Okay, so I seriously learned so much while I was at BlogFest that it actually took some time after I got home to go through it all and decide what information actually applied to me and what I wanted to implement. Plus, I had a major case of airplane flu going on and was trying to get over that/jet lag/time difference/bladder infection/ALL THE FUN so I needed a li’l extra time to get my thoughts together. Obvi.
I’ve been to a fitness blogging conference a couple times before (sorry, I can’t point you to any recaps because I blew those all up last year when I created Fit Nana. Oops.) but this was my first year at the awesomeness that is BlogFest and my first time at a conference of this depth and size. It’s difficult to quantify the amount of information I received during this conference but let’s just say it was a shit ton (yes, it really was that much!) and it was a little overwhelming at times.
Because you don’t need to hear the whole shit ton, I’ve pared it down to the 5 key things I learned. And before you think that this may not apply to you, they’re not all blogging or fitness related.
1. TALK TO PEOPLE
So, seems counterintuitive, right? Well, I did pretty well with this part. Okay, no I didn’t. I just did okay with this part. It was easier with some people – especially this crew that I ran with Thursday morning! – but I was shy and awkward around others.
I was already super stoked to finally get to meet Lea and Debbie but I didn’t really know the other ladies (Clarinda, Shelby, or Linda) and it was great to meet and get to know them while we ran down the Las Vegas strip at 6am in the morning. And I’m so glad I had that opportunity!! I’d happily go running with each and everyone of them at the drop of a hat. 🙂 And yes, in case you were wondering, we did see one poor girl doing the walk of shame. Man, I hope it was worth it for her.
But anyway, I tried to get out of my comfort zone and meet people and talk and connect but it was hard. I am, by nature, an introvert and I’m usually pretty reserved. I missed out on meeting some people that I had really wanted to connect with and were pretty much only 5 feet away from me because I felt awkward. I know that I’m not just going to change overnight and suddenly, I’ll be all “social Sally” and saying hi to everybody I encounter but I’m not going to reach my goals or make connections or even make new friends if I’m stuck hanging out at my table holding on to my water bottle as if it is going to save me from drowning in the pool of people surrounding me. So, what did I learn? People are NOT scary creatures (okay, some are and let your gut tell you when you’ve found one and then GTFO!) and it’s okay to go and say hi. JUST DO IT. Who knows? They might actually be feeling the same way.
2. REPURPOSE OLD CONTENT
Okay, so this is definitely blogging related. If you’re not a blogger, I promise I won’t be mad if you skip this one. 😀
Katy Widrick gave us an AWESOME presentation about making your content new again. Which would be SO helpful for me if I hadn’t blown up my last 3 years of blogging. *sigh* #lessonlearned But, just because I screwed myself over once doesn’t mean I’m going to do it again and now I can see how to refresh old posts and make them current and relevant again.
Plus, she actually gave me a few ideas for some future posts so that’s totally a win-win in my book!
PS. what do you suppose that guy is looking at back there?
3. GET YOUR MIND RIGHT
So, Todd Durkin was the keynote speaker for BlogFest and if you’re like me, you might be going, “who the heck is Todd Durkin?” I seriously didn’t know either. Anyway, he’s an incredible guy – personal trainer, strength and conditioning coach, and motivational speaker – who’s just elevated his life and he loves to help people be their best. I mean, what’s not to love, right?
Anyway, one of the things that he said that stuck with me was “get your mind right.” He applied it to writing and creating blog content but I think it certainly applies to life. If your mindset is off when you start working on something, you’re less likely to finish it. Think about it like this – you set a goal but you secretly don’t believe you can achieve it or you don’t really care about it, you’re not likely to hit that goal. Get your mind right. Get your brain on board – focus on what’s in front of you. It’s the same way with fitness. If you happen to be watching the CrossFit Games (they’re happening right now!) or if you’ve ever watched Olympic weightlifting, you’ll see the athletes set up before before they make a lift. I guarantee you that when they are walking up to that bar, they are getting their mind right and boosting their confidence and they’re believing in themselves. Got an interview for a promotion? Get your mind right. Want to walk over and meet that blogger you’ve been following for a while? Get your mind right. #notetoself
We were lucky enough to get his book and I cannot wait to dive into it. I definitely need some work on getting my mind right. 🙂
4. HE WITH THE WHY…..
….can bear any how.
These are words that Darren Hardy said in his keynote speech for the IDEA fitness conference.
He said quite a few other words, some of them slightly less appropriate than I think he intended (haha!), but these really struck me. And, they kinda go along with what Todd Durkin said. I mean, think about it. How often have you tried new things only to have them not succeed because the HOW was too hard? You probably didn’t have your mind right and you didn’t believe in yourself and you didn’t know your WHY. WHY are you doing this? WHY are you reaching for that goal? WHAT does it mean to you? Once something becomes important, and you’ve got your mind right, it’s a lot easier to push through those trials, tribulations, hiccups, bumps in the road, pains in the ass problems that pop up as you’re moving through the HOW.
Understand your WHY. And OWN IT. <3
5. HAVE FUN
Life does not have to be boring. WORK does not have to be boring. AND, you do not always have to do ALL the things, go to all the sessions, be perfect ALL the time. It’s okay to step back from it all, take a break, and enjoy yourself.
I know. This seems like just a basic life lesson that I should have already known. HOW on earth did I learn this at BlogFest? Well, I don’t have the pictures to prove it because I did not take nearly enough, but EVERY SINGLE PERSON who was at this conference, both BlogFest and IDEA World, was having a good time. The dance floor at the Viva Vegas! opening party was legitimately PACKED and I’m talking a dance floor in a hotel ballroom, not at a happening club somewhere on the strip. Seriously, I danced a little but there were so many people that I got a little claustrophobic and then slightly nervous someone would breakdance their way right into my knee so I went back to my seat for some chair dancing. During BlogFest, the fantastic ladies of Sweat Pink were SO busy making sure everything was running smoothly and we had all that would could possibly need and they managed to do it with LEGITIMATE smiles on their faces. People were walking between sessions and you could just FEEL the joy and the buzz. They were there working and learning and still making time for FUN.
Okay, something you may not know about me is that I love Disney movies. LOVE. I don’t care about Disney World or any of that business (don’t hate me) but gimme a movie with a good story and some catchy songs, and I’m hooked. I can apply a Disney movie, or a scene or a song from a Disney movie to just about anything. Sometimes, I even talk in Disney. #dontjudgeme Let’s talk about Mary Poppins. Remember when she was trying to get Jane and Michael to clean their room? “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Find the fun and SNAP, the job’s a game!”
That may be a little more basic but the point is, life is meant to be lived. You only get one of them, after all. Find your WHY, get your mind right, talk to people, and HAVE FUN while you’re doing it. 🙂Five Takeaways from BlogFest that apply to LIFE! #sweatpink #blogfest #ideaworld Click To Tweet