Hello and happy Tuesday, beauties!

Now that I’ve been home for a little over a week, I’m feeling a little less overwhelmed and a lot more “in the zone”.

I’ve got my action plan created, with a few things already having been crossed off, and my post-BlogFest high led me to take a VERY big leap in my business. But we’ll get into that in more detail in the coming weeks 😉

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Myself and the women who made all that inspiration possible!

Today I’m back with the remaining 5 lessons I picked up at BlogFest and IDEA World that you can apply to any area of your life, whether you’re a blogger or fitness professional or not. If you missed part one, check it out here!

I’m joining my new “Blends” (blogger friends!) Tiffany, Debbie, and Natalie, and my new fav hummus brand Truitt Family Foods, in sharing my top 10 takeaways from BlogFest and IDEA World.

If you’re a blogger, fitness fanatic, or just want to see what else we got up to, be sure to check out their top 10 takeaways here!

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6. A lot of health and fitness really is black and white.

I thought I was going to get all the answers. I was paying a lot of money to hear some of the best in the industry talk about the best nutrition practices and the best fitness protocols.

And lo and behold, there is no “best” way to reach a goal. As long as you’re healthy, happy, and making progress, that’s all that matters.

7. If something is super terrifying and exciting, it’s probably good for you.

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When I applied to be a Lightning Round speaker I had an “omg wtf did I just do” moment.

And while I was beyond stoked when I was accepted, I also had a mini panic attack.

I wavered between excitement, nervousness, and sheer terror in the months leading up to my 5 minutes on stage, but once I got up and did it, the feelings I had afterwards were totally worth all the nerves.

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I would never have known how good it felt to stand on a stage in front of 100+ other people and talked had I not taken that leap!

8. We are our biggest critics.

I felt like a REALLY small fish going to this conference.

Like a super tiny microscopic phytoplankton.

I was slightly intimidated knowing I was going to be around these big bloggers – you know, the ones with 8 million shares and hundreds of comments on a single post?

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But after talking to other bloggers about my own blog and writing, I feel a lot more confident in what I’m putting out to the world.

9. Don’t judge a book by its social media cover.

This is something I’ve known for a long time. We don’t tend to share pictures of ourselves struggling. We don’t post those crappy blog posts where we couldn’t think of anything.

We post things that make us happy! That put us in a good light! And we showcase our best work.

But when it came to the blog world, I kind of forgot about all this. It was reassuring to hear that even those bigger bloggers I look up to still have feelings of uncertainty and experience some of the same struggles that I do. #duh

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10. This moment is the most important thing in the world.

I believe this was from Elizabeth Bain’s presentation, but because it was mixed in with a ton of other notes, I can’t be 100% sure.

But the context it was put in really hit home for me.

When you’re working on a project, if you are not fully immersed in that moment, you aren’t going to be successful.

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When you’re pushing through a hard training session, or heading into the last leg of a race, if you don’t make that moment the most important thing in your life, you aren’t going to be successful.

To get the most out of our short time on this planet, we need to be present. We need to live in the moment. We need to treat each second as though we might not get another one, because really, we aren’t guaranteed anything.

If nothing else, if not for the new friendships made and existing friendships solidified, if not for all the new knowledge I gained, if not for the multitude of snacks I acquired 😉 BlogFest + IDEA World lit a blazing fire under my ass.

And I totally plan on using that fire to bring my dreams to life.

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Lookout world, I’m coming!

Have you ever had a tipping point in your life, whether it was related to fitness, business, or career goals? Care to share a super inspiring moment you’ve experienced?

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  • Farrah
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    YOU ARE AN AWESOME AND WONDERFUL PERSON! <3 I'm still so sad that I didn't get to go to that conference! I would've loved to meet you and hear you speak! :D! Good on you for getting up there and speaking even though you were terrified! (I can definitely relate–public speaking is probably one of my biggest rational fears. 😡 )

    Much love for #10–that's something I'm continually working on!

    • Ariana
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      Aww <3 YOU ARE SUPER AWESOME AND AMAZING YOURSELF! <3 I really hope you can come next year!! I was way more terrified of public speaking when I first started than I am now. I'm finding it gets a tiny little bit better each time I do it!

  • Elle
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    Good that you enjoyed the conference and got so much out of it!

    • Ariana
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      Thank you! I agree 😉

  • Reply

    I would be totally intimidated attending BlogFest with all those rock star bloggers! But I bet you learned a ton!

    • Ariana
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      It was a little intimidating for sure, but very refreshing to learn that they all have questions and experience struggles as well! I learned an insane amount and can’t wait to implement it all.

  • Coach Henness
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    Great takeaways. You were solid speaking – are you going to seek out more speaking opportunities?! I’m so glad you had a great time. It’s amazing how refreshing and helpful it is to just be normalized as a blogger in a room with a lot of other bloggers, and realize that you’re doing good.

    • Ariana
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      Thank you! Yes, I have been ramping up my speaking efforts here in the city, doing talks at local running stores and the like.

      I agree – refreshing is a great word! It was so wonderful to meet you! I hope our paths cross again in the future 🙂

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
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    I was SO NERVOUS for my Lightening Round, too! So glad I’m not the only one! I love all your takeaways and am still so happy I got to meet you!

    • Ariana
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      You would have never known you were nervous! You totally rocked it!

  • Reply

    I love your #7! The conference looked amazing. I have to get there next year for sure! Good take aways

    • Ariana
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      Thank you! It was amazing for sure. I can’t wait to do it again next year!

  • Dapinder
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    You were amazing during the Lightning Round!!!

    • Ariana
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      Thank you so much!! It was wonderful meeting you!

  • iIndira
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    The best quote I’ve heard was fro Dalai Lama ” the only two days in a year that we can’t do anything are yesterday and tomorrow. ” So today is the day to give our best and love, lough, live and share happiness .

    • Ariana
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      Ooo I love it!! Thanks for sharing! 😀

  • Reply

    I thought you were awesome in your Lightening round! Everybody did a great job. Maybe it’s because I was there last year, but it seemed silly in retrospect to be nervous because everyone was so friendly and welcoming.

    • Ariana
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      Thank you! I agree – there was an awesome lineup of speakers.

      I have a feeling I will be far less nervous next year, after realizing how welcoming and awesome everybody is 😀

  • Jenn
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    Awesome! I love reading about moments when inspiration strikes and motivates! So glad you had such a productive and enlightening time!

    • Ariana
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      Thank you! It was well worth the travel.

  • Toni
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    Sounds like a great event. It also sounds like you learned a lot about yourself too. When I went to Fitbloggin I discovered a whole bunch of stuff about myself that I never knew. Number 8 is so true, we definitely are our biggest critics.

    • Ariana
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      That’s great you got to attend Fitbloggin’! I hope to go one year. It was a very knowledgeable and enlightening experience for sure.

  • Becki S
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    Love 7 and 8. I really needed to read that right now as I’m prepping for a big afternoon of meetings and such and trying to balance living in blog land as well. Thanks for the great tips!

    • Ariana
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      You’re so welcome! I hope you managed to find some balance 🙂

  • Stephanie
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    I adore this list! So much truth in it!

    • Ariana
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      Thanks for stopping by!

  • jill conyers
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    This is one of my very favorite Blogfest posts. I can just feel the energy! I was going to mention 1 or 2 of my favorite points from the post but I love them all.

    I’m not quite in the post Blogfest zone yet. After I returned home I took the NASM exam the following weekend and then we left for a family vacation the next day. I am less overwhelmed and the zone will come 🙂

    • Ariana
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      Thanks so much, Jill! 🙂

      I’m glad to hear you’re feeling less overwhelmed…that was a whole lot of awesome in a short amount of time you got to experience!

  • Carmy
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    yes, judging by our covers is def a biggie. obviously we pick and choose what we share and readers sometimes forget that.

    • Ariana
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      Exactly! I know that and even I forget it 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!

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