Hey y’all, I am having so much fun here in Atlanta with both Coca-Cola and all the other fabulous bloggers that were invited and hosted here at the Coca-Cola Live Positively Social Media Moms Conference in Atlanta, Georgia! We’ve ate well, rested well, and learned well. And that’s why I’ve been missing from this blog for two days! (Come see what I’m doing in Atlanta on Facebook!) Today is another full day of conference talks and food–and I am really loving the message that is being sent to us: Live your life well and positively; take care of yourself healthfully. More on that message later in another post, here’s a few highlights into my trip the last couple days instead:
We are staying at the W Hotel in Downtown Atlanta. The beds are comfy (it’s even harder to get up in the morning), the tub is huge, the lotions and shampoo smell great, there’s some expensive liquor, candy, music, and condoms in the room.
Yes, I just said condoms.
The worst part? Someone had used the “intimacy pack” (2 condoms, lubricant, and a breath mint) and housekeeping didnt pick it up. I promise I was not the person who used it.
They had us do exercises with Subway (a partner of Coca-Cola) yesterday afternoon during a conference session. Honest to goodness, no one should look *this* good while working out!
One truly inspiring story is Monica, the personal trainer with Subway, who lost 60 pounds over the course of a year after wanting to change her health around. She’s now at a healthy weight, looks great, and is going on to complete even more education above her degree. What an amazing story! Of course that meant I felt badly every time I popped another mousse shot in my mouth.
Also, I think one of those mousse shots had coffee in it.
Here’s Monica showing us how to NOT excercise:
They were giving away prizes to people who could answer questions correctly during the session with Subway. I messed up one of the questions up with one of my own questions which means I didn’t win anything. Monica also challenged all us bloggers to a “plank-off”.
I was one of the first down. Mostly because I farted and couldn’t stop laughing.
At the conference yesterday there was also a panel discussion from Coca-Cola executives describing to us what “Live Positively” means in their lives and at work. I love Coca-Cola’s initiatives to help young people get the education they need, Coca-Cola’s involvement in the community, Coca-Cola’s empowerment to help parents teach their children to live healthfully (they have a policy of not advertising to children younger than 12 years old), and their mission to help women succeed in the workplace and at home. We heard amazing stories from these women and from other bloggers in attendance. And then there was a mention of team meetings and nakedness. Just sayin’.
The last part of the conference yesterday involved going to the World of Coca-Cola museum, which was also all paid for (which is good because I think the sign said $70 for guided tours-OUCH!). We also all got $25 to spend in the gift shop which means I grabbed a rolling cooler for 50% off to take on the plane with me later today (I’m bringing home a bunch of stuff). Honestly, my only disappointment was the Inca Cola in the fountain drinks at the end of the tour. It was so watered down and flavorless–nothing like the Inca Cola we occasionally drink back home (it’s a South American drink).
All in all, the conference has been great so far. I am learning new things, enjoying the conversations with other women bloggers and with Coca-Cola, and only occasionally missing my Dr Pepper. Like seriously there is a lot of Mr. Pibb in this city. Which just doesn’t cut it. I also figured out the difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero (one has an ingredient which cuts out the bitter aftertaste of aspartame and is marketed towards men). Even though I will always be a Dr Pepper drinker, the Coca-Cola company has left me impressed and given me inspiration to live my life more positively at work and at home. I can’t wait to find out today what else they have in store in helping us to achieve that goal!