Healthy Living Summit Top 4: A deployment bucket list item

Last weekend I had the pleasure of heading to Boston for the Healthy Living Summit. Confession: The conference was just an excuse to get to see some awesome bloggers I haven’t seen in two years. Especially Krista at Can’t Survive on Yarn Alone, who has become one of my best friends after having met at HLS 2010 in Chicago. Here are my top 4 moments from the weekend (in no particular order):

Wine tasting at a cemetery: 

Thursday night, Emily (from Relishments), me, Krista and Erin (from A Girl and Her Mutt) headed to Mount Auburn Cemetery for a wine tasting. The wines were delicious and the company was fabulous. The cemetery is beautiful! I highly suggest checking it out if you’re ever in the area. (Special thanks to Erin’s boyfriend for snapping the group photo of us!)

The food:  

The food is always excellent at these conferences. From the cocktail party spread – including a popcorn bar! – to seeking out local specialities like lobster rolls and clam chowder, I feel like I did nothing but EAT all weekend! Don’t worry – I combated it with a LOT of walking.

Making new friends: 

Part of the allure of blogging conferences is making new friends. I was very blessed to have met a few amazing people I know I’ll continue to keep in touch with even after the conference. Namely: Jen (from Mom’s Gotta Run – also an Army spouse!), Lynda (from Healthy Hoboken Girl – and a fellow Health Coach!) and Kristin (from Celebrate the Goodness – who actually lives 15 minutes from me and has a cute Etsy store.)

The ghost tour: 

Say what??? Ghost tour??? Oh yes, my friends. Krista and I just happened along a company that does a Boston night ghost tour. As soon as I heard the price ($15 per person), I was determined to make it happen, and I’m so glad we did. The walking tour took us to 6 different sites and the guide told us the ghost stories that went along with them. He then told us some of the historical facts that have been found and allowed us to come up with our own conclusions on whether or not the site was haunted. Definitely one of the best tours I’ve been on in a long time.

I’m so glad I made going to HLS a bucket list item for this deployment. Yes, I felt a bit guilty going off and having a girls weekend while my honey is gone. But, he was fully supportive of the trip and we still were able to Skype during the weekend. For me, this girls weekend was truly cleansing and renewing for me. It allowed me to get out of my “normal” routine and have some fun with some amazing women. It was like a 4-day slumber party! I couldn’t have asked for a better trip.

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