Blend Retreat: Out of the comfort zone, into friendship

Remember back in the day, when your parents told you to never meet up with anyone you met on the internet – ICQ (remember that), chat rooms, AOL Instant Messenger, etc.

This weekend – I did just that, and it was one of the best weekends in my life! No scary internet people just a wonderful group of inspiring, strong and friendly ladies.




I can’t properly express how amazing of an experience the Blend Retreat was. It was perfectly timed after a few long months of transition turmoil. A weekend with girls who share my same interest, sense of humor and just general enthusiasm for living fun and healthy lives.




We ate a ton of amazing food.




We got our butts kicked in the best way by GPP Fitness (burpees are fun)




We shopped, and we laughed until our abs hurt more.

We got to know each other and most importantly, we built friendships that I am certain will last a long time.





Thank you to Janetha, Lindsay and Katie for all your hard work to make Blend simply amazing.



xoxo to all my blends!

I promised Heather I would blog more. So I’ll be back to recap the swag, the food, etc. later this week!



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27 Responses to Blend Retreat: Out of the comfort zone, into friendship

  1. You’re making me sad, I miss you! Can’t you drive the moving truck to SoCal instead od Texas? Please

  2. Ahhhhhh, you BLOGGED!!! I wasn’t sure if you would have time before the move, but I was secretly crossing my fingers! ;)

    I am SO glad you came to Blend, that we finally got to meet, and that you were there to be my babysitter at the airport! Ha!

    Can’t wait to see more of your posts! :D

  3. I found your blog from Heather’s site. Looks like you ladies had such an amazing time :)

    If I lived closer I would have loved to have gone. I’ve just subscribed to your blog :)

  4. It was so great to meet you this weekend; I’m looking forward to staying in touch and meeting up in Dallas once you get all settled in! :)

  5. SO FUN!! amazing weekend, inspiring ladies!!

  6. I’m SO glad we got to be in the same room! So fun to get to know you- too bad we’ll miss each other with our moves… best of luck as you get settled in Dallas!

  7. It was so great meeting you this past weekend! Thanks again for the ride on Friday. Good luck with your move back to Texas!

  8. i’m so happy you came and i got meet you face to face. What a blessing you are! thank you for all your support!

  9. everyones posts look like so much fun! I hope this event is on the east coast next year! (:

  10. Yay! It looks so fun and I saw other recaps too, I am so jealous! Hoping to be able to come next year!

  11. It was such a fun weekend! I know – my husband thought that I was out of my mind going to spend the weekend with a whole bunch of women who I hadn’t met before! But so worth it!

  12. SOOOOOOO glad to meet you Tess!!! I had such a blast with you!! I promise I will blog more too! :) I will post tonight (hopefully)!! YEA BURPEES!!!

  13. so happy I got to meet you and so many others, It was def out of my comfort zone! I wished we had one more day, I just felt like I didnt get to talk to everyone that I wanted to! It was a blast though!

  14. This looks like such a fun retreat! I’m seriously considering attending next year, especially after all these great posts!

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  16. hey tess! glad we got to meet. i feel like there are so many ppl i didn’t get to spend much time with this weekend … ugh. wish it was a week-long event.

  17. I am so glad we met. Although I’m excited for your new move, I selfishly wish you were staying in Nashville. I will reiterate, however, that this just means I’m coming to Texas. ;)

    • Cross Country Cajun

      You must come visit in Texas – that would be so so much fun!! I hope you have a great first semester at Alabama. Roll Tide!

  18. So good to meet you Tess and I’m glad we got to spend more time together Sunday! Thanks for driving us to some delish mexican food and to the airport! :)

    • Cross Country Cajun

      I loved our day together on Sunday Amanda. Glad we got to chat and hang out in a smaller group with Heather. Can’t wait to keep in touch and following your blog and all your adventures!

  19. Hahah – I love your opening line on this – it’s very weird how much fun meeting other bloggers is when it could be VERY creepy. And that we all share a car to drive 45 minutes when we’ve never met. And sleep in the same beds. But so amazing and wonderful! :)

    • Cross Country Cajun

      I know! I was super intimidated before arriving at Blend but was totally put at ease by how friendly and fun everyone was. Truly one of the best girls weekends I have ever had!

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  21. Hi roomie! I’m finally getting caught up with life since spontaneously moving…and then spraining my ankle.

    It was so great to meet you at Blend! Hope your move was easy!

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