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Thank You – BiBs 2017 Fresh Voice

Last weekend, I headed to London for the BritMums 2017 conference – to meet up with bloggy friends, listen to people at the top of the blogging field and had a great day. But I was also up for the Fresh Voice award and I won!

I am still shocked to have heard my name called out, but also honoured and thrilled to have won the Brilliance in Blogging 2017 Fresh Voice award. So this is my huge thank you to everyone who voted for me, as well as those who read my posts, leave lovely comments which always make my day. Even all the incredible support I get over on Instagram – it all means so much to me.

I wasn’t expecting to win at all. I’m sure if you heard and saw my reaction on the night, this was obvious (!) with a special thank you to Laura from Dear Bear and Beany for letting me cry in her lap. The other 7 finalists in the category are bloggers that I admire and love reading; their posts make me laugh, cry and help me see the world from an angle I hadn’t before. They have all been so kind and wonderful too.

Image with thanks to Kate of Counting to Ten Blog

On the night, I was an emotional wreck and stumbling through very few words while my bottom lip was quivering but what I wanted to say was:

Thank You. I started blogging almost 18 months ago because I felt lost. I was already a step mum but becoming a mum too left me in a place where I didn’t even recognise myself anymore. So I started to write it down; to remember the good moments and the tough days and along the way I met some of my best friends. The support has been incredible. 

To my blogging friends, Sam from Mouse Moo and Me Too, Emma from Island Living 365, Fi from Beauty Baby and Me, Laura from Five Little Doves, Laura from Dear Bear and Beany and the gorgeous DreamTeam girls: Annette from 3 Little Buttons, Dawn from Rhyming with Wine and Nic from All Things Spliced…you encourage me to tell my story and not be scared of what people might think of it. It makes me feel so lucky to have you there when I’m sometimes hovering over the publish button.

To my daughter and stepson, Emma and James – you inspire me to keep writing and to my other half who is always so proud of me and believes in everything I do, even when I don’t myself. 

Thank you again to everyone who voted for my blog, and to Jen, Susanna and Nadine at BritMums for choosing me as their BiBs 2017 Fresh Voice Winner.


  1. October 5, 2017 / 10:39 am

    Oh that’s a gorgeous acceptance speech – sometimes you need a few days to sort your thoughts in order and get it all down. I’m so so pleased that you won, and so sorry I wasn’t there to share it with you! Very proud xxx

  2. October 5, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Aww you are so very welcome! We are all so proud of you! And it was fab to finally meet you last week! xxx

  3. October 5, 2017 / 11:46 am

    I am still so excited and proud for you Bridget. You absolutely deserve this and it’s a privilege to be able to call you my friend. Dx

  4. October 5, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Aww, love this post, even if it did nearly make me cry happy tears (totally blaming that on the tiredness 😉 ). I’m so proud of you. Well done lovely xxx

  5. October 5, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    Bridget, I was not at all surprised to learn you’d won. I so enjoy your blog, despite the fact that I don’t fit the profile of your typical reader. You definitely have a certain something, and I wish you continued success.

  6. October 5, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    Big congrats again. So chuffed for you.

  7. October 7, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I am so, so pleased you won! Well done again lovely x

  8. October 9, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Really pleased you won Bridget! Lovely speech and can see from your photo that you werent expecting it. Thoroughly enjoy your blog posts xx

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