Yesterday i was very lucky to be able to attend the UK Money bloggers conference and SHO-MO awards in London. I didn’t get off to the best start on the day, as when I arrived at the train station at 6am, my train had been cancelled for no apparent reason. So, I had to wait another 40 minutes for the next one, which meant I was going to be late to the conference!

 

Anyway, there was nothing I could do about it, so just waited around on the station until the next train arrived. I’ll admit, I was feeling a bit nervous at this point as I was going to London by myself to a conference and awards where I didn’t know anyone at all; something I would not have been brave enough to do a few years ago. But, I am so glad I went as I had a great time.

 

The conference and awards were held in a loft near to Tower Bridge, owned by Deepak Taylor, who runs a freebie website and who was on Dragon’s Den; there was an interesting talk by him during the conference. I had never been to Tower Bridge before, so I was a bit worried about getting there on the tube and then finding the building itself but it was really straight forward.

 

There were lots of sessions by lots of different UK money bloggers and I have learnt so much about various aspects of blogging – I have so much on my to do list! Everyone was really friendly and were quite happy to answer questions if anyone had any.

 

After the conference was the blogging awards. I was up for two awards: the People’s Choice award and the Best Frugal & Thrift blog. I’ll be honest, I was not expecting to win either because the shortlists in both categories were really strong and I was up against some much bigger bloggers than I am.

 

However…

 

I won!

 

I won the People’s Choice Award which is actually voted by the readers of the blogs, so I want to say a big THANK YOU if you voted for me in the award category. Also, a big thank you to anyone who reads my blog; I am still constantly amazed that people find what I write interesting, interesting enough to keep coming back, leaving comments, following on social media and joining me on my journey.

 

I left the day feeling very energised, really happy about all I had learned, lots of ideas buzzing around my head and a feeling that I had made new friends that day, and got to finally meet some of the people I have been talking to online for ages!

 

Here are some pictures of the day:

Tower Bridge

View of Tower Bridge as I walk to the venue!

 

The SHOMO awards - I have arrived!

The SHOMO awards – I have arrived!

 

The boxes at lunch which were provided by Approved Foods - very yummy!

The boxes at lunch which were provided by Approved Foods – very yummy!

 

I won the People's Choice award - amazing!

I won the People’s Choice award – amazing!

 

Treated myself to tea at Kings Cross while I waited for my train

Treated myself to tea at Kings Cross while I waited for my train

 

Kings Cross Station at night

Kings Cross Station at night

 

Lots of ideas and planning on the way home!

Lots of ideas and planning on the way home!

 

All in all, it was a great day and I feel very happy and grateful this morning. I’m so glad I started blogging!

 

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