A few weeks ago I was given a huge opportunity and gift. I was able to go to Fitbloggin’ in Savannah Georgia. A conference I have followed since it’s inception and wishing I could go, and yet stopping myself because… My blog isn’t a big blog, I’m not in great shape, I don’t really have the time… and lots of different other excuses.
My dear friend Emily actually engineered my trip and helped eliminate my excuses and before I knew it, I was on a road trip to Savannah nervous and anxious about the weekend ahead. The first night was tough, I actually called my boyfriend in a panic, homesick and tired. He encouraged me to go have fun… (and probably let him get back to work) I unpacked in my room, freshened up. And went to the main area…
I would love to say from there it was roses and bubbles and puppies and that all my fears were foolish. They were and they weren’t. If you know me and have for awhile it may be hard to believe but I get really anxious in new settings. It’s weird and odd and I’m usually a fan of “fake it til ya make it”. I do feel like near the end of the weekend I stretched myself more to meet people. There are a few people I regret not speaking with or getting a pic with.
Fitbloggin’ is a different conference all together. It’s amazing like that. I walked in the room and made a name badge and started seeing people whose blogs I have read, literally, for years. The first night I shared dinner with a few new friends and loved hearing people try different southern foodage at the hotel. Several times in the weekend I would wander up to a group, grab a seat and hang out. Never once did I feel like I didn’t belong.
I attended several different conference sessions and you can find the schedule here. I went to beautiful Tybee Island – it’s a quick 20-30 minute drive. I went on a movie tour and saw where the feather scene from Forrest Gump was filmed. Gump is in my top 5 favorite movies. Tom Hanks is in my top list of those who I most want to have a beer with. But I digress.
BUT the Fitbloggin’ Danielle, what did you learn? How is your life going to change? Well that’s tough. I went to great sessions, so lets circle back to that.
The Introvert’s Guide to Blogging – LOVE it, some great advice and reminders that what I do here is for me. But I do care about you too. All 3 of you. 🙂
Weight Loss: Maintain the MOJO! – LOVE it, let’s get this show on the road! Let’s do the hard work. Let’s get physical, physical.. yea! (cue Olivia Newton John and Spandex)
Use Your Words to Change Your Life – Oh the feels. The take away’s I got in there were pretty deep on a personal level. I have to evaluate why I use the verbiage I use. I need to not discount myself. And I need to realize that not everyone means more than what they say… sometimes they just mean what they say. Whoa.
Fitblogger Tough Love – Oh em gee – The things I think about that session. Full disclosure, I didn’t want to attend this session. I knew it was going to hit me in the face and that I am way to lax on myself in so many ways. There was a great discussion about what a great, accepting, loving community we are.. and how sometimes we need to actually call one another on our backsliding and waning motivation. We voted on awesome hashtags to use when giving others and ourselves some tough love towards our goals. #tribelove and/or #justtrollin
ZUMBA: 80’s Dance Party – I have only ever done Zumba in the privacy of my own home with the shades drawn and no one able to see me. I had the best time in this class. I wish Sue and Sam had a Skype option, because I would give them all of my monies.
What did I learn? What keeps returning to my head: Sue in our Tough Love session said “You can love yourself and still want to lose weight.” That’s my huge take away. So that’s what I’m working on, right now. Realizing that I can love myself and where I am, and do better today in my goal to lose weight.
My other huge take away is that there needs to be a quick beginner session on how to take a selfie… because I suck at it and therefore none of mine will be shown here.
* Full disclosure, I have purposely not linked to everyone’s blog in this post. Primarily because I know that I would miss someone and / or mess up a link to the wrong place. Please Please Please visit the fitbloggin page and see all the info and goods and amazing things.