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