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My Manifesto

September 18, 2013


Photo credits: David McNeil

After the first day of Blogcademy I was on the tube back to the hotel and words were dancing around in my head. After that first day my neurons had been so stimulated and so many ideas had been made clear that I finally felt ready to commit my Manifesto to paper. It is a declaration of intention, of objectives and letting the world know exactly who I am and what I am doing. As soon as I sat down in my hotel room I wrote it in under 10 minutes. The next day I was so excited about it that I showed it to Gala Darling and she liked it so much, she asked me to read it out loud to the whole class. It was with a mix of pride and embarrassment that I did it, but I am glad as my fellow Blogcadettes seemed to like it. As I’m afraid the majority of my blog friends weren’t there to see this, I thought I’d post it here. I hope you like it as much as I do, so here it goes.

I believe in having fun, laughter and being silly. I believe in colour, sparkle and funky shoes. I refuse to settle for black flats shoes and muted coloured clothes. I refuse to settle for sitting in front of the telly watching the soaps or reading the gossip magazines. I refuse to be told that I’m too old to enjoy the things that I like. 

You’re a grownup because you are responsible and considerate. You’re a grownup because you pay your bills. You’re a grownup because you are allowed to vote. You’re not a grownup because you are boring and serious all the time. You’re not a grownup because wear boring and uninspiring clothes. 

I’m a 30 something, who keeps being told she’s too old for some things and too young for others. The age of un-defined. On here I share the adventure that is my life and for now this is who I am. This will change and evolve, naturally. Will you join me on this journey? 


PS: That lovely and talented lady sat next to me is Jocelina of Pink Chocolate Break.


Free your mind and the rest will follow.

September 11, 2013

This weekend I attended the Blogcademy event. This was an event organized for people who are interested in taking their blogging to the next level and become pros at it, regardless of blogging as a support for a business, to gain revenue, etc.

We had Kat Williams of Rock n Roll Bride, Shauna Haider of Nubby Twiglet and Gala Darling of Gala Darling as our headmistresses. And why? Because these ladies know what they are doing and talking about. They have managed each in their own way to turn their blogs into their livelihoods and become leaders in their niches. The course was very informative and delivered in a very sparkly way.A friend who saw some of the photos commented he wasn’t sure I was having a meeting or a party. I told him that it was a bloggers seminar, it had to look and feel like a party!

I have to say that taking these #selfies with the pros made me realize I need to practice the blogger face a bit more, haha.

Kat getting involved.

I am glad I decided to enroll in the course because it really made a difference. For me it provided some structure and allowed me to organize some ideas in my mind about what I was already doing with my page and where I want to take it. I have now decided what I am doing with it and it’s a great feeling. Also getting some feedback from the pros (and mostly good) was an amazing confidence boost. Now I know I am not as bad as I thought I was and I know what areas I need to focus on, instead of having to worry about EVERY single detail. This has freed me from some of the pressure I have been putting on myself and it felt amazing. All of this was delivered along with servings of cake, sweets, and a fantastic goody bag with bunny ears from Crown and Glory (remember I interviewed Sophie here?) and a glittery stars necklace from Head Full of Feathers among other fabulous items. We can’t forget about the cute photobooth either!

One of my favourite things was meeting with like minded individuals who are mostly on the same page. Sometimes it is really hard to find people with whom we can discuss this blogging business, as most of our friends either don’t give a rats arse about it or don’t know what we are babbling about. I am happy to say I made some new friends and we are definitely keeping in touch! (Plus there were many ladies with amazing coloured hair. I think I’ve never seen so many in the same room at the same time!)

Tina of I Love Lotta and Jocelina from Pink Chocolate Break. These two ladies flew in from Switzerland and Holland to attend the seminar. Respect!

I also made my own goody bag, to give to my fellow blogcadettes and I was chuffed to see that everyone liked it. I made some illustrations, stuffed them in a pink envelope along with some gold star confetti, along with a business card and put it in my own tote bag, now also available to the general public. (If anyone is interested just drop me a line).

Lydia of Lydia Linnea modelling my bag.

I came back home with a brain full of ideas, totally over stimulated and with a new boost of confidence. And you know what? It really worked because yesterday I was offered my dream job. This really has been a week of wonders!