A Meetup of Influential Women

One of my favorite parts of diving into the social media world over the past few years has been the connections and relationships I’ve made. The world seems to be shrinking each day as I connect with leaders, thinkers, writers and dreamers. There is inspiration around every corner, and I find myself bubbling over with excitement about all of it.

Since I started blogging 3 years ago, my online life has taken many twists and turns.  It took a while to find my feet and see the vision for Inspired RD.  I’ve learned that it has to be about more than me (Because just me?  b-o-r-i-n-g.  Not to mention indulgent).  And THEN last week I found The Influence Network, a group of women who work hard to make their online life mean something.  Bingo.  Through the Influence Network, I’ve learned that I’m not alone in my desire to do something greater than focus on my boring old self.  I’m grateful for that.

The Influence Network

So today, we’re having a little intro session.  I’d love for you to join in.  Just leave a comment with 3 things about you (I would love to hear 3 things people probably don’t know about you because that’s way more fun).

I’ll start:

1.  I’m a hopeless klutz.  I can’t go a day without running into a wall, burning my hand, cutting my finger, snapping myself in the eye with a rubber band (yes that really happens sometimes)…

2.  I’m an introvert.  Which means I’m a little nervous for my upcoming trip to the Blissdom conference.

3.  I’m tired of talking about celiac disease.  I’m tired of thinking about celiac disease.  But I’m learning to be thankful that I get to be a real-life advocate for celiac disease.  Plus I’ve met some of the coolest people since my diagnosis.

Alysa Bajenaru (InspiredRD) of The Influence Network


What are 3 things people may not know about you?

  • Chelsea Mills March 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Hey Alyssa! Fellow-Influence-Networker here. 🙂 I’m gonna go poke around your blog some more and get to know you but wanted to say “Hi!” and express my excitement at finding another advocate in this blogging community. You’ll have to tell me more about partnering with Food for the Hungry!!
    Chelsea <3

  • Heather March 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

    1). I am inspired by the women I read and “meet” online. I find through their blogs the world gets a little smaller and we all are facing similar things.
    2) I know deep down I work too much and the stress of my job is making my health worse. And frankly, I feel trapped. I aspire to be a woman in balance.
    3) I believe women rule the world and they can do ANYTHING.

    Love your blog Alysa. Your post, which made me take pause for 10 minutes is my #365thanks today 🙂

  • Kerrie Williams March 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Ok. I just saw in your profile blurb, “proud wearer of onion goggles.” If those are real, I’m very upset that I’m just now hearing about them! Haha I’m such an onion cryer. No, sobber. It’s bad. So nice to get this opportunity to meet other women in the network!

    1. I also cry to onions 2. I still cook with them almost every day 3. I’ve never heard of celiac before today.

  • Wendy Powell March 6, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Hi Alysa, here’s my 3… I have a golden retriever dog called Miss Moneypenny who makes noises like Chewbacca when she’s happy. I hate parsnips. I get up far too early every Sunday morning to go rowing on a freezing cold Cornish sea + I love every blister-inducing, butt-bruising minute of it 🙂

  • Kat @ Eating The Week March 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Fun project here (& I’ll have to check out Influence Network after this).

    1) Many people know this, but I don’t know if I’ve discussed much on social media before – I had a highly restrictive eating disorder as a teen; not formally diagnosed as anorexia b/c I avoided help like the plague, but I probably fit the bill.
    2) I’m a super-taster, one of the unlucky few who are genetically predisposed to hate cilantro (tastes like soap to me)
    3) I picked my undergraduate school (Carleton College) for many of the usual reasons, but primarily because I read how the college president sang & danced to an Elvis song at a trustees board meeting, in order to re-claim the student-center flag from a group calling themselves the Society for the Preservation & Adoration of Elvis.

  • Bethany Turner March 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

    1. Since getting married summer of 2011, my husband and I have lived in three different states and this summer will make our move to the fourth state.

    2. I feel most at home in a place with a fireplace and lots of books.

    3. The Big Bang Theory sums up my life fairly well.

  • Adele March 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    1. I’m still angry that I was called “fat” and a “liar” about what I ate when really it was PCOS…and that it lead to an eating disorder. I struggle to forgive those people.

    2. I sometimes take too many risks with my allergies to avoid confrontation – it’s landed me in the hospital more than once.

    3. Although I would say I am recovered from my eating disorder, I still fear gaining the weight back. Not sure I can make it through the judgement a second time.

  • Ashley Beaudin March 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    So great to meet you!! Three things about me? They’re on my blog too but I will give you three different ones just because. 1. My middle name is Elizabeth. 2. I love peanut butter. 3. I have post it notes all over my house to encourage me 🙂

  • Michele-Lyn March 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I feel like I should know you, or that I’ve seen you around. The blogosphere can be a big place, so maybe. 🙂 I like how this link-up makes it feel just wee-bit smaller so I can get to know a few of you.

    It’s nice to meet you! Beautiful picture of you, by the way!

  • Laura March 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    1. I am not crafty. I can’t even scrapbook!
    2. I am not a blogger. I really enjoy reading though and have learned so much from many great blogs like this one!
    3. I am Batgirl! I have boys and they love it when I dress up with them and chase the bad guys. These are the days I start to wonder if I need to go back to work ASAP!

  • Robin March 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    1. I discovered a newfound passion for nutrition and decided to become a registered dietitian all because of two women who blogged
    2. I have a hard time finishing craft projects when I lose interest in them
    3. I never imagined I could survive on as little sleep as I do

  • Annie March 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    You’re going to Blissdom? That’s so exciting! I really wanted to go this year, but it didn’t work out. I definitely want to go next year, though!

    One thing I learned when I went to the Influence Conference last year is that there are a lot of introverts out there! And it turns out we all get along quite well! So I wouldn’t be too worried about Blissdom :]

    Here’s three quick things about me:
    1. I narrow my eyes when I think. It’s a long story as to why. I always feel bad because I think people think I’m glaring them. I’m not.
    2. I play three instruments: violin, cello, and piano.
    3. I’ve written two full-length novels, neither of which went past the writing stage. But they were mine and they were written and that was enough for me.

  • Nadine March 6, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I love that picture! It’s so beautiful. And I’m so glad you’ve just joined the network! That is awesome!

  • Gretchen Fogelstrom March 7, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I really like this post. My three things…

    1. I love to SCUBA dive. love, love, love it. But don’t get to do it very often.
    2. I want to be a published children’s book writer, but I find it hard to write
    3. I am 46 and I really want to find a great guy and be married (for the 1st time!)

  • Amanda {A Royal Daughter} March 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Are you going to the newcomers meetup at Blissdom??? We should make plan to bump into each other. 🙂

  • Stephanie March 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Have a wonderful time at Blissdom! Your beauty, smarts, and kindness will speak for themselves.