A few weeks ago, I added the app ‘MeetUp’ back on to my phone. Mainly to keep up with Instagram meet-ups in the local area but I ended up coming across a group called ‘Making Positive Changes’, run by Kate. It’s a monthly meet-up where women can feel inspired in their creative lives by a different speaker each time. They had a February meetup planned that I was instantly attracted to – ‘A live Q&A with Kat Williams aka Rock N Roll Bride‘.
Having been blogging for a few years, one of the first blogs I was personally drawn to was Kat’s. In recent months, I’ve been drawn back to it because I’m actually getting married but before then, it was just the fact that I love all things alternative and she had such a voice in this community. It was a real ‘well, if she can do it’ moment. If you haven’t then I’d urge you to take a look (and fall in love). She’s even brought out an offline magazine too of the same name, which has out-sold the likes of Vogue!
Already mega excited at the prospect of seeing one of my blogging icons, at the cracking price of just £15 a ticket and it being as close as Hotel Pelirocco in Brighton, I put my social anxiety aside and went for it.
Boy, did I not regret it.
Rocking up to Brighton after a somewhat trying day at work, it was great to feel the wind in my hair blowing away my troubles. But with every step I could feel myself getting more and more nervous, a room full of people I don’t know, coupled with conversation – nightmare!
Upon walking into the hotel and discovering this amazing hidden gem, with walls decorated in all kinds of artwork and chandeliers in every room. I took a seat awaiting the Q&A as others ordered some of the best-looking cocktails I’ve ever seen at the bar. A woman in front of me was already seated and ready to go too, I actually made a bit of conversation with her – although I forgot to ask her name! It felt like a big step for me, talking to a total stranger at an event, even though it hadn’t even begun. She even ended up sharing her wine gums with me!
Anyway, past my social difficulties, it began…
You know when you meet someone you truly care about and respect because you don’t stop staring and smiling. This is exactly what I spent most of the evening doing. Looking as amazing as usual, Kat took to her bar stool with a glass of rose and lit up the room.
I won’t go into everything she said, firstly, because it was an hour and a half long and secondly, I may miss some parts due to geeking out. But these were the key points I took from her incredible and truly inspiring session:
Lastly, one of my now favourite quotes of all time which I’ll be using for all decisions going forward:
What’s the best piece of blogging advice you’ve ever received? Or do you have any of your own?