time once again now!! :)
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  6. Great advice to those considering blogging conferences not to have BlogHer be your first conference – that was my first conference as well and it really did me in! I think it’s best to cut your teeth on a smaller, more intimate conference. Enjoy your time at Fitbloggin!
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    • BlogHer 12 was insane wasn’t it? Oh my. I should have known better! Hindsight is certainly 20/20. It was just too close to miss!

  7. Give Allie a hug for me! My first conference was BlogU which was scary for me, but mellow as they go.
    My second will most likely be a BBC one, hopefully this year. I think the big BlogHer will happen, but most likely when it comes back east again. It’s due.
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    • yay! I sure hope you come to Philly! BlogHer is in a few weeks and its not as crazy as previous years so I am very excited for that.

  8. Have fun!!! I can’t wait to see how everything went!

  9. It seems so hard to imagine you being nervous for a blog conference. Honestly, I’m scared to death of BBC this September, but this definitely gives me hope. Congrats on the speaking engagement, too. I’m sure you’ll be amazing…and what a great topic!
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  10. Hmmm I ‘m not sure I can think of something I really didn’t want to do that I did anyway! There are those minor things like get up and start dinner even though I don’t feel well and then the other things like not feeling like going back to school or something. I’m glad you went to the conference, too, Nellie! What a journey you have been on…and now..about to share and lead a discussion! Awesomeness! I love the new look of your blog! :)
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    • Thanks Britt!! there are so many things in life that we NEED to do but not necessarily WANT to do. I do believe that it is in those things that we get the most satisfaction!

  11. Wow! You must almost shudder now at the thought of not having gone to the conference now, right? Sounds like it was amazing and incredibly rewarding – and obviously motivating. Now you are sharing the motivation – see how that works? That’s awesome.
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