On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend the #NWMeet at Ameriesko on Bold Street. I found out about the event via Facebook on Thursday, and my God am I glad I did. Lovely venue, lovely people and a lovely goody bag made the whole experience a massive success in my eyes… I’m already looking forward to the next one!
I was incredibly nervous before setting off. I didn’t know anyone, I was stressed about being late and my anxiety levels in general were sky high. I walked in and sat down, too scared to speak to anybody, whilst others mingled around me. And then I thought ‘come on, Soph, pull yourself together, you’ve come to meet people, just get on with it‘. So that’s what I did. And it was so worth it.
This is something that I’ve found myself doing more and more recently. In the last few months, I’ve finally found the courage to share my blog on my social media platforms, and whilst I was genuinely terrified about the responses I may’ve received, everyone has been so lovely and complimentary about it (and even if they’re bitching about me via group message, at least they’ve had the decency to not say it to my face). I’ve also tried to make an effort to stay off my phone in social situations. Like most people nowadays, when I feel scared or awkward I tend to browse on my phone, rather than face up to the thing I’m fearful of. By making a conscious, firm decision to leave my phone in my bag, I’ve been able to fully engage in conversation, and have made some cracking friends in the last few months because of this.
I walked home from the event with a huge smile on my face. Not just because I’d spent the afternoon with likeminded people, but because I’d been brave enough to go and talk to other bloggers in the first place. I’ve spoken before about the importance of being proud of yourself (read that here), and by chucking myself out of my comfort zone I’ve managed to add another thing to my weekly ‘Proud Of’ list!
On a side note, the goody bag we received was filled with amazing products; and whilst I’m definitely not a beauty blogger (wearing make up is such a rarity in third year uni life), I’m always looking to improve my skincare routine, so maybe a few reviews will make their way onto here…
A huge thank you to Katy for hosting such an amazing day, Danielle for walking me in so I wasn’t alone, and Em, Hannah and Aisling for making me feel so welcome! Of course, everyone at the event was lovely, but if I mentioned you all I’d be here all day! It just goes to show that in the grand scheme of things, being shit-scared for a bit is sometimes worth it in the end.
Ta for reading,