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Overwhelmed After FitBloggin’14

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There is so much swimming through my head right now I don’t know how to focus. I just attempted to look through the photos to share some thoughts post-FitBloggin‘ but I can’t. It’s too overwhelming.

I’m an emotional wreck. I really don’t know how to describe in words the amazingness that FitBloggin’ has become and it’s not because of me, really, it’s not.

It’s because of every. single. individual. who. comes. 

Sure there’s a bit of drama here or there. There are trolls. There are a few personality types who rub others the wrong way. Some folks come with the wrong intentions and some are simply — and I say this in fear of sounding like a jerk myself — jerks. But I don’t do drama, not anymore, so those people get zero energy or attention from me.

My vision of bringing together people who want to use technology, blogging and social media to motivate, inspire and foster a culture of health and wellness has truly come to fruition. To be around so many people who share that passion is truly an amazing experience. These are people from all walks of life with their own stories and passions and goals and experiences. They welcome each other with open arms, they accept each other while working on accepting themselves, and this creates the most welcoming and inspirational environment I’ve ever experienced.  Everyone there inspires me more than I will ever be able to express in words. 

When I started this blog almost 10 years ago it was about making a commitment to myself to stop yo-yo dieting and finally lose weight once and for all. Through blogging I found support, accountability and a sense of community I never thought possible. When people related to my words and experiences on this blog I felt understood for the first time in my life. By allowing myself to be vulnerable and let people in, I was truly able to grow and achieve things I never even thought were a possibility.

I really don’t know what else to say. I thought I was just going to share a few thoughts about the conference and coming home but I really needed to get that all out of my head.

More later.



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Discussion

There are 12 comments so far.

    Paola Osorio

    June 30, 2014

    Thank you for hosting this conference. I was so lost right before coming to Savanah. I feel like I found what I had lost and left with a sense of what I want our of life. The friendships I made this year seriously changed my life. Again thank you. ♡

    Patty

    June 30, 2014

    Congratulations Roni! I felt the inspiration all the way back home and was just from reading the twitter stream and instagram pictures. I can only imagine how amazing being there must have been. I so want to go to Denver…I am starting to save now!

    A

    June 30, 2014

    Hi Roni – Congratulations on another successful conference! I’m not a blogger myself so I mostly followed on IG and seeing others’ posts but it seemed like folks had a very inspiring time. (Sidenote: I think it would be cool to have something like these for folks that are not bloggers, but still interested in fitness, dealing with food issues, etc. I’m not sure how that would work with the bloggers though, and making sure the big time bloggers are not mobbed by readers, but I think it would be cool.) Sorry to read you paragraph about not so nice folks, but sounds like it didn’t affect you much. I did see a dissenting comment on the IG feed about a selfie party (if I got that right), and was surprised that it was taken down since you are usually so open to “talking” about stuff, but without being there it’s hard to know what it was really about. Congratulations again!!

      RoniNoone

      June 30, 2014

      Actually I have no idea what you are talking about! There was a selfie party? Please share! I didn’t take anything down.

      And just so you know, we had no run in with “not so nice” but I hear through the grapevine about drama here or there so I wanted to address it.

      M

      June 30, 2014

      Not sure if this is what A is talking about but there was a selfie “party” with an African American gentleman. People were standing in line to get their picture taken with him. I don’t recall who he was though. Like I said, not sure if that was it or not but I saw something like that on IG.

      RoniNoone

      July 1, 2014

      Oh yea, that was Arian Foster, an NFL player that is an investor of one of our sponsors. I, honestly, didn’t know who he was but there were some people there were big fans so they did a “selfie” party. I thought it was a fun idea!

      wendy

      July 1, 2014

      I’m a regular reader and would love to attend something like this for readers with no blog. I love learning more about fitness, food, healthy lifestyle, etc. and would love to meet up with bloggers that I read

    Kim Hunt

    July 1, 2014

    I want to attend next year!

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      July 1, 2014

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    Karen

    July 2, 2014

    Congrats!!! I wish I could afford to go to this! Sounds like an amazing experience! :)

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      July 2, 2014

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    I <3 Fitbloggin and you rock for founding it. <3