While there are really about 500 things I loved about Fitbloggin 2014, I did my best to condense the list to just 7 highlights… If you’ve spent time out in the healthy blogiverse over the past week, I’m certain my other blogger friends have filled in the gaps with their recaps.
(Photo Credit: Carrie D. Photography)
7. Thought-Provoking Sessions
Fitbloggin 14, as in years past, came with a full list of sessions that I could attend to grow my blog in new and exciting ways. I attended a little bit of everything, and walked out with notes from just about every session.
As someone who takes way too many notes everywhere I go, I decided to spend time in the moment this year rather than attempting to capture every word spoken. Instead, I walked out with a simple notepad speckled with a few notes and a quote or two. These “nuggets” of information are all I need to upgrade NTTC in the next year… no transcription needed.
The small group sessions are always the most moving for me. I love hearing my peers talk about their experience and sharing my story as well. I attended two in particular that I loved: Maintaining the Mojo and Life After Goal. I’ll tell you more this week about how I was inspired by Roni Noone herself in one of the sessions….
6. That 80’s Dance Party
Every single year, it’s my favorite class. The energy is fantastic. The smiles are abundant. And this year, it was 80’s themed!?? Totally tubular….
This Zumba-inspired class was incredible with Sue, Sam, and Nellie making sure that I shook my money maker and laughed all the way through. I got to dance with Monica, Aliyah, Dawn, and Nathan and 100 of my closest friends. What’s not to love??
PS… This outfit made an appearance. Thanks, Amazon…
Lastly, if I could have squished Sam and Sue (and Thing 2) into a carry-on, I would have brought them back to Denver with me… so that they could make me sweat and dance it out on the regular. The fact that we’ll be dancing in Denver next year makes me SOOOOOOOO happy. Thank you for inspiring me… every single year!
5. Ignite Fitness
In past years, I’ll admit I haven’t loved Ignite… but this year, the presenters REALLY outdid themselves and made it an incredibly interesting, motivating, and entertaining session!
I love the personality and preparation that the team brought to the table. It’s not easy to rock a mike like they did… and they crushed it! Can’t wait to see what Fitbloggin 15 brings…
4. Savannah Shopping
Oh my, Savannah was so hot… this girl was super sweaty throughout the weekend. Thank goodness there were a bunch of cute shops to pop into to cool down!
I found two unique culinary stores to stop into that I’m so glad I found.
The Savannah Bee Company: How often do you walk into a store that offers honey tastings?? It was so awesome! I ended up with a few flavors for myself (Savannah and whipped honey!) and a few jars for gifts.
The shop was full of flavored salts and sugars…. Popcorn seasonings, dips. I was in heaven! I ended up walking out with some mesquite flavored salt, maple salt, coconut sugar, and some Ghost Pepper salt for my bro for Christmas! It was probably better that we were in a hurry. Had I more time, I would have bought the entire store… and had to figure out a way to get it home in my carry on (along with Sue and Sam)…
3. The Avocados
Prior to the conference beginning, I entered a recipe into the California Avocado Commission’s Culinary Cutting Edge Contest. And, as luck would have it, I was named to the finals with the lovely Alyssa and Kia, for this recipe!
The session on Avocados was amongst my favorite because I got to learn all about one of my favorite fruits… and they announced the big winner: My roomie Alyssa!!! While my caprese salad took second place, it was Alyssa’s yummy tarts that brought home the grand prize!!
Photo Credit: Double Chin Diary
The chef even did a live demo of her recipe and they let us try the winning recipe! So delish!!!
Photo Credit: Double Chin Diary
I loved this contest for many reasons… my love of avocado being one of them, but also I love the art of creating deliciously healthy dishes. I put some time into coming up with just the right dish to present… and I’m incredibly proud of what I entered. I also am bursting with ideas for more avocado dishes. So get ready, readers, there’s more avocado recipes on the way!
Lastly, it also made me really consider the types of brands that I want to work with in the future. These guys completely align with my vision for NTTC… so, expect more like it in the future!
2. Reflecting on the Year that Passed
2013 was a rough year for this girl. So much going on… and frankly, not a lot of happy. I battled with myself trying to figure out what my next steps were going to be… and felt a little lost at Fitbloggin 2013, as a result.
There were multiple sessions where I just cried. (Yep) I cried because the topics touched a little too close to home… and I felt sort of lonely in a crowd of people. It’s not something I’ve spoken of until now, but it was a tough time… mostly, I was just trying to Pollyana my way through, hoping that it would pass.
Thank goodness it did!!!!!
AND THIS YEAR… so different. For the past few months, I’ve been so genuinely happy. To be at Fitbloggin and to be able to share that “happy” was awesome. Nice to have my head held high again. It’s so nice to be back…
1. The People
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The people are what make Fitbloggin for me. This picture below is from my favorite moment of the conference…
You’ll notice that we aren’t even at the conference. We didn’t even find a swanky restaurant to dine at. We’re at a cheesy Mexican joint across from the hotel that could seat 8 with no wait, and later add a table to grow our group even more.
This is the night I got to meet Beth, hear about Jessica’s job transformation, understand how Sarah’s world is changing, sit next to my girl Monica and unknowingly order the same dinner (life twins!), visit with Dawn and meet her friend Lynne and plan yoga time for my December visit, hear about Sam’s tattoo plans, visit with Emily and gush about how I adore Harper, and spend more time with my girl Ash fiercely getting to know these women. Awesome night. Beautiful people.
It’s moments like this that keep me coming back for more. It’s people like this that make me want to be a better person.
Roni, I can’t thank you enough for another wonderful conference year. I can’t wait to see you all in Denver for Fitbloggin 15.