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.
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 😉 (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.
In the hopes that you’ll read them in their entirety I’ve decided to split them into two separate posts. 😉 Be sure to come back next Tuesday to read Part 2!
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!
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 😉
While I may have 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.
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.
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.10 life lessons from #BlogFest that can be applied anywhere #betrublogfest via @ariiana_f Click To Tweet
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!
Check out the other posts here!