I was having a conversation the other day with my best friend about celebrating achievements and the quintessentially British thing of downplaying. You know what I mean, you tell somebody something good that has happened to you or you have done, only to follow up immediately with "Well it only happened because" or "It isn't as good as" etc.
In my friend's case this relates to her business Appetite for Wellbeing which is an amazing venture which runs exercise classes, support classes, COPD classes and even pole dancing. If you live in Lancashire I urge you to check her out, her philosophy of "no scales, no mirrors, no judgement" is one which should be employed everywhere. Check out her testimonials on Youtube as well as her other videos.
She doesn't realise how amazing her business is and the fact that she has built it from the ground up is just astounding.
While I compliment her achievements, she does the same for me, and we have both come to realise that we downplay what we have achieved. We both said that sometimes, you need to blow your own trumpet (no dirty comments here please) and recognise when something great happens because you have worked for it.
Today is an achievement day for me. If you are a reader of this blog you will know that I love writing. I am never happier than when I am tapping away at the keyboard, talking about current events or body confidence. Putting my two cents out into the world is something I love and am fiercely protective over.
A couple of months ago I noticed that the brilliant Becky from The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe had started a new venture, writing for the Huffington Post. I wanted to do this myself so much. One voice whispered in my mind "You are not good enough" whilst another simply said "Try".
So last week I gathered together my courage and submitted a pitch to them, fully expecting to either not hear back or receive a polite "Thanks but no thanks" email. I was however delighted to hear back the next day with a yes!!
My post The Darker Side of Fat Shaming is now live on the site and I cannot express how happy this makes me. I have so many ideas of the things I want to write about and I cannot wait to start my next piece.
So here is my blowing my trumpet moment: I have come a bloody long way from the time that I first started this blog. Wanting to write and trying to find somewhere that I could. I added to writing for my blog with my monthly column at Fashion Worked and writing a piece for Evolve Magazine (in the next issue). Today though, today is the day that I whispered to myself "You're a writer".
My job title says "legal secretary" but my hobby, this is where my heart sings.
This day is a very good day. Onwards!!!!