I’m finally back home in LA after an East Coast trip that I’ll never forget! Last week was a whirlwind of craziness as I was shooting my book and preparing for the Blogilates Boston Meet Up. I hadn’t been back in like 2 years, so this trip meant a lot to me. Let’s begin this photostory!
Photo by David Kim Photography
Here’s a silly outtake from the shoot that probably won’t make it in the book. I’m covering my face in horror as my friends are throwing leaves all over me. Like how I matched my outfit to the fall colors? Yes, I know. I’m too good :P
After the shoot it was time to get ready to meet the Class Council at Simmons College who I had only been contacting through email over the past couple of weeks. When I originally tweeted and facebooked who could help me with the Boston Meetup, Sana from Simmons reached out and volunteered her school. I will be forever grateful for Simmons’ generosity in helping me host the event and making it happen.
The night before the meetup, I was so nervous. I don’t know why. I usually don’t get nervous. So I just told myself to get a grip and then I did something relaxing. I painted the Blogilates Boston Banner and created the playlist for our class. I went out to Marshalls to buy a green mat for Boston but all they had was this turquoise so I had to deal. Oh well, close enough?
I went to sleep with all of this excited energy. I remember waking up from a nightmare. It was weird. I was thinking…is this real life foreshadowing?! Not good. Anyway, I packed up my bags, left the hotel, and T’d over to Simmons.
It didn’t take long for the line to lengthen tremendously. I was watching the line grow from the window above where the class was going to take place in just an hour.
The POPsters were getting super pumped! These girls came all the way from Canada!!!! I couldn’t believe it!
Once inside, POPsters needed to sign the yoga mat before they headed into class! This tradition started earlier this year at the NYC Blogilates Meetup.
POPsters proceeded to head upstairs after they signed their life away at the front desk yoga mat. Just kidding. Here’s the action over at the Blogilates booth.
Anyway….I was doing soundcheck on the Simmons’ basketball court when I got the signal for y’all to come in. I was a bit overwhelmed and a stressed out (event planning does this to me) but as soon as I saw your smiling faces, I knew everything would be ok. When you started screaming and hugging me, I almost cried. Meetups are always so emotional for me. A surge of confidence took over my body as soon as “The Fox” came on. It was the first song that warmed us up and everyone KILLED IT! I guess you guys had been practicing huh? Your 1-legged burpees were superb :)
We proceeded with single chest press pulses….
Tricep kick n dips…
I said…don’t you even think about stopping…at least not in real life…
Single legged rollup….yes there was lots of fabulous torture. Everyone owned the moves. I was so proud.
For the first time ever, we also did the POPster Awards in which I gave out prizes for 1. Most Colorful POPster, 2. Social Media Queen, and 3. POPster Inspiration Award. I don’t have clear pics of the winners but you will see who they are in the YouTube video that is being edited now. Should come out this week. Above in the tutu is the cutest craziest girl ever who went out of her way to win “Most Colorful”!
Each of the 3 winners got Blogilates clothing, a $150 giftcard to Reebok that allows you to customize your own sneaker, a box of delicious Quest Bars, and HINT Water. Big thank you to the sponsors for your generosity. It’s always nice to work with companies/people who believe in what you’re doing and want to genuinely be a part of a cool experience.
After the POP Pilates class was over, it was time to head into the adjacent hall for the meet & greet!
It was over 4 hours of signing mats…and yes my curls were so gone by this time. I used so many Sharpies, it was unreal. They should be the official pen of the Blogilates meetups!!
Y’all were so funny with your picture requests. Here’s the “Triple booty pat.”
“Cassey, can we do super asian pic?”
4 hours of signing mats and photoshooting with you guys. It was so fun and I had the best time. Once the last POPster left, the Simmons crew and I were like “yeahhhhh WE DID IT!!!!” It was indeed a long day. I also want to thank Debbie Wong from BU for taking the meetup photos! She volunteered last minute when my photographer had to hop on an early flight back to the West Coast. It’s all about teamwork and passion. Thank you.
When I got home, I opened all of the presents you gave me like a child on Christmas day. From cookie butter to a care package, I had it all. Thanks guys, you really shouldn’t have! I was more than surprised because I’ve never really gotten gifts at a meetup before! Thank you so much.
The next day was Sunday – my last day in Boston – and the only day I had to myself to just…relax. So It was time to feed the body and the soul. I had delicious raw oysters….yum yum yum. Talk about raw protein, yeah?
And then I was like, let’s celebrate. Lobster roll time!!!!! I shared this one – so good!!
This year I’ve done 3 meetups…New York, LA, Boston. Each one is so special to me and I love you so much. Thank you for making each experience one of the best. If you guys ever have any suggestions for making meetups an even better time (like should we have games or networking time while you’re waiting in line to see me?) please let me know in the comments. As I start to think about event planning more, I start to think about your own personal experiences from the time you get the ticket to the time you leave the event. So seriously, any suggestions, crazy or wild, tell me! It could happen!! A carnival?! A photobooth!!???
FINALLY…this is related to the meetup but it is related to everything else in life…THE BLOGILATES APP FOR ANDROID IS FINALLY HERE!!!!!!! I saw your 5000 comments on YouTube :) Thanks for being patient. Android users…at least you didn’t have to go through a bunch of bug fixes like us iPhone users. Can you guys also let me know what improvements or suggestions you want for the app? I’m always looking to make it better!
Ok that is all for now. Have a fabulous day. Love you!!!