I hope you are all doing well and you have had a wonderful weekend so far. I thought today I would post something a little more personal. When 2016 came around I set myself a range of different New Year resolutions and you can read all about my 2015 reflection and 2016 blogging goals here. Every year I always set myself a goal to widen my writing and I want to be able to post more lifestyle content. So, I thought today I would post about something a little more personal and about something that recently hit the blogging community, again...the 2016 Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards, previously also know as the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards.
I think I can vouch for a lot of people within this community when I say that I honestly thought the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards were not going to happen this year, due to the fact that the usual timings were a little off for announcements but also because Cosmopolitan kept hush hush about it all this year - literally leaving us all on the edge of our seats! Thinking they were not going to happen I took my mind away from the awards and started planning out some exciting blogging projects for the rest of 2016 and the beginning of 2017. Then out of no where...POOF! Cosmopolitan surprised us and launched this year's awards. Things are a little different this year as the awards are now called 'The Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards' but there are a lot more ways to get involved, whether you are a blogger, vlogger, Instagrammer or Snapchatter - yay!
When I noticed the awards had launched I kept it to myself for a few days, purely because I really wanted to think long and hard before putting myself forward for the awards again this year. I lack so much confidence in myself that I didn't know whether I was even worthy. I have been incredibly blessed during the past few years and have been shortlisted for 2013 (Best New Beauty Blog), 2014 (Best Established Beauty Blog & Best Social Media Blog), 2015 (Best for Beauty & Best Use of Photography) and I actually won highly commended for my photography last year! To this day I still can't believe it actually happened. Last year was the first time I had placed in one of my categories and honestly, it was the best feeling and I was not expecting it at all. You can read my full post on the night here. I still feel totally blessed that I was even shortlisted and was able to experience going to the awards and meeting so many incredible people within this industry. Every year I always walk away feeling so incredibly motivated and determined to work even harder on my blog - it has grown into such a huge part of my life and I can't imagine it not being part of my life now. I always wonder what I would be doing right now if I never started my blog haha! Blogging has helped me in so many ways and some of which I have not even shared with my readers before...and it has been a creative outlet for myself to express my love for all things beauty, fashion, lifestyle and everything else in-between without the fear of being judged. I started my blog during my first year at University and I still can't believe how far we have grown since then...I always remember that Rome was not built in a day so being able to grow personally alongside my blog has been such an emotional and unforgettable journey. It has opened my eyes, inspired me to be a better person and I have met so many incredible friends within this community!
I can imagine that there will be a few posts like this popping up within the bloggerssphere but I wanted to add my two cents also. I know it may seem like a complete longshot and there are so many amazing bloggers, vloggers, Instagrammers and Snapchatters out there so I don't expect to be shortlisted again...but I would kick myself if I didn't try...at least one last time, it is worth a shot right?! If you have followed my blogging journey so far and you enjoy stopping by my blog and taking some time out to read, interact on social and everything else in-between then I would love you forever if you would consider nominating my blog under 'Best Beauty Influencer' in this year's awards or if there is any other category you think I would fit under then fire away haha. To nominate you can click the link HERE and it should direct you step by step on what you need to do - it literally takes 2 minutes! If you do nominate me then THANK YOU so much for taking the time to do so. Please let me know in the comments or by Tweeting, Instagramming or Facebooking me as I would like to thank everyone individually and send you a great big cyber hug! It would literally mean the world to me.
Finally, I want to say a huge Good Luck to everyone who is taking part in this year's awards too! Being a blogger myself I understand how much hard work and dedication goes into writing and creating a blog plus everything else in-between so I really wish everyone the best luck - I really hope we all make it! Us bloggers have to stick together, right! #BloggerPower
Lots of Love