Nervous Wreck

Waking up Thursday morning, I was incredibly hesitant about what I’d signed up for.  Logically, I knew I would learn a lot at the Fitbloggin conference, but in my head… I was so intimidated!

I always grumble when the alarm clock goes off in the 4 o’clock hour, but it’s even more pesky when I have to leave somewhere I don’t want to leave.

Afterall, how could I leave this precious angel?

There’s the truth.  I didn’t want to go.  My brother had offered to drive me to Baltimore on Thursday morning, and I was scared to death.  Going from my safest place to a place where I knew no one???  Eeks!

Well, I got up, got dressed and piled into Jason’s car with all my gear by 5am.  We arrived in Baltimore at 7, about 5 hours before there would be any conference-related activity.  After a quick breakfast with my bro, I checked my luggage with the front desk and parked myself at a little hotel coffee shop to do some computer work for a few hours until the other bloggers showed up.

Luckily, I had made plans to meet up with Hilary from the Big Weight when she got into Baltimore, which was in just a few short hours.  Nerves, nerves, nerves!

While we had been reading each others’ blogs for months and tweeting and whatnot for a while… I was still nervous, yet so optimistic that we would hit it off!   I felt relief once I saw her bright and beautiful face enter the coffee shop at about 9:30!

Within minutes, I felt like I’d known her forever… and it was the most natural of conversations.  There is nothing better than connecting with someone in this fashion… As young women who’ve struggled with our weight for years and have taken upon ourselves to build new habits, we had a TON to talk about.  We also had the foundation of our blogs to get us started.  It’s a strange instant familiarity… I saw someone tweet that they were already “VBFFs” before they had arrived (Virtual BFFs), and I’d say that to be true with me and Hil!

Also, Hilary eased my nerves by giving me the background on a lot of the attendees, which was also super-helpful!    She has read bloggers a LOT longer than I have, so she knew a lot of the back stories that she kindly shared with me!  As a result of her recommendations and meeting these fantastic men and women, I have so many new blogs to add to my reading!!!

Over the course of the next few days as I review my time at Fitbloggin, you’ll hear a lot about Hilary.  You’ll also see her smiling face in a LOT of pictures.  You should probably stop by her blog The Big Weight and check her out.  She rocks!  (Hint:  You might remember Hilary as I recently featured her amazing Cowboy Spaghetti recipe!)

Meeting Hilary made it SO much easier to meet other people at Fitbloggin’, and I got more and more comfortable introducing myself.  I have no problem speaking in front of a group of 100 people, but when I need to walk up to new people and network… I FREEZE.

What’s funny to me is that you’d think I’d have more confidence to do that now that I’m thinner and more confident in my outward appearance.  Nope.  It’s almost as though shedding that “shield” of extra weight has left me more exposed… I also think I let myself get psyched out by the “celebrity” status of many of the attendees.

The amazing part about Fitbloggin’ is that by the end of Day One, I was completely comfortable…. and recognized that these are “MY PEOPLE” and many of them would fit well on “my team.”  I didn’t completely freeze at the idea of talking to new folks, as everyone was SOOOO approachable.

Well, there were a few celebs that I was shy to say hello to… but I did it!  Here’s a few examples:

Totally geeked out meeting Mark from Biggest Loser

I was in awe when I met Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers, right after taking a SUPER SWEATY Zumba class.
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I’ll save a few of the other meetings for future posts…The big thing is that I don’t want to miss out on opportunities that are this fantastic because I am nervous.  I won’t allow it… and the practice this weekend was AWESOME for me!

Do you get nervous about meeting new people?   Have you attended a blogging conference and experienced the same thing?

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  1. Kate says:

    I was terrified when I got to Fitbloggin on Thursday and it was even worse when I got on the bus to McCormick alone – but then you and Hilary (and a few others) came and sat near me and introduced yourselves and I got to listen to your conversation and started to relax. I had no idea you were nervous!! You seemed confident and like you’d done it before a million times and that made me feel like I belonged there too and like I could have a good time. I definitely let the “celebrity” status of a few of the bloggers there get to me too but there’s always next year!

  2. I would be so nervous as well! I love meeting new people and I warm up to people pretty quickly, but I get pretty nervous before hand. I spent a few years online dating and had a lot of fun with it, but the hours leading up to the first meeting I hated! I always felt like a bag of nerves until I met the guy lol.. I would imagine I’d feel the same way before attending a conference like this.

    • nothankstocake says:

      If you only knew what I bag of nerves I was when I was online dating…. holy cow. You have NO idea. LOL

  3. I definitely get a little nervous when I don’t “know” anyone- but I don’t consider any bloggers to be “celebrities”… they’re just regular people! I’ve met plenty of the big guns, and definitely don’t talk to them any differently than someone who I’ve “never heard of” or just started a blog- we’re all family, ya know?
    If anything- YOU might make some people nervous because you’re do DANG GORGEOUS! :)

    • nothankstocake says:

      I know this now… we are TOTALLY just one big family… but going in, a girl can be a little nervous! Next time should be so much easier now that I have my bearings. LOL

  4. Robin says:

    Well said Lauren!

  5. Nancy Abbott says:

    I have to agree with Lauren as well! I’m sure people are intimidated by you (until they meet you) because you are GORGEOUS!! However your genuine nature and warm demeanor make you so approachable and easy to know. I’m sure you will not be uncomfortable around that group, ever again. Another life lesson learned……and you continue to grow in ways you never expected from this journey.

  6. julie says:

    Loved hearing about fitbloggin and your other travels. You look awesome in your pics. Keep up the good work!

    • nothankstocake says:

      Thanks, Julie… stay tuned! Much more to come, and thanks for your kind words! xoxo

  7. Rumi says:

    Kelly, I wanted to come to Fitblogging, but I live in Europe and it is so far away. I feel the same way when I want to meet somebody in person, so nervous. You look fab and I love reading your blog!

  8. You’re so kind Kelly! FitBloggin would not have been the same without ya! I’m so grateful to all of our new friends for making it so easy!

  9. i LOVEd meeting you and am so glad you said hello – my fellow KD sistahhh! :)

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