|Photo by www.f22-photography.co.uk. I didn’t eat the cupcake, it turned out to be banana flavoured!
I can say with no exaggeration that blogging has changed my life. Not only has Loved By Laura become a place for me to share all of life’s special moments, thoughts and opinions, but it’s also opened up a world of opportunity and taken me to places I would never in a million years have imagined being able to go to otherwise.
Here are just some of the many ways that blogging has helped me in the past year:
I discovered that I have a creative side not only for writing, but for visuals and photography too.
Despite being incredibly shy amongst new people and an absolute failure at mingling, I’ve really put myself out there with my blog and my confidence has grown tenfold as a result.
Walking into a room where you don’t know anyone for the first time is a scary thing, but once you realise that everyone else is in the same boat it isn’t half so daunting*. The best feeling in the world is when you become the person who says “hello” to that shy girl in the corner at a meetup, when a few short months ago you WERE that shy girl!
I have had the opportunity to go to some amazing events because of Loved By Laura, from trying on Hairpieces at the HotHair event, to Hula Hooping my way to fitness, or being driven around a motor racing track at breakneck speeds! Last week on a Tuesday night instead of sitting on the sofa I was in Leicester Square interviewing a magician – whoever could have imagined that?!
*I’m still an awkward hugger though. I’m the sort to accidentally headbutt you or do an awkward air kiss… I’m much better at handshakes!
The very best part of blogging is that I’ve found and connected with a whole community of people who get me and whom I get right back.
Bloggers and blog readers are truly the most supportive, positive and inspiring bunch. I’ll regularly be found joining in with the lively blogger Twitter chats which take place most evenings or having a random giggle with someone on my lunch break. There is always someone to cheer you up, or who you can help cheer up if they are the ones having a bad day. We might not ever have met in person, but the blog is an instant connection.
I have met some of the amazing inspiring bloggers in real life now too and have made what I hope to be lifelong friends as a result.
More recently I’ve had the chance to work with some amazing brands to review their products or services and get to share my honest thoughts with you all. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to this point but I’m so incredibly grateful to be in the position to be able to do this.
I would be lying if I said that absolutely everything now is rose tinted and wonderful! I sometimes feel under immense pressure to write a certain amount of times a week. It’s not unknown for me to get home from a full day of work, then jump straight on the laptop and finally finish my post at midnight, because I just wasn’t happy with that one photo and had to retake it, or I just couldn’t get the words right! However it’s a labour of love and I honestly would not change it.
As a personal thank you to everyone who reads and enjoys my blog now and in the future, I’m giving away a £50 Charlotte Tilbury e-gift card so that the one lucky winner can pick out whatever luxury item from the range takes their fancy. If you need any help deciding, here’s my review of their ‘Golden Goddess’ palette: lovedbylaura.com/charlottetilburyreview
Good luck everyone! And in case I haven’t said it enough, thanks for everything, you are all officially Loved By Laura xx
P.s. The photo in this post is from the birthday themed shoot I did with www.f22-photography.co.uk last week. Check back on Wednesday for more on this!
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