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Connect. – Blogfest 2015

Today I would to introduce you to 10 fellow bloggers I connected with at Blogfest this year. They are all super fit, fun, loving, inspiring and hard working women. I am so thankful to have met each of them.

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all of us after an early morning workout at blogfest!

Not only is Blogfest super fun and full of all my favorite things (sweat, learning and friends) it’s also an awesome way to meet new people. Sometimes the people aren’t new, it’s just the first time you have met them IRL (in real life)! Some of these women I connected with on social media and we had been ‘friends’ for some time, and then at Blogfest we were finally able to connect!

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all of us before a presentation (can you find me?! hehe)

We are only together in Blogfest sessions for 2 out of the 4 days of the conference, and while it feels like a lot of time, I always find myself wishing it was longer. I got to connect with A LOT of people, but there were still plenty I didn’t meet (do you see how many people are in this room?!) Regardless, the people I did meet and connect with are amazing; let me introduce you to a few:

Deanna 

I found Deanna on Instagram and we were kinda insta-buddies, so when I met her at Blogfest, it felt like we were already friends! Deanna, like myself, runs her own business and has big dreams and goals. She also makes amazing workout videos. I didn’t get to actually chat with her until the end of the second day, but I am so happy we connected. I really look forward to chatting more and exchanging biz tips/tricks with her in the future! IMG_0110

Tiffany 

I met Tiffany for the first time last year at Blogfest. We connected over Ink n Burn workout pants. (it’s always the clothes for me haha) However, I didn’t stay in touch with her much after the conference was over. When I saw her at Blogfest again this year, it was like seeing an old friend!

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Tiffany doing giveaways at the run she organized the first morning of blogfest!

We totally connected on another level AND super cool update, we both bit the bullet and signed up for NASM personal training certification. More on that later… 

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Anyway, Tiffany isn’t far from me, she is just down in Portland. She is a runner as well as a running coach and loves all things Lorna Jane. (can you see what we have in common) I am excited to blaze the trail of personal training with her and thankful I got to connect with her more this year. IMG_0104Here we are getting our booties kicked with Flexline, a cool new workout. More on that in a later post, I’m pretty pumped about it. 

Jaime

Like I shared in my last post about Blogfest, Jaime is one of the founders of Sweat Pink. She, along with Alyse, are the brains behind Blogfest and the people who make it happen. Boy am I thankful for them! (they also know how to have fun! see below. hehe)IMG_0135Last year I didn’t know who Jaime was really, I just knew she seemed to be in charge. Then when I got home from Blogfest, I became a Sweat Pink Ambassador and I quickly figured out who she is. This year I got to know her a bit more at Blogfest and she is such an inspiring woman not only with her yoga poses and trail runs, but also because of her entrepreneurism. She is down in Portland too! Does anyone else foresee a meet-up in the future?!

Jill 

Like me, Jill was a Blogfest veteran. She was there last year, but we didn’t get to meet. I knew who she was because of social media, and this year on the first day, we ended up sitting next to each other! She is the kindest lady, I felt like I could have talked with her all weekend. She is all about inspiring & empowering others to be the best version of themselves. I great tips from her about the NASM certification as she is getting ready to take the test very soon. Good luck Jill! IMG_0132  Jill is on the far left in this picture. I could have swore we got a selfie together, but I couldn’t find it πŸ™ and BTW – she shares great recipes on her blog!!

Liz

She is the yoga queen! Her blog is called ‘The world is my yoga mat’ and IT’S THE TRUTH! This girl is so inspiring with her yoga poses. Just check out her Instagram, it’s amazing. She totally inspires me to try and get upside down more often.IMG_0087Liz is super sweet, she is also a blogger and she works for Sweat Pink. Oh and guess what?! She is in Portland too!!! I’m telling you guys, it’s about to get real sweaty in PDX with a meet up πŸ™‚

Jessica Joy

I met Jessica the first day of Blogfest. She was sitting in the same row as I was and we just sorta started chatting. She is a super fit mom of two and the coolest gal! It seems like her and I have similar style tastes. For example, we both like the color magenta and gold.  Check out her blog, it’s beautiful! She also shares amazing workout videos and has a very fun personality.  AND, she is in Oregon too! I am seriously so thankful to be finding more PNW #fitfam! IMG_0082

Kasey 

I met Kasey last year at a bootcamp she did as part of Blogfest. I didn’t really know who Kasey was at the time. Katie invited me to the bootcamp and we definitely got our sweat on. I also met my amazing fit friend Melissa at Kasey’s bootcamp last year. Crazy right?! Anyway, long story short, I saw Kasey again this year at Blogfest and got to know her more.  She has an amazing story, she is a strong woman and super inspiring. She also loves green smoothies and superfoods like I do. She impacts many peoples lives and I am thankful to have her as a friend. Check out Kasey’s blogfest recap.IMG_0092

Tasha

Let me tell you, it doesn’t get much more real than Tasha aka Hip Healthy Chick. This girl is inspiring. She inspired me from afar via social media, and she kept inspiring at Blogfest. She is so kind and genuine, and she lives her life with SO much passion. I wish you guys could have seen her workout, she brought so much energy. I loved it! She was a lighting round speaker (it’s an event that is part of Blogfest) and I will never forget what she said, “the minute I decided to stop pretending, everything changed”. This resonated with me because I used to put TOO much value on what other people think. That’s not who I am anymore, but it’s always good to be reminded. Be you, don’t pretend to be someone you are not. IMG_0111

Kayla

I saw Kayla at the early morning run the first day of Blogfest. I thought I kinda recognized her and it was because she was a Blogfest veteran too! However last year we didn’t really get to connect like this year. She blogs over at Blondes Have More Run. (Seriously, how creative is that name?!) She is a runner, personal trainer and fellow blondie. She puts together awesome bootcamp workouts that she shares on her blog as well as running tips.  Maybe we can team up for a future workout Wednesday? We’ll see πŸ˜€IMG_0109Also pictured here is Jenn! Really looking forward to connecting more with her post Blogfest πŸ™‚

Beth

She runs the beautiful blog, Running with the Sunrise. Beth and I connected over social media before the conference and I was so excited to meet her! She told me at Blogfest that the reason she wanted to come was because of reading my recap last year. Thanks for sharing that with me Beth! She is such a sweetheart and it was so nice to finally meet her. (and, how gorgeous is her dress?!) She just started teaching Barre classes, does yoga and also runs. Check out her Blogfest recap too!  IMG_0105

 

 

Carleeh

Last, but not least, we have Carleeh! She is from Seattle too, so we have some fit friend dates planned up here in the PNW. IMG_0101She was my roommate this year and it was great getting to know her. She is super passionate about fitness and helping to inspire and empower women. She very genuine and loving, and really wants to help others. We are planning to team up on a few giveaways, etc so watch out for that in the future! IMG_0098

It was awesome being reunited with the super awesome girls I met last year, Kylie (top pic) and Nicole (bottom) and being in a room full of people who love fitness and selfies as much as I do. Image

Blogging, the internet and fitness has allowed me to meet and connect with SO MANY amazing people. I am so grateful for the new friendships and connections made this year and for those made in the past (one of which is now one of my closest friends, Katie). 

One of the greatest parts about Blogfest is all the people that you meet. That is why I will do everything I can to make it to a conference like this once a year. I’m excited to see where all these new beginnings lead, and I hope you enjoy getting to know some of my fit blogger friends πŸ˜€ 

I’ll see you all back on Monday for an ahhhhhmazing recipe. Seriously, I’m kinda obsessed with it! It’s gluten free and it has the word ‘protein’ & ‘cake’ in it, so you know it’s gonna be good. Make sure to check back Monday or subscribe so you don’t miss it!!!

XOXO
Stay Sweet!!
Sarah

 

 

Flashback Friday – Birthday Edition!

My birthday was 2 weeks ago… so crazy how time is flying!
Today I want to share with you how I spent my birthday this year and take a look back at how I have changed over the past few years. 

I guess I am like wine, the older I get, the better I get. I know that sounds SO corny, but it’s proven to be true for me. Not only do the birthday celebrations get better, but I become a better person and I look better too! Check out this pic on my birthday over the years…

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In 2013, my husband took the day off from work for my birthday. We went to downtown Seattle and spent the day together. IMG_0049.JPG IMG_0047.JPG
Birthday cupcakes had become a “tradition” when we were dating, so he made sure to get me a gluten free cupcake on my birthday. On a side note, those teal pants I am wearing in the pic don’t fit me anymore. πŸ™‚

In 2014, he took me out to dinner at a super nice seafood restaurant in Seattle. It was some of the best seafood I have ever eaten. Then to top it off they brought me one of the cutest birthday desserts ever!! 
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Here are a few side by side comparison pictures from 2013 & 2014. IMG_0046.JPG IMG_0050.JPGThe was a drastic physical change between 2013 and 2014, as you can see in these pictures. My face is slimmer and my mid section is much slimmer. The biggest change I made between those years was what I was eating. I also changed the kind of exercise I was doing, but the biggest impact was the change in food. 

This year in 2015, I was in California for my birthday! (you can read my birthday post HERE) We started the year off right with a killer workout at Grit Cycle. I haven’t sweat that much in a workout for a LONG time. Every last inch of me was drenched!IMG_0003.JPG IMG_0031.JPG

Then we got cleaned up and my husband took me to dinner at Red O in Newport Beach. The name is kinda strange, but it is an AMAZING Mexican restaurant (I love Mexican food!). 
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He knows me so well, got me a Hello Kitty card πŸ™‚
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Then when we got home from California, we celebrated my birthday with my whole family. 
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My mom MADE these gluten free cupcakes. They were so adorable and it was so thoughtful. Almost too cute to eat. 
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This is one of my favorite pictures from my birthday celebrations. It’s totally candid and you can see my genuine happiness here. To me, this is a foreshadowing of what this year brings: family, laughter, happiness and fun. 
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These are a few side by side comparisons from 2014 to 2015. 
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There was a physical change from 2014 to 2015, but its not quite as obvious, you have to know where to look for it. I have developed more muscle and my cardiovascular endurance has improved. More importantly, I have changed on the inside. I am more confident, I am happier, and I am more driven.

IMG_0044.JPGAs you can see, things have changed over the years. Thankfully I fixed my eye makeup too! LOL. The most drastic physical change was between 2013 and 2014. There was change from 2014 to 2015, but its not quite as obvious.

When I started this journey back in 2010, it wasn’t to look a certain way. I wanted to feel better. Then in 2013 I realized I needed to make this a lifestyle and do it for life. Of course improved physique and fitting into clothes is a wonderful bonus, but feeling better and healthier is the most rewarding. I am taking better care of myself and working on getting stronger and more fit and it is showing. πŸ˜€  I am also taking time to do what I love. That feeds my soul and that happiness shows through as well. 

Thank you so very much for being a part of my #fitfam! I am so grateful for all of you. The work that I share here is part of what I love doing. Thank you for letting me share it with you. If you enjoy it, be sure to SUBSCRIBE!! 

XOXO
Stay Fit!

Sarah