It is so hard to believe that a few weeks ago I was in LA having the time of my life at Blogfest. July was such a busy month with lots of changes and exciting things happening. Blogfest is one of them, it’s easily a HIGHLIGHT of my year. This was my 3rd year attending, and it definitely did not disappoint.
My most favorite part about Blogfest is the people. I think back to when I went the first year and knew no one. I honestly didn’t even know what I was getting myself into, but I had the TIME of my life. Going the first year was one of the best decisions I have made. My experiences at Blogfest have had a huge impact on my life and helped shape the last few years of my life through opportunities as well as things learned.
Blogfest is part of IDEA World, the biggest fitness convention in the world. It is two days of blogging & social media workshops paired with two days of fitness & nutrition workshops. It is the perfect combination for a fitness professional and blogger like myself.
Every year it is jammed packed with great information, workouts and of course lots of fun. While I love all that and the sponsor swag, my favorite part of the whole entire weekend is the people. Connecting and re-connecting with bloggers IRL (in real life) is the best part to me. I have made so many friends and connections that I am so thankful for! The Sweat Pink and IDEA community hold very special places in my heart.
Blogfest Day 1
This year the fun kicked off on Thursday with a fun run. Fellow Seattle fitness blogger, Carleeh, organized the run that was sponsored by Vita Coco & Ultima Replenisher. It was a great way to start Thursday off with a bang!
After a humid and sweaty run, we headed over to enjoy a delicious breakfast provided by General Mills.
I enjoyed some greek yogurt topped with sliced almonds, chia seed and some berries. A delicious and balanced breakfast with carbs, protein and healthy fat that would fuel me for the day!!
Then we dived into our first few Blogfest sessions: working with brands and food styling tips. The session on food styling was one of my favorites of the entire conference. So much good information that I could apply to food pics right away!
For example, this picture of my salad I had for lunch. I was able to apply angles and placement of the ingredients that I learned in the morning session. After lunch, I got to meet Siggi from Siggi’s yogurt! He is the sweet guy and so tall! We had more afternoon sessions, and finished out the day with Blog Roundtables. I lead a discussion about monetizing your blog and we discussed a lot of interesting strategies. While blogging is fun, it is not possible without some cash flow. Thank you to everyone who supports me and this blog!!!
After a very full day, Tasha, aka HipHealthyChick, and I headed to one of my favorite vegan spots EVER – Cafe Gratitude. It was the most delicious dinner and some of the best company!
When we arrived back to LA Live, I stopped by the IDEA World Party, had fun in the photo booth and enjoyed catching up with fellow bloggers.
Perfect end to the first day of Blogfest. Friday was full of even more fun, great info and sweat. Check out that recap coming up next week!