It has been such an emotional few weeks, with both Mike and I winning at The Northern Blog Awards. Since we have posted about it, we have both had loads of messages asking about the awards, so here is a little blog to give you the full run down of the night.
Firstly, I’m not sure how many times I can say THANK YOU to you all for nominating me, then voting- it honestly means so much. When I started this blog 2 years ago I was miserable in a job that was taking me away from my children more than I wanted. I would leave at 7 am and not get home some days till 7 in the evening. I have missed school plays and missed bedtimes. To some, that would not be that much of an issue and I don’t for one second think any less of mothers who work long hours 5 days a week.
However for us the scales were tipped in the wrong direction and it was making feel like a terrible mother, wife and daughter. When I turned to blogging and Instagram for support I saw a community of mothers and although I enjoyed their content, it felt a little disconnected from my life. So I started to share mine- and somewhere along the line it took off.
Now there are nearly 21 thousand of you on my Instagram page and nearly 2 thousand of you subscribed to the blog. My Facebook and Twitter exist somewhere but I have definitely been more focused on the Blog and Instagram. Now because of you I am proud to say that this is my job. This job has thrown me into the deep end of how to take and edit photographs, work with brands, write and a shed load of other skills, of which I am continually learning. Now, I can be the mother I want to be, whilst working and providing in a way that is flexible but most importantly works for us.
And it is because of you guys, because of YOU.
So, again, THANK YOU.
Now, back to the night itself:
The Awards took place at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.
6pm- Red carpet Arrival. Greeted with a glass of bubbles/ soft drink and time to mingle. There were brands at the event- each with their own little stand. This is a great opportunity to talk to some wonderful brands and get some face to face contact with the people behind the brands. Obviously if you want to have a natter with some new faces or just have a drink and a quiet nosey- there isn’t any pressure. I got to meet one of the most inspirational people on the gram- Debbie from @bowelbabe and it was so lovely to meet her in person after speaking to her on instagram for so long.
7:30- Awards part 1
8pm- 3 course dinner with wine. All allergy requirements are catered for which was great for us.
9:45 The Awards part 2
10:15 Band and DJ- This year was absolutely great. The dancefloor was packed!
Everyone attending gets a goody bag, packed to the brim with amazing things from the sponsors. It is the content creators party. Whether you are nominated or not, I would definitely grab yourself an early bird ticket. They are not on sale yet, but when they are I will link them here.
Please, if you are one of the many who messaged me asking whether you should go next year and you were/are worried about being ‘too small’ or not being consistent enough: go and buy your ticket as soon as they are on sale. Trust me when I say this- It is not cliquey, It is for the recognition of you and of other content creators. Whether you are a blogger, vlogger, instagrammer, new or old it is a great place to be.
There was a new category this year- ‘ones to watch’ So even if you have only just started, it is a great arena to talk to others and be inspired.
Be Inspired. That is one quote I will take away this year.
Hope that has put all of your questions to bed, if not then please do comment below or message me on Instagram!
Lots of Love,