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  1. Julianna @ Julianna Bananna
    August 22, 2012

    loved this post! i’m sad i didn’t get to make it to HLS this year – but fingers crossed i will in 2013!
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  2. mindy @ just a one girl revolution.
    August 22, 2012

    You are WONDERFUL, Meghann and you guys put on a spectacular Summit this year. Out of the three years I’ve attended, this was the best yet. If you guys need help putting 2013 together, please don’t hesitate to ask!! πŸ™‚
    mindy @ just a one girl revolution. recently posted..#hls12 sunday.

  3. Katy Widrick
    August 22, 2012

    LOVE THIS. Every word, every sentiment. So proud of everything you have accomplished!
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  4. Annette @FitnessPerks
    August 22, 2012

    That’s amazing what you guys were able to do & pull off. NICE work!!! I’ve only heard good things about this HLS this year–so you guys are rockstars.
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  5. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life
    August 22, 2012

    Awesome post, Meg! Loved helping out this year and getting to spend some more time with you. You three did an absolutely phenomenal job and I’m already looking forward to 2013! πŸ™‚
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  6. Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian
    August 22, 2012

    BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO ladies! This was my first summit and I had the most amazing time. Everything felt fluid, organized, and uber professional. I didn’t stay in the hotel (drove to the events) but even so, all the staff were wonderful if I had questions. I am so glad that the HLS happened this year – I already feel like a more legitimate blogger and the inspiration and drive that overtook me when I left was astounding. There’s already been movement on getting a Boston Healthy Living Blogs group together after we heard you talk about organizing meetups in the session. https://www.facebook.com/groups/HealthyLivingBostonBloggers/

    Thank you thank you thank you!

    If you need help for next year, I am officially volunteering now! I would love to be a part of this!

  7. Beth (Running with the Sunrise)
    August 22, 2012

    From everything I’ve read about HLS written by other bloggers, it sounds like this year’s summit was a total success, so you should be so proud of what you accomplished. I can’t wait to hear more about the 2013 summit–I’d really like to attend!
    Beth (Running with the Sunrise) recently posted..Tuesday Run: 6 Yasso 800s

  8. Camile
    August 22, 2012

    I asked this question before but I never saw a response: Are you guys ever thinking of considering moving the date of HLS given that it is back to school weekend for so many teachers (I know you must know this given Kelly is a teacher)? I always get so sad reading all the HLS posts and knowing that if it stays this weekend forever that I will never be able to attend. Just wondering if it is at all something that is on the table or if I should just banish it from my mind.

    • Meghann
      August 22, 2012

      Hi Camile, I actually put the idea out there of moving the summit to February for this year but the idea was immediately shut down – people wanted it to be in August. We would love to move more towards the beginning of August but BlogHer has that weekend secured and rumor has it that FitBloggin is moving to June for 2013. It’s a tricky to schedule conferences and find a time of year that works for everyone. πŸ™

      • Heather
        August 22, 2012

        ACTUALLLY –

        Stay tuned to HealthyLivingBlogs.com in the new few weeks – we are announcing something VERY SIMILIAR to what you guys are discussing here….. πŸ˜‰
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      • April
        August 23, 2012

        Oooooh I CANT WAIT! This is my first year working at a college and the ONLY reason I missed this year. Definitely going to make a point to go next year no matter what weekend it is.
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  9. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    August 22, 2012

    It sounds like you guys did an amazing job!

    I just started blogging, but I’m really hoping to make it out to HLS 2013. πŸ™‚
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  10. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats
    August 22, 2012

    I cannot rave enough about how great HLS was this year, awesome job Meghann! And we knew the crossfit room was too small for what they planned, but honestly none of us really cared! We knew it would be something like what we did because of space constraints so no one left disappointed, I actually had a great time learning how to actually squat properly (doing it sooooo wrong) and talking to some of the crossfit reps!
    Katie @ Peace Love & Oats recently posted..WIAW–Week Off!!!

  11. Dori
    August 22, 2012

    I’m working on my HLS post now and hope to have it up tomorrow, but spoiler alert: I was REALLY impressed. Everything ran so smoothly and the content of the sessions was great. To be honest, it was a lot better than I expected. I can’t believe what great and knowledgeable public speakers we have in the blogging community. As for the CrossFit workout, the room looked tight but there was plenty of room during the workout and I didn’t feel squished or lacking for room at all. I think the coaches might have chosen the workout moves based on the amount of space available actually. We didn’t leave our little spots and it worked out great. Thank you for not giving up because I really had a great time and loved being on a panel. I ended up wishing I could have stayed longer!
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  12. Tessa @ Amazing Asset
    August 22, 2012

    Love this reflection, thank you for outlining it like this for everyone that attended and didn’t as well! I have been enjoying reading all of the recaps as it has given me the chance to relive the weekend and also learn lots that I missed. This was my first summit, it was a fabulous weekend and although I was challenged at times (from various sources), overall it was a success for me and I look forward to next year!
    Tessa @ Amazing Asset recently posted..WIAW- Were You Watching Me?

    • Meghann
      August 22, 2012

      Thank you, Tessa! I just read your reflection post and I’m sad we didn’t get to spend more time together to talk. Maybe I’ll catch you in email land sometime.

      • Tessa @ Amazing Asset
        August 22, 2012

        Yes please Meghann, I hope that occurs πŸ™‚
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  13. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More
    August 22, 2012

    Love this! I was sad I couldn’t attend this year after having SO much fun last year but with a big move in the next week, it just couldn’t happen for me. BUT i heard amazing things about it and hope to attend next year. In fact, I would LOVE to help you with the planning process if you’re looking for it! πŸ™‚
    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More recently posted..WIAW / Chocolate Banana Protein Muffins

    • Meghann
      August 22, 2012

      Thank you, Katie! πŸ™‚

  14. Katie
    August 22, 2012

    It looks like you, heather, and Julie did a fabulous job. I couldn’t help but notice the lack of support from the other original HLS founders- not only did none of them attend, but no one advertised HLS on their blogs or did ticket giveaways this year. That is a bummer.

    • Meghann
      August 22, 2012

      The truth is I didn’t ask any of them to. I think they’ve removed themselves from HLS and I’m ok with that. Caitlin was going to post one, but she went into labor the day it was supposed to go up. πŸ™‚

    • Julia
      August 23, 2012

      Yes, I noticed the same thing regarding the other bloggers. Good for you for continuing in your leadership!!! It looks like you did a phenomenal job.

  15. Kathy
    August 22, 2012

    Hoot Hoot to what looks like was indeed a great summit…2013 will be wonderful too I am sure. πŸ˜‰

  16. Theodora
    August 22, 2012

    What a great post! You all did a great job and thanks for having me speak.
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  17. Megan
    August 22, 2012

    Wedding planning is going to be a breeze compared to this–everything looked wonderful πŸ™‚

  18. Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily
    August 22, 2012

    I absolutely LOVE the Healthy Living Blog community and hope it never goes away! For me it’s just for fun and a way to keep myself accountable, but I love the community part of it as well πŸ™‚
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  19. Stephanie
    August 22, 2012

    This was a great post!! I never realized that HLS wasn’t always combined with HLB.. I just assumed it was! From all the posts, it can tell you put your blood, sweat and tears in HLS it make it such as great weekend. I am just about to launch my own blog and hope to attend the HLS next year. Thanks again for all the background!

  20. Andrea
    August 23, 2012

    Meghann – You are one of the few bloggers that do this for a living that I still read. Why? Because you’re still the same blogger, writer, girl that you were when I started reading back in 2008. At least you come across that way in your posts πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s a “business” but that’s only because you’re fortunate enough to make some money doing something you obviously love. No one can blame you for that!
    I’m very impressed with what you did with HLS the last couple of years, so kudos to you πŸ™‚ Will you please consider the West Coast next year? Spread the love – we are way healthier over here!!

  21. Hangry Pants
    August 23, 2012

    It looks like you and everyone who helped did a really great job!

  22. HangryPants
    August 23, 2012

    P.S. I loved the idea of the mini mingles!

  23. Erin
    August 23, 2012

    Oh Meghann, wow! I am so blown away by this recap… Since I was there I knew that you put a lot of hard work, heart, soul and energy into the conference but I don’t think anyone knew how much stress and fear was mixed in there too (mostly at the beginning). All I can say is the event was a HUGE success :: It ran smoothly, super organized, great sessions, great food, lots of stuff to choose from, great sponsors, and a good spot to have it. Overall I was blown away, especially since you’ve been planning since January. Seriously, you’re amazing Meghann and you did a great job!! Thanks to Heather and Julie too!!

  24. Rachel
    August 23, 2012

    Looks like a very successful event! Kudos to you for all your hard work.

  25. tania
    August 23, 2012

    I also found it odd that none of the original planners even mentioned the HLS on their blogs….

  26. Carolyn
    August 23, 2012

    New(ish) to your blog, but not new to convention planning, or that hotel (and it’s flakiness!). The event looks like a blast, and I’d love to be able to help, even if it’s just virtually. Best of luck for 2013!
    Carolyn recently posted..Running in Slow Motion

  27. Lauren @ The Unlikely Runners
    August 23, 2012

    I loved this post! I am fairly new to the blogging world and I had only heard bits and pieces about Healthy Living Summit, it is now on my list of things to do!! You are an inspiration to me and the things you have accomplished, thanks for sharing!
    Lauren @ The Unlikely Runners recently posted..The One With A So What Wednesday Link Up

  28. Melissa
    August 24, 2012

    A friend of mine with to HLS last year and loved it, and I’ve wished I could have gone both years but I’m a teacher and was going back to work right as it happened. Will it ever make its way to the west coast?
    Melissa recently posted..Dance Production Bags

  29. Anne P
    August 27, 2012

    Awesome recap and awesome event! As one of the few people who has been to all 4 of the Healthy Living Summits, I have to say this one was my favorite. It was by far the best environment – just a great vibe and feel to it. Everyone seemed very friendly and welcoming! The food was also fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work – I was honored to speak on the blogging with brands panel. πŸ™‚ Oh and I actually liked the small Crossfit room – it made it feel more fun/like a community! Plus, that meant the Crossfit hotties had to walk around us all very closely. πŸ˜‰
    Anne P recently posted..Cape May Adventures, Part 1

    • Meghann
      August 27, 2012

      πŸ™‚

  30. Denise
    August 30, 2012

    I know you are eyeball deep in wedding prep and not EVEN thinking of next years summit, but I would LOVE to help in some way, shape or form!
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