I sound like an old fuddy-duddy saying that I’ve been in the world of social media for over a decade. I also should never EVER say the word “fuddy-duddy” ever again if I want to keep telling people that I’m in my 20’s! Social Media changed how I viewed accountability and expanding my reach to gain more positive influences in my circle of friends and buds.
If you follow me on social media, you know that I recently headed to San Diego for Blogfest 2018 at IDEA World! Being around many new and old faces I’ve grown to know in the interwebs is always an invigorating reminder of the many reasons I share the way I do on my profiles. Blogfest is a way to come together with other like-minded internet crazies, check out some amazing fitness finds, workout with the best, and do it all in a bangin’ city!
Catching up with old friends
I officially started blogging in 2012. Since joining many blogger networks to learn tricks of the trade and share links of our posts, I’ve stayed in touch with quite a few of my ‘blends’ (blogging friends.) It may be crazy to think that relationships can be built via messenger or emails, but it’s no different than if someone were to date someone else who lived long distance. The conversations you have with someone via message or phone or text [over time] can create a connection just as it would in person. Besides, if someone REALLY doesn’t want to talk to you, they could just ignore your messages. So, when you get those DMs back, it means you’re not a creepy stalker friend after all!
Especially when it’s someone’s first time at Blogfest, I remind them to bond with friends – it doesn’t have to be all about ‘business’ all of the time.
Learning from the best
We had our fair share of amazing speakers drop some knowledge on us during our sessions. I haven’t ever regretted sitting through a motivational speaker’s presentation or taking notes on their nuggets. I’ve learned all along this journey that if you stop learning, you stop living.
Petra Kolber reminded us to avoid tearing ourselves apart with notes from her book: The Perfection Detox. Heidi Powell gave us her rules to live by which reminded us to live fully and with intention. Natalie Jill gave great notes on how to remain true to your individual self using Social Media.
Meeting with new friends
So many new faces can walk into a room when attending Blogfest. I’ve learned that I’m not the only [secret] introvert, so I am in my element! I always do my best to meet new faces so that no one feels alone! We each can learn so much from each other and are never drawn to meet on accident!
Doing all of the workouts
Being at IDEA World, one of the world’s top fitness conferences, you’re bound to get to try out a new workout or 12. I got to indulge in a little beach-workout action with Fit Bodies, tried out the local Barry’s Bootcamp, hung out at the amazing hotel gym, and checked out the Seaport Village on foot with a run!
Taking in San Diego for the first time
We’ve visited Carlsbad before, but I haven’t gotten to see the Seaport area near the convention center!
One look from our hotel room’s window and I HAD to check it out while I was in town!
There was no shortage of dope food to try, including seafood that I’ve missed so much since moving from Florida!
I do miss a good sunset over the water every now and again, so I got my fix:
Exploring the glorious expo
With just about every top Fitness brand and company at the conference’s expo, I knew I had to pack an emptier suitcase to bring it back home even fuller!
The Blogfest swag did NOT disappoint! Thank you, sponsors!
Above all else, I came to many realizations about my presence on social media and what image I want to portray in the world. I will always stay true to myself and never conform from my values I share openly. We should embrace our ability to be REAL. There’s so many fake posts that can create negativity within us. We can wonder “Am I alone?” … “Is my life really this crazy?” The more I post honest posts, the more I realize that I connect most with those who truly get that it’s TOUGH sometimes but that we can PERSEVERE through it! We can vent and rant but when we make our honest posts an opportunity to learn and grow, we come out better on the other side!
Instead of taking time away from others and being disconnected, I feel that social media can bring people together.
That’s my two cents, and I’m excited for the next Blogfest!