What can I say? Late? I am! Un-organised? I am! But mostly I've just been busy, living my life undocumented with my cubs :)
I digress, BritMums!
Where shall I start??? It was fan-flipping-tastic! I was in awe by all the lights, the action, the hustle & bustle and the sea of bloggers eagerly awaiting the evenings events.
I wasn't sure I would enjoy myself after mmming and ahhhing about going.
The reason I booked a ticket in the first place was due to my sister who had roped me in early last year As usual I didn't give it much thought, I just booked. My only thoughts were a weekend away from being mum, a fun-filled city break from normality.
As the date for the 2-day conference crept up, I went into panic mode. Over thinking what other bloggers thought about my baby, my unorganised blog which is in no where near the picture I want it to be.
It is however a true reflection of me, the way I think and feel. The sometimes scatty, emotional and honest me. The me that doesn't use big words, partially because I don't understand them, plain old me who writes how I speak and although it's purposely done is not to everyone's taste. Oh and of course on top of that I had not published a post in forever. All the things I worried would make me an outsider to the rest of the blogging world.
The blogs I read are Gawjus to look at, extremely well written and updated often. All the things a blog should be. These writers are beautiful story tellers, craftsman, connoisseurs and chefs and I don't seem to fit into any of these categories, hence my worry.
Nethertheless on Friday the 20th of June I plodded onwards to Britmums live despite my fears, to offer companionship and support to my lil sis.
On arrival we were registered with warm smiles, given a name badge and as we were a little late ushered into Britmums#1 for our intro to the event.
- Meeting the brands, who of course were so friendly, we had a good laugh together!
- The Senegalese Tea lady - (who should get a promotion by the way!! Sorry she had to get a mention) made me giggle and her personality was friendly and one of warmth
- Meeting one of the speakers Susie Burdekin who sat next to us on day 1 at the intro, she was extremely humble, friendly and a joy to chat with and her workshop was just what we needed in the form of motivation
- The Bloggers Key note, which was extremely heart-felt and emotional
- Great venue!
- Last but not least Emily Beechers workshop on storytelling was brilliant and to top it off she gave us a sneek peek of her musical 'The Good Enough Mums Club' which was the highlight of my weekend.
- A few of the workshops I wanted to go to were in the same session
- If I was nit-picking I would say the food wasn't really my cup of tea, I felt like I was snacking all day, and eating far too much sweet stuff. But like I said, I'm nit-picking!
- A lot of bloggers were not very friendly, which by no means is a negative for Britmums, of course they can't be held responsible for the unapproachable and the clique's. Which if I'm honest was one of the reasons I wasn't looking forward to going to the event. One lovely lady I introduced myself to on the final day said she felt the same way. She had tried to introduce herself to a group of 3 ladies on day 1 and they were so icy she wasn't going to do it again, which is a complete shame.
- I missed the keynote from Benjamin Dutton-Brooks, the author of Life As A Widower. This was due to having brekkie at the hotel(my feet just couldn't get back to 'The Brewery' as quickly as I wanted them to). On the plus side I got to meet him later and he signed my book :-)
My highs far out stretched the lows. So, all-in-all a big thumbs up for Britmums Live.
It was my first and hopefully not my last. I look forward to the prospect of being at next years event.