Last week I had the absolute honour of hosting a workshop with my close friend and business partner Jessica Huie MBE on ‘Turning Passion Into Pounds’.
The free workshop took place in the exquisite setting of Aubaine in Marylebone and was part of Stylist Magazine’s ongoing #ReclaimYourLunchBreak campaign, which saw a host of free events take place across London and Leeds- and WOW! what a session it was!
The positive energy in the room was utterly uplifting- and although I was there to inspire the audience to turn their creative talents into a business, I myself, left the workshop feeling more inspired than ever.
The 40-strong audience was full of talented, driven, kick-ass women ready to build on existing business or take their ideas and make them flourish.
I love nothing more than when incredible ladies come together to support and inspire one another and Friday as Girl Power at its best!
It was such an empowering experience teaming up with Jessica Huie MBE on the event, particularly after the success of the panel we were on together at the British Library the week earlier-and I’m excited to reveal that we’re embarking on a UK tour with these workshops next year so watch this space peeps!
Jessica in action-
Jess is a renowned publicist at JH Public Relations and founder of the award-winning multi-racial Color Blind Cards, so she used the workshop to share her expertise on self-promotion and how to position your business in order to stand out from your competitors.
I shared my journey and experience as a full time professional blogger with a team of three, and background an award winning screenwriter and director to the audience, offering insight into the powerful and lucrative digital space we inhabit online with actionable tips on how you can find and nurture an audience and potential consumer base.
Jessica and I also discussed the merging of more traditional media to online, how bloggers such as myself are cast as TV presenters, models and to front major campaigns both in print as well as online- and the spring off opportunities which can arise from blogging be it book deals to e-shops and working with global brands.
I also spoke a lot about confidence and how to harness self-belief.
-Now is a good time to thank Planet for making me feel truly confident in this gorgeous textured print jersey dress they gifted me for the event.
I write a lot about confidence on the blog, about the importance on relentlessly working on building self-belief and not only grasping opportunities as they arise but actively creating opportunities for yourself.
If you want to make it, you need to believe in yourself people, hone your voice and skills and go out and make it happen!
And, as Jessica so wisely emphasised on the day, always make sure you have a plan.
Even if it sounds ridiculous – such as being as big as Beyonce (one day hey folks!), put it our there!
You need to have objectives you can work towards and I can’t stress enough the importance of writing down your life goals!
A huge thank you to all those who attended.
I loved seeing some of my brilliant blogging family in the audience, including Nomita of Ebabee Likes, Mirka of All Baby Advice and Fitness 4 Mamas– and of course, the hugely talented Amee D’Souza who works for me in design and branding.
Huge thanks also to, Ekaterina of Ekaterina Greek Expectations (who wrote this fabulous review of the session), Bella of Along Came Jay and of course a big shout out to my great friend Uju of Babes About Town for introducing the event and moderating the Q&A session.
A multi-talented screenwriter and blogger, Uju, along with gifted Mirka and Nomita are some my oldest blogging besties-my sisters.
We support and champion one another and it’s an absolute joy to know and work with these ladies.
Below with Ekaterina-
As always, I vlogged about my day, which you can watch here (it’s an entertaining one):
So if you have passion or creative talent, please don’t waste it! You too, can turn it into a successful venture.
And if you’re struggling for time, then take heed from Stylist and why not use your lunch break. Dedicate an hour a day to your passion and you’ll soon reap the rewards!
Thank you to everyone who attended the event.
Until the next one, in 2016!