On a Sunday morning back in September, I realised that I wanted to get people together. A chance to hang out with some of the ladies who I’d linked up with via Lucky Things blog, Twitter and Instagram. It had to be in October. November felt too far away. As everyone was so responsive to the Lucky Things Meet Up idea, it felt easy to organise. Venue booked. E-invites sent out. Treats organised. The first Lucky Things Meet Up, to be held at Drake and Morgan’s The Drift Bar on a Sunday afternoon, was starting to come together.
Don’t forget to check out the follow-up post The Lucky Things Meet Up in Pictures.
Here’s more than seven things why I organised the meet up…
Taking something good away…The next thing I knew, I wanted this to be a proper event where the ladies could take something good away with them. I decided to do a Time to Shine talk on confidence at the meet up. After writing two posts on boosting your confidence, it felt right to talk about this. It would be something that all of us could relate to, whether we’re immersed in our careers, parenting, organising stuff at home, pursuing ideas, dealing with difficult situations, running our own businesses or juggling crazy to do lists at work.
The importance of proper face time…A big reason why I wanted to get people together is the importance of face time for our wellbeing. As I mentioned in my talk, the digital world is amazing. There are lots of things I love about Instagram. We have so much access to support, different perspectives and experiences. We have even forged friendships online (yes proper friendships). We have been able to connect with people all over the UK and around the world. But nothing beats seeing somebody in person. This also goes back to one of the tips on how to deal with post natal depression where it’s important to talk about stuff and have social contact. Seeing people is important to maintaining our wellness and our positive moods.
Eye eye…As Yvadney mentioned in one of her Instacomments after the meet up, it was also good to enjoy eye contact. For me, I loved seeing everyone’s real life smiles. It was also amazing seeing everyone share giggles and laughter.
Every good thing deserves a hashtag #luckythingsmeetup…It was fun creating a new hashtag just for our event (and future ones!) Everyone tagged Tweets and Instagram posts with #luckythingsmeetup. Several people travelled from around the country to be there on Sunday. Something that meant a lot to me. It was cool seeing their Tweets whilst they were on the train down to London. I’m sure it created a supportive atmosphere about the event even before people arrived at The Drift bar.
It’s you!..When people meet for the first time IRL (in real life) it can be quite magical. It was lovely seeing people walk in and immediately be greeted by someone who recognised them. It’s funny as you do actually get to know people through their blogs or Instagram pictures. You learn about their feelings, their views, their ups and downs and what’s going on in their world. Then you see the person right in front of you and it feels like you’ve known this person for ages. There were lots of compliments flying around at the Lucky Things Meet Up as we acknowledged how lovely our Insta-peers were in real life too. Oh and of course lots of group selfies!
Me-treat time with Weleda...As the themes of the Lucky Things Meet Up were confidence and wellbeing I collaborated with one of my favourite brands Weleda. I love that Weleda has been on the organic scene for a long time. One of the beauty advisors, Siobhan, from Weleda’s Model Zone at London Fashion Week came along to give the ladies hand massages. It was lovely that the ladies could enjoy a bit of pampering at the Lucky Things Meet Up. For some, it was a real treat to have an afternoon to themselves. Siobhan also shared a few words on looking after ourselves as busy ladies. She also talked about the importance of us getting out and enjoying nature.
Everyone loved their Lucky Things goody bags with the Weleda Skin Food cream and other treats (thanks again Weleda UK).
Time to Shine confidence tricks…I’ll be honest. I felt pretty honoured to talk about confidence tips to such an inspiring crowd. Some of the ladies from my Inspire series also contributed confidence quotes for the afternoon (thanks Johanna, Yvonne and Rachael). As I looked at everyone around me, I could see they were thinking about the themes of the talk. I loved hearing what their thoughts on confidence too. To kick off, I asked people to throw out one word that described confidence for them, so here are a few…
I was upfront in my talk that I love hearing what people think. I trusted people to be honest with me. It was cool hearing how much the ladies enjoyed the talk. For those who couldn’t be there, I’ll be talking more about the Time to Shine tricks in another blog post. Thanks to Kimberly @mediamummy, Cat @sortingself, Cee @heyisthatme and everyone else who took pics throughout the afternoon. There will be way more shout outs in the other Lucky Things Meet Up blog posts.
The Time to Shine Mission…During my talk, I joked about there being homework. There were a few comical groans. I then pointed over to the envelopes with their names on. These set our their Time to Shine Mission…I can’t wait to see what people come up with and a few have already posted their completed missions on Instagram.
Write down 3 words that describe what confidence means to you – this is YOUR version of confidence. Think of these 3 words when you want to feel more confident about something.
You’re welcome to join us on our Time to Shine mission. It’s for everyone. Just jot down the above on one of your Instagram pics (or comment on mine) and tag @luckythingsblog. I’ll be compiling a collection of these completed missions so we can share confidence boosters with each other.
Inspiration everywhere…I loved the idea of bringing people together. Some people came on their own not really knowing anyone. Some people knew they would know of at least one other person at the meet up. One thing I found fascinating was that we all had our own talents. From bloggers, to business mamas, to authors, to Instagrammers, to campaigners, to teachers and stylists we all shared something in common – being part of a supportive Instagram community.
There are many photos from the first Lucky Things Meet Up, so they will feature on another post this week – The Lucky Things Meet Up in Pictures. It’s also an opportunity for me to plug the amazing Instapages, blogs and work of the lovely ladies who came along.
Having a good old laugh…From belly laughs to cute giggles, I could see that everyone was having a good time just catching up. It felt like everyone made the most of our time together as we knew it wouldn’t be often that we’d get to hang out together. Laughter is also a great de-stresser isn’t it?
Supporting each other is priceless… It’s interesting as with our Instagram-blogging community I do feel like I’m part of a team. We inspire and encourage each other. We help each other out. In Mr.H’s words, it’s about being part of a collective. Not a clique as some of us chatted about at the meet up. It’s just about hanging out and seeing new and old faces from our Instagram communities.
Lucky Things was created this time last year as I was coming out of the baby blues. It was officially launched about six months ago. So a huge THANK YOU to everyone who came along to the first Lucky Things Meet Up. You’ve made my year. If you’ve been following Lucky Things on Instagram you know 2016 hasn’t been a smooth one for our little family. I’ve been very honest in this post and I don’t care if any of it comes across as cheesy. Sometimes you have to show the respect you have for others and how they have supported you along the way. People made a big effort to be there on Sunday and it didn’t go unnoticed. Plus a thank you to those who couldn’t be there but who support Lucky Things blogs in lots of different ways. Hope to see you at the next Lucky Things Meet Up.
So in a few weeks’ time I’ll be at BlogFest 2016. I can’t wait as I’ll be heading to others’ inspirational talks and learning heaps of great tips. It will be lovely hanging out again with some of the ladies who were also at the Lucky Things Meet Up.
I’m planning another Lucky Things Meet Up for early 2017. If you would like to be on the email update list, leave a comment with your email or say hello at firstname.lastname@example.org
What do you love about catching up with people and friends in person? Do you arrange get-togethers for your family and friends? If you were at the Lucky Things Meet Up, what were your favourite moments? Have you met any of your Twitter, Instagram or Blogger pals in real life? Leave a comment below as I’d love to hear from you….