{The Ordinary Moments 14} #25 ‘People Like Me.’

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I have said many times before what blogging has bought to my life.  It’s strange but I almost can’t remember a time before it, it’s become such a big part of it.  It’s just my ordinary life now- I wake up, I look after my girls, I check in on social media, I write a blog post or I see what my online friends are doing- it’s just become a second nature to me.

It’s a hard thing to explain to someone who isn’t a blogger.  For a long time I was embarrassed of my little online space, fearing people would think I was ‘weird’ for sharing so much of our lives online, or ‘odd’ for chatting to people I didn’t know via a computer.  And to an outsider, maybe it is a little hard to comprehend.

But this weekend I sat in a room full of women (and a few men too!)  who ‘get it’.  People like me.  They understand what it is like to feel an incredible connection to people who you only speak to through typed words on a screen, or a ‘like’ on social media.  How it feels to feel like you know someone inside and out even though it’s the first time you have met face to face.  All united in the fact that we are women and mothers who share a love, a passion, and a very special hobby.

I spent lots of time with some amazing friends, real life friends not just ‘online’ ones.  Friends who I confide in, laugh with, cry with and share a very special bond.   Ladies who I am exceptionally proud to know.  I got to meet so many lovely people and I wish I could name each and every one but I would get finger ache, there’s that many.  I got to share many hugs and happy words, even if they were just a fleeting hello.  It’s a great feeling to feel such a sense of unity, support, kindness and love amongst people from all different walks of ilfe.

And to top it all off I won an award.  All the finalists in my category were amazing and I was in such shock.  I reached the stage shaking like a leaf and mumbled something about how I wasn’t very good at this kind of thing but it meant the world to me.

And that’s just it.  It really does.

Without being cheesy, blogging has changed my life.  It’s brought me opportunities I could only dream of, it’s enabled me to finally take the leap to work for myself, it’s made me meet people who I am lucky to call my friends and it’s made me appreciate every.single.second with my girls.  It’s taught me that incredible sadness exists, that it’s ok to cry in front of a room full of 500 people and that we are all connected by this quite frankly amazing online community.

Blogging is such a ordinary moment for me now, as much of a part of my day to day life as brushing my teeth.  But when you stop and really think about it, it’s actually a very extraordinary thing to be a part of.  I am truly thankful to get a chance to be part of a community of ‘people like me.’

 


(I was a bad blogger and didn’t take many photos this weekend but here a couple I did take- would have loved to have taken some more with others.)

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An absolute pleasure spending a lot of the weekend with these ladies, what fabulous friends- Jenny, Lucy and Morgana.

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The ever so lovely Alison, someone I feel thrilled to have finally spent time with after chatting online for SO long, and beautiful Alex who is hands down one of the sweetest girls I have ever met.

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Toilet selfies and Lucy, my bestest.

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Still in shock.

*Disclaimer- Winning an award is definitely not an ‘ordinary moment’ for me but it’s ok to bend the rules every now and again.  😉


328 Comments

  • Huge congratulations on winning, you totally deserved it! Love your photos, I’m hoping I pluck up the courage to go one year eek xx

  • So lovely to have finally met you! Totally know what you mean about feeling you know people so well without ever having met them. I think, to be honest, it does sound bizarre unless you are a part of it. So thankful for blogging in my life too! Well done on the award and happy Sunday back with your family!

  • It’s so true that blogging is hard to understand from the outside looking in, but that’s a part of the reason I love it so much; it’s ours! Like a special club for like minded people, and we are all connected by belonging to that community. It was a great weekend with so many lovely ladies and my bestie. And I’m so proud of you for your award, I knew you would win, you’re the best family blog around. x

  • Congratulations on your award! Love the photos, make me wish I had gone, this bloody operation has made me miss out of so much, although there is no way I could have gone up and made a speech for me award, I would have passed out, literally! I’ve never spoken in front of more than like 30 people and even that was terrifying! xx

  • Donna says:

    I’m still in London – Home this afternoon! I had such a great time – My first BritMums and am still a little bit in shock that everyone is actually ‘real’ and doesn’t just exist in my phone and laptop :)
    So glad I came to say hello, although briefly, lovely to meet you! x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Even though it was brief it was lovely to meet you too! Hopefully we will have more time to chat one day! x

  • Huge Congratulations on winning the award! Very well deserved. I wish I could have been there but it just wasn’t possible so never mind. Looks and sounds like you had an amazing time and bet it was lovely to meet so many like-minded bloggers! :) xx

  • Fritha says:

    I was so proud of you for winning Katie! so well deserved and lovely sharing this moment with you, I loved our table :) xx

  • Huge congratulations on your award, so deserved!! It is amazing how blogging really does become a truly real part of your life!! I am so thankful for the blogging community I feel like I really am always amazed at how friendly and lovely everyone is!! X

  • Huge congratulations Katie, so sorry that it didn’t manage to say hello this weekend x You are absolutely right about blogging, and this weekend has been amazing and so incredibly special x

  • Lovely post, and so true. It’s funny how quickly blogging has become “the norm” amd I’ve surprised myself at how much I’ve missed it the past few weeks as life has been a but hectic and I’ve struggled to find the time to fit it in, A year ago I didn’t even really know what a blog was.

    I was following all the details of Britmums on twitter and it looked like everyone was having a wonderful time. Planning to buy my ticket for Britmums next year later this week, and am already giddy!

  • Polly | Polly's Little World says:

    Lovely post Katie, it sounds and looks like a wonderful weekend. Really hoping to go next year, there are so many faces I’d love to put to the blogs. Huge well done on your award, your blog is amazing and your award is very well deserved.
    Xxx

  • Anna-Marie says:

    Lovely post and so jealous you got to meet everyone I want to meet!! 😉

  • Alison Perry says:

    Ahhh it was SUCH a special weekend and I loved being able to hang out with you properly and chat. You are an awesome lady and I look forward to lots more wine-fuelled days/nights together xx
    PS CONGRATS AGAIN

  • Mummy Says says:

    Katie it was so so wonderful to meet you. And, I get it. We all get it. And I agree, it’s amazing to be in a room with so many people on the same wavelength. Huge congratulations on your award. It is so so well deserved and I know there will be many more. You are an inspiration xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Oh thank you Kiran, how lovely. It was so lovely to meet you too, you are every bit as sweet as I thought you would be. x

  • Jenna says:

    Congratulations on your award, very well deserved. You are an inspiration. x

  • MrsShilts says:

    Congratulations Katie, so well deserved. Your blog is such an inspiration. It was lovely to see you, sorry we didn’t get chance to catch up but I know how precious time is to catch up with everyone during the weekend. Blogging has a very special place in my heart x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Emma, it was so lovely to see you even if it was just for a quick hug! So hard to talk to everyone isn’t it? x

  • LauraCYMFT says:

    Well done on your award! Very well deserved. Looks like you had a brilliant time :) x

  • So true about being around people who “get” the blogging thing. Like so many of us I’m sure, I constantly get sidewise glances and raised eyebrows!

    Was a pleasure to meet you! xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Was a pleasure to meet you too Sian, you were someone who I was looking forward to meeting. x

  • katie says:

    Ahh congrats again Katie – was so happy for you! It was lovely to meet you in person too :) Glad you had such a great weekend xxx

  • Pinkoddy says:

    Many congratulations on your award. I couldn’t agree more with how blogging can change lives and so glad it happened to you too.

  • I absolutely love this post, and although I didn’t go to BritMumsLive I completely understand how you have felt over the two days. I’ve only been blogging since March and already it fills a huge part of my life and thoughts. I’m so pleased for you in winning an award, and that you are so inspired to continue x

  • HELEN says:

    it was good to see you & share a few laughs & hear some of your foodie tips (pahahahahahahaha).
    Congrats again on your award !
    x

  • Anna says:

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiring blogger and motivating mummy, the award is very well deserved.

  • Michelle says:

    Well done Katie :) I am over the moon you won. I’m so pleased to have met you. Your amazing and such an inspiration to me. I think that’s why I became quite shy (sorry) Hope to meet you again xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thank you Michelle and it was so so lovely to meet you too, even if it was just briefly. Hopefully next year we can chat more. x

  • So pleased you won – and you looked fabulous all weekend! Blogging really is a game changer in so many ways x

  • Well done again for your well deserved award. It was so lovely to meet you xx

  • Laura says:

    Welldone on winning the BIBS, such a pity I didn’t get to come over and say hello, I did see you talk to Fritha but I was being pull din all different directions – hopefully next year :) Joining in for the first time with Ordinary Moments – very excited :)

    Laura x

  • Coombemill says:

    You looked stunning there and here in your photos and a wonderful win too. What a great 2 days and a pleasure to catch up with you

  • Carie says:

    It’s the best thing about blogging meet ups isn’t it – the fact that you don’t have to explain to anyone why you do what you do, or mutter something a little vague about having a website. And I’m so thrilled that you won – as was everyone else – which I think might just have been obvious from the really loud whoops and cheering from our table – yay for you and thoroughly well deserved!

  • Honest Mum says:

    Huge Congrats, sorry we didn’t really get to chat! You looked fabulous and it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. I loved every minute of it x

  • Massive congratulations on your award- you truly deserve it, Your blog is wonderful and you’ve clearly put so much into it. Saw lots of photos of Brit Mums on Instagram and Twitter. It looks like everyone had a lovely time. I wasn’t really aware of it before seeing all the posts. Maybe I should aim to go next year! And i totally know what you mean by blogging being a different world. Many of my nearest and dearest still don’t even know about Oh Little One Sweet and some people who do know don’t understand the world of blogging… xx

  • Hi Katie, lovely to meet you, sorry if I gatecrashed your dinner and was a bit of a drunk mess, felt quite bad the next day as I know you probably just wanted to catch up with friends. Congrats again on your award! x

  • Congrats!!!!!!! Looking fab as always! Sorry I didn’t get to speak to you more than a quick ‘hey’ after the bibs. x

  • Louisa says:

    Huge congratulations!! It’s down to you and Lisa inspiring me that I started up my own little blog. Hopefully we will get to meet up and chat at another event soon x

  • Loved hanging out with you over the weekend and so proud that I can call you a friend. Looking forward to our next meet up xxx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I loved hanging out with you too M, and hopefully our little foursome can get together soon. x

  • Huge congrats on your award. The website is beautiful and your photography is stunning. You deserve it. Glad you had such a good time at Britmums and maybe see you there next year?! x x

  • Nodded along to all this and I’m so, so glad you won! I may have whooped a little when I saw it on twitter. I’m reading everyone’s posts to encourage me to get my early bird ticket…I will go next year! So lovely to see everyone having such a great weekend xx

  • Ritz says:

    so so happy you won :) i would love to meet you and other lovely bloggers :) and your words once again have hit the nail about blogging and my life without it :) xxx

  • Katrina says:

    Oh my Gawjus Katie!! CONGRATS (pssst, it’ll be no surprise i voted for you!) A very well deserved win. It was great to see you, & such a shame it was such a fleeting ‘hi’, but i’m determined to see you again soon! I totally get this post, & you explain all the emotions involved with blogging so well! :) xx

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