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Posted on Sep 17, 2013 in Blogging | 11 comments

The Healthy Living Summit 2013

Hiya folks! Well, I’m back from Minneapolis with a belly full of delicious food and a brain full of blogging inspiration. Ahhh, just like old times!


There was a lot of picture-taking (photobooths FTW!), a lot of hugs of friends I haven’t seen since, well, last year’s HLS, and lots of delicious food. I actually made the conscious choice to leave my big DSLR at home this time, since in past years I’ve had such a focus on taking pictures, editing them, and posting blog posts DURING the conference. And since I wanted to be able to really enjoy the summit (and the folks I was summiting with!), I opted for the good ol’ iPhone instead.


I still think we ended up with some pretty cute pics, don’t you? 😉


Lauren, who I’ve missed SO much since she moved from this area out to Colorado earlier this year, and Cassie, who I CANNOT BELIEVE I HADN’T PHYSICALLY MET BEFORE SINCE WE ARE LIKE SISTERS OMG TRUTHFACT, stuck together for much of the conference, getting to meet and mingle with so many of our fellow bloggers as we did.


Photo thanks to Mindy

I’m sure many of you have already gone through dozens of HLS recaps, so I’ll keep this one brief. There was an awesome dinner the first night at Town Hall Brewery the first night that Casey put together, followed by the traditional cocktail party, and then Saturday kicked off with the sessions!

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For those of you who weren’t able to attend, or who missed the presentation by Cassie, Lauren, and me, please feel free to check out the slides and recaps of the presentation. Here are a bunch of links for ya:

The most beautiful slides in the world, by none other than the amazing Cassie Johnston

Lauren’s Presentation Recap

Sam’s liveblog of the session

Cassie’s HLS Recap

I’m also happy to answer any questions you might have on utilizing your personal blog to help transform your career path! (Feel free to check out the hashtag #HLS13BlogtoJob to see what other kinds of questions we’ve already had, too!)

So as I mentioned before, I also participated in a book club centered around my very own bookchild, TERRA! It was awesome getting to discuss the book in person with so many people who’d read it (and enjoyed it, or so they said ;)) and I totally felt like pretty baller when I was signing copies, hehehe.

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Photo thanks to Alicia

It was an awesome weekend, over ENTIRELY too soon, but thankfully I have eighty zillion various food samples and products to keep the memories alive… until I eat them all. Sidebar: Have you guys tried the Salt & Vinegar Blue Diamond Almonds yet?! CRAAAAACK ALMONDS!!! THEY ARE SO GOOD.

Thanks for another great weekend, HLS!


  1. Salt & Vinegar almonds?… excuse me, I need to go to the store.

  2. #yesplease to those almonds – and the HLS looked like a blast! Those slides are seriously adorable : )

  3. Ah thanks so much for that amazing session! I took a crazy amount of notes and have so many new ideas for my blog and potential projects and my future career! Also thanks again for explaining LLCs. I felt dumb asking the question, but I found out later that so many ladies needed that question asked! 🙂

    And dangit I didn’t get to try that flavor of almonds!

  4. (A) I love you.
    (B) I mixed together the coconut + mocha almonds today for the MOST AMAZING SNACK EVER.

  5. I generally am not a salt + vinegar fan but you better believe I told the Blue Diamond rep that their coffee almonds are CRACK in the best way possible! Great meeting you this weekend! 🙂

    • Natasha you have a really nice website It looks amazing 🙂

  6. So great meeting you this weekend! I really loved blogging your session – I learned a lot and am feeling really inspired as to where I can go with my blog. And I’m really enjoying Terra so far!

  7. LOVED your panel at HLS. You are great, I love your energy and your charisma. You are definitely someone to look up to and I glad to have found your blog. Your personality really shines. Now I really need to pick up your book!

  8. Great time this past weekend! Thanks for coming to the beer event, I am already using my bookmarks and thought your panel was fabulous!

  9. Wow, love those cute photo cards like the old photo booth in the mall type. So cute. Looks like you had fun at the Summit.

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