I had grand plans for Day 3 of FitBloggin’ but they didn’t work out quite so well. My plan:
- 6am Yoga Class lead by Jamie Walker (founder of FitApproach & SweatGuru)
- 8am JumpSport Fitness Trampoline class. That’s right, trampolines, of course I wanted to go to that!!
And what really happened:
- Woke up at 4:45 and started getting ready (and wished I had splurged for a room at the hotel and could have gotten up at 5:45 instead!).
- Zoned out in the bathroom for 10 minutes hoping the pounding in my head would lighten up, the last thing I needed was a full on migraine.
- Realized I was so far past the point of tired that my head was foggy and I kind of wanted to throw up.
- Decided sleep was more important and there weren’t any sessions I wanted to go to until after lunch anyways.
- Took some Ibuprofen and went back to bed.
Yeah, I’m still a little disappointed but there was just no way it was going to happen. Friday was certainly a long day, but I’m still surprised I was SO tired. And still sore from Pyrolates! #weak
I got to The Nines around 12:30 and talked to a few more Sponsors at the Expo and ran into Sara from Go Gingham. She’s a local blogger and we had connected on Twitter and first met at the conference on Friday, finally snapped a picture on Saturday. Her blog is so cute, she’s a runner (with an adorable family I got to meet on Sunday), she’s into frugal living, and she does the home swap vacation thing, like on that movie The Holiday!
Then I ran into Shannyn from Frugal Beautiful and introduced myself. I’ve read her blog and think she’s great; she’s into running, making smart money choices, and sharing with new bloggers what has worked for her. We sat down to chat and were joined by Erica from Erica D House. Both of them were presenting the next Workshop, along with Annabel from Feed Me I’m Cranky, titled “How to Create a Media Kit that Showcases Your Brand and Gets Companies Knocking on Your Door”. So much good info in this class, all three gals knew what they were talking about! You can read a full recap here.
Next up was a snack break sponsored by The Laughing Cow and I had my first soft cheese wedge experience. It was pretty good! Lindsay (Running With Tongs) and I hung out and chatted for most of the break. I’m so glad she’s local and hope we can hang out again sometime.
It was almost time for the next session so we started heading our separate directions and I ran into Julie from Peanut Butter Fingers! I have been reading her blog for quite a few years now and she was one of the few bloggers that I recognized on the Who’s Coming list. We had connected a little bit on Twitter and she was so sweet when I introduced myself and gave me a big hug. She was very warm and sweet in person and we chatted for a few minutes before we had to get to the next session.
The final session was a discussion titled: “Getting Paid vs. Paying Blogger Dues” and was led by Leah Segedie (Bookieboo). It was really interesting to hear from other bloggers how they work with brands and hear opinions on what’s okay to do for free and when you should charge for your work. Lots of different opinions and it can seem like a taboo topic, sort of like discussing paychecks at your day job, but it was really interesting to hear what other bloggers are doing and what’s working for them. You can read the full recap here.
In that class I finally met Kristin from Our Ordinary Life, and Tina from Mad Hatter Mom, they’re both local bloggers, and I also met Beeb from Beeb-Log (she writes a ton of stuff actually!) and Karen from Random Thoughts of a Suburban Mom. I had classes with Beeb and Karen earlier but somehow didn’t realize they were local. We all hung out until the evening festivities started at 7 which thankfully involved passed hors d’oeuvres and a nice spread of veggies, fruit, crackers, and CHEESE! I seriously love cheese!
The closing event was sponsored by Nutrilite and the speaker was celebrity Chef Jason Roberts who talked about the Bodykey by Nutrilite system. I’m sure it was really interesting but between the fuzzy microphone and the whole room talking, it was pretty hard to hear him.
I felt bad for the guy actually, I felt bad for some other speakers during the conference as well. There were a few times where people were talking among themselves or with those at their table which meant the speaker had to talk over them and it was difficult for those who wanted to listen. It only happened a few times, but seriously! This wasn’t a high school assembly, we were adults at a professional conference. Yes, a fun conference, but that doesn’t mean you can be rude. I was a little disappointed.
I was getting tired by this point in the evening and the music was loud so it was hard to talk and then the dance party started which was my cue. My hips couldn’t find a beat if my life depended on it!
Oh yes, FitBloggin’ fashion! You already saw my blouse pictured above, it was a shirt I got in my third StitchFix box, the one and only item I have kept so far, and mostly because it has birds on it. I am from Portland after all! I actually got four compliments on it that day so I guess it’s a keeper! Today’s photo takes us out of the bathroom and waiting for the elevator, still a fuzzy iPhone pic though.
Stay tuned for Day 4 tomorrow, it’ll be short and sweet!