Today, I was lucky enough to be invited to the Blogs & PR first ever Perth meet. I have been looking forward to this event since I received the invitation a month ago, but as I got ready, I started to feel so nervous!
I have always been a bit shy when I am surrounded by people I don’t know and I have never liked networking very much but today served a very different purpose. Today, I represented my blog for the very first time in a room full of talented, inspiring blogging women! Eeeeek!
As I walked into the room, I felt so intimidated but I needn’t have been. I quickly realised that everyone was in the same boat – not knowing many (or any) of the ladies in the room and when I got chatting to those around me, my initial feelings of inadequacy faded and I started feeling inspired and a real sense of belonging. I unfortunately didn’t get to meet everyone but those I did speak to reminded me that in life, we are all on very different and exciting journeys and we can all learn so much from each other.
I was asked several times why I started blogging and found myself explaining that writing about everything I had been through with Chloe was a very healing process. When I first began my blog, I wrote to convince myself that everything was going to be ok. As time has gone on, however, I have learnt that life is different, but still perfect, and I now blog because I want to show Chloe off to the world so that everyone can see how beautiful and amazing she is. I want to break down the stereotypes that exist so that people will see Down syndrome in a more positive and accepting way. As the words came tumbling out of my mouth, I realised that I have made yet another step forward on my journey.
I also hope that my blog is found to be a source of comfort. If there was ever a mother who, like me, received a traumatic diagnosis late in pregnancy (or even at birth or beyond), I would like to think that reading my blog would provide some reassurance that really and truly, everything is going to be alright. Once the grief subsides, life will once again be normal. And happy. Life will not be just about Down syndrome – mine certainly isn’t and this is reflected through my blog posts which are about so many different things.
I was very lucky to meet some amazing ladies today at the Blogs & PR Perth Meet and here is a list of just some of the great blogs I am looking forward to getting know better. If you are interested in adding some new blogs to your reading list, may I suggest you check these out. These gals are lovely!
And last but not least, a big thank you to the sponsors who provided us with some amazing and very unexpected goodies! So spoilt!!
Thank you to Blogs & PR for organising today. I am feeling so inspired and excited to be part of the blogging community. xoxo
|A very excited Emma with all the goodies I brought home today. (And yes! That’s an icecream maker from Kambrook!!)|