Saturday, 30 December 2017

A Very Bloggy 4th Birthday!

Four years ago today I started my blog. Whilst on maternity leave I had become a little bit obsessed with YouTube and my sister suggested I started one. So I spent 30th November 2013 holed up in my bedroom whilst my husband looked after our baby and a three year old. I had NO idea what I was doing. And NO idea that three and a half years later I would eventually give up my job to write/film/take pictures of me holding mugs and putting them on instagram quite a lot. 2017 has been hands down one of the best and most exciting years of my life. And here are the reasons why...

I started 2017 in recovery from spinal surgery. My right leg was damaged after I slipped two discs twerking (true story) so I didn't really know what the future would hold. Whilst I was off from my teaching job having physiotherapy I began to think more and more about turning my hobby into a job. I genuinely believe if I hadn't have been so poorly I probably would still be juggling two jobs and two kids. I loved teaching and will no doubt return. But now I can do all of the school runs and work from home doing something I love. Amazing.


There are many many personal highlights of 2017 (moving house, my son starting school, turning 40) but my career offered up some opportunities I would never have dreamt were possible for someone like me. My daughter and I were chosen to be in the Moonpig Mother's Day campaign. Which meant we were on TV, in magazines and in train stations around the country. It was wonderful to spend such a special moment with my six year old. In October I also got a speaking part in the 20th Century Fox film 'Ferdinand' (police woman no2 STOLE THE SHOW). This time I got to take my Mum down to London when I recorded my part and she cried when we all went to see it in the cinema.


Other amazing things we have done this year have been to work with Merlin, Camp Bestival and Away Resorts again. All brilliant brands that gave us wonderful opportunities to visit beautiful places and provide memories my children and I will never forget. A new venture for 2017 was speaking at events which is something I really enjoy. The teacher in me will always LOVE the sound of her own voice! From students at Birmingham University to a room full of peers at BritMums, I adore trying to encourage other people to start their own YouTube channels. The world needs more 'ordinary' people to become extraordinary.


2017 has also been a year for meeting new people. I've had the privilege of becoming good friends with Louise Pentland (if you remember rightly I cried when I first met her). We've had many hours laughing creating content and I can't wait to spend more time with her in 2018. But I've also spent time with you lot. The people that read my blog, follow my instagram, like my posts on FB. This year there have been several brummymummymeetups and it's something I will be doing bimonthly in 2018. Getting to chat to other people who giggle at the same things as me is amazing.


You will NEVER know how much you mean to me. Seriously. I imagine you sat in your dressing gown whilst Peppa is on in the background liking the odd post here and there and not really giving it any thought. But the likes, follows, shares all mean that brands would like to pay me to make content with them. How wonderful is that? That my job is just being myself. That's the reason I do the meet ups, try to reply to as many comments as possible and work each year with PANDAS charity. I just want to give something back to you who provide my family with so much.


But the real highlight of 2017...the main event...was...being called the Double Bagger Mum in The Mirror. I mean? You can imagine how proud I was. Thanks for 2017 and here's to an exciting 2018. I hope you will all follow along for the ride. Love You! Em xxx
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  1. Congrats on four years and what a fab 2017! Think I'll have to wait for Ferdinand to make it to DVD but I'm impressed I know something that's on in the cinema for once �� Happy New Year when it comes ��

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  2. Congrats! Go you!
    You have had such an amazing year and I am so happy for you!
    My teen is now a big fan of yours on Youtube. She always screeches "Brummy mummy has a new video" to me. lol
    Sending much love! Wishing you all the best for 2018 xx

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  3. congratulations on your 4 years of uTubing, Vlogging, blogging, snogging and jogging sorry got carried away with the ING thingy ma jig. Seriously though you’ve bloody cracked it lovely lady and I’d imagine your family are very proud of you 😊 tbh I’ve thought about doing this too but unfortunately I’m just not confident enough as yet ( maybe when I hit 60 I’d quite happily collaborate with the likes of Tenna Lady, Dulcolax , Dulcolease and even Femfresh if they want me 😁 my god did I really just type that ⬆️ Oh well just getting some practice in for when I break out from behind the scenes of my wee Scottish life as a Spinster living by the sea 🌊 at one with my natural surroundings and wildlife e.g I’m really a secret Seagull whisperer ok not quite a whisperer more of a “ fecking birds have s**t on my car again “ whilst waving hello and saying good morning to my lovely neighbours who for some reason keep asking me when I’m selling my house 🤔 anyway all the best for 2018 when it arrives and keep doing what you do best.

    Much love n hugs 🤗
    Michelle ( aka mumma bear 🐻, Ant 🐜, Chelle_catherine77 and of course Chez77 )

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  4. So YOU were the police officer with the British accent. I thought she stood out among the cast! An amazing four years for you Emma. Look forward to seeing where you'll be in another four years time.

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  5. I have seen the trailer of that movie so many times but haven't got a chance to go and see it with the kids yet. Maybe in the next two weekends. I will look out for you then ;)

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  6. I'm not a mum, and I'm not planning to be one any time soon. As quite frankly, I'm still only a child myself. (She says hoping that makes her seem hip and cool, although she's already 17!) but I just want to congratulate you on creating something. And that something which has helped so many people around the world. That something which makes me laugh when I'm sadly sat in my bedroom, snuggled up in my dressing gown and drinking my decaf tea (I promise I'm not your twin, lol!) You really are incredible Emma. I run a beauty,lifestyle and inspirational talking blog, and I hope, just one day I can have the courage to achieve loads of incredible things in life. Just like you! Keep going Babs... xx

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