Days later and I’m still wrapping my head around my weekend in Minnesota at the Healthy Living Summit. This was my second year attending (I originally went in 2011 in Philly) but it was an entirely different experience, though not in a bad way. I could give you a play-by-play recap of the weekend, but I’m sure at this point, you’ve seen those posts from other bloggers and you know what we did and obviously, you know what we ate.
I attended 4 panel discussions on Saturday:
- Blogs in Transition: Embracing Your Blog
- From Blog to Job: Utilizing Your Personal Blog to Elevate Your Career
- Lights Camera, Action: Learn to Love the Video Camera
- Blogger and the Brand
There were a couple others that I wished I could have attended, but I look forward to going back and reading the live blogs that were written so I can get the big takeaways from those sessions.
So what were my top takeaways from these sessions? Well, I found my top takeaways go beyond my blog and were reaching out into my personal life, my career, and in general things I’m going through right now – both on and off the blog. Here’s what they looked like:
1. BE YOU! Whether this is through your writing or when meeting your fellow bloggers. Just be authentic and be you!
2. Want to work with a company or brand? Just ASK! The worst that can happen is someone says no. This is true whether you’re behind the blog, meeting in person, reaching our for a freelance piece or trying to get a “real life” job.
3. Know your goal! What’s your end game? What are you trying to achieve? Know where you want to go and forge your path to get there!
4. Tell your own story! Whether you’re reaching out to brands that you truly believe in and love or reformatting your resume to highlight your social media experience – tell your story.
5. Find mentors! Look to those around you, who you admire and who can help fill you with knowledge to improve.
6. “Be a sweet pitbull.” Keep on trying and don’t give up! Take this with you in every aspect of your life and your career, not just your blogging career!
7. Get uncomfortable! It’s so easy for me to stay with the people I know, not because I’m not willing to meet new people, but because it’s moments like this when my introvert side is out in full swing. I met some amazing ladies this weekend but I wish I spent more time getting to know them even more beyond their blogs.
I have things to work on. I have a to-do list – both for on and off the blog. But I’m motivated, I’m inspired and I’m excited for the potential of what’s to come. There are big things in my future and I hope you all stick around to see what’s to come.
If you attended HLS, what were your biggest takeaways?
If you didn’t attend HLS, have you ever attended another kind of conference and what were your big takeaways?