✨Over the last few weeks and days I have spent some time thinking about new goals for 2018 and while I have been doing that I was reflecting on other goals I set some time ago. I wanted to share a story with you about fears and hesitations I had with a certain goal and how I overcome it... it was the GOAL to start MY BLOG. Thankfully I did start it, I have enjoyed the journey, had lots of inspiration along the way (tap to see) and it has opened doors to new opportunities.
From time to time I still have those thoughts of doubt and some fears creep back in but I have to remind myself to focus on the end goal.
You can read my full story over on my blog (link in bio).. I have split it into Two parts. Second one will be Live on Saturday.
An insight into #WatsonsMarketing - November 2017
1. Our esteemed colleague & friend @niploughing Chairman Wilson Holden died suddenly. We miss his regular phone calls to check in with us. Wilson - a competitive ploughman himself cared about #niploughing , our ploughing Champions & us - always, alongside business, taking the time & concern to ask how we were doing too. A gentleman we were privileged to have met & working alongside this past year. Taken from us, his family & friends too soon. Wilson was determined to have the stories of the Northern Ireland World Ploughing Champions recorded for posterity & to inspire future generations of Competitive ploughmen. His Vision included an extra special year for the NIPA who celebrate 75 years in 2018.
2. We took time to visit World Ploughing Champion - Lawrence McMillan MBE from Dundonald. He shared with us (on camera) stories & insights & showed us his impressive array of silverware (too many trophies for just one shelf to carry).
3. #NIBloggerBrunch by @cathy_cmpr gave us the opportunity to share a few marketing tips with #NIBloggers & Content Creators. We got to learn from them too! Thanks @michealcampbell for the InstaStory.
4. As @trainingmatchmaker we took time to record @chrislovepr Blogging for Business workshop @ormeaubusiness - we took away tips & actions too!
5. @bbcacademy #DigiBelfast was a day @themacbelfast full of learning & very practical tips & insights that we are set to put into practice. As #TrainingMatchmaker we went live with 1 of the Trainers. We also took a little time to share some marketing advice with @thebowtieblog - check out his subsequent blog full of applied learning.
6. We are mid way through time investment in Executive Coaching. @lydiamcclelland took us though some exercises that really struck a chord with our professional & personal values & goal setting. Unsurprisingly the 'love of learning' card attracted our attention, alongside 'vitality' which some days these Winter months we really wish for more of.
7. A decade of #CharteredMarketer status for @watsonsmydear.
8. #DigiSanity Supper Club III @malmaisonhotels #belfast
9. Developing #LearnuaryNI
10. @leaninbelfast celebration
💜I’m sharing ‘One Year Of Blogging HIGHLIGHTS’ over on my Blog with everything from interiors and travel to fashion and favourites. (Link in bio) 💜 📜✈️🏝💍🏡
💫A massive thank you to all my followers and everyone who has taken the time to interact with me, leave a comment, like my posts and share with your friends and colleagues. It is all so much appreciated. 🙌😍❤️
Hope you enjoy the read and a follow up series will be live next week sharing much more on my blogging journey 😘#blogger#anniversary#highlights
FINALLY managed to get some wear out of this @octopussgardenbelfast silky number + I can think of no better occasion than the #nibloggerbrunch for it to make its debut 💜 yesterday's #nibloggerbrunch was such a wonderful way to start a Sunday, meeting lots of fellow blogger girls and guys and admiring the beautiful interiors of @babelbelfast 😍
Had a fabulous morning at the #nibloggerbrunch this morning, as always a welcoming, laid back atmosphere and a few laughs... organised by the fabulous @cathy_cmpr 💁🏼 my favourite thing about this is apart from meeting so many wonderful people, the brunch also raised awareness for @aware_ni an amazing metal health charity 🤗 but seriously how beautiful are these @karma.jewellery bracelets that raise both money and much needed awareness 😍 Thanks for a fabulous morning 😊
Great aerial view from @babelbelfast today at #NIBloggerBrunch by @cathy_cmpr - the event was a great opportunity to connect with new and reconnect with old #NIBloggers , #NIMarketers#NIPR Practitioners & #NIBrands in our network and community. Our conversations during & after the event really made us think about our view on #marketing for & by local and international bloggers. As part of our @instagramforbusiness training course marketing we created a few blogs with tips and advice for bloggers and brands. Pop on over to our website to have a read. We don't write our blogs without objectives in mind so we'd really ❤️ it if you would share in the comments below any amends you plan to make to your #Influencermarketing as a result of the time you took to read tips and insights by @watsonsmydear. All feedback welcome -
Is this possibly the best chair ever?? How do I talk pete into installing one in the house for me 🤔🤔🤔
Such a great morning at the #nibloggerbrunch I’m thoroughly inspired and feeling very lucky to be part of this ‘wee’ community 💕 Bring on Monday 💪🏼 #winning and that’s not the @belvederevodka talking 😆😆
Before I ended up in the side of another car 😩 (thankfully everyone was ok, though I doubt Nicole will ever get in a car with me again 😳🙈) Great fun today at the #nibloggerbrunch with my girl @nicole_collective 👯♀️ I am so proud of her for getting up to speak in front of everyone, she is beautiful inside & out ❤️ I wish I had the courage to get up but to be honest just being there was a big step for me. A few years ago my anxiety would never have allowed me to even step foot in that room today. I’m just going to keep being me and doing what I love & hopefully the confidence to speak out will come with time ❤️ Thanks to @cathy_cmpr for organising 🙋🏼♀️🍸💕 and to @aware_ni for highlighting anxiety and depression as normal 🙏🏽 #nibloggerbrunch#beforeitwentpetetong#shakyhandfordays#babelhotel#awareni
I’m at the #nibloggerbrunch with all of my favourites in @babelbelfast this morning listening to some amazing tips, stories why bloggers started their brand and all about @aware_ni as a charity supporting mental health 💭
Joining us @babelbelfast for NI Blogger Brunch this morning? Come & see these stunning AWARE NI Karma bangles now available at @argentojewellery stores - look, try on & share a snap using #NIBloggerBrunch & tag @aware_ni for your chance to win one of these stunning bangles. The AWARE @karma.jewellery bracelet is now available in Argento stores across NI - the perfect #Christmas present - 100% of profits go to AWARE.
I have met some of THEE nicest people through my blogging adventures and these two bombshells are definitely up there 💕💕 You can always be guaranteed a big smile, lots of chatter and all the positive vibes when @ivona_moore and @thevillagegirl_ are around 💁♀️💁♀️It’s so important to surround yourself with kindness and support which is why I am super excited to be able to make the 3rd instalment of the #nibloggerbrunch tomorrow at @bullittbelfast 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌 Let’s keep building each other up and celebrate in each other’s successes #oneforallandallforone . . .
Really looking forward to the NI Blogger's brunch tomorrow morning at the Bullitt hotel. It has been a busy week with Monday's skin workshop class & our Christmas event on night on Thursday but the last event was so good I didn't want to miss it!! It is the first time I have been to the recently opened Babel rooftop at the Bullitt. I have been meaning to go but haven't had a chance before now! #nibloggerbrunch @cathy_cmpr @zoe_bee8 @debra.wray @photofaffer @galsgoss @dailyeditofal @amyohmummy @cosmetics.junkiee @antoniawillis_ @bladesandbeauty @chloehenning565 @watsonmydear @ciaradecarteret @ddonohoe_stylist_blogger @zenorthodontics @elainesrovesntroves @ellepearls @emmajanemooney @punkmum1341 @fodhla_ @majestic.glitter @the_style_edit_official @the_mother_hen_ @kathrynskatwalk @katieandrewtheblog @katiewilliamson5 @lovingthethreads @beautyfashionchitchat @loulouvance @sparkroids @melissariddell @michealcampbell @niamhserena @nicole_collective @oliviamuldoon1 @oliviamcaleenan @paulmcgarrity1976 @paulagraffinmakeup @thebretonbird @sarahalexandraboutique_ @misssharonnd @glammeetsgirl @sineaddoyle @shivonstyle @sorchamulholland @tgavy @dottydiamondvic
@jessorr23 recently popped along to @cathy_cmpr #nibloggerbrunch at @gallerybelfast
It was a great event where local content creators, brands and agencies got together to introduce themselves, as well as share their thoughts on the blogger community and tips for others likeminded content creators.
If you are a local blogger, we would recommend you look out for the next event ☺️ #positivevibes#agencylife
How Instagramable is @gallerybelfast 😍
New post on the blog tonight about the recent #nibloggerbrunch and talking about if fashion bloggers can care about more than just fashion 🤔 spoiler alert: they can 🤷
MEAT FREE MONDAY 😋
This was course 3 from yesterday when we were totally treated by @gallerybelfast for the #NIBloggerBrunch 😍
I was thankful to be sitting beside a fellow awkward foodie, shout out to @niamh_cunn for taking her intolerances seriously though 🙆
I was completely blown away by the 3 vegan courses we got! Everyone was definitely eyeing up these falafel burgers..beyond delicious!
It honestly makes me laugh when people say one person going vegan won't make any difference🤦
I cannot tell you the amount of people that have changed their lifestyle just from chatting to me.
And I actually don't even push my beliefs onto anyone...
It's generally just from people asking me how I have so much energy etc..and I would tell them about how I eat.
Aka, all day erryday 🙈
A few months ago my Mum would have screwed her face up at the thought of any meal without meat.
Last night, she was telling me about all the amazing vegan food in the hotel in Benidorm where she's been on holiday for the past week.
I genuinely almost cried.
I asked her why she didn't eat any meat while she was away and she responded saying "The animals"...
Never in my wildest dreams did I see my Mum making the connection, but I couldn't be more proud if I tried ❤️
But as always, this is just how I choose to live my life.
And I absolutely love it.
That doesn't mean I judge anyone else for their food choices...#youdoyouboo 😉
PLEASE talk to me below...what are your thoughts around meat?
Do you eat more or less than you used to?
Could you ever see yourself not eating meat again?
Hope everyone has had a beautiful start to the week 🤗
Our top ten visuals from our trusty iPhone pics and videos at #nibloggerbrunch today 'Continual improvement is better than delayed perfection' so we aim to pop back into this post and add as many tags as we can muster and share our key takeaways.
Truly an enjoyable way to meet a lot of our #NIBloggers face to face, welcome newbies, share tips and explore potential collaborations. With thanks to Cathy & the team for organising and our wonderful digital marketing training client Lizanne at Lunns for attending with us. Looking forward to the 3rd event this November/December
I had the best morning with the #NIBloggerBrunch crew this morning!
The venue @gallerybelfast on Dublin Road was amazing and the food was delicious (all 3 courses!) - definitely check it out!
To @bperfectcosmetics, @linwoodshealthfoods @jnwine and @zenbraces for the goodie bags, they're amazing! Cant wait to try them out :) Thank you also to @cathy_cmpr and the blogger gang who make it so easy having a good time! Roll on the next #NIBloggerBrunch#niblogger#irishblogger#lblogger#TheDollyBirdNI
SUNDAY FUNDAY 🙆
....And the absolute epitome of a fun day at that!!!
So when I first started blogging, I really didn’t know anybody else doing that.
And I must admit that it was pretty difficult.
It was also a challenge for me because I was never one to share ANYTHING online.
I pretty much only used social media to keep in contact with people.
And here I am now sharing content every single day and LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
Today has just completely filled me with happiness.
I had the privilege of meeting soo many like-minded people this morning at the #NIBloggerBrunch in the stunning @gallerybelfast.
There was a huge range of talents from photographers, videographers and models to fashionistas, make-up artists and PR experts!
Months ago, I would never have dreamed at standing up and talking about myself in front of a full room of people, let alone some of the most creative and inspiring people in Northern Ireland.
And I am so grateful I had the opportunity to hear everyone else’s stories too!🤗
Serious thanks is needed for the ultimate #bosslady that is @cathy_cmpr for organising such an incredible event!🙆
My take away message from the day comes from the stunning @tiffanybrien, and that is to ALWAYS BE YOURSELF❤️
I seriously resonated with this because I often feel like an outsider.
But, today was just the most positive and uplifting event that has really encouraged me to just keep on doing what I am doing!
Super excited now for what the future holds 😊
"Wait, can you see what's on my t-shirt?" 📸
Such a fun morning at the #nibloggerbrunch , Great to finally meet the people behind the Profiles and find loads of new bloggers, can't wait for the next! 🙌🏼 thank you @cathy_cmpr for organising such a fantastic event
Fab morning at the #NIBloggerBrunch hosted by @cathy_cmpr at @gallerybelfast
Met some amazing people and it was so nice to hear how positive and supportive our local content creators are of one another ☺️ Looking forward to the next event & meeting up with some new blogger friends ☺️ PS Check out @gallerybelfast , it's a fab space and the scrambled eggs & sourdough toast was unreal!
Fab Food & Fab people makes the dreamiest Sunday morning combinations 🌈.
Had an absolute blast at the #nibloggerbrunch this morning meeting some wonderful, inspiring people. It's amazing what talent we have here in rainy NI and thanks so much to @cathy_cmpr for making it happen & bringing everyone together. Also @thegallerybelfast the 3 course breakfast was incredible 🍳🙌🏻.
I'm excited for whats to come within our wee community 💖
Sunday workout 🏋🏼♀️ Personally my favourite time to go because it's always quiet!
@the.sporty.dietitian and I took ourselves through a full body workout after attending the #NIBloggerbrunch 🤗 I find it so inspiring meeting likeminded people and hearing about their stories and passions. Looking forward to more of these events 🙌🏼 .
Full body workout below 🏋🏼♀️
All sets repeated 3 times
Warm up - Glute activation with bands doing side steps, kickbacks, and crab walks 🦀
Glute bridges x 10
DB RDL's x 12
2 . Superset
Incline chest press x 10
lateral raises x 12
Bicep curls x 12
DB overhead tricep extension x 12
Chin ups AMRAP
Barbell row x 12
Barbell Shoulder press x 12