Sorry for taking so long to update. Last week was epically busy. My initial plan was a play-by-play style recap of the HLS, but as it turns out the things I really took home from HLS aren’t things you can put in a play-by-play recap. The most important things I took home from the Summit aren’t things at all. It’s not the notes, the swag, or the photos. It’s the confidence, the new friendships, and the feeling I can conquer the world. It’s kind of ironic that the name of my blog is Girl Can since it’s been a really long time since I’ve truly had that feeling – a feeling that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to A feeling that I can make my dreams and desires my reality. I’ve been scared for a long time now. Being at the Healthy Living Summit brought that feeling back to me.
Friday morning on the train to work I was absolutely terrified. I was filling with panic at the thought of being at an event with 199 total strangers. Even knowing Krista would be there wasn’t a comfort. I wanted to turn around and go home. I wanted to cry. I wanted to get in my bed and hide until it went away. It was the same sense of panic I felt driving to packet pick up for my half marathon and in the starting corral. Luckily I had my BFF Laura to, once again, talk me down. I knew I had to suck it up and go for it.
What most people don’t actually know about me is I am incredibly shy. I get very anxious in groups of people I don’t know. I got anxious playing wallyball with two friends and 10 strangers so it pretty much goes without saying that attending an event with 200 strangers made for some serious anxiety.
I could not be happier that I faced my fear. I was hesitant at first, but I really made an effort to be as open and outgoing as I could be. I make an effort to talk to new people. I met so many wonderful people that I can’t wait to get to know better through their blogs, twitter, email, and future blogger events and meet-ups! Of course, I have to share all these wonderful people: Krista, Nicci, Mary, Haya, Jessie, Erin, Jessica, Heather, Lisa, Sean, Courtney, Emily, Val, and so many more.
I learned a lot more about myself and what I’m capable of through meeting these people and forming bonds with them than I ever expected I would learn at the HLS. I’ve even noticed myself being a bit more outgoing at social function talking to people I don’t know and being a little more friendly to strangers.
Of course I took home great lessons from Saturday’s sessions. I highly suggest checking out the videos. I’ll be posting about a little bit more about some of the sessions tomorrow.