I can’t believe it’s already been a week since BlogFest and IDEA World!

It feels like I was getting my butt kicked at Kaia Fit and by Gabby Reece, Jillian Michaels, and Amy Dixon just yesterday. I’m still riding the inspirational high and am totally overwhelmed by all the action steps I’ve set out for myself.

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It was an amazing experience that I can’t wait to repeat again next year, and I’m sure I’m going to annoy everyone around me for the next little while as I constantly talk about BlogFest πŸ˜‰ (Sorry in advance, guys!)

While there were a lot of blogger-specific things I learned (wuddup “crawl budget” and “noindex”??) and a tooon of trainer-related knowledge I picked up (self-administered joint mobilization FTW!), there were also a lot of things I learned that can be applied to any area of your life, blogger or fitness professional or not.

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.

In the hopes that you’ll read them in their entirety I’ve decided to split them into two separate posts. πŸ˜‰ Be sure to come back next Tuesday to read Part 2!

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1. If you feel like there’s something you should be doing, you should probably be doing it.

While I picked up a ton of new and useful information at BlogFest, I also knew a lot of what was shared. But had I been doing much of it?

Some, but for the most part, no.

Things like updating alt tags for images, repurposing old content, doing keyword research and checking keywords in old posts – I had heard all of this before and heard it was beneficial, but I wasn’t really sure if it was worth spending the time on or not.

Spoiler alert: it is.

2. Keep an open mind.

One of my goals for BlogFest was to remain open-minded. I’m not normally a Jillian Michaels fan but I signed up for her BodyShred workout and oh-em-gee – I got my ass kicked!

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Melissa from The Valentine RD and I waiting to get yelled at by Jillian!

Our food sponsors for BlogFest included General Mills, Nestle, and Morningstar Farms.

Now, while I’m not a huge fan of processed food, I’m not one to turn it down so I more than happily ate it πŸ˜‰

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While I may haveΒ laughed inside when a Nestle rep suggested we present Lean Cuisines as viable options to our clients, I also realized that for individuals who are just beginning their healthy journey, this is a totally easy and okay option.

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Lean Cuisines paired with fresh salads

The end goal would of course be to have them cooking all their meals themselves, but pairing a relatively balanced frozen meal with a fresh salad over a fast food burger is definitely a step in the right direction.

3. Nothing beats hard work and consistency.

I was so excited to see one of my favourite Instagrammers (hey Powercakes!) would be speaking, as well as another social media powerhouse, Natalie Jill. I thought “this is it! I’m going to learn all the secrets!!”

The secret? There are no secrets. Hard work and consistency trumps posting half-naked selfies. Which I am totally okay with! Just like in a fitness journey, there are no secrets and shortcuts to lasting success in business.

4. It’s okay to say no.

Thanks to Linzie at Sharp Endurance for reiterating this! I had been telling myself this for awhile, but was also wondering in the back of my mind “am I just making excuses?”

Not only do we owe it to ourselves to only take on as much as we can handle, but we owe it to others in our lives as well.

We’re not doing anyone a favour by taking on a project we aren’t passionate about, or by offering to help when we really don’t have the resources.

Linzie also reaffirmed that it’s okay to love snacks as much as I do. So thank you, Linzie.

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Linzie and I with our Lightning Round Speaker swag bags

5. Training for life can be just as badass as training for an event or specific.

Gabby Reece. This woman is such an inspiration. Before BlogFest I didn’t really know much about her except the fact that she and her husband have smokin’ hott bods.

But to hear a former Olympian talk about training for life – to relieve stress, to handle the day’s tasks, and to become both mentally and physically stronger – made me remember that it’s okay to not always be training for a specific event.

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Have you ever attended a conference where you walked away with inspiration and action steps you could apply to other areas of your lives?

I’m linking up with my fellow BlogFest attendees, so if you’re a blogger, fitness fanatic, or are just interested in seeing what else we got up to, be sure to check out their top 10 takeaways!

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Check out the other posts here!

Showing 36 comments
  • Ivanna
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    I agree so many great takeaways from Blogfest. Great connections and information. Most of all I was reminded to follow my passions and no one can bring what I bring to the table

    • Ariana
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      I love it! You’re so right – no one can do you better than you!

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    Ah, saying no. Something I am NOT good at. Sounds like BlogFest was pretty amazing!

    • Ariana
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      It was fantastic! Hopefully you can join us next year. I am totally with you on saying no. I’m trying really hard to change that though!

  • Emilie
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    #1. That one is hard work. There’s so much more that goes into blogging than what it seems. I was completely clueless about seo when I first started and I wish I knew the importance of keywords back then!

    • Ariana
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      It’s crazy, isn’t it?! I had no idea what SEO was when I first started and didn’t even want people to find me haha.

  • T Austin
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    Really great tips!! I especially like number one – I just joined instagram yesterday finally!

    • Ariana
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      I’m glad you liked them! What’s your IG?? πŸ˜€

  • Annmarie
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    I thinking learning to say no and really developing your blog/brand to a specific niche is so important. I have SO many big plans right now….as soon as I catch up with everything I am going to slow down and concentrate on what really matters πŸ™‚

    • Ariana
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      Yup, two super important things! Let me know if I can support you in any way, blend πŸ˜‰

  • Farrah
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    I love the life lessons you shared–they’re so very true + valuable! I had a hard time with #4 growing up (and uh, throughout college), but have been getting a lotttt better at it, mostly out of sheer necessity! πŸ˜›

    • Ariana
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      I’m glad you liked them! Yes, I’d imaging #4 is something you might have a tough time with πŸ˜‰ It’s hard when you want to do all the fun things and be there for everyone and chase all your goals! Being amazing is tough, hey? πŸ˜‰

  • Becki S
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    These are great tips! Looks like you had a blast at the conference, so jealous. I specifically really resonate with tip 5 as I think I train harder now just because it’s fun and competitive than I did when I was training for races.

    • Ariana
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      It was a lot of fun! Are you planning on attending next year?? Our mindset when we train makes all the difference. Keep killlin’ it!

  • Nicole @ Fitful Focus
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    I really can’t believe BlogFest was a week ago – so crazy! I was a bit disappointed in the ‘how-to-grow-your-social-media-following chats,’ but I suppose you’re right – there’s no secret! It’s just about putting in the work, engaging and being consistent. I’m so happy I got to meet you!

    • Ariana
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      RIGHT?! I can’t believe tomorrow will have been a week since I flew home. I heard there was some disappointment in those chats, and while I totally get it, you hit the nail on the head. There aren’t any secrets! I think sometimes a matter of just the right post at the right time happens as well. I’m really happy we finally got to meet as well! πŸ™‚

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    These are all great life lessons! Some of these I did not even pick up on. I am kind of inspired all over again! Thank you!

    • Ariana
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      Hooray! Take that inspiration and run with it girl!

  • Toni
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    Great lessons! I like number one the best, I do believe if you fell you should be doing something then you should at least try!

    • Ariana
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      Agreed! I have a serious case of “I think I should but I’m not” syndrome haha

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    I wasn’t a Jillian fan until I saw her speak at Blogfest last year. She was pretty amazing and I did a 180 in my opinion. I didn’t make it to the workout though.

    Great takeaways. I look forward to reading the next 5. Thanks for joining the linkup!

    • Ariana
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      I heard she gave an amazing talk last year. I wish I was there to hear it!

      It was so great to finally meet you!

  • MCM Mama Runs
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    Great tips! I know I need to get better about various things on my blog, but it’s a juggling act to handle writing, social media, and all of the blog related tasks and still have a life…

    • Ariana
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      It is TOUGH. I am seriously inspired by all these bloggers who have huge amazing blogs, work another job, manage a family, and still have time to take care of themselves!

  • jill conyers
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    I thought the same about the Lean Cuisine suggestions. The side were delicious. Jillian and Gabrielle. Training for life is my new mantra πŸ™‚

    So much I want to do with what I learned at Blogfest!

    • Ariana
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      It’s a little overwhelming with all the action steps, hey? I thought I could condense my 9 pages of notes into maybe 1 page of things to do. Nope, still 3 pages long πŸ˜›

      Enjoy training for life!!

  • Natalie
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    I love this post and totally agree about there are no easy short cuts. It’s all about hard work and consistency!
    I have so much work to do on the crawl index…
    Such a fun weekend and so glad I got to meet you!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!!

    • Ariana
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      Yes, it seems like that was a common theme a lot of us discovered! I don’t even want to think about crawl budgets and noindex right now haha. I’m stoked I got to meet you too! πŸ˜€

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    It is crazy how much traffic alt tags and keywords and things like that bring in from search engines… something good to keep in mind!

    • Ariana
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      It’s actually kind of sort of mind-blowing haha. I have sooo much work to do!

  • Julie
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    I agree on so many points. I wouldn’t consider eating frozen foods like Lean Cuisine myself, but it’s a good option when you get started. I mean, that’s what I did when I started too. I love the idea of training for life as well! People ask me and I will tell them that now.

    • Ariana
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      I agree! I lived off frozen meals like that thinking they were healthy.

      Enjoy training for life!

  • Jessica
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    This looks WAY too fun! I am so jealous of all of these blog posts. And great life lessons!

    • Ariana
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      It was amazing!!! Hopefully you can join next year!!

  • Ban
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    Saying no can be so pesky and difficult! But I agree that if you want to say YES! to the things you really want, sometimes you have to say NO. Otherwise there just isn’t room in the schedule for everything.

    Keeping an open mind at a huge event like this is pretty key. I was very excited to hear from Gabby Reece, but not at all excited about her workout–until I did it, and loved it!

    • Ariana
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      You are SO right! We just don’t have enough time for it all.

      Glad you enjoyed Gabby’s workout so much! Imagine the things we would miss out on if we didn’t keep our minds open πŸ˜‰

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