Snaps ‘n’ Crackles #10 – This is me!

October 25, 2018
lady, arms outstretched, this is me

lady, arms outstretched, this is me

When you read this I will be in Melbourne and tonight I will be attending the 2018 Bupa Blog Awards dinner event where the 2018 Bupa Blog Award winners will be announced.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’d know that by some miraculous good fortune, someone nominated me and then I was selected by the judges as a Finalist in the Personal Category of the Bupa Blog Awards.  You’d also know that I’m excited, and that I’m anxious! I also have a terribly nasty inner critic that becomes even worse when I’m anxious, but I am stronger than her and my anxiety.  In fact, one of my favourite songs (This is Me – from the movie ‘The Greatest Showman’) is my new mantra and listening to it, REALLY listening to the words, gives me strength and fortitude, so Bupa peeps and fellow finalists – look out ’cause here I come, and I’m marching on to the beat I drum …








Wish me luck!  I mean luck for overcoming my anxiety and silencing the inner critic so that I can walk into the event on my own, have some fun and enjoy myself! I don’t need any wins.  I have already won, and I truly mean that.  I was selected as a finalist which is extremely flattering and humbling and with that comes some wonderful opportunities.  I have been taken out of my comfort zone and forced to face down my anxiety.  I stumbled a bit but I didn’t hide away.  I didn’t let it reduce my world and deny me this experience and opportunity.  I faced it down.  I’m already a winner.  I have won!
Keep watch on my Instagram and Facebook Page for some snaps and no doubt you’ll hear all about it when I return.
Ciao for now,

Note:  As I’m away at the moment I most likely won’t be able to respond to any comments, or read and comment on any linked posts until I return home.

Link up here at WOTM or with another of us in the Lovin’ Life Linky team:
Leanne of Deep Fried FruitKathy of 50 Shades of Age |
Deborah of Debbish |  Jo of The Hungry Writer – Joanne Tracey.
It doesn’t matter where you link up as it will magically appear on all five blogs.

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  • Reply Natalie October 25, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Have fun and enjoy yourself, Min. You’ve got this! #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:04 am

      Thank you Natalie! I did have fun. It’s all over red rover now. xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey October 25, 2018 at 11:28 am

    So proud of you and excited for you. Enjoy!

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Thank you so much Jo! I did it! Little me in a room full of incredibly inspiring, creative, intelligent and witty people! It was a blast. 🙂

  • Reply Deborah Cook October 25, 2018 at 11:31 am

    So exciting Min and just think how impressive it is to have been listed as a finalist when I’m sure so many people would have loved to have been there!

    I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time and you most certainly deserve to be there! xx

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:07 am

      Thank you so much Deb! I still don’t understand how I came to be there but I’m so very grateful I was. It was amazing. Such fun, and I’m so excited for the year ahead. 🙂 xo

  • Reply Leanne | October 25, 2018 at 11:46 am

    I’m so excited for you too Min – I feel like you’re our Midlife Rep and you’ll do us proud. You are incredibly brave to front up to all this by yourself (much braver than me!) and I hope you have an absolute ball xx

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

      Thank you Leanne! I was certainly one of the um … more mature ones there! lol Well I did it! It was kinda overwhelming, kinda amazing, kinda fun, and over way too quickly!! I met some amazing people! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond October 25, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    You have already won, Min just by stepping out of your comfort zone and attending the awards on your own. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Congratulations!

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:11 am

      I have won Sue. I totally agree! I was so scared but I did it anyway. I’m also very excited about the fact that I’m now welcomed into the Bupa Alumni and have opportunities to learn from them and work with them during 2019! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Sanch @ Sanch Writes October 25, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    So exciting! Can’t wait to hear about it. Good luck!

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:12 am

      Thanks Sanch! I had a ball. It was all over way too quickly though. I needed a pause button! lol xo

  • Reply jodie filogomo October 25, 2018 at 11:51 pm

    Best luck to you!! What wonderful news and I think it’s so wonderful!

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:13 am

      Thanks Jodie! I had such a wonderful time. No official wins but I didn’t need that anyway because in my mind I already won! xo

  • Reply Janet October 26, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Go Min!!!!!!!! Anxiously waiting to hear the news …

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:15 am

      Thanks Janet! I had a wonderful time! No official wins for me but plenty of win, wins in my mind. Looking forward to the year ahead learning from and working with Bupa. So exciting! 🙂

  • Reply Denyse Whelan October 27, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I now know how you went and you nailed it. Well-done on enjoying yourself in a place that was bothering you. I hope things continue to go well Min. You are already a winner! Denyse x

    • Reply Min October 28, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Oh thank you Denyse! I don’t know about nailed it but I sure did it and had a great time. It was surreal at times but I drank it all in … so much so that I didn’t take any photos which will make my blog post on the night a bit boring! lol xo

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit October 28, 2018 at 11:46 am

    YAY FOR YOU!!!! Just making it to the finals and being in a room full of like-minded inspiring people is a win. So empowering. How did you go? Can’t wait to hear all about it. #teamlovinlife
    PS I watched the Greatest Showman for the 4th time on Friday night with my grand daughter. Best movie. Such an empowering soundtrack.

    • Reply Min October 29, 2018 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks Leanne! You’ve seen how I went now in my post today. I love that track from The Greatest Showman! I have only seen the movie once but would watch it multiple times. It’s one of those movies! 🙂

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