What a week I’ve had… I can’t believe it’s December already as I’ve been working non-stop and have barely had time to breathe: Now the week has finished with me unexpectedly winning an award – it’s crazy (and of course wonderful)!
The Thirty Plus Awards are now in their second year (I was very honoured to be a judge last year) and several weeks ago someone very kindly nominated me for the Most Addictive Blog Award. That in itself is very humbling, but to be shortlisted by the panel of judges and THEN go on to win (when you’re not expecting to win in any way shape or form) is absolutely amazing! I popped up to London yesterday to attend the awards even though I knew(!) I wouldn’t win – I wanted to see friends, have a few drinks and celebrate all the amazing ladies doing amazing things in the blogosphere.
But then I won the award in my category…!!
Really, the thanks all goes to you, my readers: Without the engagement I receive and the support and kind words you send me I’d never have the desire to continue writing this ol’ blog every week. It’s been a turbulent couple of weeks in the blogosphere, and I know that all you sane and level-headed readers know/believe that the majority of bloggers (including myself) are honest, decent folks who write things we think you’d like and are able to do this while earning a living. We’re not all out to deceive and mislead and grab all the freebies we can which is what some people seem to think… but that’s another blog post for another day.
Above: The stunning glass trophy (or is it a plaque?) and the engraved Henry London rose gold watch… what a gorgeous prize!!
I HOPE THAT OUR WINS ARE INSPIRING OTHERS TO GO OUT THERE AND PURSUE THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO IN LIFE, WHETHER THAT’S STARTING A BLOG, CHANGING CAREER, TAKING UP MOUNTAIN CLIMBING OR WEARING LEATHER TROUSERS FOR THE FIRST TIME
Talking of other bloggers, huge congratulations to Nikki of Midlifechic who also won last night – Blogger of the Year, no less! As a fellow member of the Over40Collective and a recently-turned-50 blogger, it goes to show that older women CAN do amazing things. I hope that our wins are inspiring others to go out there and pursue the things you want to do in life, whether that’s starting a blog, changing career, taking up mountain climbing or wearing leather trousers for the first time – age is NOT a barrier to any of these things!
The night itself was a lot of fun and it was lovely to catch up with so many lovely ladies I know already and to meet lots of new faces, plus how nice that so many wanted pictures with me and/or said they’ve been fans of my blog for ages – it was really quite humbling 😊. And a massive thank you goes to to Hayley of London Beauty Queen for organising the awards, WHAT a trooper.
So thank you again for all the support and for voting for me, I truly appreciate it. I think because I didn’t nominate myself for this award (unlike the UK Blog Awards which, if you can believe it, are coming around again so I’ll be asking for votes for that from next week to see if I can win two years in a row?!) I feel it was entirely down to my readers this time.
BELOW ARE A FEW PICTURES FROM THE NIGHT (EXCUSE THE GRAINY iPHONE PICTURES), I HOPE YOU ENJOY THEM… THANK YOU AGAIN!!
P.S. If you’re a blogger over 30 then I’d definitely recommend you join the thriving Thirty Plus community – and why not enter yourself next year… you never know what might happen!
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