BlogFest & IdeaWorld: My Thoughts

Pretty short post today, but one I couldn’t wait to share with you! I actually wrote this on the plane on my way home yesterday.
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I sit here on the plane, on my first leg of the journey home after 8 incredible days in Las Vegas. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to share with you. I wrote a couple days ago about the first half of the conference and some of the highlights.
But that’s not really what I want to share with you. Yes, the presentations and workshops were amazing. Yes, the Expo was full of neat items and I tried out some really fun workouts. And I do want to share those with you! But that isn’t what I really got from this conference.
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I got inspired. I got revitalized. But most of all, I was opened up to how I have been holding myself back – fear. Fear of being seen as less than knowledgeable. Fear of trying to build what is in my head for all of you and failing. And fear of sharing myself, my true self, and it not being seen as good enough.
That’s not to say that I’m not honest with what I share with you on here and social media. But I tend to hold myself back from the sillier side of things. I don’t always share things the way I want to, for fear of how it will be seen.
But this conference opened up so much for me. It reminded me that we don’t connect to people because we see them as the most serious on knowledgeable…we connect because they are real! They speak to us and we feel it.
So I’m going to strive to share more, be more vulnerable. Share things the way I want to! Let you see all sides of me, not just the more reserved parts. And I’m going to strive to build what is in my head.
Do I know that it’s all going to work? No, not at all. But it matters to me to share what I think is truly important, what I think will make a difference! So expect to see some changes on here and on social media. I think you are really going to like them!
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BlogFest & IdeaWorld – The Experience

I’ve been thinking for the past few days about what I wanted to say, how I wanted to sum up my experience at my first IdeaWorld and BlogFest. How to adequately share with you the overwhelming joy and passion that these 5 days brought me…. What I can say is that I’m more sure now than I ever have been that not only am I going to start sharing my love of fitness more here on the blog, I’m definitely going to be pursuing it more off-line as well.

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The Pre-Conference

The 5 days of craziness started with an all day, pre-conference certification training on Tabata! I am super excited for that to be my first certification and can’t wait to start putting all of the the wonderful things Mindy Mylrea taught us to use. The experiences she shared with us about her life in fitness so far, her thoughts on overall wellness and living a healthy lifestyle…well, let’s just say she had a lot of knowledge to impart on all of us! I’m so thankful to have been trained by her. The highlight of my day came at the end though, when she gave me 1 of the 2 IdeaWorld Inspiration medals she handed out to our class, for my “intelligent contributions”. I won’t lie, I may have gotten a little teary-eyed.

What a way to start off the conference, right?!

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Day 1

The next day (the official Day 1) started bright and early, back with Mindy for a fantastic workout, then on to BlogFest! I will admit, I was a little nervous and intimidated to be in a room with a bunch of awesome health and fitness bloggers! Everyone was super friendly and welcoming though. Not only that, but our sponsors for the event seriously spoiled us. All of the speakers we had for Day 1 had some great knowledge to impart and I can’t wait to apply some of it here on the blog.

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While everything was amazing, the part of Day 1 that really hit me was the Opening Ceremonies. Just the massive amount of driven people, all passionate about sharing their love of fitness, all in one room….to say it was overwhelming and moving is an understatement. The various awards that were given out, the keynote, the talk of how they have built this conference for the past 35 years (!!!), all of it was just so inspiring. It really reminded me of why I started this blog and started teaching in the first place. Because I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle! And being surrounded by so many excited and like-minded people was just so revitalizing!

Day 2

Day 2 started bright and early yet again, with another great workout (are you sensing a theme yet? :-P) We then moved on to a networking breakfast so we could get to know some of our fellow bloggers! After that, it was a flurry of presenters and amazing information. I loved getting know more about working with brands, which was a lot of the focus of the talks that day. And I mean, I love the idea of being able to share more of the brands I love with you!!

But the highlight of Day 2 definitely came from Todd Durkin’s Keynote presentation. I had already heard him talk during the Opening Ceremonies when he was awarded the Jack LaLane Award and he nearly had me in tears a few times then. Hearing him talk in that small room to all of us bloggers, with such passion and energy…well, I don’t even think I can put words to it. I realize that I am using the word “passion” a lot in this post, but I can’t stress it enough…everyone there was just so passionate about sharing their knowledge and their love of fitness! Todd Durkin’s speech will always stay with me, as possibly the most impactful part of the whole conference for me.

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I still don’t know what all to say about all the wonderful people I met this week. The ladies from SweatPink, all of the great bloggers who attended and were so friendly and welcoming, even the sponsors who were so happy to share their awesome product and chat! I know I’m going to have more to share with you in the coming days, both about the experience as a whole and about the last 2 days of the conference! I’m so thankful to have had this experience, one I hope to be the first of many.

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I do know one thing – this is definitely not going to be my last time attending BlogFest and IdeaWorld!!

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