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.
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