Being a self confessed cake addict and somewhat of an expert in the field, I was looking forward to the cream tea. I was not disappointed and over jammy creamy squishly gorgeous scones and tea I enjoyed getting to know some of the other women. My goodness they were all inspirational in their own way and I enjoyed hearing their stories.
The time came to make the announcements for the finalists and it was at that point I decided I really couldn't manage yet another scone as I suddenly felt quite nervous. My inner child was so excited she was rapt with anticipation, whilst the scolding adult in me was telling her to get a grip. My category is sponsored by Checkaprofessional.com and when their representative Lisa Beale called my name as one of the finalists I thought that inner child was going to really embarrass me by blubbing - complete with gulps and a snotty nose. The scolding adult was busy telling me that blubbing most certainly would not happen if this was a male awards ceremony!
I think the most incredible part about these awards is having others believe in you. From those that nominate you, through to those that 'judge' you. For all those times it feels like you are on a hamster wheel going nowhere but in circles, these awards show that other women understand that it is not always as easy as you try to make it look. When your are spinning all those plates, when you get the inevitable knock backs - these awards can provide you with the resilience you need to wipe off your mouth, kick away your doubts, look the world straight in the eye and feel genuinely grateful to the universe for the opportunities it has provided you with.