Day 2 of my Britmums Live experience took guts. I was flying solo without Little Mr (Hubby and Son were having a boys day out in London) I had to be me, I had to bravely introduce myself and attend the sessions I wanted to go to. I had felt so isolated during the previous evening I needed to push myself out there so I skipped the hotel breakfast and walked into the Hub.
relief delight I spotted two lovely ladies that I recognised (Emily and Jen) near the coffee so went over for a chat and helped myself to some waffles and a cup of coffee. We had a quick chat about how their evening had gone and then it was time to go down stairs for the keynote from Katie Piper. Wow! What an amazing woman! She has showed some incredible strength following her horrific, violent attack and listening to her story made me feel a bit gutless. What on earth had I to worry about? I might have put on a couple of stone or three since having Little Mr and I hated the way I looked in the mirror seeing overly plump cheeks and three double chins glaring back at me but all that could be rectified with some determination and hard work. I figured that if she could stand up on the stage in front of 500 complete strangers and openly tell us about being raped and being the victim of the horrific acid attack, I could make more of an effort to speak to people I knew and recognised (via Twitter and their blogs) at the event.
In my head I had visions of people saying ‘Who are you again?, no sorry I don’t know who you are’ but do you know what? They didn’t. I had quite a few people come up to me and say hello. I just needed to lift my head high and look for them to see it. I figured the worst case scenario would be making a complete tit of myself and having to delete my blog and social media accounts. Chance are you’re still reading my blog via my twitter account so I guess it turned out alright. So with head held high and in my pretty Yours Clothing dress and jeggings, I walked into the first workshop of the day feeling empowered and ready to make the day better than the day before.
From then on, I had a really good day. I spotted several people within each workshop I went to and sat by them or near them using the power of Twitter to keep connected throughout the day. I did learn some really useful stuff which I’ll probably be experimenting with over the next few weeks; there are some WordPress plugins I’m going to look at for my blog, I need to look at SEO in a bit more detail and when writing product reviews I’m going to be adding a bit more detail to inform my readers.
I was a bit disappointed to have read that the Social Media crash course was a big hit, I went to the legal and accounting session which I didn’t find that informative. To be honest it confused me a bit so stopped listening and wished I’d been in the social media workshop. Luckily for me and a lot of other bloggers, Tanya and Annie who ran the session have shared their content on their blogs so we can catch up on what was missed.
I felt so much more relaxed during the whole of Saturday, I mingled and caught up with twitter buddies feeling that actually it was okay to walk around the Hub on my own, spotting familiar faces in the crowds and making my way over to talk to them and say hello. I must have said hello to at least 15 people that day and I’m so proud of myself for going up to them or stopping them as they went by to introduce myself. I even caught up with a couple of brands that were there mingling with bloggers so I hope I came across well enough for them to consider working with me in the future.
Now I’m not sure where these lovely ladies were hiding all day but I sat down for afternoon tea and cake with Ericka, Jen and Emily. I felt so relaxed in their company like they were old friends. They were bloody lovely to me and I’m grateful for the giggles they gave me for a good couple of hours.
The Bloggers keynote at the end of the afternoon was brilliant yet highly emotive. Katy Hill presented it and various bloggers got up and read their most popular posts. There was a beautiful and moving tribute to Matilda Mae and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Unfortunately I had to leave earlier than expected in order to catch the tube back to Euston but heard the rest of the keynotes were equally as thought provoking and inspiring.
Saturday couldn’t have been more different to the previous day. Whether the nerves had vanished or I began to realise this is me, if someone doesn’t like me then I can’t change that, it’s tough! I am who I am and I need to be me! The most important thing I took away from my experience at BritmumsLive is that I need to be myself. I need to stop worrying about what other people think all the time and get on with it. Life is too short to worry.
Thank you Britmums for one of the most overwhelming and daunting yet inspiring experiences of my life. I’ve learnt that actually I’m stronger than I give myself credit for and if all else fails, just smile and walk away. I’d also like to thank my sponsor Swimwear365 for sponsoring me to attend.
There’s a BIG thank you to everyone who has commented on Part 1 of my Britmums Live2013 experience, you are all bloomin’ lovely and I appreciate every single comment you have left me. Oh, and guess who’s already bought their ticket for next years event?