IT’S TIME FOR A PEP TALK! + PLEASE NOMINATE BESPOKE BRIDE FOR A COSMOPOLITAN BLOG AWARD!
Photography by Craig Dearsley Photo
I absolutely love this time of year! Awards season is well and truly underway and we are so excited to be part of it! Last week we were absolutely thrilled to share with you that we had been nominated for a ‘Best DIY Wedding blog’ in the Wedding Blog Awards 2015 and now we are here to ask for your help again. The Cosmopolitan Blog Awards are back for another year and we would absolutely love to be nominated for a second year in the ‘Best for Bridal’ category!
I’ve got to be truthful and tell you that I always feel a little uncomfortable writing these posts, I have never been much of a natural at selling myself. I think it is probably the British in me, as I am terribly modest but I honestly think it does us good to make note of our achievements from time to time.
One of the questions you will almost always be asked in any situation where you are competing for something is ‘why do you deserve to win?’ Whether you are in a job interview, applying for an internship or scholarship or like us hoping to win an award, this is something you should always be prepared to answer, which is why I wanted to write this post today.
Since its launch in 2011, Bespoke Bride has changed dramatically! When we started out, we had no idea that our blog would turn into what it is today! We were hobby bloggers, trying to spread the word about our own independent small businesses and gain insight into the ‘industry’. We had no idea what it was to run a business, write a blog or be business partners and we learnt some very tough lessons along the way!
We realised our passion for blogging was becoming our main focus pretty early on. Our own independent businesses had started to fizzle out and instead we were enjoying working together on growing our own little blog but we were both at a crossroads in our lives. I was just finishing university, facing moving back in with my parents and had no job, whereas Jess was stuck in a part-time job she absolutely despised. So we decided to use our circumstances as motivation to keep fighting, we were determined to turn our dream into a reality.
Since then we have learnt a lot of lessons, not just about business but about ourselves too! We have learnt the importance of being true to ourselves, which in turn has lead us to become more confident. We now know to play to our strengths rather than trying to recreate what everyone else is doing. We now know how to support one another during tough times and celebrate through the good and above all we never let a failure keep us down.
To this day I still don’t feel like we are near where we want to be in terms of long term business goals but we are determined to keep growing. Winning these awards would not only be a huge pat on the back for us and for all that we have achieved, but would also give other women who are looking to start their own businesses, the confidence, that they too can achieve anything. We are proud to be part of these awards but even more proud to be supporters of women in business and that is why I think we deserve to not just be nominated but to win!
So do you have your eye on an award? I would love to know why you think you deserve to win? Don’t be shy, instead be proud of your achievements and believe in yourself! We can’t wait to hear from you!