San Diego part 3: BlogFest Speakers

Hello and happy Monday! I’m coming at you today with part 3 of 5 of my Blogfest recap. (Links to parts 1 and 2 if you missed them). Today I’m focusing on the message that seemed to be coming at me from all sides!

The past 2 years I have attended BlogFest we had wonderful and inspiring speakers. They always left me feeling ready to conquer the world as I listened to their stories! One thing I also have noticed is there always seems to be a theme between the speakers even though it is not always planned that way! This year was no exception.

A little word that used to haunt me daily was perfection! I have done a lot of work over the years to release that off my life and to embrace my flaws and live in the imperfect.  I still have days when it comes back in full force, but I am really proud of the work I have done and how far I have come!

The speakers this year really touched on that subject again and it was a great refresher course for me with many reminders and encouragement that I am still on the right track.  Our first speaker was Petra Kolber.  She actually has a book that just came out called Perfection Detox! Could that name be any better? I really enjoyed her talk.  She talked about her own struggles with perfectionism and anxiety and I was able to relate so much to what she said.  A few points that really stuck out to me:

  • Difference of excellence vs perfection
  • The “er” (better, thinner, smarter, blogger, etc) problem
  • Know that I am ENOUGH today!
  • Give people permission to be imperfect
  • What would I do if I knew I didn’t have to be perfect (*some new things coming soon*)

Her story mixed with these truths and some humor really drew me in.  She also had some really great slides that hit the nail on the head for me as I am a visual learner!

Our next speaker was from the almond board of California giving us some great facts about almonds! I LOVE almonds and I use them in my daily intake all the time from just snacking to making my own almond milk and almond butter!  They did a little game show and it was really fun!


Next up was Sadie Nardini.  She was really funny, creative and overall easy to listen to.  She spoke on how to make money while sleeping.  The best way to do that is to make an online e-course.  She broke it down and really helped me see that this is something I may want to do in the future.


Our next speaker was Kristine Betty.  She gave a really informative chat about google analytics.  No, truth be told, I do not do a lot with GA, so I wrote down a lot of notes, and will be doing more with them later.  I really did appreciate her approach to explaining GA and I will be reaching out to Kristine if I am in need of assistance later! I know it is not the most exciting topic, but necessary for blogging!

Next up was Gigi Ashworth from Gigi Eats. She and I have interacted online for a few years so it was really fun to meet her in person.  Her personality in her videos is exactly how she is in real life!  She spoke about how to make really great videos.  Some of it seemed like common sense, but some of it def needed to be pointed out! Lol

Then we had our keynote speaker, Heidi Powell! I have followed and her husband, Chris, for many years, so it was really fun to see her in person.  When we chatted at the end she just turned to me and said, ‘Oh, you are SO beautiful!’ Made my day 🙂
She was pretty funny and down to earth.  She brought back the idea of getting rid of the idea of perfection and being authentic! A few key points that I really liked:

  • Zig when others zag
  • Never be too big for your people
  • Be grateful, always (come join my grateful August challenge!)
  • Be a lifelong learner!
  • The best opportunities are sometimes saying NO!
  • Give back
  • Always remember who you are!


After Heidi we had a talk by the National Dairy Counsel.  I have to say that I felt uncomfortable by their talk.  They were def pushing their agenda and saying that to have a healthy diet you have to include dairy!  I can’t have a lot of dairy, and when I do, I make sure it is actually something that won’t hurt my body.  But moving on! Haha

Last up was Natalie Jill! She gave us a background on her story and how she started sharing her own meals and workouts for accountability and it has grown into a huge business for her! She was so sweet and also lead us through a kick butt workout with trigger point!

Overall I really enjoyed the speakers and of course all the wonderful interactions I had with everyone!  I am still processing through some of the information I received and how I am going to put some of it to play in my blog and life!  Thank you again Fit Approach for putting together a great lineup of speakers! Love my Sweat Pink ladies!

Thanks for joining along on this journey of our BlogFest speakers!

Do you enjoy conference speakers?

I’m linking up with Holly and Wendy for the Weekly Wrap.


May you be filled with joy and health!


18 thoughts on “San Diego part 3: BlogFest Speakers

  1. kookyrunner

    Loving all your recaps about your time in San Diego.

    I would love to attend BlogFest one day. It seems like they always have super inspiring speakers and lots of great things to try out.

  2. Jennifer LE (@runningwithpugs)

    So glad you had such a great time!

    I’m ok with conferences – sometimes I really can get into them, but I can only listen to people so long before getting distracted.

    It does sound like you got a lot out of and found lots of inspiration at BlogFest! So glad you were able to experience it!

  3. The Accidental Marathoner

    First and foremost, you ARE beautiful! I love reading your posts and getting to know you virtually! Blog Fest sounds like such an amazing experience. I really do need to address the need to be perfect in everything I do. I know no one else expects it of me, but I am always striving for it in everything I do. How fun to meet your blogging friends and contacts in real life! Thanks for sharing what you have learned!

  4. Coco

    I’ve always enjoyed the fitness blogging conferences I’ve been to, maybe because the topics are helpful for blogging but also useful personally. It’s fun to meet “celebrities” and find out that they are nice/genuine in real life.

  5. debolton

    Oh I needed to relive Blogfest again and you captured the phenomenal speakers perfectly. I got so much from Blogfest this year because the speakers. Great recap!

  6. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets

    Great recap! So many great speakers and fun activities, I’m glad you had a great time! I may need to actually look into Blogfest next year…

  7. Renee @runlaugheatpie

    I would love to go to Blogfest! One day I will make it work. I love listening to others who really challenge me to dig deep and think about how to be my true authentic self and to stop comparing (the “er” falls in this category)! I think I would have been super inspired by Petra! I went to Fitbloggin a few times and always got so much out of it. The speakers, the food, the friendships. Amazing times!

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  9. HoHo Runs

    It seems you collected a lot of valuable information at Blogfest. I’m surprised at the diversity of the speakers and topics. I would have loved meeting Heidi Powell. I enjoyed her and Chris’s transformation show. And I agree! You are beautiful. Thanks for linking!

  10. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running

    What an inspiring message to hear about perfection. We are all often our worst critics, but we need to be better about loving ourselves instead of constantly trying to pick on ourselves. Seeking improvement is one thing, but sometimes we’re prone to take it too far.

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