What I Loved About Fitbloggin

Last week while I was on a plane I wrote a gushy post about everything that I was looking forward to once I arrived in Portland.  The week before had been incredibly stressful, and I was determined to leave it in the past so I focused on what would make me happy.  I scheduled it, but it never published.  Oops!  I scheduled a Friend Makin’ Mondays post (knowing that I’d still be in Portland on the following Monday,)  and that published early.  Oops!  I had some technical issues last week, and I hope they’re resolved now.  I suppose we’ll see in time, won’t we? 😉

Once I arrived in Portland, I didn’t spend much time blogging.  I wrote a post for Fitbloggin.com, but apart from that, I enjoyed everything as it happened.  I did a little tweeting, Facebook-ing and Instagram-ing, but I didn’t spend much time looking at my computer screen or my phone which is odd for me.  I also managed to miss an entire week of news, and for this Anderson Cooper junkie, that’s unheard of!

As a blogger it’s easy to forget to live “in the now.”  I often joke about my love for social media by saying “Why do it if you can’t take a picture of it and post it on your blog?”  But being there last week and absorbing all of the experiences with old friends and new friends made me happy.  I felt as though I had walked into a big hug when I arrived and that it continued throughout the conference.  I knew that going would be a good thing, and it was a great thing.

I saw several friends that I haven’t seen in ages.  I’m always happy to see Leslie and Jaason.  They’re always at the top of my list.  We dined at lovely 5-star restaurants, tasted various types of ice cream at Salt and Straw and spent time joking with each other, discussing life and other things.  Meeting Leslie is easily the best thing that has come as a result of Fitbloggin, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve met so many wonderful people throughout the years.

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Jaason and Kenlie at Fitbloggin

I was also excited this year because my long-time friend, KeepItUpDavid, was going to be in attendance for the first time.  It was hard to contain my excitement when I saw him…so I didn’t.  I immediately began hugging him and gushing about how wonderful it was to see him again, and it was as awesome as I thought it would be.  We got to spend some time outside of the conference too, and I’m so thankful that he was there.

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Keep it Up David Kenlie BookieBoo MerBear

I also made some new friends this year.  I had met Leah (aka BookieBoo) at conferences in the past, but we enjoyed a night out on the town this year.  I knew she’d love David too, and I was right.  What’s not to love? 🙂   I also got to spend time with Meredith and Tasha (who took the photo above) as well.

After Friday morning’s 6 am boot camp, we stopped in to report the news.  (No we didn’t.)  We did get a cool tour of KGW’s studio though!

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And after Zumba, I went to a session for those of us who have a lot to lose, and Emmie gave us flowers when we cried.  Did a few ugly tears stop us from taking photos?  Of course not!

Fitbloggin-Peonies

I went to lunch with Lyn and enjoyed deep conversations about our lives – where they are, what we’d like to do differently, etc.  It felt good to be so candid with someone who understands what’s inside my head, and I hope she’ll find her way to New Orleans sooner rather than later.  (Hint, Hint Lyn!)

And what would Fitbloggin be without Martinus and Dre?  These dudes crack me up, and I couldn’t even begin to describe how awesome they are if I tried.  Martinus is the man.  He knows how to sport a bow tie, but he’s just as comfortable in sneakers.  His blog is almost a year old now, and I can’t really imagine what this community would be like without him.  Take a minute to say hello to him and wish him a happy birthday. 🙂  And Dre just makes me smile every time I see him.  What can I say?  These guys are great…

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I spent time with so many people who matter to me that I couldn’t possibly post pictures of all of them without driving myself crazy, but you get the idea.  It was a great week in which I laughed, cried, learned, sweated, made new friends, kissed a cow and enjoyed being surrounded by people who “get” me.

There’s so much more I could say about last week, but I haven’t even made it home yet so I’m exhausted.  After the conference ended I stuck around to see friends who lived in the area and didn’t attend Fitbloggin.  I met my long-time web friend, Melissa, and I also met another friend (who will likely be at Fitbloggin in 2014, Emily.)  Another friend who doesn’t live in the area drove in so we could spend some time together too, and that feeling I described above (like I walked into one big hug) lasted even after the conference was over.

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Emily and Kenlie Portland, OR

I’ll return to New Orleans tomorrow just in time to celebrate the nation’s birthday, then mine (on Friday.)  I have family visiting too which is something that I always look forward to.  I have so much more to say about Fitbloggin and what I learned about myself last week, but I’ll need to some time to settle in before I collect my thoughts.  I also have some work to do which will take priority for a bit when I get home.

The last ten days have been amazing, and I’m so thankful for the community of people that I was able to connect with once again.  I’m already looking forward to next year, and can’t wait to paint the town with these people…in Nashville or Austin.

Until then…

 

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24 Comments

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    Sarah Scott
    July 4, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Love your recap – so glad I got to meet and spend time with you. Can’t wait till next year 🙂

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      Kenlie
      July 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

      I’m so happy about it too. Next year will be awesome too!

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    Laurie
    July 4, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I’m so happy to read this! I think Fitbloggin’ is just what you needed. There’s nothing like being amongst your tribe. I got a little bit of that when we met at the BL auditions. Keep kicking butt, Kenlie! <3

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      Kenlie
      July 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

      Yeah..it was definitely a great thing for me. You do the same, L..

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    Annabel
    July 4, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Hi Kenlie, I saw you around Fitbloggin’ but never officially said hello — I hope we get to spend some time together next year! Loved your recap

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      Kenlie
      July 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      That would be great, Annabel. It’s tough to talk to everyone because there are so many great people, and there’s so little time. 🙂

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    Sabrina
    July 4, 2013 at 3:56 am

    I’ve been reading such wonderful recaps of this years fitbloggin. Now I feel lik quite the fool for missing out on something much more valuable than a conference. I won’t be so foolish in 2014… Fitbloggin, here I come!

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      Kenlie
      July 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      You should *totally* come next year….

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    Nanci @ This Crazy Life of Mine
    July 4, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Sounds like you had a great time! I’m going to check out the blogs you shared, I always love finding new inspirational blogs. Happy early birthday!

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      Kenlie
      July 4, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      There are some great ones…definitely.

      And thanks! =)

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    Martinus
    July 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Kenlie I Love! It’s always great to see you. It was a pleasure having you as my roommate!

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      Kenlie
      July 4, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      Likewise, Martinus! I can’t wait to see your face again!

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    Gail
    July 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    We totally didn’t get to spend enough time together! But I did have my family with me and didn’t want to completely ignore them. We’re making up for it next year for sure.

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      Kenlie
      July 5, 2013 at 12:47 am

      That sounds great, Gail. We ended up turning around and having lunch where you did…ha.

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    Kari
    July 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    Kenlie,
    You radiated the entire conference! Thank you for sharing such a great recap. 🙂

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      Kenlie
      July 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Thank you, Kari…

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    Heather@YSP
    July 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I wish I’d made more time to talk to you this year. The little bit of chatting we managed was wonderful. You are just such a great person to be around. Maybe I’ll make it to NOLA soon… But if not I definitely want more Kenlie time next year in Nashville/Austin!

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      Kenlie
      July 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

      I’d be thrilled by that, Heather. You have a place if you head this way..

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    Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    July 4, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    You were one of the very first people I met at Fitbloggin’ last year, and I was so glad to see you back again in Portland! You always make me smile, laugh and I just love ya to pieces. See you next year!!

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      Kenlie
      July 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

      Love you back, sweets!

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    Patty
    July 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    What a fantastic weekend! Missed all you guys! Can’t wai for next year 🙂

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      Kenlie
      July 5, 2013 at 12:48 am

      I missed seeing your face, beautiful friend!

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    Gwyn (@smileygwyn)
    July 6, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    great recap to the whole fitbloggin experience. I enjoyed being in a couple of sessions with you at the conference. I’m glad you came.

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    Beeb
    July 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

    Love the photos! 🙂

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