Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fitbloggin...The Magic Never Stops!

Well my friends another year has passed and Fitbloggin 2014 has come and gone. I am not great at recaps and after last years recap disaster I don't think I can muster the energy to attempt another so I will just share some random thoughts.

 What disaster? Well you see last year I had this beautifully gorgeous mother of all recap that I had been working on for 2-3 weeks and then it magically disappeared, gone, never to be seen again! I literally felt sick to my stomach and I almost puked I was so upset! So this is why we aren't going that route again!

My Tribe!
This conference means so much more than what people see on the surface. You can easily see the selection of sessions you can attend, list of sponsors, the SWAG is very visible, and possibly the list of guest appearances by big name people. Believe me those are all great things but this conference for me is about the relationships, this is why I keep coming back year after year.

 I have never in my life met so many amazing people in one setting. Things happen at Fitbloggin that change the course of people lives FOREVER, and one of the most beautiful things about it is that it just happens naturally! It's amazing to be sitting there and hear somebody say something and then notice a light bulb go off across the room in someones head. It amazing to just sit back and watch people connect and share their struggle, failures and realize that they aren't alone!

I have said this before and I will keep saying it, this conference, community, tribe, whatever you want you call it has changed my life. I showed up at this conference 2011 with a fear of not being accepted. I had a hard time looking people in the eye and I just wanted to be there without really being there. This year was the most comfortable I have ever felt, not because past years gave me a reason to be uncomfortable but because I am slowly evolving into who I want to be and that just takes times.

I wont even lie..... I love having a mic in my hand lol 

Fitbloggin 2014 is over but the magic that it creates NEVER stops. My challenge to all of you is to privately reach out to at least 3 people from the conference who in some way made an impression on you. I do this every year because I feel it's important to let people know how they made you feel. You never know what someone is going through and hearing something like that can also help them. No need to share with us who they are or why you chose them (unless you really want to).

Thank you all for letting me be a part of your lives. I will forever pay it forward as best I can.




17 comments:

Marlene Baird said...

You have no idea how much I missed going this year. I found it difficult to co mingle with everyone and wished I had the chance to reconnect again. I have plans for Denver and hope to get a hug from you in 2015. You are an inspiration and I loved your recap and I remember your "disaster" from last year too.

ChristinaRussell said...

I was so scared to attend this year by myself, not knowing anyone, and really wanted to "be there without really being there" just like your first year. But I have to say, that I loved that I walked away with a handful of truly amazing people that I can now call friends. #FitBloggin4Ever :)

Melissa Burton said...

You are magical and I loved finally getting to hang out with you and see you do your thing. You are destined for greatness Alan Ali - keep spreading the community gospel and documenting the positive everyday struggle because your words and images mean more than you know.

I will take on your challenge and lyk how it goes! Xoxo

Lena said...

Alan, that is the best recap I've read so far! Thank you.
It was a pleasure meeting you at my first FitBloggin' this year and I can relate to every word you said in this post.

LutherLiz said...

Alan, I find you super inspiring and you make me believe I can accomplish amazing things!

Big Life, Little Blog said...

Love this!

Jennifer Swafford said...

I love the pay it forward idea. I will work on that now...just how to pick three!?! I guess that is a good problem to have!

Patty said...

Such a great post! Your always inspiring and I can tell from your words your even more inspired. :) I hope someone taped your presentation. I'd love to see it.

mynebraskalife said...

Missed it again this year, but I WILL be in Denver for 2015! You continue to inspire me ...

VITA Train for Life said...

Just when I think you can't get any cooler...you write this. It was so, so great meeting you and everything you said about the conference was RIGHT ON! It's definitely a game-changer!!

MrsFatass said...

i'm so glad I made it in time for your ignite. Best recap ever, and I'm off to take you up on your challenge!

Jody - Fit at 56 said...

I loved following it all - yes, amazing people!!!

Denise Elliott said...

You continue to inspire me every single day, Alan, because of your positivity and loving, giving soul - thank you! (I'm shopping for clipped pedals and bike shoes, btw - wish me luck!)

John said...

Everyone need such kind of motivation every single day, as there is so much negativity around us in our daily life.

For instance, When one starts his/her next weight loss program, most people don't trust in them, claiming that he/she is going to fail again and again as previously.

Thank you for sharing your inspiration, experience and positivity with all who want to start living healthy lifestyle.

Sophia Gruen said...

This is really motivating!
After yo-yo dieting since 2010, I've finally decided to get the help I need to make positive changes in my life. I'm fighting the urge to do my usual quick weight loss (as it only results in me gaining more once I finish). If you have any recommendations or tips I would love you to leave me a comment on my blog: http://theyo-yodieter.blogspot.co.uk/

Stephanie Sullivan said...

Hello Alan! I've really enjoyed reading your blog. I'm on a quest to lose 160 pounds, and being able to read everyone's recaps of FitBloggin '14 has been SO inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

Kay Lynn Akers said...

Hi Alan, you were one of the people I met last year that inspired me all year. That's why you'll be getting a big hug at every Fitbloggin!