Last night I had the privilege of not only attending the UK Blog awards at the Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster, but being also being shortlisted. Over 2000 blogs were entered and 78,000 votes cast and little me made the short list in not one but TWO categories!!
“Don't gobblefunk around with words.” - Roald Dahl, The BFG
Preparation started on the Thursday when I went shopping with my sister and Noah and my niece in tow. Anyone who has ever shopped with children will know how stressful this can be. Several hours later I selected a dress from Lipsy, the staff in the store were brilliant, helping me try stuff on and entertaining Noah when he was getting bored, so a massive thank you to them. Then Friday arrived and we headed for the hotel, where I left Chris to relax whilst I got ready with the girls…then it was time for the awards. The rooms looked incredible, the theme for this years awards was Roald Dahls BFG, I loved his books as a child (and even now) so was very impressed with the theme choice!
I wish I could talk to you about all the winners but I could never do them justice in the space I have, so take a look here where they are all named - http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/uk-blog-awards-2016-winners-and-highly-commended-blogs?platform=hootsuite
Even though I didn’t win I had an amazing night and it was also a chance for me to take a step back and really appreciate how far the blog has come. It is crazy that we were even sat there…2000 entries, 78,000 votes and I was a finalist.
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it”
When I started this all the idea of being nominated for awards never mind winning them could not have been further from my mind, but I sit here today having won one award and having been shortlisted for three others. I am so so grateful that I have been but the host said something at the start of the awards that really hit home with me. It isn’t about the number of clicks you get, the advertising opportunities, sponsored links, likes or followers. Blogging is about the reality – never lose who you are and why you started it all, remember to remain true to yourself. And this is all so true; everyone sat there had their reason they started. It is crazy that I was even sat there, again I say this…2000 entries, 78,000 votes and I was a finalist. I know I say it all the time but I only set out to try and help people, to lend a friendly ear, share my experiences, and I consider myself lucky to have been in the position to do that. She talked about how we hide behind our screens and words, and in doing that we never fully appreciate the impact or reach we have.
Where are we?” she asked.
“We is in Dream Country,” the BFG said. “This is where all dreams is beginning.”
I was very humbled to be given a gift from my sister in law. She had my blog turned into a book. It is gorgeous and I am so touched by the effort that went into it, it is such a thoughtful gift. I have spent the last few days reading it from the start which is a very strange, but amazing thing to be doing, I don’t remember writing a lot of it!
I know this isn’t a very long post but I am still so overwhelmed by Friday night and for once I just don’t have the words. I have been told a few times that my smile was broad and I looked so happy. I really was, it was an amazing night and I was so grateful to be there. I have you all to thank for that. So once again thank you from the bottom of my heart for your votes, ongoing support and for following us on this journey.
Today I don’t hate epilepsy – I can’t believe I have actually written that, but in the spirit of carrying on the positive from the awards. If I didn’t have epilepsy I would never have been in that support group that led me to Alex. If I didn’t have epilepsy this blog would never have existed and I wouldn’t be able to help those that I have. And ok this isn’t because of the epilepsy more in spite of it, we have a beautiful baby boy.
Check out a few photos from the night, they say a picture speaks a thousand words.
My names Faye, mostly known for being a tea addict and keen runner and swimmer. I'm 32, married and I had my 1st child in June 2015, oh and I also happen to have epilepsy. This is my story of Pregnancy, Motherhood & Epilepsy.