Being Thankful

I’m pretty certain that by now you will have heard me mention that I have been fortunate enough to be shortlisted for Best Fitness Blog at this years #BloggersBlogAwards. Being shortlisted has got me thinking about this little corner of the blogosphere that I call home and how far I have come so far.

I was always interested in writing from a young age. I can remember my dad acquiring an old green screen PC from his office when they made the transition to the new fancy pants colour monitors in the 90’s and spending hours writing stories (there was one particular one about an old english sheep dog and its adventure) and articles on football (my then true love).

After I started high school I can remember we upgraded to a real PC, a Compaq Presario, that connected to the internet and everything. It was amazing to finally be able to print out my creations and I would sit for hours creating magazines and typing up my homework. 

I would make my dad read them when he got in from work and he would give me tips on how to make them more creative and flairy (his word not mine), he embraced my creative streak and encouraged me to spend my time on the PC tinkering. 

I guess deep down he probably knew how big a part of modern life and society PC’s and the internet would become.

Saying all this though, if you had told me at the age of about 18/19 when I was in university that I would be running a website, writing about health, fitness and confidence, I would have laughed in your face. You see the student me hated sitting in front of the PC, because it was what I was supposed to be doing. Back then I was interested in hanging out with my friends, moving as little as possible and living on the staple student diet of chips, cheese & gravy.

Maybe that’s why I ended up lactose intolerant?

I started HarmonyBlaze at the ripe old age of thirty, it was the hobby I had always wanted but never knew that I needed. It was my outlet, my way of communicating with the outside world, a way to share my knowledge and experiences with people I would never talk to or meet. 

A way to meet people who wouldn’t judge, but that would listen and share back.

I remember sitting in my hotel room in Dolgellau and writing my first new article, trying to take arty flat lay images of some Glossybox products and spending a few hours trying them out whilst Paul went cycling. I was hooked and I still am.

Every so often I get that niggle of ‘imposter syndrome’ setting in (I say imposter syndrome but I think it is just my lack of self-confidence that is trying its best to bring me down), when I feel like a total fraud in this world because I’m just a 30-something girl with a mind like a swirling vortex. 

But then moments like this weeks shortlist announcement make me realise that there are people out there who read my ramblings, that actually like me for me and that seemingly quite enjoy reading what I have to say.

So to you guys I want to say thank you. Thank you for keeping me going, for helping to build my confidence up to new highs and for constantly supporting all that I do. I would never have thought so many of you would sign up for my newsletter so quickly, that you would watch my videos & connect with me on Instagram

But you have and as much as being shortlisted at the #BloggersBlogAwards is in recognition of what I do, it’s thanks to you. 

For reading, for sharing & for being generally awesome.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, let me know if there is anything that you would really like to see more of from me and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x


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