Monday, 30 June 2014

One Year On: Blogging & Opportunities

I don't usually write personal post but decided I need to tell this story.....


I started my blog May last year and to say I was naive about blogging would be an understatement. I knew my husband wrote one and I read it religiously. It was actually himself that persuaded me to write one. I just needed an outlet for myself, as I had given up my job to stay at home with Lillibug, which is something that I will never regret as I get to see her flourish everyday! 

As I sat up at 5am setting up my blog and doing research into it I realised there is a whole network/community of bloggers and I had been reading them without even realising it. I thought they were online magazines or targeted websites (you see how naive I was?). I truly believed that hubby (out of politeness) would be my only reader! I wrote to keep my sanity, to have a hobby to exercise my brain, to improve my writing, and to take pictures (something I have always loved doing).

Then Twitter happened!!! I found a whole community of bloggers from Irish Beauty Bloggers, Parenting Bloggers, Lifestyle Bloggers, Fashion Bloggers and a whole lot more. They are all full of support, tips, and general fun chit chat. I have made friends through these networks and get to meet up with them on a few occasions.

Sometimes I see comments on Twitter about people doing it for the freebies or the great goodie bags that are given out. This was also a whole new concept and revelation to me (you see, there is the naiviety again). When I was invited to a company event for the very first time after blogging two months, I was totally gobsmacked and honoured. Yes I went to it and so glad I did, I met some inspirational ladies that day! We even got goodie bags, but I didn't feel like I deserved it. I had already been invited to a wonderful event, I couldn't possibly go home with a bag of goodies on top of that. I did, thanks to another blogger telling me to step forward and telling me that everyone was getting one including me. Shyness also plays a part when it comes to these things for me. I don't blog for freebies even though I won't lie, they are an added bonus but I will never expect them either!

So where am I now over a year later? I'm still blogging and I love it more each day and then the unexpected happened...I got a job!!!!!! I'm not going into too much detail yet, but this job opportunity would never of happened or come my way without setting up my blog.


For me it's the dream job. The one I dreamt of back in college! As the weeks go by my confidence is growing again (it has been two and half years since I worked). Ideas are bursting from my head and anything feels acheivable, the sky is NOT the limit. The best part is I'm still able to be at home with Lillibug, watching her grow, laugh, smile and throw the occasional tantrum.

So remember, you never know what opportunities big or small come your way, or who may be watching. Just love what you are doing, and appreciate and respect others around you!!


20 comments:

  1. always great to hear other inspiring bloggers. well done on the job! xx

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    1. Thank you so much Zoe! Just hope that it might show others that anything is possible :) xx

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  2. This was a really uplifting read, absolutely delighted for you! Congrats on the new job, well deserved! X

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    1. Thank you :) Still can't get over my naivety at the beginning but it all turned out well in the end! xx

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  3. So lovely to read an upbeat and positive post! I'm delighted for you, you deserve so much success, you're a lovely person and an amazing blogger! :) x

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    1. Awh thank you Hannah! I can't believe all the nice things you just said!! I'm blushing right now and my cheeks have gone so red I look like I am on fire lol xx

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  4. Wonderful post. I love your blog. I feel like I've been reading it for years not one year!

    I'm with you on the shyness- trying to push myself out there a little more in terms of meeting other bloggers and being part of the community

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    1. Claire that is such a lovely thing to say! I've been reading your blog longer than I've had my own, I love it! I hope that I get to meet you at a bloggers meetup real soon :) x

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  5. Ooh sounds fantastic, best of luck with the new job, so glad you shared your story, uplifting for a fellow blogger ;)

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    1. Thanks Naomi! I'm so glad people are looking at this in such an uplifting way :) Really anything is possible! x

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  6. Ooh congrats delighted for you!

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  7. So pleased to hear this LilliWhiteRose. Love the look of the blog too. Keep posting when you have updates on fb too! that way I will share them. It's lovely to hear a happy story. Wonderful news on the job and how things worked for you. Hugs - you deserve it all.

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    1. Thank you so much Sharon!! Hannah from Love, Life and Makeup done the new look for me, she is an absolute star. I've gotten better at FB lately, really getting back into it xx

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  8. Snap our blogs are nearly the same age! Congratulations on your new opportunity, it really does pay when you do something you love!

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    1. I have been following you from the beginning ;) Thank you so much for the kind comment, I'm so lucky to have been given this opportunity! x

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  9. I wish you loads of luck in your new job. It sounds like it is everything you want. Funny how, if you follow your heart, life has a habit of leading you where you wish to go (with a few cul de sacs along the way).

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    1. lol we live in a cul de sac looks like I'm wondering out of it for a little adventure! Thank you for the luck xx

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  10. That's fantastic news, thrilled for you! As a sahm myself I can see how being able to continue to stay at home makes the job all the more sweeter!

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    1. Thank you so much! I can't believe my luck and the fact that I can be with Lillibug still is just the cherry on top :) x

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