Good Fest Weekend Recap: Being Present and Making Relationships a Priority

Being Present

Being Present

Where do I even begin?! The Good Fest weekend was so, so beyond amazing; I can honestly say it was probably the best weekend of my life and for so many reasons. One being the fact that I was so present. Being present isn't my specialty ya'll, but this weekend it was.

Being Present

Being Present

Yes, it was incredible to be in the sunshine and heat and get a little break from chilly Oregon. Yes, it was amazing to see the beach (like a REAL California beach) and walk on a quintessential California boardwalk. Yes, it was delicious to eat my way through LA. Yes, it was so fun to spend too much money on all of that food and just not care because who knows when I’ll be back (and trust me, Erewhon’s killer cauliflower is worth every penny). Yes, it was exhilarating to spend all day at the Good Fest, get all sorts of goodies and hear from incredible speakers.

Being Present

Being Present

But mainly, it was so, so incredible to spend time with one of my best friends Christina (you might know her as Addicted to Lovely!) and so many other amazing, inspirational and uplifting wellness babes that I’ve met through this platform.

Being Present

Being Present

Being Present

Being Present

It reminded me of a something that I think we all need a little reminder of sometimes – spending time with people and being present and surrounding yourself with people that support you and lift you up are two of the most important things in life.

For me, I know I’m very prone to getting so absorbed in my work and in growing this platform that I forget to take a minute to just breathe and have a little FUN. To just do and talk about the things I’m passionate about with other likeminded friends without feeling this pressure to get back to my desk, my phone and my laptop. If you’re a blogger you especially get me on this one.

Being Present

Being Present

Being Present

Being Present

If I said giving so much to Blonde Gone Clean, growing my brand, creating recipes, writing posts each week, etc. was easy during school then my pants would definitely be on fire. Friends have told me “it’s like you’re taking another class,” but honestly, lately, it feels more like I have a full-time job. A full-time job that I absolutely LOVE, so I truly can’t complain, but it definitely is difficult. My brain feels like it’s spinning (or about to explode) more days than not from all of the responsibilities and tasks I have to keep straight, and although I love it, it can be tiring.

And this little weekend getaway? It was the perfect reset and reminder – to put my phone away more, to not feel so obligated to reply to every message and comment right away, to not feel indebted to brands that are emailing me, to not constantly feel the need to engage with others via social media.

Being Present

Being Present

It was the perfect reminder that no number of Instagram likes or followers will ever make me as happy as a girl’s night full of healthy “froyo,” face masks and cheesy movies. That that world won’t end if I don’t check my phone for a few hours. That although I love this platform for all that it is, I love the true friendships I’ve created through it even more.

I mean, how COOL is it that I’ve been able to find my people and my community through the internet?! It’s like online dating. But better, because girlfriends > guys, amiright or amiright? ;) Getting to congregate with so many AMAZING women that all share my passions for health and wellness was the most inspiring thing. Getting to sit around the table at dinner with them and all be just as gaga over the raw vegan (and paleo friendly of course!) food we had just been served, while talking nonstop about blogging, food, fitness, Instagram trends we don’t like and so much more, was incredible.

Being Present

Being Present

I felt like I was so completely understood and that’s an amazing feeling.

And you know what’s funny? I didn’t even experience my typical introvert crash during or after all of the festivities. If you didn’t know I’m quite the introvert. Well, I like to call myself an extroverted introvert – if given the option I would much rather have alone time or a quiet day/evening, but once I’m in a social setting I typically have fun and am sociable. But then after said social event, I need all the quiet and alone time to recoup. But I never felt that need during the Good Fest weekend. Despite being out and about all day, staying up late and being around people 24/7, I felt so energized and never once felt the need for the alone time that I typically crave. I truly think this is a testament to the fact that when you surround yourself with such likeminded people it doesn’t take as much out of you because you can truly and honestly, 100% be yourself.

Being Present

Being Present

Being Present

Being Present

So take this as your reminder to surround yourself with likeminded and supportive people, be present with those people and make memories with friends and family. Put the work away, the phone away, the laptop away and just BE with the people around you. I’m still struggling to find this kind of balance and not giving in to my workaholic tendencies, but I’m trying and that’s all that matters. Life’s too short not too embrace the people around you.

XO nat

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