Back in Calgary, computer open, I’m stunned at all my new friends in the blog world, at all the information I took in, at all the fun experiences I had at the Healthy Living Summit (HLS) this past weekend. The long and short of if is that it was incredible! And while I posted an initial recap of the HLS, I wanted to take some more time now that my thoughts have settled and express what I learned from the conference with you – the things I took away from the experience.
1.) Community counts
Above all, my reason for attending this weekend was to intentionally be a part of this online healthy living community of bloggers. I wasn’t as concerned with content or which city it was hosted in or who would be there, but I was hoping to connect with others and build relationships. This was certainly accomplished! What a great experience and opportunity to be reminded of, as I’ve shared before, the truth that “only people count;” community counts. I am thankful to have sat alongside, learned alongside, dined alongside, laughed alongside, and ran alongside some amazing people and am inspired to stay intentionally involved in this community.
Janetha! I love her down-to-earth, say it like it is approach to life (and blogging)! She’s got a great sense of humor and I was so glad to meet her face to face. Ericka & I – my new friend who fueled me through 14 miles with a donated CliffBar ( which is almost like cake to your body – instant energy – while on a long run).
2.) Running long is more fun with friends!
On that note of running alongside others, perhaps I need to get involved in the running community in Calgary – a long run is SO much more fun when you have people to do it with! Those 14 miles flew by and it was great to share my love of running with others who “get it” too, no explanations needed. Again – it’s the value of a community in life, just this time a running community.
Tina, who I look up to as a runner & blogger, & the group on Sunday morning!
3.) Blogging well takes work but is well worth it.
I met others this weekend who are professional bloggers and write online for a living which not only inspired me but also showed me how much work goes into blogging well. I learned about blogging and social media and took many notes on motivating others through your writing and encouraging others towards real action. Furthermore, I got a glimpse at how to profit from the work you put into your blog without only blogging for profit. There were many take-aways for me and I look forward to putting them into action and growing as a blogger.
4.) The value of a supportive husband
This entire trip could not have happened if my husband Mikey didn’t encourage me to attend this event. I entered Attune Food’s ticket giveaway post sincerely but not really thinking I would win. When I got the notice that I’d won, I was shocked – a little scared, pretty surprised, and super excited. The smile on Mikey’s face when I showed him the computer screen was huge and from then on he encouraged me to go and to embrace the experience full blast. Thank you, Mikey, for supporting my blogging and helping me to step out of my comfort zone and connect with this community. I love you!
I also wanted to say a special thank you to the sponsors and organizers of the conference, because I know from other events I’ve attended and run that none of the fun and growth and experiences would happen without them. So thanks to the sponsors, namely Quaker Oats & Attune Foods, but also to Frito Lay and Together Counts. I really appreciated the healthy, all-real-ingredients food options throughout the weekend and felt well taken care of in every respect by these sponsors.
I’ve also been snacking on and eating many bars and cereal packages leftover in my free swag and was thankful for that on my long two days of travel home! It was truly such a gift to be able to attend this event through Attune Foods – thank you for the ticket! It was what got me out the door and on my way to Philadelphia. 🙂
Remaining Sights & Sounds From The Trip:
What was the last inspirational event you attended or motivational talk you heard that inspired you to act, change, or move in a certain way?
Have a great week ahead…I look forward to connecting again with your lives again after a whirlwind trip away and getting back into the flow of being home, working out, cooking, and engaging in life in Calgary again!
Live well & be well,