Exactly two weeks from today, I’m going to be in San Diego for Blogfest and IDEA World! This will be my third year in a row at the conference, and the first time I will travel to San Diego. I can’t wait! Last year’s conference was in Las Vegas, and the 2016 conference was in Los Angeles. I’m hoping they’ll come to the East Coast at some point, but until then, I will fly my butt out west because I absolutely LOVE Blogfest!
Anyway, back to the reason I’m posting today! I thought that today was as good a day as any to explain why I love Sweat Pink/Fit Approach (our Blogfest hosts) so much, and why I love being a Sweat Pink Ambassador.
As a person who has battled with weight loss for the last 6 or 7 years, it has been very eye-opening as I have had more than a handful of moments where I’ve felt like an outsider in a world where I always felt comfortable. In the world of Sweat Pink, this is not the case! This community is so empowering, and I had truly felt like I can just be myself and not feel ashamed about my body or fitness level. There are so many inspirational people who are Sweat Pink Ambassadors because they keep it real and help lift up others. It has helped me to see that it’s just as important to motivate yourself as it is to support others. We’re stronger together, people!
The IRL Friendships
Access to Opportunities
I have gotten to take advantage of some truly amazing opportunities from being a Sweat Pink Ambassador! Aside from getting complimentary admission to IDEA World where you get to sweat and bump shoulders with some of the top trainers and fitness pros in the world, I have gotten to discover tons of new brands and products.
Getting to work with Prana, Gixo, and Gerolsteiner (just to name a few) has been a real game changer for me! There have been soooooo many amazing companies that I may not have ever heard of or considered prior to being a Sweat Pink Ambassador, and now, many are part of my daily activities! Every year, I learn more, so I can’t wait to see what I’ll learn this year!
Strong Support System
Having a strong support system is critical to success! You need folks there to help you when you are down and out, to cheer you on when you experience victories, and to expand your mind to alternative ways of viewing things when you’re stuck. I have found the Sweat Pink Ambassador network to do all of the above! I have other Sweat Pink Ambassadors who keep tabs on me, and I’d like to think that I return the favor. Just a quick check in with a friend every few months can mean the world to someone!
What I love about being a Sweat Pink Ambassador is that people are so willing to share information with one another. I’m a big believer in the principle that we are all stronger when we support each other, and that there is room for everyone who wants to succeed to be able to do so. That’s part of the Sweat Pink ethos, really. People don’t get shut out of all the Sweat Pink goodness because they’re not a blogger, or don’t have enough followers, or are too old, or aren’t a size 0. Everyone has an opportunity to succeed, and I think that’s really emphasized through the support system.
Jamie, Alyse, Nicci, Liz, and Everyone Else Involved with Fit Approach are Incredible
These women are so lovely IRL. They really are! I was so worried when I first met Jamie and Alyse that they were going to ignore me because I was some lowly blogger (don’t ask me why I thought that, because I now realize I was projecting), but they did the opposite! They actually embraced me and told me they were happy to meet me, and that meant so much to me! They took the time to speak with everyone at the conference, and they’re always liking and commenting on social media posts for Sweat Pink Ambassadors. They are just really chill and friendly, and it’s incredible to think of the network they’ve built! It goes to show that kindness goes a long way and that you don’t have to be totally ruthless and cutthroat to be successful. Nicci and Liz are also amazing and provide a ton of support for the Ambassadors. They’re just all smiles! Everyone at Fit Approach just seems like the type of person you could hang out with for hours!
Side note: If you haven’t read Jamie’s birth story, give it a read. I’m not a mom, and still I’m not sure if I ever want to be one, but this story was so incredible and empowering that I highly recommend it for everyone (save for the squeamish).
I’m really appreciative of all that being a Sweat Pink Ambassador has done for me. Finding Sweat Pink has truly been life-changing for me, and I really cherish these experiences and friendships. Can you tell I’m really looking forward to my trip this month?!
Have you ever been part of a group where you feel totally comfortable just letting loose and being yourself?