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.

5 takeaways from BlogFest

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.


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.

Five takeaways from BlogFest

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.


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.

five takeaways from blog fest

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?


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

5 takeaways from blog fest

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. 🙂


….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


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.

5 takeaways from blog fest

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. 🙂

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  1. Mandie Brice | 9th Aug 17

    It’s so funny… Even though I interview people for my weekly podcast, as I said in my Blogfest recap, I am THE WORST at #1! I get so excited to apply what I am learning immediately, and want to put my nose into my laptop! I need to read this before next year’s blogfest… So that I can maybe meet you and some other amazing people! ❤

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 11th Aug 17

      It can be really hard to get up and talk to people for a variety of reasons! I’m glad to know it wasn’t just me! haha! I don’t do much listening to podcasts and I don’t know why. I think it’s time I started. And yes, we should both plan to meet up at next year’s blogfest! 🙂

  2. Lisa @ Lisa 3D | 6th Aug 17

    I’ve never heard of Blogfest before, but it sounds like a great conference! Someday I’ll work up the courage to attend one of these things!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 7th Aug 17

      It was amazing!! You definitely should, especially if it’s close to you!

  3. Kimberly Hatting | 5th Aug 17

    Blog Fest sounds like a blast! I’ve gotta get to one someday. I’m kind of an introvert-turned extrovert…but it has not be an easy (or short) journey. I can totally relate to what you said about feeling insecure with your water bottle. I just try to always put myself in other people’s shoes (sorry for the dreadful cliche’) and be the one who initiates conversation. I know how great it felt when others did that for me. And if they don’t respond with a warm fuzzy? I move on….some people just don’t want to socialize in the same way as I do. And that’s alright. 😉

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 7th Aug 17

      It was a fantastic time and you should definitely try to get to one! I can do the extrovert thing but boy does it wear me out! And then, after too much of it, I just can’t and that’s when I’m hanging out with my water bottle. haha You would probably be my favorite person if you came over and initiated conversation so I didn’t have to! <3 And that's why I try to because I know there are other people just like me but's just hard. Still working on it!

  4. San | 4th Aug 17

    It sounds like you had a really good experience. I attended a blogger conference once (a few years ago) and it was huge for me, because I am an introvert, too, and it was hard to open up to so many new people (some of which I had “known” through their blogs for years, but still… in person is different!).

    I am glad you went. What a great experience!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 7th Aug 17

      It’s so hard to do that when you’re an introvert!! It’s a good lesson and these conferences tend to be easier because everyone is so friendly but man, sometimes I just want to hide in the corner! haha Maybe we’ll meet up at a conference one day and sit quietly together. 😉

  5. | 4th Aug 17

    I missed not being at IDEAworld this year . . . I’ve usually worked it, so never actually gone to blogfest. . .. but always bumped into zillions of IG fitness friends in the Expo. Some good tips there . . . stealing a few

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 4th Aug 17

      Steal away, my friend. Steal away! 🙂 Would have been awesome to meet you if you’d been there – I think I definitely would have come and said hi. Maybe next year in San Diego?

  6. Chocolaterunsjudy | 4th Aug 17

    Oh, it can definitely be hard for me to talk to new people. I’ve been to some conferences for work (years ago) and I had to — I can do it, but being “on” can be really draining. I have a feeling in some ways we’re a lot alike (and therefore might not talk to each other, LOL!).

    I’m not really a big Disney fan, but they do do sports movies right — I love Secretariat, The Rookie, & McFarland, USA!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 4th Aug 17

      There’s nothing wrong with hanging out in comfortable silence. haha! It is draining. I actually had to skip a session to go hide up in the hotel room for a hour or so.

      I’ve never seen McFarland, USA but The Rookie is one of my faves!

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