Phew! I am exhausted to say the least. But I’m not complaining, because I spent the weekend with almost 200 other bloggers, networking, connecting, learning, and over all having an amazing time. It was a busy weekend, with lot’s of sessions, social events, workouts and meet-ups, but it was well worth the lack of sleep! What I’m referring to is the Healthy Living Summit, hosted by Healthy Living Blogs.
This year’s HLS, my first, just happened to be in Boston, which is the main reason why I first decided to attend. At the time when I registered a few months ago, I figured at the very least it would be a good way to network, and maybe pick up a few tips about the blogging world since I’m relatively very new to it. Little did I know, I would be bombarded with 2 days of pure awesome-sauce with an amazing group of women (and a couple guys), and even score some crazy swag to take home with me(Hello new kicks from Reebok!!!)
When this weekend was approaching, I’ll have to admit that I was pretty nervous. I was going to this summit without having met any other bloggers in person, so you can imagine how I felt walking into the opening cocktail party on Friday night. All alone. Within a few minutes though, my nerves were gone and I felt right at home. Being around so many likeminded people, people who are passionate about health, nutrition, and fitness made it very easy to strike up conversations. I have to thank Angela and Cheryl for being the first couple of bloggers to take me in and make me feel comfortable! Later on that evening, and throughout the rest of the weekend, I was able to meet so many of the bloggers whom I read every day, and also make connections with other amazing bloggers that I had yet to discover.
Of course I was beyond excited to meet my two lovely Canadian friends, Meg and Chelsea on that very first night. They both were just as sweet, lovely, adorable and genuine as they come across on their blogs (and I wasn’t surprised!). The rest of the weekend was filled with sessions ranging from blog photography and blog design, to working with brands and reaching out to your community, among others. I picked up so many amazing blogger tips, not only through these sessions, but also through some great conversations I was able to have with some bloggers who are much more seasoned than I am!
I was also fortunate to go out to a delicious Sushi dinner with Meg, Chelsea, Sara, Heather, Katie, Tessa, Julia, and so many other bloggers, it’s almost too much to name everyone. Dinner was followed by frozen yogurt at my personal fave, Berry Line. Not only was I able to share dinner with so many great girls, but I was able to show them my favorite fro-yo place too? Win!
One of my very favorite parts of the weekend came on Sunday morning though, when I got to have a great park workout with my girl Meg. We had been talking about working out together forever, and it was finally able to happen! While everyone else headed out for a 5k run/walk, we had a great, quick circuit workout followed by some plyos and sprints. It was so fun to be working out together, especially when it came to the sprints because we were able to give each other that extra push to get to the end. Having a workout buddy always kicks my competitive spirit into high gear (but in a good way… Not in an “I’m going to dominate you” kind of way), so I know having Meg by my side helped me to push a little bit harder through the last few sprints.
Overall, I had an amazing weekend (if you couldn’t already tell that). I met so many amazing people, learned so many helpful tips about blogging, and really started to feel like a part of the blog world. Before this weekend, I didn’t know if I would feel out of place because I don’t do a lot of “foodie” blogging, I don’t develop recipes, etc. But what I found out was that the healthy living blog community includes blogs of all types. There were Cross Fit junkies, gym rats like myself, foodies, and every other type of healthy-living blogger you can think of. We all learned from each other, because we all have something unique to share (even us newbies).
More important than the learning aspect, though, were the connections I made. I was able to talk to so many local Boston area bloggers that I never even knew existed, and I can’t wait to try to plan some meet ups in the future. I also met some great people from all over the country, each with their own views, stories, and experiences. I want to say a BIG Thank You to the organizers and sponsers of HLS; I’m so glad I got to be a part of it, and hopefully I’ll be able to attend again next year!
With Meg, Chelsea, and Becki at brunch on the last day
Meg and Chelsea, my two little Canadian peanuts. Love these two!
Melanie and I finally got to meet on the last morning as well! Better late than never!
And in case you’re wondering, YES, there are pictures of me floating around out there of me in something other than workout clothes. I did actually get dressed for the cocktail party and dinner!
Did you go to HLS? What did you think?