Please amble with me down memory lane.
I know it’s an indication of aging when every single occurrence has to have a story attached, but Im embracing that notion and dragging you down the proverbial lane with me.
One upon a time there was a blogger trip.
It was the very first blogger all! expenses! paid! trip and, to put it mildly, all of the invitee’s minds were blown out (as the child sadly no longer says).
Emails flew (“is this really all expenses paid!?”) as this was early 2008 & we couldnt believe a brand would *pay* to bring us together.
All of us who had wanted to meet for s-o v-e-r-r-r-y long.
All of us who had kinda STALKED RONI NOONE and longed to meet her in person. (<—–yes. indeed. that all of us was ME.)
The trip was amazing. I flashed the Windy City with my NEKIDness. And a friendship was born.
Ambling a head a few months—-Roni and I connected at BlogHer.
We took the opportunity to plop in a hallway &
gossip about our lives chat in a very serious away about blog conferences and Roni mentioned the idea of launching FITBLOGGIN.
A conference not unlike BlogHer but where it would only be us crazy healthy living types doing what we do & having fun the way WE like to have FUN.
And, because she’s RONI, a few month later the first Fitbloggin was born.
Four years later my life feels crazier than it’s ever been.
I find I say NO far more than YES when it comes to trips & opportunities.
I receive invitations to events and ask myself:
Is XYZ really worth the “cost” of leaving my family (I like my family!) and missing time with the Tornado?
Quite frankly—reason #78347 why Ill happily never be big! and famous!—the answer is usually NO.
Fitbloggin, however, is my exception.
It’s like a blogger family reunion (even if we’ve never met!) which feels my soul and has me return to my family energize not depleted.
In all honesty each year I think:
Can I afford to go to FITBLOGGIN?
And each year my answer is the same:
Can I afford not to?
A few days with people who get me, get healthy living & GET MY IRREVERENT SENSE OF HUMOR?
How on EARTH could I not go?
To that end I have a ticket to the conference to GIVE AWAY & you can be entered for the LOW LOW cost of a comment below.
If you were to attend fitbloggin whats the VERY FIRST THING you’d do?
*because I am a child I cannot stop singing the word FITBLOGGIN to Jim Gaffigan’s hot pocket.
random number generated winner announced June 10th.