When I first saw that this year’s Healthy Living Summit was going to be in Boston, I knew I had to go since it’s only a quick 2 hour drive from my house. I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge a little before 2:00 pm on Friday and promptly checked-in to my room. They had these wonderful self check-in kiosks where you swipe your credit card, confirm your reservation and it spits out a card. All set in about a minute…awesome!
I got settled and then headed down to the lobby for the conference registration and to get my swag! While on line to register, Mindy from Just A One Girl Revolution (love the name!) introduced herself to me, which made me feel much more at ease since I didn’t know ANYONE going into this. Thanks Mindy I picked up my name badge and then was directed to get my shoes (say wha?!), shirt and swag bag. I was shocked to see this awesome pair of Reebok RealFlex sneakers…what an awesome giveaway.
As if this wasn’t enough, we also received a very cool HLS t-shirt and swag bag that was stuffed to the brim with goodies! Look at all this great stuff:
After I dropped all this wonderful stuff off at my room, I headed back downstairs for the Summit Kickoff with Greatist. I have to say I wasn’t familiar with Greatist prior to this conference, but it was very interesting to hear Derek Flanzraich, CEO & Founder, speak about how he created this successful company that grew to over 1 million unique visits in a year. He shared some helpful tips on site design, identifying your voice, web hosting and creating newsletters. I left with some great takeaways and I was pumped for everything I was going to learn during the conference the following day.
There was some downtime before the evening cocktail party, so I took the time to relax a bit and catch up on some blogs. I headed down to the hotel bar to grab dinner and was pleasantly surprised at how good the Cobb salad was there. This was a great choice since it was very filing, but still left me feeling light for the party.
The cocktail party was a lot of fun! I met a ton of wonderful bloggers, readers and fellow FitFluential ambassadors. I was very excited to get to meet Kelly Olexa, CEO & Founder of FitFluential, who is even more dynamic in person! I was immediately inspired by her energy and hysterical sense of humor…an amazing woman. I also met a wonderful group of first timers to HLS (like myself) and we all bonded over the fact that we didn’t know anyone We even ended the night in the photo booth!
A few of the girls were hungry towards the end of the night, so we all walked to this fabulous tapas restaurant called Cuchi Cuchi in Cambridge. We weren’t sure what to expect with a name like that, but I immediately fell in love with the place when we walked in. It had a very vintage feel and all of the servers where in burlesque type costumes…so fun! The cocktails were DELICIOUS and the food was also quite good.
We cabbed it back to the hotel since it was close to midnight at that point and I conkedout right away! That was a long day and I needed my energy for the next day. Stay tuned for Part 2!