Wow, what a whirlwind!! I can’t believe The Healthy Living Summit has now ended and I am……sitting in my bed at home. My flight was super delayed coming out of Boston last night and I didn’t end up getting in until midnight. I know I’ve blogged relentlessly about the Summit all weekend but I just wanted to do a quick post about my Boston experience and what I took away from it all!
The Things I’ve Learned
When we started planning The Summit last February it seemed almost like a distant dream. We were talking about how cool it would be to go to BlogHer but we weren’t sure we could get tickets…..so someone said “well let’s just plan our own!” So we did. The six of us (myself, Caitlin, Meghann, Heather, Tina and Kath) formed a very close team and worked pretty much daily on organizing the entire event. I’ve never really planned an event before so this was totally new territory for me, but it helped me stay busy and focused during probably the worst time in my life last Spring. At one point I “quit” the Summit team after my brother passed away, but only a few days later I was on the phone again with Caitlin saying I think I need to do this….I’m not a quitter! So glad I stayed 🙂
I had met Caitlin, Meghann and Kath before but when I finally met Tina and Heather it seemed as if we all had known each other for years and years. We just got along SO well and instantly all clicked. There’s not much better than a great group of independent, hard-working women and that’s what these girls are. They held me together when I was falling apart and all the months, days and hours of hard work finally paid off!
Leading a conference was something I would never in a million years have thought that I could do. I do consider myself an introvert and I’m not a big public speaker (okay, I’m terrified of public speaking…). However, actually going and DOING something like this has given me so much more confidence! Even though public speaking is still sort of scary for me, I know now that I CAN do it and I wouldn’t hesitate doing it again. I feel like I totally got out of my box and put myself out there, which is key for self growth and success.
So are we planning another? yes! I’ve been getting quite a few emails from you telling me you would love to be involved, and although we are going to keep the Summit team to the six of us, I’m sure there will be ways to be involved in the future and we all appreciate your enthusiasm and support! How awesome is the blogging community??! Seriously.
I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself as a person from this whole experience and just being able to be involved was such a blessing. I never in a million years thought I would be doing what I do today and I’m so thankful for every second of it!
I want to give a special shout-out to the awesome people at Nasoya right now because they sponsored my personal Boston experience. It was so wonderful to be able to fly up to Boston, lead the conference, meet all of y’all and not have to constantly be worried about money. Traveling is obviously pretty expensive and this was a huge stress reliever. Thanks, Nasoya!!! 🙂
So what’s next? Blogging! I’m looking to branch myself out and start blogging and doing social media for different companies, which is totally new and exciting! I’m also booking flights today for BlogHer Food09 and I couldn’t be more psyched. There’s definitely going to be some major life changes happening for me in the next few months so I kindly ask y’all to just stay with me and be patient. Even though I LOVE LOVE LOVE blogging my life, it does get difficult sometimes when dealing with new situations so understand this is a weird transitional time for me!
As for my food……I ate a veggie burrito (black beans, salsa, guacamole and cheese) last night at the airport while waiting *patiently* for my flight….
And then for breakfast this morning I continued my loyalty for Stonyfield (!!) by having an Oikos with Nature’s Path granola + blueberries for breakfast 🙂
Today is 100% a catch-up day!!! Quite frankly, my two inboxes are scaring me right now and I have tons of articles to write on top of it all. I could also use some yoga since my body is very very stiff right now! Must be all that running/walking yesterday combined with sitting on a plane for three hours. I feel like I’m all old and crackly.