Monday, August 11, 2014

Meeting Lorna Jane and Facing a Blogger Fear

How was your weekend? I had a great one thanks to a fun Saturday day trip to LA for my first ever Sweat Pink event: a book signing at the Lorna Jane Santa Monica store with the fabulous Lorna Jane Clarkson herself!

Confession: I was really scared about going. When I got the invite to attend the signing (and get $50 in merchandise credit. holla!) I was super excited and couldn't wait to meet my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors. Then on Friday, the freak out death spiral began. I didn't have the right clothes, hadn't met any of the girls, didn't know where to park, wasn't popular enough. It was basically like the night before my first club volleyball tryouts as a 13 year old, but without my mom to physically force me to get out of the car. But, in the spirit of facing my fears/leaning in/not being a giant baby I put my big girl pants on and hit the road.

I made good time and was the first Sweat Pink girl to join the fairly long signing line. They had snacks though, so I didn't really mind.


I met gorgeous fellow Sweat Pink girl Carmen from Latino Fit Club and took a quick selfie, but she had to run to another event.

I started to feel better when Alicia from Never Ever Been Skinny joined me in line. She was so nice and it wasn't awkward at all. We took turns popping in to the store to use up our merchandise credits. The store was so pretty, and I LOVED all the positive messages everywhere, not to mention the cute and colorful clothing.



It took me forever to decide, but I finally settled on this adorable inspirational tank plus the Believe Tank.


I also ran into Tiffany AKA Running Hutch and The Balanced Brunette Lyndsay. We all ran outside for a Sweat Pink Instagram pic.


Everyone was so nice and  easy to talk to. I also met some other great ladies in line (hi Raquel and Raz!) and was able to see the other more experienced bloggers in action. Tiffany is a connecting/networking genius and totally my role model! All in all, it was really good practice for me at being a friendly, outgoing, and social blogger/grown up.

After waiting in line for another hour or so, I finally got to meet Lorna Jane, get my book signed, and snap a photo. She was super friendly and I find her story as a female entrepreneur who started small and has really made it so inspiring.


I'm so glad I was able to attend my first ever Sweat Pink event and finally meet some of my fellow Ambassadors! Well worth the drive down to LA and mini panic attack, and i hope to keep connecting with more bloggers soon!

Q: What's your latest unnecessary 13-year-old-self like freak out? Do other people still have those? Is it just me?

Disclosure: I received merchandise credit through Sweat Pink in return for attending this event and writing a post. All opinions are all mine as always.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, what a special event to be a part of. I just receive the LJ cookbook and I really admire Lorna! Such a beautiful intelligent woman!

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    1. Thanks! I got the cookbook too and it is so gorgeous. Can't wait to try some recipes and write a review on it :)

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  2. omggg I have been having a 13-year-old freakout about going to a blogging event! whyyy are we like this still??

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    1. I know, right? Isn't crippling social anxiety something you're supposed to grow out of along with braces? Glad I'm not alone on the slow to grow up train :)

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  3. How cool and congrats on your Sweat Pink status! It must be so cool to be an ambassador (I'm still too scared to apply! lol). The blogging community is sooo nice, it's really the greatest thing about it!

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    1. You should apply, you are so awesome! I've honestly let a few opportunities pass from being scared, but I'm trying to overcome that and am so glad I applied. Congrats on your ambassadorship! too! :)

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  4. I never would've known that you had any reservations about coming and meeting everyone! You faced your fears bravely! If it helps at all, I am a total introvert who can bring out a very energetic and social side. I too get nervous about talking to new people, but I've learned that I have a LOT of fun connecting with others. It just leaves me incredibly exhausted. :-) It was very awesome to meet you though so I'm SO glad you decided to come!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing that Tiffany! You seem to be a total natural at networking so that's really really inspiring! Great to meet you too, hope to join in more Sweat Pink fun soon :)

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  5. OMG the last thing you should be is scared to meet other Fitness Bloggers!!! They're all so supportive and amazing! Never again should you feel scared. Everyone embraces other bloggers with open arms! I know if I were there, I we would have done a square dance! LOL!

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    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement, GiGi! Can't wait to meet you so I can take you up on that square dance :)

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  6. Oh girl, I was the same way. I was majorly stressing bc I recently gained weight, and it's always an awful feeling going to a fitness event (especially with THE Lorna Jane) knowing you don't even fit in your #sweatpink tank! lol. But like GiGi said, bloggers are SO welcoming and supportive! It was an awesome morning, and I'm so glad we were able to meet!! <3

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    1. Oh man I couldn't tell you were stressing at all, and you looked great in your tank! So happy I got to meet you too and I hope to see you at more Sweat Pink event soon!

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  7. That's so awesome you met some SPA sisters and Lorna Jane! I had a freakout when meeting my running group... which is a bit irrational... since we all enjoy running :)

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    1. Thanks Jenny!.l totally understand--I always freak out when going to a new open gym for volleyball and change my shirt and spandex combo five + times. Crazy right?

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  8. No worries--being freaked out means you CARE!

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    1. Thanks so much Linda! I'll try to think of it that way :)

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  9. Oh this looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! I wanna go next time. :-)

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    1. When are you coming out to LA Diatta? :)

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  10. I also faced a huge blogger fear when I went to Anaheim for Blogfest!! I was so worried about all the same things - but then I met these ladies, and more, and realized how awesome it was! I also met Lorna Jane, and she is such a beautiful soul. I'm glad you had such a good time!

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    1. I'm so glad/jealous that you got to attend Blogfest, Amalia! Loved your recap and it's nice to hear that you had some of the same worries I did. Hope to see you at Blogfest next year! :)

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