I can’t believe it is all over! I can’t believe I am at home. I have literally been so eager to share my Britmums experience with you from the moment I left charlotte| Berice Baby and Amber| The Goblin Child at the train station!
To be perfectly honest the whole experience seems completely surreal. To be home now in my bed having a cup of tea and writing this post, I feel so content and so happy to be home to have my husband lay next to me and my children asleep in their room. To have all my home comforts just exactly where I need them is something I tend to take for granted.
My weekend in London at Britmums was magical, fast paced, exciting, incredible, inspiring and overwhelming. It feels as though it all went by in a heart beat. That’s how much fun I had. That’s probably because I didn’t stop talking! I did attend a lot of the sessions on the itinerary Including a great one with A Mummy too, I learned quite a lot in this session. Others I attended were ‘Social Media Optimisation’, ‘Britmums in conversation with bloggers and brands’, I also attended Ellie Stoneley’s talk about ‘Getting published’. It was Brilliant hearing her journey. I found all the talks very insightful and really inspiring and mostly encouraged me to believe in myself and my blog and that no matter how big or small is adding value to the blogging community that exists. That to me confirmed so much about any doubts I had.
I have learnt so much and have brought home with me not only a wealth of knowledge but a comradeship, a little more love, a huge amount of love actually, a true feeling of belonging and a relief that I have stumbled upon something extraordinary. Doing something that I love. From the networking to meeting professional bloggers, to attending sessions and talking with the various brands at the conference, every aspect was so well planned out so smooth and so well organised I couldn’t fault it. There was tea and biscuits as well as wine available all day too, what more could a bedraggled mummy ask for? I don’t think much else.
I think the advice I took from Britmums was that brands want to work with us bloggers, they value us. So value yourself. I also learnt that of course like anything in life not everyone wants to make money or a career from blogging, and some do. And both are okay. At the end of the day we are all here to live by our own choices and decisions aren’t we? So let’s do that, and in doing so support each other’s decisions to try. Let’s champion each other and offer anything we can to aid in helping and pushing others forward in the direction they want to go in. Because I have learnt in doing so you move yourself closer to your own goals.
And that is a beautiful thing to not only help others but give yourself the opportunity to grow too.
I was really touched actually by one thing in particular at Britmums and that was Ellie Stoneley, author of Milky Moments. Published by Pinter and Martin. I bought her book on the Friday been utterly and completely drawn to it. It had a beautiful illustration of a mother breastfeeding her child on the cover. I picked the book up in my hands and I held it. I turned just two pages and I was sold. Having breastfeed both my children and feeding my son till just recently at 17 months old. To experience the emotions and bonding through the perspective of another mum in the form of a book was something I almost longed for.
That night when I returned to my hotel room the lights dim, I sat in complete silence on my bed feeling exhausted from the day. I remembered I had bought Milky Moments. In seconds I jumped from my bed and pulled the book from the bag I had it in. I sat on the edge of the bed and slowly peeled open the cover of the book. I began to read it.
By the third page about Hope been poorly I burst into tears. The pictures and the emotion that poured out of Stoneley’s words, we’re magical. I could relate on so many levels. The love, the happiness and contentment and most of all the ‘normality’ of it all. What I was reading had been my reality for well over a year and is now firmly cemented in my memory.
I am so lucky I found her book, every word touched me and brought back many memories, her gift to me as a fellow breastfeeding mother is more than I could have asked for.
This book is meaningful, it’s inspiring, it’s helpful and it is a piece of art, quality art work in its purest most sacred form. What a beautiful present for a mum and her children. I cannot wait to read it to my children. I know Archie is going to adore the pictures. If he could, actually I have no doubt that we would still be breastfeeding.
Thank you Ellie for publishing this book, for bringing back memories of the beautiful milky moments with my children. Nothing but inspirational. Thank you so much.
Apart from the most magical moment, of getting my book signed by Ellie Stoneley, I attended her talk on how to get yourself published. It was so very inspiring to listen to her unique journey.
I managed to meet so many of the lovely blogs I read from home on my laptop. I was able to really thank the bloggers I met for not only inspiring me but for creating such lovely posts that I have enjoyed reading so much. A lot of hard work goes into a blog, so I think it must be really nice to be recognised for the hard ‘work’.
Here I am meeting Kerry |OhSoAmelia who was one of the first blogs to ever inspire me to start blogging. It was so lovely to meet you Kerry. Here is Alex |LambandBear who I have mentioned a few times on my blog, she is just one of those lovely people who come into your life with no effort at all and make such a huge difference. We were both new to Britmums this year and decided to go together just a few weeks before the event actually. I have already told you lots and lots Alex, but thank you so much, it was lovely to have you with me to attend my first Britmums.It’s hard to explain exactly what it is like to meet a person who has an online persona in the flesh, because when you make a virtual friendship you don’t have a physical relationship where you see the person standing in front of you, give them a cuddle or really express with raw human emotion how you admire them. This can only be done in person. But of course can be well executed online. But for me there is nothing like getting the real feel for someone in ‘real life’ and that for me was a lot of the joy of it, actually meeting other bloggers in ‘real life’.
The blogs I read are not just any blogs they are absolutely fantastic, they are blogs that give me the creative mindset and inspiration to go ahead and try to achieve what it is I want out of blogging. And to meet those lovely people in person was really really awesome and so great I was just so happy to be able to do it, to meet you!
So thank you each and every one of you bloggers who I spoke to for being so extra friendly, welcoming, kind and chatty. It was lovely getting to know more of who you are and really that who you are online is exactly who you are in person. That was a beautiful realisation and really quite extraordinary to realise that there are so many nice people in this world, and in the form of bloggers! How very extraordinary!
Here they are in these snapshots from my phone, sadly I didn’t get a picture with all the lovely bloggers I met, but I managed to speak to all of you who I really wanted to say hello to except a few (there is always next year). One especially being Claire | TheWittfamily, who I have known online for almost 6 years now! It was so great to finally get a really big cuddle from you!It was so very lovely and heart warming to be able to connect with all of you in the flesh!
I also just want to say thank you so much to the co-founders of Britmums live for organising such a spectacular event. One that I am going to remember forever. The experience and opportunity to be a part of something so amazing was slightly intimidating but so spectacular at the same time. Thank you, thank you one thousand times. Here were some of the bits we were given:
And as a whole thank you to the whole blogging community all you mums and dads who blog, for being such a lovely group of people, for being a supportive and welcoming community. You are all simply extraordinary in more ways then one.
Please link your Britmums Live summary post in the comments I would really love to read it so very much.