Beating mum loneliness by attending Britmums Live!

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Even with children aged 7 and 11 I struggle with mum loneliness. I work at home, as does the Hubby, so it's not like I'm alone at any time, but the friendships are the things I miss.

Before having children I had lots of friends, I saw them frequently and enjoyed lots of nights out. But life happened and I, and they, moved on. These days I have one or two friends but I don't see them often at all. It's usually just a quick "hello" at the school gates when I'm dropping LP off.

What I miss about my mum friends is the gossip, the mindless chatter and laughs that you can't really get anywhere else.

That's why I'm looking forward to attending Britmums Live on Saturday. It's going to be a very long day, I'll be waking at 5:30am to get the train from Nottingham into London and then there will be a long walk to The Brewery.

Although I'm nervous about going I can't wait to talk to all the people I follow online. People who I've only ever seen an avatar of, or people that I've met briefly at other conferences. Being an introvert means I am scared of walking into a huge place full of hundreds of people, but I'm thinking I'll just fake it.

I tried to fake it at Blogfest in November but it didn't work, I wasn't confident in myself, I wandered around thinking that other bloggers must've thought I was some weird imposter. This time though I kind of know what to expect. There are bloggers I'm looking forward to connecting with, bloggers that are like celebrities, and bloggers that are already friends. But the thing is, they're all bloggers - just like me.

We already have something in common, most of us are parents too so there's another thing in common. The more I think about it the more I realise that these people are my tribe. We've just never met, that's all.

For Saturday I'm making sure that I am completely comfortable, I'll be wearing jeans, t-shirt and pumps. I may put on some make-up, I haven't decided yet, and I'll have my phone with me (obvs!). Being comfortable will allow me to put on that fakeness and pretend to love the whole thing.

If I go in smiling and laughing, don't be afraid to go up to someone and say hi, and be open to conversation then I might just make some new friends. And that's never a bad thing is it?

For those of you attending this is me...



I've just had my hair done at the hairdressers so on the day it will be wavy rather than straight and, like I said, I may be wearing make up.

If you spot me cowering in a corner or wandering around looking lost please do say hi and save me!

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26 comments:

  1. I'm so scared too! Excited but really nervous! I'm sure it will be a fun day - I'll look out for you x

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    1. I know what you mean, each time I think about it my stomach does a somersault! I'm just building myself up to not be scared now, I think if you let it get to you you miss out because you're concentrating on being scared rather than making friends. :)
      Oh do! If you spot me come and say hi - can't wait to meet you!!!

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  2. Have a fantastic time, each time my mummy visits a blogging event her stomach turns xx hope you meet up with some lovely people xx #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Thanks! I did manage to meet so many lovely bloggers.

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  3. Hope you have an amazing time! I'd be pretty nervous if it was me, but there are so many lovely bloggers that it wold be great to meet them in the flesh! #twinklytuesday

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    1. It really was great to meet the wonderful bloggers I talk to all the time.

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  4. I hope you have an amazing time....One year I will get to Britmums x

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    1. It would be amazing to see you there one year Kim!

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  5. Good luck. I imagine you will not be the only one feeling this way. Brave post...thank you :)

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  6. Hey Morgan, I'm there too and also bricking it so we can cower together. I'll have just flown in the night before after a mad week of packing so I might need to be nudged awake occasionally. Looking forward to meeting you in person. See you Saturday (!)

    #fartglitter

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    1. How did I miss you hun? Saw SO many people and my head felt like it was going to explode at the end of the day. How did you find it?

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  7. I won't be there - very jealous. One year i'll get there hopefully. Have fun! Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

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    1. Oh what a shame. I'm sure you will, and you'll love it too. x

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  8. Oh Morgan, I so wish that I was going and we could help each other! You are so supportive of all other bloggers there must be many people waiting to meet you and thank you! I'd love to meet you in person 🌸 TY for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

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    1. Ah thanks Catie. Cannot wait to meet you in person one day. xx

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  9. Hi Morgan, having a young family can drain our confidence and alienate us from friends and making friends. I remember you going to Blogfest last year and I thought you were brave (I say I'd love to go, but my legs would probably collapse in fear before I got there!).

    I'm sure you will be fine and excitement will override any nerves.... Have a fantastic time for all us bloggers that can't be there!

    xx

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  10. I can totally relate. Since immigrating it's been a real struggle to find that "person".. I truly miss my friends back home #coolmumclub

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    1. I think that's what is so great about having blogging buddies, they're real friends even if you've never met.

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  11. Oh have a fantastic time! Everyone seems to be a little nervous but excited at the same time. Jealous, I'm not going! #abloggingoodtime

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    1. You should try to go one year, it really is a fantastic day. xx

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  12. I hope you've had a great day at Britmums and met lots of lovely people - I'm sure you have! I am just the same as but I have let nerves get the better of me this year and I haven't gone. Hopefully next year I can find some confidence and go!xx #coolmumclub

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    1. Definitely! It wasn't as bad as I imagined and I had a blast. The best bit was meeting so many wonderful bloggers. :)

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  13. Hi Morgan - so this comment is a little late! But I hope you found the day okay - it was lovely to meet you and give you some real life #coolmumclub love! Thanks for linking up lovely xx

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    1. Aw thanks hun. It was great to meet you too! xx

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