I’ve been nominated and then honoured by being selected as a finalist for the Gurgle awards 2011 on Gurgle.com, (sponsored and supported by Mothercare and ELC). I am one of the 5 finalist in the Best mummy blog writer category ( “for the mummy blogger who has a way with words: we’re looking to unveil a wonderful writing talent!” Gurgle site.) It’s an honour to be in this category especially as English is my second language and my blog is alongside some wonderful other blogs in this category (3 of which are written by professional writers, journalists).
It is also a special privilege to have been nominated, as it’s not been long since I started blogging and never felt I was any good at writing. It all started out of frustration (as most things often do)- I got to a point that I needed to change things because I felt I was constantly treading water. I felt if I shared my intentions with the world I would have to live up to them and fulfil those promises made to myself. I wrote my first post on the 26th of March… and don’t think anyone read it till a month later. I got some wonderful encouragement to write from some lovely twitter friends and from reading other inspirational blogs. Attending the Cybermummy conference 2011 gave me further motivation to blog.
Being the collaborative type, (I was a knowledge manager BC), I love learning from others and sharing what I’ve learnt …and learnt sometimes the hard way. Blogging is a brilliant platform. It helps me share some practical ideas- mundane as laundry or complex as raising children to speak three languages-, but also raise some more in-depth questions on parenting and amalgamating the desires for freedom and spontaneity of self with the structures and discipline needed in parenting. So far I’ve had 4 wonderful ladies contribute guest post on this blog too. It is refreshing to get an insight from others; that is part of who I am: open and sharing.
I often get asked why Mum on the Brink? On the brink of what? My first association is with the Spanish film by Almodóvar “Women on the edge of a nervous breakdown” which I saw in ’89 when my late Grandma accidentally took me to see this film (this was the only one we could get tickets to at nearby cinema). It was my first ever subtitled film and I don’t remember much of it except the title, the feeling of chaos and my very conservative Grandma gasping in embarrassment at some of the scenes. The latter still brings a smile to my face to this day.
…but to me being on the brink really means being on the cusp of discovery, on the verge of something new. In every moment we make a decision on the now– some major ones, some tiny ones- and that creates our future path. Life is wonderful and we have to be able to believe in it that even on dark, dreary days when you feel an utter failure, there is joy and laughter ahead. Happiness is in the fleeting moments. It takes skill to recognise and appreciate these moments. It is these that take you from brink to brink and even out the rollercoaster ride of life. Blogging helps capture some of these moments, successes, turning dilemmas into informed actions.
THANK YOU again so much for nominating me and if you like my writing please spare a moment and vote for me on the Gurgle website. (I trust you will discover some other wonderful blogs too among the other nominees.)
.UPDATE: 09 Sept 2011
Yesterday I attended the Gurgle Awards ceremony, where the lovely Myleene Klass was announcing the winners and handing out the trophies. It was a fun evening, great getting to know the Gurgle team, seeing old and new friends. Lots of wine consume, delicious food eaten and some great prizes won.
The shortlisted blogs were:
Mum on the brink was 2nd in its category. I am extremely proud of this result and thank everyone who reads this blog and especially those who took the time to vote.