Home fitbloggin 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.

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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.

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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’?

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19 comments

Kristina Walters June 26, 2014 - 5:21 am

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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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:49 pm

It was great, full recaps coming next week. I sure hope you can come next year!

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Carla June 26, 2014 - 5:51 am

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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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:49 pm

LOL send me his address, I can write a convincing pitch when I’m ready!

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Allie June 26, 2014 - 6:01 am

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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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:48 pm

oh girl you were so fabulous! If you were nervous it didn’t show AT ALL!!

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Quiana June 26, 2014 - 9:38 am

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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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:46 pm

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!

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LaShawn June 26, 2014 - 6:55 pm

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

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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Thanks girl!

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Leslie June 26, 2014 - 11:03 pm

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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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:44 pm

You will be fine at BBC don’t you worry. You have got ME! 🙂 BBC is crazy friendly PLUS you get such good learning too!

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Brittnei June 27, 2014 - 7:22 pm

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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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:42 pm

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!

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Stephanie July 2, 2014 - 12:49 pm

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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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Definitely! I think my life would be totally different. I know that is crazy strong but I really do believe it!

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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:45 pm

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.

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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Thanks so much Janine!

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Nellie July 4, 2014 - 6:47 pm

Please come! It’s in Denver! You would absolutely love the crowd and the vibe.

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