Healthy Living Summit Recap

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!!!)

The loot from my swag bag and new kicks on the first day 

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, KatieTessa, 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!

My scrumptious sushi from Cafe Sushi in Cambridge

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.

Here we are after our little sweat session!

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?

32 thoughts on “Healthy Living Summit Recap

  1. Looks like so much fun! I had my first ever blogger meet up last week, and it was definitely a weird experience. You feel like you know people so well already even though you’ve never met! I didn’t think you were the type of blogger to go to HLS (that is a compliment, by the way) but I probably would too if I lived nearby!

    1. It is definitely strange to meet people who’s blogs you’ve been reading, it was all a little surreal. Especially the blogs I read ALL the time! And I actually agree with you about your next point! I was kind of a fish out of water, although I was able to find some other bloggers with a much heavier focus on training, weight lifting, etc. (although I wish there were more!) BUT while I did feel very different from most people there, everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly. I don’t think I would have traveled for it so it being in Boston definitely played a big part in my deciding to go, but now that I’ve been to one, who knows for next year!

  2. I love your blog Stephanie! I can’t wait to check it out more! I’m so happy we were able to meet at HLS! It’s such a small world! We definitely need to plan a boston blogger meet up soon!!! I was totally nervous walking in at first by myself too! Totally intimidating but then I realized how fabulous everyone was and was instantly at home! Great meeting you!

    1. I know I’m so happy we could meet too! We will definitely meet up soon, and there are SO many of us around here, it’ll be a lot of fun!

  3. Wow what a blast!! I wish I could’ve teleported up there for the fun 🙂 and that’s so cool you got all that free swag too, I mean free Reebok’s?! AWESOME! 😀

    1. The Reeboks were a Total surprise, but an awesome one!!! Wish you could have been here too, I would love to meet you sometime!

  4. I had a great time at dinner with you! Glad you enjoyed the whole weekend, it was amazing!

    1. That dinner was so good, wasn’t it? I’m so glad we went there, and I’m glad so many people were able to come!

  5. It was great meeting you at the cocktail party and hanging out all weekend, Stephanie! If I hear of any Boston area meet-ups, I’ll keep you posted!

    1. Definitely keep me posted, hopefully we can plan something relatively soon! It was so great to meet you, have a great week!

  6. Stephanie I am SO happy you found me on Sunday. I was so excited to finally meet you I just wish I could have met you earlier so we could have hung out! Next time, right?! You are such a sweetheart and so beautiful. I look forward to keeping in touch and meeting up again in the future!

    1. Aww, thanks Melanie! I wish we could have hung out more too, but I’m so glad I finally found you on Sunday. It’s too bad you’re so far, but yes, let’s keep in touch and hopefully get a chance to hang out more next time!

  7. Hey I just found your blog, I love it! I’m from Boston, currently living in NYC but moving back in two weeks!! Looks like you had a great time at the summit, I’m so jealous!

    1. Thanks Caroline! Congrats on moving back to Boston, it’s the better city as far as I’m concerned 🙂 Glad you’ve enjoyed reading, have a great week and good luck with the move!

  8. Ugh….I have such HLS envy! I wish I could have gone, but I only just found out about it a few weeks ago. Next year, I’m on it for sure.

    Love your blog btw!!!


    1. Thanks so much Caren! It really was a great time, I definitely recommend it for next year! Luckily there are about 200 bloggers out there doing recaps so you can live vicariously for now 🙂

  9. That summit does look like it was so fun! And to be able to meet up with other health/fitness bloggers sounds awesome. I hope to be able to do something like that in the future!
    I am so new to blogging (and new to health/fitness, too..) that I’d be terrified to attend something like that just yet, but I really hope I continue to evolve my blog and gain more followers and be able to have respected voice in the blogging community!

    1. Honestly, there were bloggers of all different types there. Some who had been blogging for years and do it professionally, and then some who had been blogging for just a few months! That’s the beauty of it — it’s a place for everyone to come together, no matter how experienced you are. Everyone has something to learn from each other! Good luck with your own blogging experience…I haven’t been doing this for that long so I’m pretty new too, so I understand your feeling of intimidation!

      1. Thank you for the comment! 🙂 I will have to look into it next time it comes around; I never really heard about it at all until the past month or so when a bunch of ladies were blogging about looking forward to it.
        Looks like one heck of a weekend!

  10. BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had tears in my eyes reading this!!!!!!!!! Do you know how much I miss you!? Oh my goodness. I just wrote a post very similar to yours and my workout with you was definitely MY OVERALL FAVOURITE PART OF THE ENTIRE HLS EXPERIENCE! No word of a lie 🙂

    I will be emailing you back (it may be long bc I love you so much, but deal with it ;))

    I love being your peanut!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHH I am so happy we met oh my goodness gracious I love you like your my own sister!

    1. I’m so glad we met too!!! I had SUCH a great time and felt so lucky to be able to spend time with you, you are just a precious, genuine, lovely person inside and out. Can’t wait to see you again!

  11. It was so wonderful getting to know you better this weekend lady! I am quite glad we were able to chat and I hope to see you again, and soon 🙂

    1. You too! i’m so glad we got to hang out a little bit, and I wish we got to talk more at dinner! Luckily we’re close so we have to plan to meet up soon, girl!

  12. Aww Steph!!! I’m so glad I got to spend so much time with you this weekend – I had such a blast getting to know you in person. I love how I just clicked with you right away – I seriously felt like I’ve known you for years! 😀

    Also thank you for introducing me to Berry Line! Wayyy better than Pinkberry, in my opinion. 😉

    1. Chels I know! I really felt like I had known you for a long time, I’m really glad that we got to spend some time together! And you must come back to Boston, especially since I need you to go to Life Alive Cafe, because I feel like it’s just made for you! Isn’t BerryLine just the best? I’m glad you agree with my obsession 🙂 Seriously come back, SO great to meet you!!

  13. Glad to have met you! BTW – I wanted to ask you where you got the gray tank you had on Saturday. Super cute! I want! 🙂

    1. Thanks!! I actually found that at Marshall’s believe it or not (I’m a queen of bargain shopping!) It was Supah cheep… Under Armour makes one identical to it that’s like $35 if you’d rather have the big brand 🙂

  14. Yay! As one of the HLS organizers, posts like these make me happy! We try to be welcoming to bloggers of all genres within the “Healthy Living” niche, so the fact you are saying that’s what you saw warms my heart. Thank you for attending this year’s summit – I hope to see you again in 2013!!

  15. This sounds soooo awesome!!! Too bad we don’t have something like this in my area (Canada). I’m thinking of at least joining the HLB community though 🙂

  16. Great post!! 🙂
    I’m so glad we got a chance to meet and chat – even if it was brief! Hopefully we’ll get another chance – maybe next year?!

  17. Stephanie!!! It was SO, SO, SO nice to meet you! Meg told me wonderful things and obviously I knew they were true. 😉 Even though we only spoke for a few minutes, I know that you are so sweet and amazing! Thank you for the compliment – it honestly made my night. I think we need to arrange a Fall meet-up with some Boston HLS ladies. What do you say?! 🙂

  18. Great recap! I’m so glad I got to meet you, we should definitely plan our lululemon trip soon (well, as soon as we can afford it). 🙂

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