In 2010, I attended the second annual Healthy Living Summit in Chicago. At the time, I had been blogging for nearly 2 years, but was still very unsure of what I was doing. I attended as a nervous, excited, star-struck blogger who’d never met anyone else who did what I did. I had an amazing time at the summit and really started to feel comfortable on my own blog. When I returned home, I felt satisfied. I’d met some of my favorite bloggers, learned a lot about blogging and felt good about myself and my site. I’d gotten out of it what I needed to get and wouldn’t require a return trip.
But then the announcements for the 2011 HLS started appearing. It was in Philadelphia, a city I’d been to recently, so I wouldn’t need to take the extra days to attend. The keynote speaker was the author of The Flexitarian Diet. And I really wanted to reunite with some of my blogger friends I’d never get to see again. So I went to the 2011 summit.
My reaction to the 2011 summit was identical to the 2010. A wonderful time, but I didn’t need to repeat the experience. Other people could go; I could do something else with my summer. In fact, Brian agreed to The Great GoogaMooga partially because I was going to attend *instead* of going to HLS. But then I found out that it was going to be in Boston, about as convenient as it could be. And then, just a couple weeks ago, the agenda was posted and 2 of my favorite bloggers (who I haven’t yet had the chance to meet) Rachel Wilkerson and Holly the Healthy Everythingtarian are going to be speaking. I honestly never thought I’d see their names on an HLS agenda.
So, just like I have the past 2 years, I bought a ticket for the 2012 Healthy Living Summit Tuesday night, moments after dashing out of our 8th grade awards assembly where I’d just been handing out certificates. And then I promptly returned home and joined a Facebook conversation about roommates for the summit, which I’m super super excited about. In fact, I think I’m more excited about this year than any previous: many of my favorite people in one of my favorite cities? I can hardly wait for August.
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