On Wednesday I attended my first ever event as a blogger – Liverpool Blog Squad‘s workshop on confidence building, held at the amazing Avenue HQ.
I get super nervous attending networking events – part of the reason I started forcing myself to get out there a little last year attending some events with Future Boss Club, a network that aims to empower, inspire and support young women from the ages of 18-30 from across the North West.
It’s been a while since I’ve attending anything though, and seeing as my mental health took a bit of a knock at the end of last year, it was time to get myself into unfamiliar situations again, and, being in the early Gluten Free Horizons, this event seemed a good a time as any!
The theme of the workshop was, as I said, confidence building, and we had a talk from Jess about her thoughts on confidence – how it isn’t necessarily something that can be taught but can be encouraged and practiced.
She mentioned quite rightly how there’s no-one to pat you on the back as an adult – you have to take that into your own hands and say to yourself “I’m proud of what you just did”. Well, you know what? I’m proud of myself for going!
We had a couple of little activities including some networking – that activity that always strikes fear into my heart! It was fine though – as always, I don’t know why stuff like this still gets me worked up. We’re all there for the same reasons, and we all immediately have something in common – blogging!
We closed the session leaving little notes for each other in envelopes – I won’t lie, I teared up a little bit reading mine on the train home!
It seems stupid, but another thing I’m proud of myself for is starting this blog – it sounds daft, but the reason I didn’t start it earlier was kind of because I’m always scared that people don’t want to hear what I have to say (she says writing a stream of consciousness) – and yet I’ve always been happy putting random crap out on Facebook? Getting positive feedback, be it on a blog post or in work, always somehow surprises me.
Anyway, I’m rambling, but talking to people at this event kind of made me realise, if I can give even one person advice from my blog posts, then it will have been worth it.
I’ve got a long way to go in building up my confidence, but I feel like pushing myself to events like this might be a good step in the right direction.
Thanks again to everyone involved in organising the Liverpool Blog Squad event – I can’t wait for the next one!
What are your top tips for staying positive and boosting confidence? Let me know!