As you may, or may not, already know I have made the shortlist for the Inspire Category in the #BiBs 2014 or Brilliance in Blogging Awards. The shortlist consists of 16 bloggers and people are currently voting for the blogs they would like to see in the final.
Voting closes on 16th May and sixteen will turn into six blogs for the final, the awards ceremony for which takes place at Britmums Live in June. To have made it into the Inspire category has meant an awful lot to me. It was a category I never believed I would ever see myself in but it is an honour to be there and I would be so proud to make the final and see the name of my blog up on the big screen (I still kick myself for not taking a photo of it up there last year for Video!).
So, with 3 days to go until voting closes, I thought I would reflect on 3 current public figures who inspire me
The passion and knowledge of this man is incredible. I have watched his fascinating nature programmes for years now and I never tire of listening to the way he speaks with such devotion to the world we live in. I have now got Ross and Grace involved and we have taken the box set of Planet Earth on holidays with us as well as watch the free box sets we get on BT Vision. The other day we were watching his programme called ‘Ark’ about 10 animals he would choose to take in the Ark with him. He was speaking of the time he spent in the Natural History Museum as a young child. He has given his life to his career and vice versa. To watch him do something he immerses himself into is wonderful to see.
One of our favourite programmes to watch as a family is Masterchef – we regularly watch it with our dinner! Michel Roux Jr co-presented Professional Masterchef last year and his attitude towards his work was tireless. He was encouraging and supportive of the chefs in the competition. Never patronising, always advising. He teaches in the way I aspire to. Praise, ways to do things better and never negative feedback. Ross has told me that he has also taken some of his teaching methods and used it in his work.
The way in which this woman turned her life around in 5 years is completely inspirational to me. Born in Gloucestershire, she was working for Amnesty International when the idea for Harry Potter came to her on a delayed train. Her mother died, she got divorced, became a single parent on benefits and moved to Edinburgh to be closer to her sister. After a number of rejections, she sold her first book for around £2,500 and has now become the 13th wealthiest woman in the UK.
So you see. If you put your mind to it then you can achieve it. That to me is inspirational.
“If you’re reading this…
Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about,
then I don’t know what is.”
― Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head
I am thrilled to have been short-listed in the Brilliance in Blogging or #BiB2014 Awards in the INSPIRE category and would really appreciate your vote to help me get through to the finals. Please go across here and choose Verily Victoria Vocalises in section 5 for Inspire.