Finally! I may be one of the last bloggers to share a recap of Blogfest. Not because it wasn’t awesome or because I didn’t have anything to say. There was so much to say it was hard to decide where to start. The experience was remarkable!
This by no means is an all inclusive list of the best things at Blogfest but I had to narrow it down somehow or I would have pushed to the limit of “not another Blogfest post!”
This was easily at the top of my list! Meeting people that, until now, I’ve only known on your computer. Imagine how wonderful it would be to spend 4 days doing the things you love surrounded by people that share your passion, excitement and enthusiasm for health and fitness. People that don’t think it’s strange to pack your own food and workout 2 or maybe even 3 times in a day. It was as amazing as it sounds!
My daughter said, “mom, only you could be so happy and excited about working out on vacation.” I knew what she meant, but little did she know everyone there was happy to do the workouts. I experienced a Piyo class taught by none other than Piyo creator, Chalene Johnson and bootcamp taught by Under Armour trainer, Shauna Harrison (shaunaharrison.com). Check out Shauna’s Instagram. She is a role model of #iwillwhatiwant, http://instagram.com/shauna_harrison. Both women are inspiring beyond words! How about an early morning run with friends to kickoff the event and another awesome bootcamp with the awesomeness that is Kasey from Powercakes? And a small but mighty team of 3 for one more kickbutt bootcamp with Maureen Faherty and Caroliine Earle of the The Trendy Trainer. That’s a perfect vacation if you ask me!
I don’t think anyone will be surprised to see Lorna Jane included in this post. Meeting her, listening to her speak, shopping at her stores…I loved it all! Sure, she’s running a company, profit is a goal and her marketing is brilliant but underneath all of that her love of health, fitness and inspiring others is genuine. You can feel it when you talk to her. During the expo she was extremely busy putting out clothes (the fact that she was there putting out clothes speaks volumes about how she feels about her company), but she wasn’t too busy to offer to sign our Nourish Cookbooks, chat and have photos taken with her. And her stores? More marketing genius along with inspiration! Being in the Lorna Jane store makes you want to be active and healthy and look fabulous doing it. The employees at the Huntington Beach and Irvine (thanks for the photo Abby!) stores were fun and energetic! They didn’t blink twice when asked to have their photo taken.
You’re probably familiar with the “ice bucket challenge” taking over social networks that is a fundraising and awareness campaign of ALS, or more commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Augie Nieto, a pioneer in the fitness industry, lives the motto NEVER GIVE UP. Augie was diagnosed in 2005 with ALS and yet he maintains a positive attitude and continues to lead an active life. His speech was inspiring and the tears flowed when the audience watched Augie walk his daughter down the isle to get married.
One of the Speakers for IDEA World Fitness was Diana Nyad who took the stage to accept the 2014 IDEA Jack LaLanne Award which recognizes inspiring role models who have significantly advanced health and fitness through media. Diane Nyad is the inspiring long-distance swimmer who recently (at age 64) became “the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage.” Swimming 110.86 miles for 52 hours and 54 minutes in shark and paralyzing jellyfish infested water she accomplished her 35 year dream! Another remarkable example of NEVER GIVE UP. Her talk was inspiring and how could you not be awed by someone who refers to a marathon as “a shorter distance race.”
The list could go on and on. Things like the expo, interacting with brands, learning, speakers, and the fabulous energy all deserve to be included in The Best of Blogfest 2014!
What is your personal NEVER GIVE UP story? What inspiring speaker have you had the pleasure of listening to? Have you ever shopped in a store that inspires you to be active?
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