7 Things - Healthy Living Summit Style - Eating Bird Food

7 Things – Healthy Living Summit Style

My first Healthy Living Summit was an absolute blast and I’m now on the train headed home from Philadelphia.


I’m sure many of you have been bombarded with HLS recaps this weekend so to make this seem a little less redundant I want to share a few things I picked up over the course of the weekend.

1.) Presenting at a conference can be intimating, but once you’re up in front of the group talking about something you’re passionate about, all the nervous energy seems to fade away pretty quickly.

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Much thanks goes to Julie, Courtney and Heather for making my first conference presentation experience so wonderful.

Negativity in blog world seemed to be a popular subject and we ended up having a good chunk of time for people from the audience to share their stories. Here’s a few quick takeaways from our session:

  • Everyone may handle negative feedback differently but ultimately you can decide to do whatever you wish because your blog is your space.
  • You create your own reality and if there is something that’s affecting you negativity, remove it from your reality.
  • You do you!

2.) Great Harvest Bread rocks!


There was a Great Harvest Bread Company near my college campus so I already knew their bread was tasty, but Saturday’s lunch confirmed it for me. The lunch was sponsored by the GH in Wayne and featured several veggie sandwiches. The bread was super soft, but also had that hearty, grainy texture I love.

3.) Healthy living bloggers can bake!


Again, I knew this already! Courtney brought me a little package of her sugar cookies (which btw were divine) and over the course of the weekend I was given a granola bar and chocolate chip dough ball from Diana, a brownie from Evan, a gluten-free cinnamon raisin dough ball from Katie, and a chocolate cake pop from Paige! I was in dessert heaven.


4.) I’ve said it before, but meeting bloggers and seeing old blogger friends is one of my favorite parts about blogging conferences…

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Julie and Katie. <– Two ladies I was super pumped to meet!

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Evan and Janetha.

I couldn’t believe this was my first time meeting Heather – I feel like I’ve “known” her forever.


5.) There’s a place in Philly where you can eat inside a pod.

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On Saturday night a group of us went out to dinner at Pod, a modern Asian restaurant near Penn that has cool circular dining spaces and delicious food.

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We ened up having too many people to be seated in a pod, but that didn’t stop us from having a lovely meal.

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Here’s the crew- Tina, Courtney, me, Allison, Gabriela (my fab roomie!), Julie, Gina and Tom (the pilot) <– cutest couple ever, btw.

6.) It’s fun to finish off an evening with a bottle of champagne, ghost stories courtesy of the pilot and rice cracker snack mix in the hotel bar.


7.) Walking 5ks are awesome because you can bring your camera and take tons of pictures.


Bloggers in action.



Last but not least, I wanted to give a shout out to Meghann, who did a wonderful job putting together the conference. As a marketing person I know what goes into conference planning. It’s not an easy job and it’s definitely not possible without amazing sponsors like those that sponsored HLS.

Two tidbits:

  • If you all are interested in the Rising Above the Negativity panel, let me know and I’ll put together a recap to share on here and provide a link to the slide show once it’s posted up over at Healthy Living Blogs this Thursday.
  • More photos from the conference will be posted on the EBF Facebook page if you want to check them out. πŸ™‚

I hope you had a fabulous weekend! I’m off to hang with Isaac and Olive before having to prepare for the work week.

What’s your favorite thing to see in conference recaps? Info about the sessions, photos of the people, the food or local attractions?

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  1. I would LOVE a recap of your panel – it is one thing I wanted to hear about so so badly from this past weekend!

  2. Great recap Brittney. I would love to hear more about the panel you put together!

  3. My gosh, looks like you had a wonderful time!

    I’d love to read the slides πŸ™‚

  4. Your legs. I die. We have known each other forever, and I was truly happy to meet you. You are such a sweet & genuine person! Xoxo

    And … You did a wonderful job presenting!

  5. Glad you had a great time! I am sad that I wasn’t able to go this year but maybe next year. Any update on whether you can come to the IIN event?

  6. Great to meet you this weekend, Brittany! πŸ™‚

  7. I would LOVE a recap of your panel! I think we could all us a little help, in dealing with negativity, in all aspects of our lives! You are too cute! I’m so sad i wasn’t at HLS, next year i’ll be there though!

  8. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says:

    Great recap! I loved reading all the HLS posts πŸ™‚

  9. I love the recaps! I am not getting bored of them and this is like my 10 one. I am jealous!


  10. Love this, Britt! You made me feel like I was there – and oh, how I wish I could have been. The conference, dinners, etc. looked like an absolute blast with so many amazing women.

    I look forward to hearing/reading more about your panel. So proud of you for presenting! I <3 you!

  11. Angela @ Momethis says:

    I really enjoyed your recaps. My favs are the food and the local attractions. Totally cool to see other bloggers that I follow in your pics. Thanks so much!

  12. I loved your recap too – I remember Julie posting a survey that I filled out for the presentation…..so I was super interested to see how the presentation turned out. Would definitely love to read a recap of the presentation – I wish I was there to see it in person though!!!

    This was my favourite part of the post…

    “You create your own reality and if there is something that’s affecting you negativity, remove it from your reality.”

    So. very. true.

    Glad you had a great time Britt!

  13. Aine @ Something to Chew Over says:

    I would really love a recap of your panel! πŸ™‚

  14. You create your own reality and if there is something that’s affecting you negativity, remove it from your reality.

    ^^ I LOVE that! That is so important for everyone to learn, whether they are bloggers or not.

    Looks like you had an amazing weekend! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

  15. I miss everyone already, and this post really isn’t helping! Loved rooming with you and getting to know you better this weekend πŸ™‚ It better not be too long before the next conference/meetup…and we need to all get on planning this blogger vacation…

  16. Hey love!

    It was so great to finally meet you! I was so excited to see you there! It was so hard to actually get to hang out and talk to everyone that I wanted to, you were one of those people, I wish we could of hung out more, I hope next time! If you are going to foodbuzz, let me know! Have a great week!

    Katie xoxo

  17. That would be great if you could share your presentation with those who couldn’t attend! After reading your blog, and others, I just started one of my own a couple of weeks ago πŸ™‚

  18. I’d love hear about all the great sessions and things you learned over the weekend! Looks like y’all had a blast!

  19. Kaite @ Nourishing Flourishing says:

    Glad you liked the doughball! It was great to meet you πŸ™‚

  20. gina (fitnessista) says:

    i was so happy to get to hang out with you again this year!
    you girls did an amazing job presenting and dinner + shenanigans was a blast πŸ™‚
    hope to see you again soon, friend <3

  21. It was so great to meet you Brittany! I am glad that we got to chat a little about IIN, and I’m so happy that you’re enjoying it. I cannot believe that the weekend is already over. It’s so sad! πŸ™

  22. Really loved finally meeting you! It’s funny how when you read someone’s blog for so long you forget that you’ve never actually met face to face.

  23. I’d love to hear a recap of your session!

  24. Hi Brittany! It was so nice meeting you this weekend:) HLS was so much fun!!
    Thank you for the shout out:)

  25. I’m so jealous you went to the HLS! It looked like SO much fun!

  26. I’d love to hear more about the Rising Above Negativity presentation. I ended up attending the other session, and was wishing I could have been at both!

  27. Thanks for sharing your pics! It looks like a fun time for sure. Oh, and I just bought my first loaf of Great Harvest Bread Co this weekend, and I totally agree. It’s fabulous!

  28. I’d love to see a recap of your panel!
    I love reading about the places and attractions people go to when they go to conferences!

  29. hey brittany! id love to read about a recap of what you took away from the rising above negativity post. im definitely interested in some of the panels since i couldnt attend so whichever you thought had great takeaway messages and points you could share with us would be great and id really appreciate it. thanks!!

  30. I loved this recap. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for speaking Brittany! And I’m glad you were able to come this year, but I’m sad we weren’t able to hang out more!! Booo!

  31. It was so great to meet you at the Summit! You are just as sweet in person as you are on the blog!

  32. I always liking here people’s perceptions of how it went..oftentimes we are thinking the same thing, but wouldn’t know it.

    Great job on your panel πŸ™‚

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