I am a little bit introverted. And a little bit lazy.
When I signed up for the Healthy Living Summit earlier this summer, I was super psyched. But as the date approached, my awkward introversion and lazy leanings ganged up on me and made me wonder if it was really going to be as great as I had hoped.
I always, always come away from meeting other bloggers feeling more inspired, more confident, more excited by all of the things I can do with this space. Surprisingly, in a huge crowd of people who all want to Make It Big, it stops being about making it big. And it starts being about authenticity and outreach and Doing Real Good. (+ taking awesome photos...thanks, Gretchen!)
It's also about swag.
And that's just from Day One. (Yoga mat, German books, and dirty rug not included.)
Honestly though, as fantastic as the free stuff and informative sessions were, the most amazing part was meeting all of these people who are doing what they love. It inspires me to do the same, even if it doesn't always mean the easy path. And it's not just about "making it" as a blogger...it's about using your blog to figure out what you're passionate about and help launch you into a place where you can share it with the world.
So thank you to all the wonderful people who have been sharing their stories with me. Here is exactly where I'd love to insert a huge running line of all the people I met this weekend. I am so so happy to have met everyone I did and really hope to learn more about them all. But it was especially wonderful to connect with Lynda, Laura, Jamie, and Molly...all amazing ladies. And of course...Holly the Healthy E.
I think I could single-handedly make Holly feel like a celebrity in one sitting. When she knew who I was, I almost peed my pants.
I can't even begin to tell you what happened for me during the event. I could tell you the whole agenda, but that doesn't capture the really important stuff...what was going on in my head. So I'll just tell you it was awesome, I hope to be able to afford a plane ticket to wherever it lands next year, and I hope what I took away from it will be visible here...as I refine my goals and expectations and messages to you, lovely readers.
And I hope you know that you are so, so dear to me. (I ran into a reader on my way home, and it was a dream come true.)
Be bold in your passions. There will always be someone who wants to listen. Me, at least. =)