If you’re a blogger like me, you probably write posts in your head.
They sound eloquent and informative; intriguing and entertaining. These posts written on the pages of our brain as we fall asleep or dawdle in the shower or while going for a run are so exciting we just can’t wait to actually get the words out via our keyboards.
Well, I had no such post in my head the entire weekend I was at the Healthy Living Summit, nor did any other ideas form when I
crashed got home Sunday afternoon. Not even this morning when I shuffled around my new cafe job trying to look busy (even though we were dead for a good two hours) to impress the bosses. Seriously, no idea how to do a recap. Only a scramble of feelings.
|Mollie, Alex, Katie and I after a long weekend.|
So here is my un-recap of the Healthy Living Summit 2013, a community that I once was apprehensive of joining for fear of not being “healthy enough.”
So here is how/what I am feeling:
I am so excited about having a blog. It is more than just a hobby. It’s also not a job. I don’t really get paid to do it, but having a blog presents an array of opportunities..some of which do pay. I am so excited to get to work pursuing what I love to do!
I’m not going to school right now. I have not yet received my licensing to be a registered dietitian. And that’s okay for now. When I do get my proper credentials, I am looking forward to helping people understand nutrition and themselves better. I can’t wait to have those moments where I feel like what I’m doing is making a difference! That what I’m doing is changing lives for the better!
I can’t tell you how awesome it was to tell people I blog at Diary of a Semi-Health Nut and have them actually recognize the blog name. Winning!
I also asked questions in front of very large groups of people. Twice into a microphone. Sitting at the front of the room. Once was admitting I still blog on Blogger (the horror!) and another was admitting I had no idea why bloggers needed LLCs (to not get sued). And the last one was to ask a question on the Wild Harvest tour…”What does the word ‘natural’ on the labels mean?”
|(first gal didn’t have a blog and I can’t find her on the pinterest page!), Tara, Ashley, Jen, and I|
I know, right? Who is this person that is brave enough to speak at all in front of a large crowd?
So many ideas. So. So. Many!
I have tons of notes to go through from all of the sessions on Saturday, not to mention the slight chaos to which I came home. (I have a hard time ending sentences with prepositions, even though that sentence seems unnatural.) Dave worked this weekend and it was a rough one, plus I have mounds of swag and suitcases to go through. Oh and recap posts since this wasn’t one of them. Oh and so many new blogs to check out!! (Is “out” a preposition in this case? I fail.)
|Photo by Megan, found on HLS Facebook Page|
I do feel regret for not making deeper connections with people. I felt like I just needed to “network” with as many people as possible, but I sit here today wishing I asked more questions than “what’s the name of your blog.” I know that’s a lot to ask for in a 48 hour span of time, but I think I could have done better.
Although I didn’t make many deep connections, I am proud of myself for getting out of my comfort zone and approaching any and all of the ladies at the conference that I could. Over this past year I’ve grown more and more confident in meeting new people and this weekend helped immensely.
I went into the conference already knowing a few ladies from the Blend Retreats, but I swear every time I spend time with them (or read their amazing blogs), I just feel the love. My roomies were amazing in that certain way that just made me feel comfortable being ME all weekend.
Lastly, I found motivation to make some of the changes I have been putting off..in my life and on my blog! What more could I ask for from a blogging summit??
So there’s my un-recap! I will be back later to give you some real details such as restaurant reviews in Minneapolis and what I learned!
Linking up to the lovely healthy diva (whom I wish could have attended this weekend!!)
PS For those ladies in the pictures I just met this weekend…I will try to link to your blogs in this post. You can definitely tweet me that your face is on this post with your blog url to speed up the process! Love, your tired HLS13 friend who met way too many wonderful ladies!