"Always remember that, nine times out of ten, you probably aren't having a full-on nervous breakdown- you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit." Caitlin Moran.
That was exactly I felt, nervous with excitement. You live a life in a comfortable bubble with your family and friends and sometimes you need to shake things up a bit and a blog is what I started. Some jump in and swim, other's like me dip the toes in slowly until I was used of the water. Scary cat you said?
Joining up a blog school.
This year I joined The Clever Cookie School of Blog. I wasn't expecting such a wonderful community of supportive and encouraging women and men, lead by our inspiring and loveliest mentors Chantelle of Fat Mum Slim and professional photographer Rowe Timson. It was 4 weeks of blogging, learning all about the blog world with great advice from our teachers/mentors and the best part was and still is the constant flow from the students- our blog community. Chantelle and Rowe gave us so much of their time and advice, answering all questions which is amazing considering our blog class is big! It felt personal and welcoming, as it got closer to the end of the 4th week, we started to feel sad and wanted more!
In the end of the course I completed so much within the month. I added more life and detail to my blog and started to post more (not so much during the month of our course) but post-course and keeping up with the community has been lovely. Thank you Chantelle and Rowe, you girls did amazing for a first timer for blog school!
The Sydney Clever Cookie Graduation High Noon Tea.
It was during the course Sam with the help of Lisa, suggested a Sydney graduation event, at The Victorian Room in the QVB. An opportunity to get to meet the local students, mingling with bloggers alike. A lovely way to conclude our course.
As I travelled on the bus to the city, my nerves were trying to overcome my body and I know this feeling too well, anxiety. I kept calm and told myself it's only 2 hrs. This was a big goal for me, attending an event alone and meet a group of strangers (who aren't really). I felt this was something I couldn't miss out. My problem isn't that I'm an introvert but how the anxiety attacks my body and mind to stop me from socialising, conversing naturally with others. I didn't want to be a zombie like guest.
When I arrived, I waited to be seated. The waitress replied with a smile 'oh yes the big group with the gifts' directing me to the table.
As soon as I saw the faces, I relaxed. At first I may have come across as an extrovert, the nerves always make me talk more but after the introduction, I exhaled and realise it was going to be alright. Everyone is so lovely and approachable and we talked non-stop, mincing words with the delicious food when the 2 hrs was nearly up. No! Too soon, we were warming up, making new friends; perhaps that's the reason we were given a glass of bubbles. We exchanged our gifts, lots of excitement and joy receiving notebooks, journals etc to get more inspired to write. Thanks to Lisa for the great gift exchange idea.
Overall, the morning went wonderfully well and all of us are looking forward to our next get together with new faces to meet from the girls who couldn't make it.
As we sat down, we were greeted with this delicious gift by Sam. Sam's delicious caramel fudge recipe is found here.
Delicious sweet treats...
...all served with a glass of bubbles and pots of hot brewed tea with scones and finger sandwiches.
The lovely Shannon, Lisa (who organised the bookings and Happy birthday for the day too!) and Stephanie.
Sneaky photo of Sam taking a pic.
The lovely Stephanie, Kirralee and Di.
The lovely Sam who thought of the idea of meeting up and Chris who made us lol (photo courtsey of Sam)
Lovely Michelle and Jackie.
Jackie's little lady joining the girl's group.
The first Sydney Clever Cookie Blog School graduates of 2014. (I'm the one sitting in the front and the lovely girl next to me is Vivien.)
Please hover and click over the names of the girls to check out their amazing blogs.