Yours Truly

It started with a tweet.

June 22, 2016

I remember the little flip of my stomach when I read it.

Kat just sent a quick tweet asking if anyone knew of any Virtual Assistants that they would recommend.

I can remember a quick DM conversation that went along the lines of: what do you want? Don’t really know we just need some help, do you know someone? Yes. Me!

As I get older and wiser I am coming to realise that those are the best decisions that I make. The ones where I say yes almost before realising I am actually even considering it.

That was February 2015 and my job as a VA started just like that. Kate wasn’t at school yet and I knew that I would maybe want to start thinking about working again when she started in September. So, in fact it was perfect. I was already going to Blogtacular, loved the company and the Kat’s and was suddenly doing something I actually enjoyed doing again.

After Blogtacular 2015 I thought that would be it, at least for a few months until maybe they would want me to help out again this year. But as is the way of things, change happens. And so as 2016 began the Blogtacular dream team was Kat and me, chatting daily, endless Skype calls, more DM’s than you could ever imagine and lists and lists and lists.

If you were there at the end on Saturday you will have seen a very embarrased me called up on stage so Kat could thank me. She said some very lovely things about how Blogtacular is all in her head and I am the person that gets it out and helps bring it to life. And she is right. I am bloody good at keeping her on track and annoying her until the tasks have been done. I love working with Kat, she has the vision and I have the organisation skills. We make the best team.

Blogtacular 2016 - image courtsey of Mollie Makes.

Blogtacular 2016 – image courtsey of Mollie Makes.

What I didn’t get to say, and should have was that working with Kat has changed my life in so many ways. Not only is she the best boss who understands what it is like to try and work from home and juggle children and holidays she is also amazing when it comes to understanding that some days are my bad days and that on those days I might not be my super organised self. It takes a very special person to understand how depression and anxiety can affect someone and be so supportive. I will never be able to thank her enough.

As Blogtacular finished and everyone went out to celebrate I snuck off into the evening, headphones on, music in my ears headed back to where I was staying. After that much being sociable I needed to be alone – to know that I didn’t have to smile and talk to anyone for a while. As an introvert all that being sociable for two days is hard going (especially as my job is usually sat at home on the laptop). I stood by St Pauls, watching everyone going about their lives and I felt invincible. It has dawned on me over the past few days that Blogtacular is the biggest thing that I have done since beoming a mum. It seems that I have fallen into my new vocation and found a place for myself again. Kelly. Not Mum. Kelly. Not Piran’s or Kate’s mum. Kelly. Not Mrs Cheesley.

I have a new part of me now.

Kelly. The one that sends all the emails.*

Blogtacular 2016 image courtesy of Mollie Makes.

Blogtacular 2016 image courtesy of Mollie Makes.

*Literally how I introduced myself to most of the amazing speakers and people involved with the conference.


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  • Reply Eleanor June 22, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Fantastic! My husband is bi-polar so I totally get it. Thank you thank you for sending all the emails, and congratulations on finding Kelly again xxx

  • Reply Jonathan June 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Loved this. Over the last few years my work has pivoted slightly – from being an introverted developer (again, sitting in front of the computer on my own most of the time), to a world where I often visit client sites – big companies – and stand in front of rooms full of people talking about clever stuff – or even worse, trying to teach rooms full of business people. I think perhaps the craziest thing is when you discover you’re good at the thing that scares you the most (the public bit).

  • Reply (Mostly) Yummy Mummy June 22, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Oh my goodness it made me a bit teary reading this?! Way to go Kelly the one who sends all the emails! I’m so happy for you x

  • Reply Gayle June 22, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I love this. I miss this community and all of you but I love watching you all from afar and seeing how amazing it is.

  • Reply Gill June 22, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Brilliant! My job involves walking int rooms full of strangers and talking about stuff, but once that’s done, I hibernate. I’m not a natural mixer.

    Way to go!

  • Reply Neame June 25, 2016 at 8:36 am

    You are back! (I was a little worried.) And with good news. Thrilling you have found a thing that gives you satisfaction. Pleasing you that posted about your recognition, that you are recognized, that you are happy, that you are even a little overwhelmed. Good on you!

  • Reply Alice Collyer (Alice in Scandiland) June 26, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Wonderful, well done you. Inspiring stuff.
    I’d really love to be working working, as in getting properly paid for what I love doing and being Alice, not just Mum, but as a stay at home mum it all seems quite daunting and unknown and maybe unachievable. It sounds like you are forging out the perfect little career nook for you ❤

  • Reply Anna International June 27, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    So pleased that Blogtacular has been so great for you – you (and Kat) certainly made it insanely great for us!
    I so get what you mean about anxiety – having a boss who understands that must be fantastic. As it is, I haven’t yet had the confidence to tell mine. He thinks I am just very sickly. 🙁
    I also felt the two days was an immediate drain on my batteries and was completely exhausted after, but a few days later the exhaustion gave way to the motivation and excitement of the day itself again, and it has lasted ever since, well, until last Friday, but hey ho.
    Congrats on finding Kelly again. xx

  • Reply Nicki Rochead June 27, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Wow Kelly, what an amazing post! It is easy for us to talk about our pre-Blogtacular nerves but when you have to be on top form at an event like that is even harder. No hiding in the loos for you. You did such an amazing job and I was really grateful for the chance to get to know you just a little better.

  • Reply Peggy July 4, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    This is so lovely to read!! I am so bummed that I never got to attend a Blogtacular event before we moved across the pond and who knows maybe I could tie up a UK trip with one of them. Anyway, it is so so nice to read how involved you are in these events and that you feel you have found your happy place! X

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