During lunch one of my favorite bloggers, Tina from Carrots ‘N’ Cake, sat down and ate with us. I admit I was a little starstruck, but I managed to keep my composure and I even snagged a pic!!
During the first snack break Tina also signed my Carrots’N’Cake book, which I absolutely loved, check out my review here.
After lunch Dawn Jackson Blatner spoke once again. This time she spoke about her book The Flexitarian Diet, a mostly plant based diet. I even won a copy from Quaker!!
I am looking forward to reading the whole book and incorporating the principles into my diet. I will post a full view of it when I am finished.
Next up was a session called “The Numbers Game” with Tina, real, Beth Klein, Janetha Gallegos and Lisa Ptak.
I will admit from the name of the session I thought it was going to be about improving numbers on your blog, but it was actually about how numbers affect you….weight, inches, blog visitors, etc. Even though I originally thought the session was going to be about something else I still ended up enjoying and really relating to the topic.
I myself have been influenced by numbers, namely weight. I used to weigh myself every single day and depending on my weight my mood would be good or bad. 1 pound weight loss = good. 1 pound weight gain = bad. I was obsessed with the scale which can be a slippery slope for me because I did suffer from bulimia as a teenager. I am recovered now but I still have to fight that frame of mind every day so the obsession with scale had to come to an end. At this point I just weigh myself every once in awhile but instead mostly go by how I feel and how my clothes fit, not being too obsessive.
Numbers can be tough. They are good for some people but for others like myself they can pose a real problem and this session really touched on both ends of the spectrum.
We had a another Quaker snack break with rice cakes and peanut butter and hummus and veggies, both were delicious!!!
The last session I attended was Monetizing Your Blog without selling out with Katy Widrick. This session was a wealth of information and a great way to end the summit.
Katy talked about ad networks, private ads, affiliate sales, sponsored posts, event sponsorships and freelance/contract work. She gave me a lot of insight of what it actually takes to make money on your blog and the number one bit of advice was that if you are serious you need to treat your blog like a business.
I am not sure if I am ready for that but we will see. Check out Katy’s site for all her great info that she shared at the summit.
The Healthy Living Summit ended with a bunch of raffles, I did not win and unfortunately I had to leave to go home immediately after it was done. They did have a 5K and brunch on Sunday which I was unfortunately unable to make but depending o where The Healthy Living Summit is next year I would definitely like to attend again.
Check out all my swag:
I made new friends, learned a ton and scored a bunch of cool swag!!! Thank you Healthy Living Summit for a great time!!!
I will be away this week if Hurricane Irene doesn’t blow away my hotel in Virginia Beach so I will most likely not be updating my blog. I will be back on Labor Day with a full recap of the Virginia Beach Rock ‘N’ Roll Half-Marathon. I hope everyone has a great week and stays safe if you are being affected by Irene.
Anyone else running the Rock ‘N’ Roll Half-Marathon in Virginia Beach??