I’m always a little scattered when I come home from a conference.
And in the case of the IDEA World Fitness conference in Anaheim, California:
Let’s take them in order, shall we?
5 Things I Felt at IDEA World Fitness Conference
I get butterflies when I arrive at any conference, seminar or expo because I know that I’ll be meeting some people who inspire me, who challenge me and who touch my life in immeasurable ways. I always feel very blessed to catch up with friends (especially my roommates/partners in crime Julie, Heather, Gina, Courtney, Monica, Bobbi). I anticipate meeting the strangers who will become my lifelong friends, because it always happens.
And because this was my first conference dedicated to fitness professionals, I was really looking forward to learning new things about exercise science, instruction, motivation techniques, etc.
It all happened, and then some. I had some of the best hours of my life (not just my blogging life — my real, what-happens-in-the-hotel-room-stays-in-the-hotel-room life) lounging in pajamas pants, drinking wine and talking about plugins with the other bloggers who speak the same language as I do. I pushed myself past my perceived physical limits with runs, workouts, yoga, long walks up and down the expo floor, on very little sleep and too much coffee.
This isn’t a recap, and if it were, I wouldn’t be able to do justice to the experience. There’s something magic about the sights, sounds and feel of a conference like this, and if you’re a fitness professional (or want to be!) I highly recommend attending. I know it’s going on my calendar for next year.
There is just so much to think about. And so much to do. And because you can’t be everything to everybody, you have to pick your passions. That’s hard for me. I want to DO ALL THE THINGS RIGHT NOW and that’s not good for me.
But there are blogging tasks to tackle — accounting, trademarks, ad shops; professional development to pursue — certifications, gadgets, record-keeping systems. I come home from IDEA as I do most conferences: with a long list of things I want to take on, and no clear path for where to start.
Beyond measure, guys. It’s not lost on me for a single second that I am very lucky to be where I am. I have a job and a family who not only support my dreams, they allow me to spread my wings and fly.
I have friends and fitness colleagues who share their knowledge openly and freely, all because they think I am worthy of the information and of their time. I have incredible men and women whom I can call or text any time, and they’ll give me whatever I need.
There’s a peace that I feel today, at 34, that I didn’t feel 10 years ago. Stressed, sometimes unhappy with certain things about the blogging community, a little confused about what my place in the community is, but overall: peace that what I’m doing and where I’m going is exactly right.
I’m not sure what’s next in my fitness career. I have almost — like, they were in the shopping cart, a click away from purchase — started both my NASM personal trainer study and my Strala yoga certification, but chickened out. I have considered adding more PiYo Strength classes but I’m not sure where or how (or how I’m going to add it to my schedule).
I have a great job that I don’t want to give up. And I have a darling daughter whom I don’t want to spend any more time away from. So I’m a little stuck. And that’s an uneasy feeling.
So. many. workouts.
A fun run, three intense yoga classes (including PiYo WITH CHALENE JOHNSON OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH and Strala WITH TARA STILES HOLY CRAP HOLY CRAP), an unexpected but life-changing cycling class, a 90-minute Zumba extravaganza and so much walking. Plus, I competed in the Les Mills Summer Games — a separate post is coming on that.
While I definitely do need a nice long massage and a bubble bath (it’s cute if you think I’ll be getting either of those), I’ll actually be a little sad when my muscles stop aching, because each painful step right now reminds me of how much fun I had in such a short amount of time.
I have to thank the IDEA World team for inviting me to speak at their very first BlogFest, and for allowing me to be a part of the IDEA World convention. The staff was kind, enthusiastic, put on an amazing program, and I’m so honored to have been a small part of this weekend’s adventures.