#BritmumsLive 2014 I am ready for you.
I wasn’t going to do one of these posts originally but then, well, I changed my mind. And I had something I wanted to say before tomorrow. But will come on to that later. For now though the planning is done (going away always involves planning, sadly I struggle with spontaneous), the packing is done, the lists are all ticked off and tomorrow I am off.
And so is Mr B! As I am a speaker I get a ticket but being the super organised person I am, I had already bought my ticket last year. So rather than sell it I asked Mr B if he would like to come along. He is now tinkering with this blog and is going to be writing posts for me and generally getting more involved with reviews etc so I thought he might learn lots. And meet some of my best friends who I talk about alot and only get to see at blog events. Plus its an excuse for a weekend away, the World Cup is impacting massively on him at work (all sporting events do) and we have hardly seen each other for the past month.
So. Check list
Phone and charger. Above. Check
Blog Bag. Check
Business Cards. Check
Notebook for all things note like. Check
A little light refreshment for the train
Outfit for Friday. Check
That is not identical to what Mammasaurus is wearing (we won’t be making that mistake again). Double check.
High heels to go with posh dress. Check
Tiara. Check (yep, you need a tiara. Read why here)
Friday night is all about the Brilliance in Blogging awards and I couldn’t be more thrilled or more shocked to be a finalist. From the 10,000 members of Britmums who could have been in the final six for Social Media to include me is astonishing. I do live my life on social media and see it as a huge part of me and what I do but to have that recognised by being a finalist is something I am very proud of. I don’t for one minute expect to win, I am in such astonishing company that I am proud to have got this far.
Team Honk is also a finalist in the Campaigns category, amongst some incredible bloggers who have all worked hard and fought for their chosen worthy cause. Again, for Team Honk to be in that category is true recognition of the hard work so many people put in to raising money for Sport Relief this year. And makes me very proud. And weepy.
Saturday means Mr B gets to see me speak <gulp> (here is the full agenda, I am on at 11.30am on Saturday, do come and say hello) Though actually he hasn’t confirmed he will. Maybe he will be in one of the other sessions. Hmm, I might need to speak to him about that. And I have another outfit, much more laidback
Comfy top half. Check
Obligatory leggings under it
Comfy shoes. Check (in truth these comfy shoes will be on within ten minutes of arrival on Friday)
Bright red nails looking half decent as I tend to wave my arms around when talking. Check
This year my sponsor is Sage Appliances as they are the only company I want to talk about this year, and in fact ever. I have loved working with them in the past year and also love all they stand for as a company. So if you want to chat to me about juicers / ice cream makers / risotto or coffee, please do. I might also talk to you forever about the waffle maker that is coming out next month.
If you see me, do come and say hello. I have had a few people tweet me to say “oh I saw you last year and was too scared to come up to you”. This makes me so sad. I am one of the most nervous people I know. I am not a natural public speaker. I hate going into places where I don’t know people. Hell I can’t even park in a car park I haven’t been to before because I get the cold sweats. I am hopeless at going up to people and introducing myself. Childhood bullying sapped all my self confidence to wander over to people as I did at that school and then they would all laugh at me and say “haha.. who does she think she is?”. So I can’t do it anymore.
If you see me. Please please please come and say hello.
And can I ask you another favour? I am rubbish with remembering names. So please introduce yourself to me. I will have forgotten your real name and that we chatted for an hour last year. Seriously. I got my own daughter’s date of birth wrong on the phone to the doctor last week.
Please come and say hello and ask for a free hug. I have lots of those to give out. And I would really like to go away from the weekend thinking I caught up with old friends but also made lots of new ones.
That’s what BritmumsLive is all about for me. how about you? What are you looking forward to this weekend?