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Wow what a whirlwind the FunFest Blogger Summit was last weekend! It was one of those feel-good inspiring events that made me leave energised, and excited (even more, if that was possible) about this beautiful world of blogging!

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Xander loving Me to You’s (not so tiny) Tatty Teddy!

The first of its kind set up by the founders of Public Relations Media Agency MiPR, it ingeniously welcomed children along with their parent delegates, making for an intimate, inclusive event, I felt truly honoured to be hired to speak there.

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With some of the world’s biggest toy and baby brands in the UK in attendance and an eclectic and insightful conference schedule, all held at the grand Whittlebury Hall (near Milton Keynes) in Northampton, it was the ideal venue to network, become inspired and connect with fellow bloggers, and brands.

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sticker bookHere with the brilliant Alexandra of I’m Every Mum and her wonderful daughter, we had a real laugh together and became firm friends 🙂

Thanks Alexandra for the photos below-

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friendsI must say my sons, Oliver, 5 and Alexander, 3 also had the absolute time of their lives, meeting and befriending bloggers’ children, testing new toys soon to be released, and playing in the themed zones in the hotel.

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Friends (too cute)!

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Thanks to the lovely Rachel of Parenting Highs and Lows for the cute capture below:

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More cuteness-

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Oliver loved the sand art from Bee Happy (we reviewed them when he was toddler) and the gift bags the kids took home were bursting with pieces from the brand along with lots of other toys too.

sand artsand artsand artNow for more cuteness (if you can handle more that is)!


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Childminders were on hand to watch the children (along with partners, including mine) so parents could relax at the conference and take in the speeches and panels including the following along with my own.

Each was utterly inspiring and offered practical, actionable advice.

Schedule:

Prepare To Shine – Janey Lee Grace, Radio 2 Presenter & Parenting Expert

What Brands Want From Bloggers and What Bloggers Want From Brands – Chair: Emma Bradley, Emmaand3; Natalie Trice, JustBecauseILove; Simon Ragoonanan, ManVsPink; Robert Munro, Carte Blanche

How To Get Your Blog Noticed – Alice Elliott, The Fairy Blogmother

From Blog to Vlog – Alexandra Hodgson, I’m Every Mum

….Being a foodie I have to state too, the meals and snacks on offer were literally gourmet fare and there was tons to go around- no one went hungry and they catered for all needs and dietary requirements.

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Here are lots more photos from the day.
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Oliver cuddling the giant Tatty, Xander liked touching his nose. Adorable!

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awecuddleIt was amazing seeing old friends and making new ones-

Here with the fabulous Franca of a Moment with Franca, lawyer, blogger and mum of two.
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I also want to share my speech here for those who were unable to make the conference. I was rather overwhelmed by the response to it so thank you for everyone’s kind words at the event.

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I must admit, I got a bit emotional at one point early on, choking back some tears when discussing the traumatic birth I had with Oliver, but Alexander lightened the mood when he strode up on stage and tried to pull my jeans down before proceeding to lick my sandals and yawn loudly.

(Thanks again Alex for capturing my mischievous monkey in action)!
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As the wise Simon of Man Vs Pink observed, it was a definitely a manifestation of the working mother in action!
I later asked Xander if I’d bored him with my speech to which he sweetly nodded and replied that, ‘Yes Mummy, it was sooo boring’. Thanks son!

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So here goes, lets hope it doesn’t bore you guys as much as it did my own offspring!

My intention is that it hopefully empowers those blogging or wanting to blog as both a hobby and a career.

I’ve highlighted the statements that mean the most to me but do hope you read it all.

Thanks.

Thank you for asking me to speak at FunFest, it’s an honour to be here and share my own personal journey of blogging, and how it has become a business and full time job for me, with a team of three at honestmum limited.

…For those unfamiliar with my work, I’m a professional blogger and filmmaker, running parenting and lifestyle blog Honestmum.com, and it’s younger sister style site Mummy’s Got Style-my 2 babies after my very real ones-Oliver, 5 and Alexander, nearly 3.

As with all parents, the juggle of work and family can be stressful, and at times, overwhelming, but blogging has brought about a new way of working for us all, a much-needed flexibility I’d personally not experienced before as a TV director, a sense of control over our business, brand, earnings and time.

A blog can be started instantly. All you need is a computer, some inspiration and the will to begin.

You can sit on your laptop, without any overheads, writing, connecting, and making a living.

…I set up Honestmum.com when my eldest, Oliver, was 10 months old, nearly 5 years ago, as a way to help me rediscover myself. I felt I’d lost my former identity and voice after a traumatic birth, something I’d only had the strength to blog about recently in my post Being Honest: A Traumatic Birth.

I’d endured a tough pregnancy affected by liver condition ICP which resulted in a emergency C-section, and the time that followed was undoubtedly one of the hardest of my life.

I can only really describe it as operating in survival mode, and blogging undoubtedly hugely contributed to me overcoming those bleak times, along with an understanding counsellor and a move closer to family, back home in Leeds.

At that time, Nov 2010, blogging wasn’t particularly common, not in my world anyway, so when I hit publish that very first time, it never once crossed my mind that technology and the way we use it, would move at such a fast pace, it would become my full time job one day.

Blogging has inverted the usual model of working in the media industry, or any industry for that matter, enabling us all to wear many hats and often simultaneously- and as cheesy as it sounds, be whomever we want to be.

Some of my various identities include writer, vlogger, TV presenter, business owner, model…you get the picture.

The beauty of blogging is that it is a democratic sphere too, so whereas before most relied heavily on education, contacts, heck, even nepotism in some cases to open the doors to media careers, blogging has given us all a voice, a platform. POWER (in CAPS) so I’m shouting it.

We are the protagonists in our own narratives and whereas culturally the onus was always on the famous to endorse or sell us entertainment, products, lifestyles and identities, relatable, aspirational, whimsical-now that job has fallen on us: the ‘normals’ whatever that means-you and I.

And I get it, sometimes it’s hard to feel you have anything worthwhile to say, to take your place in what feels like an overcrowded digital space but it’s your personal voice, your character, your loves, desires, point of view, that makes you unique and valid.

I must also state that as with most creative ‘scary’ pursuits, I initially refused what screenwriters like to term as ‘the call to adventure’ – to actually start a blog in the first place…

It was thanks to one of my closest friends, the film director Amancay Tapia who finally, after several months convinced me to buy a domain name and actually start writing about my life as a new mum.

To share the identity loss, the good times (the love for my child) the bad (colic, sleep deprivation, a body I didn’t recognise as my own) moves from London to Bristol then Leeds and ultimately everything I wanted to blog about within this unknown new world I found myself in, going from directing hundreds on set, to just baby and I.

As a director in a male dominated field (I was just one of 7% of female filmmakers) I’d worked incredibly hard to do well in that industry- so during that maternity leave, I craved a space, a window that would help me channel my creativity and also connect me with other parents feeling the same way as I did-a bit lonely and confused.

My blog was my outlet- a means to help me try and understand this ‘brave’ new world I’d found myself in.

I mostly wrote humorous posts to start, light-hearted stories about my Big Fat Greek Family and our move to be closer to be them (something that was crucial to me emotionally)-

After just 2 weeks advertisers started to approach me and within 4, to my great surprise, I found I was a finalist at the national BritMums in Blogging Awards in the Fresh Voice Category.

I accepted a few small campaigns before deciding not to pursue monetizing my blog at that point, I returned to directing fashion commercials when Oliver turned 1 but kept my blog going, despite the odd 5 month gap (gasp-compare that to today’s 5 posts a day some days)…. …And perhaps it is time to fast forward to today.

The last 3 years have seen me become a full time blogger with a Publicist, and a designer/IT support who keeps my blogs looking their best and an assistant helping me as my business expands.

Of course my husband Peter too is invaluable, alongside a full time job in IT he spends a lot of his ‘down time’ shooting pictures of me ‘posing’ in our garden or snapping me cooking up recipes for the blog.

Although I take a decent picture myself, his are incredibly accomplished and more so I need to be in the images a lot of the time for blog posts and campaigns.

And I couldn’t do what I do without my family, my supportive parents help me with childcare regularly and my Mum sums it up when she says we’re a team, because we really are. It’s not lost on me how lucky I am.

And how did this personal space become a business?

My career was borne thanks to the rise and influence in blogging and social media, making us all digital influencers- and I do mean ALL of us-whether you regard your blog as big or small (whatever that means because small can turn big in a matter of days and weeks) we all have targeted, niche audiences that are valued by brands, we affect our readers and friends’ choices be it entertainment to moisturisers and holidays both here and abroad.

We bloggers have worked to hone our voices, to build slick blogs, to earn from our blogs (if we choose to do so of course), we are FRANKLY the pioneers, the editors, the storytellers of our generation.

The joy of blogging/vlogging and being online, means you can share your passions and find a like-minded audience with the click of a button. It’s really that simple.

I’m grateful to have a career I LOVE that works for my young family, that doesn’t require me to be directing on set for 15 hour days. To be away from home. To miss out.

Blogging allows me to use my media background and skills as a filmmaker and magazine editor (being creative, storytelling, negotiating budgets, fees, filming, doing PR, using my knowledge of IP and legal issues and more) and it drives me to learn more, every single day, while often pushing me out of my comfort zone, never failing to stimulate me.

And it does help hugely that I have the arts background that I do, but you don’t need a media degree to succeed as so many bloggers have proved, you can learn on the job, observing others, pushing boundaries, taking courses if you wish, and going for it with style and tenacity.

Simply work out what feels fair to you fee-wise, stay away from pettiness, and always be professional.

I must also stress that although you deserve fees and high ones at that for your work, be clear, negotiate from the off with PR’s and even better, have a middle person to negotiate for you if you can, a friend or fellow blogger or an agent or publicist working on your behalf enabling you to secure the highest fees possible.

I have to add that if something feels right too, do things for the love and joy of them and to learn and gain experience, or because you need that swing in the garden, holiday, or fancy frock-it can open up new opportunities and paid work down the line.

When I reviewed the Nova Harley changing bag, unpaid, on my style blog Mummysgotstyle.com, I never thought it would lead to modelling contracts and so far, the 2nd year of working together, featuring in British Vogue and helping to build my brand doing something so fun with products I love.

Be open. Follow your heart. Help charities that interest you for no fee as I do myself.

Know it’s OK to make mistakes too, I do, regularly, just keep learning from them and growing.

Like all industries, this one is based on relationships so work on carving and nurturing those.

Send a thank you card when you’re invited to a film première or event, keep up to date with contacts. Remind them of your work and check in every month, there’s a lot of bloggers out there, don’t let yourself be forgotten.

Most recently ITV got in touch after discovering my blog and hired for me to present for Good Morning Britain, to cook on camera and share my Back to School tips, it was my dream as a child to be a presenter yet I followed a different path, after my MA I directed drama, and put on-camera pursuits to the back burner- blogging made that childhood dream come true.

You can watch the 3 1/2 minute compilation on YouTube HERE.

When I started Honest Mum, I felt all I had worked for up to that point, was now wasted, I felt low and unemployable, voiceless without direction.

As cliched at it sounds, I wish I could return to that time and give myself a hug, that lost girl at 27 who longed for hope and inspiration.

And here we are today-

Our voices, many which have risen from a place of feeling displaced and unheard, are now cared about, coveted and in huge demand by most importantly our readers and of course global brands, levelling the playing field for us parents in the workforce, empowering us to work in a way that suits us and making a difference to our own and our family’s happiness.

Now has never been a better time to blog. We mummy and daddy bloggers certainly are ‘in Vogue’ and will not be going out of style anytime soon either.

Bloggers have never been more influential, particularly parenting bloggers who has real INFLUENCE and POWER (as I discovered at the Cannes Film Festival when well known entertainment bloggers disclosed their earnings and sought my advice).

When I partner with brands, I look for originality, style along with an ethos I can get behind, companies that will resonate with my own lifestyle and my audience and make sense to my blog. I only work with brands I would use myself.

For me though, above all, it’s the love and passion for the written word and the moving image that makes me want to blog every single day. I would do it even if I didn’t earn a dime as I did at the start.

Sharing my passions in the magazine of my life: food, family, film, fashion, beauty-I want to manifest my point of view of the world, with the world, just as you do- and there’s room for all of us.

Like a print magazine, advertising simply finances me to do just that.
I thought I’d wrap up with two tips I keep reminding myself of daily-to be a hustler, baby (really) and to always KNOW YOUR WORTH: advertisers have immense budgets and you are valuable to them.

Know it, own it, harness it.

This is just the beginning folks-

Thank you

 

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117 Responses

  1. Alison

    Fantastic speech, and I love the idea of being able to take your children along to a blogging conference; it’s a simple and ingenious idea. Maybe next year. #brilliantblogposts
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  2. Mrs Tubbs

    That sounds like an amazing event …. Loads to,see and do for everyone. Thank you for giving those of us who couldn’t go a flavour! Saving for next year’s!
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  3. Hannah Atkinson

    Great speech. I booked my ticket months ago and am gutted that I wasn’t able to attend due to my surgery going wrong. Your pictures have made me even more jealous! Next year……#brilliantblogposts
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  4. Kiri

    Very inspiring post/speech – I too started my blog because I felt like I had lost my identity after becoming a parent. Sounds like a great event too, looks like you all enjoyed it. #brilliantblogposts
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  5. Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy

    I’m so glad you shared your speech, I would have loved to have gone to this but with Archie’s Autism I don’t manage to get to many events. Every time I read a post on your blogging career it really inspires me so much. Blogging has been amazing for me, for my mental health, for emotional support from other Autism & non Autism parents and for enabling me to pursue something for me that is also turning into a career xx
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    • honestmum

      Hi Toni, thank you for your words, they’ve really moved me, blogging is an incredible career and it’s a joy to see you doing so well x

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  6. Cardiff Mummy Says - Cathryn

    Ah, this event looked great! It’s lovely the children were so involved and integral too. It’s really kind of you to share your speech in full here for those of us who weren’t there. I love that your son thought it was boring! Most definitely not for us fellow bloggers. You are right is is changing the media world. As a journalist and PR myself, it is amazing just how influential bloggers are these days. Exciting times ahead for those of us who blog! x
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    • honestmum

      Thank you, glad you didn’t find it boring like Xander haha! A wonderful, democratic and exciting field to be working in, that’s for certain xx

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  7. Lizzy

    Congratulations on a fantastic, fantastic speech. You are a true inspiration! xxx
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  8. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Wow, Vicki… You never fail to wow me!!! That was a truly awe-inspiring speech, and I’m so proud of you and where you’ve got to with sheer determination, hard work and enthusiasm. It’s proof that good things DO come out of bad…!

    Catherine x
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  9. Emma T

    I thought it was an interesting day. Certainly different to any other event, and the desserts were delicious!

    Enjoyed hearing you speak – it was really funny seeing Alexander wandering around and doing just what most children of his age would probably do (well, maybe not the licking!).

    Nice that you’ve shared your speech. I know at other conferences, especially where there’s clashing sessions, sometimes you just want to find out what was said and people don’t make them available which is a shame.
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Emma, so glad you enjoyed my speech, Alexander was hilarious and first time for the licking!!! FunFest and I wanted to share my speech so others who couldn’t make it could hopefully gain some use from it 🙂

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  10. International Elf Service

    I half wrote a comment here and then either posted it by mistake or lost it! Apols either way! This does look brilliant fun and the photos really show what it was like and the atmosphere – gorgeous pics as always! I read your chickenpox story too – so funny! We can always rely on our dads can’t we?!
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  11. Mummy Tries

    Looks like such a great option for taking the whole family, and go YOU being the keynote speaker! I hope more blogging events will take a leaf out of FunFest’s book and cater for all the family xx
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  12. Kate Thompson

    Your boys look like they had a fabulous time! I’m still trying to find my Blogging niche, I’m a writer, not an influencer, and don’t want to do PR but have yet to really get myself out there.
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    • honestmum

      See you can be both, I am-I’m a trainer screenwriter as well as a journalist but I do believe we need to be our very own best PR too. A renowned film producer once advised me that you can be the best in your field but if no one knows how to find you, you’ll go undiscovered. The more you practice PR, the easier it will become 🙂

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  13. Shaz Goodwin

    It sounds like a really successful day on many levels! Fabulous photos.

    My boys are adults themselves now and I wish blogging had been around back in the mid 1990’s BUT it is certainly enriching my life with the people I’ve met in real life and through social media.

    Great speech.
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  14. Rebecca

    Brilliant photographs, of a fantastic day! I really enjoyed your speech too, very inspiring. I attended fun fest as a result of you mentioning it in your brilliant blog posts email last week, a completely last minute thing, and I’m so glad I did – so thank you!
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  15. Ebabee

    Love your speech – so honest and inspiring. Wish I could have heard you deliver it in person – hopefully another time. Love the pictures of the kids and the fact that they wanted to come along. And I wish I had been there to see Xander jump up on stage! xx
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  16. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    Thanks for sharing your speech Vicki. So passionate and inspiring. The conference looks brilliant! Fantastic you can take the kids and there’s lots for them to do! Beautiful pics too! #brilliantblogposts
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  17. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Amazing speech Vicki! Your passion jumps off the screen with your words here and I bet in person it was even more inspiring (if possible!). You’re absolutely right about blogging, it is an incredible world, a world of opportunity, a world of friendships and a world of the unexpected.

    Like you I would do it for no money whatsoever, such is my passion. As I said this morning at an inspirational workshop, blogging hasn’t just changed my life, it has changed me. And really, when it comes to a career or hobby, well you can’t ask really more than that, can you? xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks for your lovely and wise words darling, it was so moving sharing my journey so far. I love the democracy of blogging, it really has opened up so many opportunities for us all and the friendships are the biggest gift aren’t they?! The workshop sounds incredible, I love that blogging has changed you, I feel exactly the same, I limited myself as a director and didn’t even realise it at the time plus finding my voice again at such a low time for a lifeline. Blogging is so utterly empowering isn’t it?! xxx

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  18. Katy (What Katy Said)

    Was a great day and so glad I got to hear you speak again, always fab! Just noticed LJ photobombed one of your pics haha!! What a monkey! xx
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  19. You Baby Me Mummy

    Such a fabulous speech, I only wish I was there to witness the support act in the form of Xander! 😉 xx
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  20. Ness

    I really don’t know how you fit it all in every day! I’m forever chasing my tail just to get the basics done each day!
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  21. Chelsea Williams

    You are a huge inspiration to so many. And you know I am one of those people. You keep me going and seeing just what this world of blogging has to offer. Sending so much love xxxxxxxx
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  22. s

    Love your speech. You hit the nail on the head. It looked like an amazing event. Great job.
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  23. Morgan Prince

    Amazing pictures as usual Vicki and I love your speech. I wish I’d been there to see it. You have worked so hard to get where you are and you do a brilliant job. You are an inspiration. xx
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  24. Maria @ Suburban Mum

    This looked like a great event and wow what an inspirational speech Vicki! You’ve managed to achieve so much through blogging in 5 years – that is definitely something to aspire to! xx
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  25. A Moment with Franca

    Your speech was AMAZING!! I loved it so much!! From the beginning until the end!!! I heard every single word you said and I loved how emotional you were!! You are so down to earth and so easy to talk to!! Meeting you was definitely the highlight of the day for me! I loved hanging out with you and I hope we could do it again!! 😉 Thank you so much for mentioning me you are THE BEST!!! 😉 XX
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    • honestmum

      Oh Franca it was a pleasure to meet you, we instantly clicked and I would love to meet up again soon. Thank you for your kind words, you are making me emotional again reading your comment x

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  26. Nicola

    Great photos of great cuteness!! I also love the giant Tatty Teddy, ha!! Lovely post 🙂 #brilliantblogposts
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  27. Catie

    Great speech! Thanks for sharing.
    Inspirational event too I wish more of my conferences had been child friendly places. The boys looked like they had great fun! #brilliantblogposts
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  28. MyLifeMyLove

    Vicki, thank you so much for sharing your speech. Truly inspirational. You are a fabulous flag bearer for our community. I can only hope for the success you have. Xx
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  29. Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn)

    Oh how I wish I’d been there to hear your speech in person honey! I’ve just read it through from beginning to end and I’m tearing up – I already knew your story and your journey but imagining you saying it to a room full of people, I know that must have been challenging but so amazing for everyone there. You continue to inspire us Vicki – hustle on baby! xx
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    • honestmum

      Oh Michelle, your comment has now brought tears to my eyes, thank you, I feel exactly the same way as you. I feel so incredibly lucky to have you and the other girls in my life thanks to blogging, thanks for being you xx

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  30. Silly Mummy

    Looks like a great event – love the inclusion of the kids! Fantastic speech – inspirational and helpful. #brilliantblogposts
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  31. Sara | mumturnedmom

    It sounds like it was a wonderful event, how lovely to include children in such a way. Love that Alexander joined you on stage 🙂 Wonderful speech, thank you for sharing it x
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  32. Mirka Moore @Kahanka @Fitness4Mamas

    I know how excited you were for the day and so pleased it went so well for you lovely. Lovely shots of the boys too xxx cannot wait to see you on Friday xxx
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  33. Random Musings

    I love the idea of a family friendly event where children are welcome. Fantastic speech, not boring at all! Thanks for hosting #brillblogposts
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  34. Emily

    Love it. Totally amazing. Loved reading your story (every word!), thank you for sharing it. You have already accomplished loads and clearly on an amazing and exciting journey, I look forward to continue watching it unfold 🙂 Emily

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  35. Mummy Fever

    Looks like a great day – I quite fancied this but wasn’t free on the day #brilliantblogposts
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  36. Alexandra @imeverymum

    This is such a great post. I’m so pleased to have met you and so glad that we clicked the way we did. You really are an inspiration and an aspirational blogging brand. You’ve achieved so much and paved the way for many. There are a few of you out there who really have worked your butts off and moved nothing short of mountains. I’m so glad to have met people like yourself and a select few others. Well done chica. I am so glad you have blogged your keynote too as it was AMAZING!

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  37. Mummuddlingthrough

    Vicki,

    I am so blown away by you and the success blogging has brought you. I can relate to so much of the content of your speech. Quite frankly, you rock x x MMT #coolmumclub #brilliantblogposts
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  38. Louise Rodgers

    A truly inspirational speech. Well done for achieving so much! You must be extremely proud ! 🙂
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  39. Sarah

    Really inspiring speech. Looks like an amazing day out for you all 🙂
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  40. John Adams

    Great speech, although I’d expect nothing more! Can’t have been easy with a child pulling at your trousers and licking your shoes! Also great to see Simon of Man V Pink was a speaker. I imagine he was very good. Thanks for hosting #BrilliantBlogPosts

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  41. Angela at Daysinbed

    I enjoyed reading the keynote. Thanks for sharing! I think funfest sounds and looks really fun lol! I hope to attend more events next year as and when my health improves. This would be a good one to bring my daughter to! Have a fab week.

    Angela from daysinbed xx
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  42. Chloe

    Beautiful pictures, a lovely review of funfest and an inspiring, moving and incredible speech!! Thank you so much for sharing this Vicki. I was gutted I couldn’t attend funfest. But you’ve summed it all up well and now I’m feeling really motivated and inspired. x

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  43. ali

    Thanks so much for sharing this, especially your speech. I so wanted to go tot this, I love the idea of a day with the kids in tow, but living in Devon most blogging events are out of reach, but it’s write ups like this which make sure I don’t feel I’m missing out. lovely photos too as normal xx
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    • honestmum

      It was such a wonderful day, maybe they can host a FunFest closer to you, I’d love to visit Devon, so glad you enjoyed my speech, thank you xx

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  44. Kirsty Barr

    a fab review of the day and amazing pics which really capture the whole ethos of the day and what I (and mi team) set out to achieve. It was great having you on board Vicki… Now onto the next FF event 🙂 Kirsty x

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    • honestmum

      Thank you so much Kirsty, it was a brilliant day, I hope you are all feeling proud of yourselves. Thank you again for asking me to speak, it was a real honour x

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