Sunday, August 19, 2012

HLS

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.

It was.


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. =)

16 comments:

  1. Clair, it sounds like you've had the most amazing weekend. From what I read on twitter it really seems like the HLS is one of the best blogger events. I would have loved to attend as well but I knew it wouldn't really be feasible to fly to the US for just one weekend. But hopefully next year I'll be able to join this awesome group of bloggers.

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    1. Oh gosh yeah...you would definitely want to plan a vacation around it...otherwise it wouldn't be worth it (as much as I loved it!). But hopefully it will be in a cool city and we can both make it. =)

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  2. That is some SERIOUS swag - let us know what you liked out of all of the things you tried

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  3. oh my gosh! i was seriously saying in my head the whole time "i hope she meets holly. she's one of my best blog friends!" and THERE YOU BOTH ARE! so glad you guys got to meet! :) so jealous you got to go, and HOLY SWAG! batman.

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  4. It sounds really nice from what you've said here! I had actually heard some not as good stuff about this, like all this bloggers with hidden ED who go to bakery and don't eat any baked goods and many more. I guess there are many people and everyone fins what they like. Also those goodies are amazing - cereal, cosmetics, shoes what not to Love?

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    1. Oh I have heard this too...I can't really speak to it. There are tons of different kinds of bloggers there, and so you find people you identify with, and that makes it worth it! I'm sure there are people there I wouldn't click with (so many people...how could there not be?), but they did such a good job with presentations that were relevant to everyone.

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  5. Somehow I missed the boat on the Healthy Living Summit this year- had I realized that it was in Boston, I totally would have gone. It sounds amazing!

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  6. You were smart to take a picture of the HLS swag right away, I seem to have eaten some of mine already! :) It was so nice to meet you and hope to connect again soon!

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  7. I am also introverted and lazy, and because of that I had a lot of anxiety about HLS. Friday night was rough and I felt pretty uncomfortable, but Saturday was much better than I expected and I am so glad I went. I got a lot out of it and I met a few really cool people and found a few new blogs to read. I LOVE the name of your blog.

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  8. I am so shy in large settings like this too, and also not set on "making it big" so I am so happy to hear you got a lot out of it regardless. Big, scary BlogHer is coming to Chicago next year (where I live) so I know I am going to try to go - even though it terrifies me!

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  9. That sounds like such a wonderful event! Meeting other bloggers has without a doubt been one of the best parts about blogging. I always coming away feeling energized & inspired.

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  10. You--lazy?? That would be a lie! Love your articles.. I think it might be my new blog obsession (Sorry Miss Conduct)..

    -Jill

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  11. I love how you framed this experience as something really inspiring! It was lovely to meet you!

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  12. Clair...well said! What a special weekend. I'm so glad we connected...I have a feeling you'll be at HLS13...maybe we can be roomies!! Be well.

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  13. It was great to meet you too, Clair!!

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  14. I love, love LOVE this paragraph:

    "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!)"

    Your words inspired me for sure!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)