I’m not so sure how this post is going to go because right now this minute my head could explode !
So the company we both worked for was put into liquidation back in July and on Friday last BOOM – we got the word – our jobs were gone. A seriously emotional day for an emotional person, you have no idea. But we have to get up this morning (jobless with a kitchen table full of paperwork) and say ok lets move on. Let’s do up the CV’s and lets just try hard to put the past behind us but its not easy after 15 years for me and 38 for himself. Ok ok forget the place.
So I was down Friday, ok Saturday and was between two minds on whether I’d rise out of it early on Sunday & take myself to Galway for afternoon tea with the @ITWBN blogging babes at the 5* Glenlo Abbey Hotel 😋
I haven’t written a blog post since that fateful Friday night back in July when Mr Liquidator was on the road to West Kerry so I was hoping Sunday’s trip would “light my fire” again ! There were times throughout August & September when I thought lets just close this account & forget it, times (strangest of times) that I’d have a ding ding moment of “that’d make a great blog post” and definitely moments of why bother – who gives a shit !
So I waved goodbye & pulled out @ 8.30am … Quick coffee in Newcastlewest & landed in the Glenlo Abbey hotel at 12.15 … Just in time for the 12.30 start … Wow … Why haven’t I heard much about this place, stunning and I mean STUNNNING location ! Looking out on the lake, 5 mins drive from the city centre, great looking golf (whatever great looking golf is), the train as pictured is their “Pullman Restaurant” (cool or what) & greeted with a cocktail (sans alcohol).
Sat down with Emer O’Grady makeup artist (watch out for a woman with a vision & going places & by the way who was able to tell me all about my own brothers wedding 2 years ago – small world) and Jessica Cooke who runs her own Health & Fitness Business in Galway !
From the very start it was just great to talk with like minded people, bloggers from all different walks of life. Thrilled to meet Sinead (clicked immediately – Yummy Mummy Supreme!) How she juggles it all is amazing and Saidbh who was so good with putting names with faces ! Im sure Sinead and I could’ve talked all day, so inspiring! Sinead and Saidbh have really seen an opening and are ahead of the game when it comes to Bloggers Collaboration.
Also had the pleasure to finally meet Mrs Dillons Diary, always follow Orla Sheridan on FB and when I spotted her it was like ohhh wow – here we are !
But what about the main attraction – fellow Kerry woman Erika Fox aka Retro Flame ! It would be rude not to say Hi ! Her blog name just so suits her ! She’s so down to earth for someone who has worked with so many stars ! She spoke so passionately and eloquently from the heart, answered all the questions and encouraged everyone ! I could’ve listened to her all day. Nothing fazed her.
I also met people that were only beginning their blogging journey … If it’s what you want Go for it ! Check out @CoolRhubarb ! Styled by Dree was there – I could tell we were like minded style wise, grace Daniels Cakes Kerry woman living in Galway & of course Lisa from Beauty Fashion Fitness who told me I can schedule posts … Like hellooooo where has this been all my life ! Best thing I learnt on the day – this is going to make me wayyy more efficient ! Since our afternoon gathering Erika has been listed as one of the most influential Irish Bloggers in New York’s Digital and Technology industries and prior to her return was announced as Kerry’s Best Young Entrpreneur 2015 👍🏻✅. Glenbeigh Abú
Oodles has been written about the stunning venue, the fantastic goodie bags (more to follow on these), the amazing spread, the table names really impressed me ! The Glenlo Abbey -how impressive as was the Solaris Tea who treated us on the day. We also had the opportunity to browse some stalls. St Morritz taking a great hit from the girls but most of all it was you the company … The @ITWBN babes.
When it was finally over some were retreating to the reserved area in the bar for the rugby match as I pulled out for the 4 hour journey home with my head spinning – the only thing between me and my blogging thoughts was the blinding setting sun as I turned back west – happy in myself that I was finally back thinking blogging thoughts 😀😀
To all the ITWBN girls ........ thank you all ! We are some team !