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.