Friday, May 1, 2015

I'm going to the 2015 #IDEAWorld Fitness #BlogFest (and @CoachHenness is my conference buddy!)

You. Guys. I could just squeal right now. Last weekend, I booked a flight to Los Angeles—my very first flight to California!—for the 2015 IDEA World Fitness Convention and Blog Fest. IDEA World has been on my bucket list ever since I joined the fitness industry, and when I heard about the potential for Blog Fest from Jamie and Alyse of FitApproach/Sweat Pink (when I shared a room with them at BlogHer in Chicago), I vowed right then and there to make it happen.

Last year (the first year of BlogFest), I had just given birth to Evan and...I mean, obviously I couldn't go. So I'm going this year. #OMG

And they're doing this really cool thing for newbies such as myself: They're giving us conference buddies. Mine is Tiffany from Running Hutch. I'm really looking forward to meeting her in person as I've been reading her blog. And I'm so glad to have a resource because I'm sure I'll have questions as the event draws near.

To help us learn a little more about each other, we've each answered a brief questionnaire. You can read mine on her site today. And, well...I'll let Tiffany tell you a little bit more about herself right here on Daily Dose.

1) Who are you? Tell us in a brief paragraph who you are/what city you live in/what you blog about? I'm Tiffany from Portland, Oregon and I have been a running blogger for years. I'm currently rebranding my blog (exciting!) and will be writing more about Thoroughly Thriving through nourishing, training and giving.

2) What was the most fun part of BlogFest last year? And why? Last year I led a group fun run the first morning and I LOVED running around Downtown Disney with everyone! In general, meeting in person the authors and athletes you've grown to know and love online is a rockin experience, as is getting to know new-to-me bloggers!

3) What’s your ultimate workout must-have? I MUST have Nuun Hydration handy. I swear it's become a part of my mental routine now. I know if I have Nuun I have what I need to kill my workout.

4) What is your favorite blog you follow and why? Gah! ONE of my favorites is Vanessa Runs because she is completely herself, bucking societal norms, and her adventures running wild in the mountains call to me. Reading her blog gives me courage to pursue MY purpose and passions even if...especially doesn't make sense to others.

5) What motivates you to write and workout each day? I don't write and workout daily. But that's my balance. What motivates me to do those things consistently is the pursuit of a FULL life. I say that I run to keep myself comfortable with being uncomfortable. It's a state of mind—if I'm going to IMPROVE (grow, change, adapt) in any area of my life, that means I have to do things outside my comfort zone. I can't let my mind or my heart be complacent. I can't let status quo win the day. And if I'm being honest, I write more to process my journey than I do to inspire or educate others (which I'm sure is obvious). But I know that reading my process is helpful to some and so it is worth doing. If I can bring anyone closer to living their version of a full life, I'm incredibly satisfied.

6) Who is the most inspirational person in your life and why? Is this a trick question? Haha! There is no single one that stands out above the rest, but I think one that is worth mentioning here is my friend Javi. He is the fastest runner I know (2:40s marathon) but started as an overweight adult. His running accomplishments give me hope.

For more from Tiffany, visit her website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram!

Question: Are you going to BlogFest? Did you go last year? If so, what do I need to know? Tell me all of your tips so I can come prepared!

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