BIB's 2017- I've Been Shortlisted

I've always loved my little bit of the internet. This place where I could talk about things I loved, things we had done and some of our challenges and struggles. Never did I ever imagine that other people would read it, other people would follow our journey as young parents, support us through our days striving to be better.

That is until I was nominated for the Inspire category at the Brilliance In Blogging awards. 

The BIBs are an award created by Britmums and are held at the end of their yearly conference. They bring together blogs in an awards do and celebrate all that is brilliant in blogging. Never would I have expected to be shortlisted for a category, let alone the Inspire one. Because in all honesty, I don't see what I do as inspiring. I see it as challenging the stereotype, battling the government and giving a voice to those that may not feel confident enough to shout out.

Since learning to use my voice two years ago, I've wanted to ensure that it's heard loud and clear. I never would have pictured myself representing a charity I love (Young Women's Trust) in many different ways. From speaking at events, to writing blog posts and featuring in the media. The charity has made me realise that I shouldn't stand back and watch things get worse, I need to take matters into my own hands and help those in similar situations to my own.

If someone had told me that last year would have been full of TV appearances, parliament visits, and talking at conferences, I would have laughed at them. Instead with the help of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, I helped them create the Power To The Bump campaign around maternity discrimination. I made my story heard, I spoke up for those who were too afraid and I challenged MP's when they refused to acknowledge that there was a problem.

I've met some amazing friends, some inspiring people, some life changing individuals. I've retrained and begun a new career, I've helped create a bloody amazing workshop for young mums to help them get back into work. I've had some experiences that I will never forget and want to build on and continue to work on for years to come.

I've grown with my child and I hope that I can help him grow into a caring and kind adult. One that realises that they have an ability to change the world however he wants to do it. Being a young mum has been one of the toughest things I've done, but it's also been the most rewarding. It's shown me who I am and who I wanted to become. It's enabled me to grow as a person and surround myself with wonderful people.

I honestly don't see myself as inspirational. I'm just wanting to make the world a better place for young parents and young women. But everyone should feel that way, as the world seems to be against those that don't fit the social norm. There isn't one young parent out there that isn't striving to be their best and make a future for themselves. There isn't one mother that's faced work place discrimination that doesn't want to prove to everyone that they are worthy. I just want to encourage that and help those women find their voices.

As I said, I don't feel inspirational, but other's obviously do and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. I love that I get the opportunity to campaign, help and talk about issues that are close to my heart. I love that my little part of the internet is potentially helping other people in the same situation that I was in, or even just educating them on topics they didn't know about. There are some amazing other nominees in the category and I'm honoured to be part of this fantastic group, but if you did want to support me then you can vote by clicking here.

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