I will never forget the first time I attended my first Brit Mums blogging conference back in 2015 – that year was electric. The whole day was amazing and inspiring and I met so many amazing people. Sadly, I didn’t get to go last year due to work commitments and lacking a love for blogging in all honesty. I was working on my Digital Mums course at the back end of 2015 and graduated in March 2016 to become a Social Media Manager. I took on a lot of clients and started a business, so it got quite tough in moments. I also had plans to start my new blog because I wanted to come away from what my last blog stood for. It’s still live and I am proud of what achieved but I moved on from it mentally and emotionally.
My plans to start a new blog happened over a year ago, I bought the domain and finally made the jump when the time was right and here I am, 6 months on and I love everything about my new blog. This is me and I know I will keep progressing. So I thought it was about time to network again and to catch up with friends and meet new ones.
I drove down to London with my friend who is now a blogger, Amy from Amys Boarderline World. We stayed in a hotel as the event started quiet early. Both of us were super excited as this was Amy’s first blog event and I was going to catch up with friends and meet new ones.
Being able to meet people IRL (in real life) is just so awesome! Social media brings together likeminded people but networking reinforces the bonds.
Mega highlights for me were meeting Kelly-Ann from Kelly Ann Schiavo who I thought couldn’t get anymore amazing. She’s a superhero mama and business woman and we share the same values, especially when it comes to supporting other women in business and I get to call her my friend.
Hanging out with one of my besties is clearly going to be a mega highlight. Amy and I met for a reason, we instantly clicked and have been friends since. She has taken to blogging like a duck to water and she shares are painful but inspiring journey through mental health. She is one amazing mama and super strong and I am blessed to call her my friend. I am so proud of her and everything she is achieving.
Meeting Anika was another awesome highlight for me. Anika is head of recruitment at Digital Mums and I have spoken to this lovely lady so many times on the phone and of course we are part of the #DMCollective so meeting her was amazing. She did a talk about Digital Mums in one of the BML17 sessions and smashed it! She flew the flag and I can’t wait to hang out again at the GoWithThePro Awards in December.
Last but no means least… hanging out with the awesome, gorgeous and vivacious Vicki from Honest Mum. This lady is just awesome. She is a mega #mumboss she represents everything I love about being a woman in 2017. Women can work hard, have a family, be a wife/partner, look amazing, be kind, giving and loving as well as being strong. Both of us our mega broody (I think we always are). Vicki is inspiring and I adore her and I am blessed I get to call her my friend.
She’s written a book too… I already pre-ordered mine (obvs) not just because I am supporting this mega human but I want to learn more and learning from Vicki is pretty much a no brainer. Vicki is at the top of her game, although I think she’s about to raise the bar even higher. Pre-order Mum Boss here.
Hanging out and meeting so many other amazing women and catching up with faces I already knew was what I needed. Being a mum is amazing, it goes without saying but now and again, it’s nice to be reminded that we are more than a mum, daughter, sister, wife/partner etc. We are women in business, women who want flexible working, women who have a voice and women who will keep using that voice to help others, inspire others and support others.
Extra huge shout out to Cyran from Corporate Style Story, Renee from Mummy Tries, Hannah from Hannah Spannah, Helen from Just Saying Mum ,Rachel from Rachel Riley Photography and Ami from Aimelizabeth who I sadly didn’t get selfies with but these too are such inspiring women who I am so glad I got to meet them.
The venue was super impressive, from layout, interior to location plus the fact is was super instagrammable and the views were amazing. London is my second home and I really miss it when I don’t get to visit as much as I would like to.
The lunch was super scrummy too – I emailed ahead to advise I am vegan and my lunch was bought out for me – talk about service. They had lots of fruit and fruit teas available too. Forward thinking for those that don’t want or can’t eat biscuits and cakes or want to drink coffee (like me).
My only regrets were that I wish I had more confidence just to approach people I don’t know face to face but see on social media to say hi. As there were a fair few people I would have loved to have spoken to but my fear of looking like a dick was strong. Please tell me it’s not just me with this social anxiety paranoia? But I still did pretty well and not one anxiety attack from me! Winning!
Another awesome event from the lovely ladies at BritMums, I am so thrilled I went and this year. If you have never been and you are a blogger that happens to be a mum not necessarily a mummy blogger or a dad as dad’s do go to Brit Mums and super awesome dads at that – I highly recommend it and it’s a wonderful community to be part of.