I’m not even sure where to start with this recap…. it was an amazing weekend. The BLEND retreat was designed as a place for bloggers to come together as friends- new and old. We gathered this weekend in gorgeous Park City, Utah.
In place of the “how to” sessions of some blogging gatherings, this was about relaxing, socializing and connecting with virtual friends in person. It was brilliant. Carla wrote yesterday about big bloggers and cliques, and I have to say, this was the friendliest group of bloggers I’ve ever gathered with. Everyone was excited to meet one another and make new friends.
The resort was stunning. The food was incredible. The workouts-intense, swag bag-unbelievable, and organized events- a blast.
But the highlight by far was the people and the relationships.
Appetizers Friday night with roomies and friends (Debra, Gena, Michelle, Tess)
Finally meeting lovely Laura
Definitely a highlight for me: going for a run with my dear blogging friend, Lisa. We were lucky to connect with Debra (my roomie!) this weekend as well, and she joined us for a 10 mile run. Nothing beats the bonding experience of running in the rain on a cold day, with altitude… frozen fingers… uphill both ways… okay, just one way, but it was a tough run! Seriously, the hardest I’ve done in a long time. Lisa seemed unscathed. Debra and I felt like warriors who narrowly survived battle.
Dinner with Miss United States and the Onnit reps
Post-dinner: Christine and I caught the lovely Healthy Bites creator, Lindsay!
Serious boot camp Sunday morning that my legs and butt are STILL feeling!
Post-breakfast final ceremony and raffle prizes (I won Nutzo butter!!)
Saying goodbyes! [Top left: connecting with Brittany and Bobbie, Top right: final lunch with Katie, Linz, Christine, and Michelle; Bottom left: Meeting the sweet Meg; Bottom right: so nice to connect with the Purely Twins, Michelle and Lori]
Lucked out to fly home with Linz- especially since I had very little time with her all weekend, and we found we had quite a bit in common!
There is so much more I could say, but I’ll wrap it up tomorrow with some of our delicious eats for What I ate Wednesday.
Lindsay, Janeetha and Katie did an incredible job pulling it all together and deserve a HUGE thank you! And a thank you to all the incredible sponsors as well. It was a fantastic weekend- one that I would love to repeat!
Have you done a blogging conference? What’s your ideal girls weekend look like?