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O is for optimism

O is for optimism

I’m a positive person, most of the time. I try to always see the good or the what-could-be-good in something but some days that’s harder to do than others. On a gloomy Monday morning, it’s all to easy to feel down in the dumps about the long week ahead or the mountain of housework that’s staring you in the face and it’s times such as these that the little glimmer of optimism takes a little more digging to find.

I had one of these moments this week, where the day was just not going as planned, I wanted to run and hide and start over again. Smiles weren’t coming easy, laughs; non-existent, optimism; out for lunch.

Then something happened. Something wonderful and exciting happened, I got an email.

A lot of my correspondence comes via email these days so I do tend to check throughout the day (especially as Baby R has trashed our house phones so it’s the best way to contact me other than text.) And as I’m setting up my own business, I need to keep on top of everything. However on this particular  day I had to wait until I got home and so as I ploughed through the spam, blog and business emails, one in particular stood out.

congratulations, you’ve been shortlisted!

With the MADDS and BIBS blogging award nominations announced I was curious so clicked and read on, with amazement and disbelief I forgot about my pants of a day and in an instant I returned to my optimistic self. I’d been shortlisted as the Best Working Parent Blogger in the Working and Mums awards.

Working and mum awards 2015, shortlist for best working parent blogger


I’ve been writing Mum in a Nutshell for 10 months now and it’s quickly become a huge part of my life, I’ve had fabulous opportunities, discovered some lovely  like-minded people,  had the courage to start a new career and found an outlet to share my thoughts . What could have been a quiet maternity leave was instead a time of learning and new adventures. I’ve loved learning the ropes of an up coming and ever-changing digital world, tweaking and personalising my site, pitching to PR’s and even completed a diploma in digital marketing to help me on my way.

The hours are long, the pay is peanuts, but man do I love it!

To just be shortlisted feels a huge achievement and is the pat on the back I needed for all my hard work. All the evenings typing away while my husband sits patiently beside me, the days out lugging round a heavy DSLR to catch the best photos and the early mornings promoting my posts on social media and answering comments. So to quote this wonderful email that brought back a smile on my face, I’m sharing the closing line with you, my readers, below.

This is a huge achievement, please feel free to proudly announce to the world that you’re considered one of the best Working Parent Bloggers today

life behind the scenes as a busy mummy blogger

life behind the scenes as a busy mummy blogger

If you’d like to vote for your favourite working parent blogger Click here or visit their Facebook page for updates

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  1. Michelle Reeves (Bod for tea)
    22nd June 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Congratulations Ali! I’m so delighted for you, its a wonderful achievement. Good luck with the next stages but whatever the outcome be PROUD! Thanks for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

    • 22nd June 2015 / 10:46 pm

      I’m not expecting anything to come of it, I’m up against Honest Mum who’s amazeballs! I’m just pleased to be shortlisted and will settle for that.

  2. 23rd June 2015 / 10:52 am

    Congratulations ! And good luck, it’s amazing to have the recognition isn’t it 🙂 #sharethejoy

  3. 26th June 2015 / 11:18 pm

    Congratulations! I bet your face was a picture reading that after such a bad day! Thanks for linking up with #sundaystars x

  4. 29th June 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Congratulations – it is always nice to get some recognition for your hard work

  5. 1st July 2015 / 12:16 am

    Congratulations, that’s fabulous! What a brilliant achievement, you should be really proud, makes all the hard work worthwhile 🙂 Good luck with the next stage xx

    • 1st July 2015 / 3:31 am

      Thanks Sara. I’m being really realistic that this is probably as far as I’ll get and I’m more than happy with that.

  6. 1st July 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Well done! It’s great to be recognised and acknowledged by your peers. Fingers crossed for you.

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