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Posted on Sep 12, 2013 in Blogging | 12 comments


By this time tomorrow, I’ll be on my way to sunny (?) Minneapolis for the 2013 Healthy Living Summit! This year marks my third year at the Summit, and my second year speaking.

Some of you might remember that last year I gave a presentation on Blog Photography 101, and this year I’m teaming up with my gals Lauren from Me and the Mountains and Cassie from Back to Her Roots for a panel on how blogging has helped lead to our dream jobs (without having to blog full time AS our jobs).

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I’m super excited, not only for the panel, but getting to reunite with Lauren, who moved from this area a few months ago, and to finally MEET Cassie, who I feel like I’ve already known forever. Cassie designed an absolutely epic presentation and I know it’ll be amazing.

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(I mean, seriously, it is the most beautiful set of slides I’ve ever seen in my life. Do you SEE why I asked her to design my book cover now? :D)

Here’s the official blurb for our panel in case you’re interested in exactly what we’ll be speaking about:

From Blog to Job: Utilizing Your Personal Blog to Elevate Your Career

Unfortunately, it is a small (itty bitty, teeny weeny) percentage of us that will be able to turn our blogs into a full-time career on their own. But that doesn’t mean that blogging can’t help lead to great things for our careers! Join Cassie from Back to her Roots and Lauren from Me and the Mountains for a panel led by Gretchen of Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen, on the ways that blogging has helped these different women find their dream jobs.


In addition to leading the panel, I’ll also be front and center at the HLB Book Club meeting which is on… my book, TERRA! Yay! Hopefully this will be the final push I need to finish out Book 2! Hehe.

If you’re at HLS this year, PLEASE make sure to say hi! I like to think I’m fairly easy to spot now that my hair is purple. Purple and pink. Kekeke.


  1. You will be in my neck of the woods! It’s great weather here now and Mpls has amazing food. Have a great time!

    • I hear the restaurants are epic! Can’t wait to explore the city πŸ™‚

  2. Good luck!! Also please please please post a session recap. I am really sad I have to miss HLS this year. This presentation looks soo interesting.

    • Will do, happily! πŸ™‚

    • I know, soon to be reunited (and it feels so good!)

  3. I went to college in Minneapolis/St. Paul. It’s a GREAT area with amazing people, restaurants, public transit, and just generally everything. I probably never would’ve left if it weren’t for the winters, but it’ll be beautiful this time of year! Have so much fun!

    Also, if you have time and like art/sculpture, check out the sculpture garden by the Walker Art Center near uptown Mpls. It’s where the Spoonbridge with Cherry is and has lots of other fun modern sculptures.

    • Thanks for the tips, I look forward to checking out the sculpture garden!

    • It WAS years ago! πŸ™‚

  4. So great to meet you, Gretchen! I loved your panel and I can’t wait to give TERRA a read πŸ™‚

  5. It was great to meet you! You guys had an awesome panel and the book talk was fun! I hope that was the push you need for book 2! πŸ™‚

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