We’ll cover lunch quick like a bunny, because there’s a beast of a post to read about what I’m thankful to know this year going to the Healthy Living Summit!
Lunch was leftovers:
I was SO glad I decided to only eat half of my sandwich last night. That just meant I got to enjoy it again today!
OK – on to the main topic!
Healthy Living Summit: 7 Things I Didn’t Expect Last Year that I Will This Year
The Healthy Living Summit is in three weeks and I am SO excited!! I’ve never been out to Pennsylvania or the northeast at all, so it’s a big deal to me However, with it being only three weeks away, I wanted to post a few thoughts about the HLS that might provide some insight. I debated writing this post before I finally decided to sit down and pull the trigger, as they say. Let me preface by saying I have nothing but respect for the organizers and the sponsors of the Healthy Living Summit. I think they did a wonderful job last year and will exceed everyone’s expectations this year as well. I also think the Healthy Living Summit is a great idea and an incredibly fun way for bloggers to meet each other. I met some awesome people who I still keep in contact with today, and am so glad I went – obviously, since I’m going again this year
That said, the Healthy Living Summit was hardly anything like I expected going in, and that threw me a bit. Here’s why:
1. When you first get there, it will feel like you’re at a new school. I remember when I walked from the L to the hotel, I wasn’t really nervous. I was excited! And then I walked into the hotel. The lobby was filled with girls who could be and kind of looked like they might be there for the HLS? I hoped they were, anyway, because I was about to go introduce myself to them. I also saw several familiar faces as well as bloggers I recognized, like Tina, Kath, and several other well-known bloggers standing in a circle discussing something or another. It was a little overwhelming. I think I dropped off my luggage and made a bee line to one of the couches and introduced myself to the group of bloggers who looked least like they’d known each other for years.What I expected was a bit more…formal I guess? This year I’ll come knowing that the first day will be very casual, and just to walk up to random bloggers and say “hey!”
2. You won’t get your beauty sleep. And if you do, you’ll inevitably feel like you’re missing out on something. Well, it’s impossible to participate in everything, but you’ll feel like there’s something going on until midnight and then that starts again at 5:30 a.m. because there is! I wanted to attend everything, but I tried to pace myself.There’s something to do at all hours of the morning, day, and night at the HLS. This year I’ll know that I can sleep when I’m dead…or at least when I get back to Illinois. Either that, or try to be a bit more choosy
3. You don’t need to bring your own snacks. I bring my own snacks everywhere, but one place I didn’t need to do this was at the Healthy Living Summit. There’s no shortage of food. The Healthy Living Summit hooks. you. up. Aside from the breakfast, snacks, and lunches provided during the actual conference, you can eat your snacks in your swag bag, especially if you’re flying back home, which leads me to number 4…
4. Leave some room in your suitcase for the way home. Last year’s HLS was in Chicago, which is only a couple hours from my house. I decided to take the train there and back and a cab to the train station. But there were bloggers from New York, California, Georgia all doing the same thing. I remember thinking, there’s no WAY people who are flying will be able to bring back all this loot home with them! I barely did on a train! You will leave with more than you came with in your suitcase. This year I’ll pack light and leave room in my suitcase for extras. Plus, I’m getting there a day early (if you’ll be there on Thursday, let me know!!) so you can bet I’ll be shopping
5. It’s less like a conference and more like a party. OK, so the entire Saturday is filled with amazing presentations from brilliant bloggers, but Friday during the day, Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday are more like one big party. I remember when I signed up to go to the HLS last year, I almost thought of it as a business trip – one to enhance my blogging and perhaps my career as a personal trainer. It definitely did provide new perspectives and insight in blogging, but for the most part, it’s about meeting new people. You get the best of both worlds
6. The entire weekend will be one big blogger cliché – in a good way! I’m not quite sure how to explain this one…can someone help me out? I guess what I mean is you will talk about food, you will talk about fitness, about being vegetarian/gluten free/paleo, you will talk about Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and chia seeds, you will talk about blogging. Get what I mean? The awesome part is – everyone gets you!! I don’t know about you guys, but talking about blogging to Shane isn’t the same as talking about blogging to another blogger
7. It’s a little twilight zone-ish. You’ll inevitably meet bloggers who you read their blog, but they don’t read yours, and vice versa. So, someone could be meeting you for the first time, but not the other way around, ya know? I remember walking down Michigan Ave. with Jess discussing several of these points, actually, and we were talking about how odd of a concept this was… Also, one night a big group of us went out for dinner at an Indian restaurant, and I remember chatting with Gina for a good while during it. It was weird because a lot of the things she was saying, I already knew from her blog! This dinner was also when I met Sana and Courtney (hey hey!)
Phew! I didn’t realize I had so much to say! Hopefully this comes across the right way. I’m looking forward to heading out to Philly is less than THREE weeks – with my girl Kim, at that Also, if you’re going to the HLS this year, please say hi! I love meeting new people
Are you going to the Healthy Living Summit this year?
Have you ever attended any blogging conferences?