Announcing the Lightning Round Speakers!

The Lightning Round at IDEAWorld BlogFest will bring together speakers and bloggers from all walks of life to share their experiences and connect with the fitness and blogger communities in powerful ways. The competition was steep – and thousands of people flocked to vote for their favorites.

So… with no further ado… we are THRILLED to announce the speakers at the inaugural BlogFest Lightning Round!

Lightning Round Vote Winners

Blogging helped me lose 50 lbs

Kristin Harbulak

Hello!  I’m Kristin! I blog at Exploring Domesticity which started as a place to share my experiences learning all those domestic skills I never quite got the hang of when I was busy completing my masters degree in 2008, buying my first house in 2009, getting married in 2010, having my little guy in 2011, and having my little lady in 2012. By 2013, I was thrown into the roll of Stay-at-Home-Momma and trying to figure it all out.

I have struggled with weight all my life and am determined to do all I can to make sure my kiddos have a better start.  I’ve lost quite a bit of weight before, but this time around I am focused on learning all I can to create a healthy lifestyle for myself and my family, and give my young children healthy habits to build upon.

My passion to create healthy habits for my family has emerged and taken the forefront over everything else.  With kiddos who ask for broccoli over chicken nuggets, to wear their “running pants”, and do squats, I think we’re doing alright!  It’s still a work in progress, and I have learned so much from others, especially the SweatPink community, and I can’t wait to share my experiences with others at BlogFest.



Finding strength through sadness

Rachel Langley

Rachel Langley is thrilled to be a Lightning Round Speaker at the 2014 IDEA World Fitness Blogfest! She is a certified personal trainer, a health coach and passionate fitness blogger. She is the founder of Body Made Better ( and a regular contributor to Rhode Island Fit Magazine. Most recently, Rachel was selected as a fitness ambassador for Train Dirty Fitness and is a certified Train Dirty Fitness Bootcamp Instructor. Her drive to help others find their way back to wellness is never ceasing and is a precious gift she inherited from her mother. You may follow Rachel’s health and fitness adventures on her Body Made Better blog.



Empower the World

Michelle Carlson

Michelle Carlson is a totally devoted follower of Christ and wife and mother. Michelle battled with negativity and low self esteem for most of her life, eventually facing her demons, finding her strength and heeding to God’s call for her life. She is the author of two books on healthy weight loss, Your Guide to Lasting Weight Loss and The Little Fit Book. Michelle is passionate about empowering all women to live their lives to the fullness of their God ordained purpose and make the world a better place for our daughters. Michelle lives in Baytown, Texas and writes about emotional and spiritual health, body image issues, caring for ourselves and bringing human trafficking into the light. Michelle also travels the globe teaching self defense to victims and sex trafficking and human exploitation.



Being led by love rather than fear

Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith is a life enthusiast! With a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Administrations she’s always loved connecting with other people. She currently spreads love and light via her blog Jess’ness Required where she inspires others to connect with their ‘ness. A concept developed by her to express people’s inner guide. Each and every person has a one, simply add ‘ness at the end of your name. Your ‘ness are things that make you tick, excite you, and help to radiate happiness from every pore. Finding ways to ignite your Jean’ness, or Tony’ness might be sweating pink with the fit approach team, or perhaps reading a good book. Maybe you love writing, going to concerts, and throwing parties? It doesn’t matter what it is that connects you to your ‘ness, just that you are doing it. And by that, you are taking care of yourself.

My goal is to help others become more in tune with their loving self and spread light in the world. If you’re interested in connecting further to your ‘ness and want exclusive ‘ness notes for love and encouragement right to your email, please sign here:



No vs Know and Know-how

Deborah Williamson

Deborah Williamson is the “antidote” to Yoga & Fitness Business as usual. She believes competition doesn’t exist and greatest success comes from tangible & measurable contribution to others. With a thriving donation-based yoga studio & packed international teaching schedule, Debbie’s 25 years of experience at the forefront of major companies (from the yoga biz to Fortune 500) & long & varied career / education fuel her own unique & booming yoga enterprise.  With extensive background in business, coaching, fitness training and multiple styles of Yoga (vinyasa, yin, himalayan, thai yoga & many more), she offers fresh perspective to bodies (and hearts) in motion.  As a well-loved presenter, author, social media maven and teacher of teachers, Debbie travels the globe to help fitness professionals isolate & secure their distinct niche in an ever-growing marketplace.



Turning AHA into action

Amalia Biro

Amalia is a 25 year old marketing student from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She currently holds a bachelors degree in Psychology and is the owner of Live, Travel, Eat and Run. The blog started as a way to document her move across the country but has since evolved into something much bigger. Amalia blogs about good food, staying fit, and traveling on a budget. She loves hand written notes, gelato and DIY and believes compassion is the key to a wonderful life. BlogFest is Amalia’s first blogging conference and she can’t wait to connect with all the amazing people in this community.



The Pursuit of Happiness

Terressa Dotson

Terressa Dotson, of achieving fit, is a lifestyle blogger and online personal trainer based in Milwaukee, WI. Using her bachelors degree in Marketing has lead her to get certified as a personal trainer with a goal of motivating and leading individuals to a healthier lifestyle. She loves trying new workout trends, wine tasting and yoga.



Editor’s Choice

Be True to You

Kasey Arena

Kasey Arena is a Certified Personal Trainer, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Corporate Fitness Professional, Under Armour Trainer, & has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health & Physical Education. Kasey is a fitness, health, and food enthusiast and the creator and voice behind the POWERCAKES blog and website. Kasey has a great passion and enthusiasm for fitness, fueling your body, cooking and baking. Kasey prides herself on teaching & inspiring others to find their own balance in life.Kasey stresses a personal outlook with her motto, “Be true to you!” and truly believes that you can live an abundant life in all areas as long as you stay true to yourself.




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  1. Rachel

    Hi there! So excited to be a part of the line up. One quick note…no “N” in Rachel – could someone update list? I’d like to do some PR with a link to this page but would like name accurate first. thanks SO much!

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