BritMums Live 2014: The Emotional Aftermath

10449147_1431191563820666_523169491_nBlogger dining: with Katie, ailment Becky and Charlotte. Photo by Becky.

Every time Monday morning comes around I want to kick myself. I swear I could be a kick-arse lifestyle blogger if only I had the wherewithal to take my camera out on my funtime weekend jaunts, or even record half of it on my iPhone. But I always forget to record the day for prosperity – through living in the moment (my musings on mindfulness to come in a couple of weeks, prepare yourselves) or through focussing too much on craft beers and prosecco.

So you’ll just have to use my lovingly written words to imagine your own version of my weekend, which I promise you was as kick-arse as it sounds.

If you’re living under a rock, or you know, you’re not a blogger, you might not have realised that this weekend was BritMums Live 2014. The biggest blogging conference in the UK, this weekend London played host to 700 of the country’s finest parent bloggers and boy, were we all excited to see each other.

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Morgana and Jenny… the angels of the north

There’s something about the relationships we form online in this community we’ve created that’s difficult to explain to the outside world. Unless you’re a part of it is really difficult to describe the bonds, the emotions, the lives we share with one another. It’s such a powerful thing and it’s never more palpable than at the times you get all those bloggers in a room with each other.

I’ve never been to a blogging conference without it being a thoroughly emotional experience for me and this year was no different. It started with Karin, who I’ve watched go on a difficult journey these past couple of years, and being able to give her a hug just got me in the gut (or the tear ducts) and that was when the weeping began. Then there was the fact I was able to sit next to Charlotte at dinner, hold her hands and truly speak honestly and candidly about the last couple of years to someone who had lived it with me. That was so very special.

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Baby Charlotte

Then there was the love, support and friendship from those I hadn’t seen in a little while: Steph and Bryony as always, lovely Katie, Fritha, my northern soulsisters Morgana and Jenny who are total sunshines, Alison, new friends like Becky, Lizzie and Emma, and ones I wish I’d seen more of: Chloe, Sarah, Alice and Alice, Emma (I did get a gorgeous cuddle with baby Charlotte though! And got to give her back when she cried ;), Vicki and many more…

These people are some of the most important in my life and I hold very dear to my heart the fact I would never have met them if it wasn’t for my blog. Thank-you, wonderful ladies, for inspiring me every day and for your friendship, acceptance and love. I am lucky to have you all in my life!

Emo bit over.

I didn’t over-stretch myself this year by making mad plans to go to all the sessions and events. I know I’d have a tough week at work, so I booked a couple of meetings with some fantastic ladies to talk all things IKEA (holla B, Emma and Fritha), confirmed my attendance at a dinner that evening, sat back and waited for the fun to happen. And happen it did! From a lunch at the Hoxton to drinks at All Bar One and a wonderful dinner at Pizza East… it was a great evening with some great women.

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Look! Lizzie took a photo of me that I don’t hate!

Saturday was much the same in that I was totally laid-back about the day. I sacked off the sessions in favour of socialising with my favourite ladies, and you know what? I had a ball. I probably could have done with learning a bit (can’t we all do with learning sometimes?) but this weekend it was all about the sisterhood.

I trotted off early to get ready for my friend Caoimhe’s BBQ (remember her?). In the most grown-up step ever taken she has just bought her first (BEAUTIFUL) apartment and I was very excited to help Christen her balcony. Though it was more a terrace than a balcony, an amazing space that you’d never expect to find in central London. We had a fun-filled evening toasting her mortgage over chicken wings and organic burgers.

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Sunday was the perfect tonic to a busy weekend: a walk down to Spitalfields (the quest for the perfect leather jacket continues and there are some contenders in All Saints), a burger, a nap and a lazy afternoon at the park. And a reunion with my babies! Perfection.

It’s ironic that I’ve never had less time on my hands than I do right now but I feel I have so much to say. I feel like I’ve learned so much about life in these last six months and spending the weekend talking about anything and everything made me realise that. For the first time I am enjoying taking life by the balls and sharing it with this fabulous group of people… it’s going to be quite the ride, ladies.

PS: Cybermummy 2011 (glad to see I was sneaking off to All Bar One even then), Britmums Live 2012, Britmums Live 2013.

25 Comments
    1. You too! It was such fun and I love how well I felt like I knew you even though we’d only met briefly last year. Bring on many more blogging events! xxx

  1. Sounds fabulous! I can feel the energy buzzing off this post! I’m really looking forward to reading your mindfulness musings – I’m finding I’ve blogged less since starting the Mark Williams course a few weeks ago – too busy being in the present moment, as you say! x

    1. Oh sounds fantastic – I haven’t done any formal courses but I’d love too. I’ve been trying to practice meditation to and from work which has been fab. Am going to read your posts about Mindfulness right now! x

  2. Oh Alice you made me well up a tiny bit there because I love your blog and YOU lady and I was sad we didn’t get to catch up or even HUG-we were like two lost lovers in the night when we caught each other momentarily! Hope we get to catch up soon! Keep being amazing sweetpea! Mwah x

  3. Alice I already thought it, but after this weekend I think you are an incredibly strong lady. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting in between you and Charlotte and putting the world to rights, what a pair of superstars you both are. It’s true that you just cannot explain the bond that we all share- it’s a wonderful thing to be able to call you all friends. And I agree with photo, that photo is just gorgeous. xx

  4. Was so lovely to see you and have a catch-up, even if it was only a little one. Feel like we chat all the time anyway but would be lovely to sit down and have a glass of wine and proper natter one day soon.

  5. Oh Alice this is so beautiful and had me in a flood of tears. I was really emotional about it all too and partly (no really) overwhelmed. It was amazing to see you again and get to catch up. You are so lovely and such a happy spirited lady. I am so proud of you and all that you do. I only wish we had hung out more. I am no angel but if you think so, I will take it. lol hahah Thanks for the mention and the lovely words. You are too kind to little me. Hope to see you again soon my dear! keep on smiling!!

  6. You have perfectly summed up what Britmums means to me – friendship (both old and new), sisterhood and sharing. The sessions are great but not what glues the conference together – it’s us, the conversations we have, the laughs, the tears, the wine. So lovely to see you again. And also: totally didn’t know you had been to cybermummy11. I was there too (I knew NO ONE as I’d been blogging for 3 weeks then!).

  7. Great post Alice, I totally think you already are a kick-arse lifestyle blogger! I didn’t go to BritMums this year, just didn’t fancy it, but did miss not seeing you and all the other fabulous ladies you mentioned – it’s what really makes it! X

  8. Aw what a lovely picture and so good to read such shiny, happy sunny memories. Missed you completely, oops!

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