I have been a smidge absence as of recent so one can only apologise for my Houdini act. Work truly has kicked my arse recently and I just completely lost my blogging and youtube mojo, taking a couple of weeks off to focus on everything else (but also spent 90% of the last few weeks feeling insanely guilty for not writing!). I have never been someone who finds blogging easy – I don’t have much luck with words and my photos aren’t flat lay perfection but I’ve done this blog for me. I started my first blog at university as an escape from a difficult time and moved into youtube when I wanted to document the run up to our wedding; It is time to bring it alllll back to basics.
For me, one of the best things that has come out of blogging has been the friendships I’ve made, especially a group of three girls who changed my life. If I need someone to gush over the latest beauty bay releases, or moan about my work life, they’re there. If we go for dinner, we know the rules (no eating until the IGs have been taken!) and they have been there for me thick and thin for the longest time now.
When one of them – Molly – stated that she had been invited to a Benefit event, I jumped at the chance of being her plus one. We always have a laugh together and the thought of a writing workshop with Laura Jane Williams (I’ll get on to her shortly!) was a chance I didn’t want to turn down.
I’m never going to be a writer – mainly because I don’t think I have the pazzazz that comes with being a good writer. I have a story to tell but struggle to get those words down onto paper in a way that makes them engaging. I don’t struggle with words in person, which is maybe why I find youtube much easier, but I want to write word people want to read, so the workshop content was going to be right up my street.
Firstly lets just mention the venue – The Hockley Arts Club in Nottingham – this genuinely deserves a post all of its own. I’ve have been to HAC a number of times but it doesn’t get any less stunning every time. Adorned in the most gorgeous cherry blossom as far as the eye can see, this was the perfect location for an insta worthy event. The drinks are always fab (and always have a twist..) but Benefit created a number of their own drinks for the day. It was incredible.
Secondly, being at an event by Benefit (even as a plus one!) was a real pinch me moment. They always go out of their way to ensure the greatest of events which have always left me reeling with jealousy when I’ve seen them on IG so to actually be there was a dream come true. To say the girls from benefit were babes is also an understatement so a huge thank you to them for everything they did, it was a day to remember.
Thirdly, Laura Jane Williams – if you don’t know who is she is already then WHO ARE YOU, but I bloody love this woman. I love catching up on her stories online and love that she is unabashedly herself; girl does that lady know how to capture an audience. I could have listened to her talk a thousand times over and loved every second of it. She has split her soul in her books, enraptured me with her audio books and has a tv show upcoming too.
We discussed a number of her ‘writing rules’, where we think social media is going and also did a few practise writing exercises too. I left the event floating on cloud 9, brimming with motivation to get out and get writing again. I even got home from the event and filmed for the first time in several weeks!
I cannot thank Benefit enough for an amazing event which has left me buzzing for the future and where I can take everything I do.