I have been meaning to write this post since the moment I found out I was invited to Paris for 3 days. Yes, you are reading correctly! I’m off to Paris tomorrow for E-Fluent Spot 5 along with other British bloggers. This is an international event where we will meet over 500 bloggers from about 15 different countries, with the press and lots of amazing brands also in attendance. This will certainly be an experience that I will never forget!
First of all, I would like to say that I feel incredibly proud of this little blog and what it has brought to us. I cannot explain in words how shocked I am to be considered one of the most influential parenting bloggers from the UK and be reunited with other like-minded bloggers. It will be 3 full-on days where I’m sure I will get lots of inspiration and hopefully be able to make new friends! Fingers crossed for that! 🙂
The company behind this fantastic international event is Mayane Group, editor of the well-known magazine Parole De Mamans. They have organised an amazing itinerary for us and I can’t wait to arrive in Paris and start this wonderful experience.
Who would have thought just over 1½ years when I started this blog that I was going to find a job that would fulfil me and make me happy. This is not an easy job. It demands a lot of effort and dedication. You really need to love it to be able to do it otherwise it is very easy to give up. I had several moments where I was about to stop because I felt that it was overtaking my life but the best solution is to strive for a balance. I’m not there yet but I’m certainly heading in the right direction to be able to find that balance. Like any job in life you need to work hard to achieve your goals. That is why I’m very grateful for this opportunity. This invitation reminds me that all the work and long hours that we have been putting into this blog have been paid off as this proves that we must be doing something good.
I think, calling myself a blogger has been a journey for me. It was not easy to change my career path from lawyer to blogger. Not everybody understands this and certainly, not everybody approves of it. I do know for sure however, that you should be doing something that makes you happy and not pushing yourself to do something that will make someone else happy. My advice for anyone else is to fight and carry on what you are doing if it makes you happy and you will shine.
I’m sorry if I got carried away by stating these things but it is something that I wanted to say a long time ago and I think being invited to E-Fluent Spot 5 made me realise that I should feel proud of myself and keep fighting as this for sure is my hobby, my passion, and everything after my family.
I’m looking forward to making the most of these 3 days with hopefully a chance to do some networking so I am able to bring you more information about any brands that I meet. We will be travelling by Eurostar thanks to Selectour Afat.
We will be staying at Hotel St James Albany during the 3 days. The first night, we will have a Dinner Gala at the Paris en Scène Dinner Cruise on the Seine River. OMG, I cannot wait for this Gala! We will have our hair and makeup done too! Happy Times, LOL!
There are so many must see places in Paris. The next day will be all about E-Fluent Spot 5 which will take place at Le Carreau Du Temple. They have a full on programme. We will meet about 650 French and international parenting Bloggers. We will have the privilege to interact with the most prestigious brands and travel markets. I’m really looking forward to this day which will end up with a DJ Party! Amazing, right?
Day 3 has not been revealed yet as it will be a surprise for all of us. We will have the afternoon free to discover Paris even more and then we should pack and be ready to go back to London. I’m sure I will be super sad by this stage.
As you can probably gather this will be one of the most important opportunities that I have had the fortune to be part of and I can’t wait for it to start! Watch this space as I will be writing all about my experience soon. So, Paris here I come! Bring it on! 😉
Have you heard of E-Fluent Spot? Have you attended before? What do you think of the itinerary and the programme for the E-Fluent Spot 5 main day? Please leave a comment below as I would love to read what you think.
*Disclosure: I have been invited to E-Fluent 5 Spot but all my thoughts are my own.
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The Mum Reviews says
You should definitely be proud of your accomplishments. There are a lot of people who don’t “get” blogging, but those who do understand how amazing it can be for both the blogger and her readers. I totally get how it can be hard and overtake your life too though. Congrats on being invited to the exciting conference. #kcacols
Wow, that’s amazing! I hope you have an awesome time. Pen x #KCACOLS
jen|Practical by default says
Congrats on being successful as you have been. It is true blogging takes a lot of work and dedication. Great job #KCACOLS
Petite Words says
Good for you wonderful woman! I absolutely agree we must stop pleasing other people with our careers, you know what fits and what just does not. It is our life. #KCACOLS
Sharon Parry says
You should be very proud of yourself Franca for being invited and it is no less that you deserve for all your hard work. It is great for us new bloggers to have something to aspire to. Can’t wait to read all about your adventures.
Hope the experience was all you dreamed and more. #kcacols
five little doves says
Wow! What an experience! You should be so proud of yourself, what an accomplishment! I am hugely jealous, Paris is my favourite city in the world and what I wouldn’t give for a few days there! You are an inspiration to keep blogging, even when it gets tough! #KCACOLS
Tooting Mama says
Welcome to Paris, wonder if you’ll be hitting my favourite spots in Paris. I haven’t heard of this event and I’m in touch with a few mummy bloggers over here in Paris.
If you’ve got a free afternoon in Paris, nip down to Bon Marche you won’t be disappointed – I love it there, and the Grand Epicerie next door. And well done, you have done amazingly well and that’s down to all your hard work – what an inspiration!
Tooting Mama says
Wow congrats! I’m so jealous right now:D have a nice time there Paris is really beautiful so enjoy:)
Wow hope you had an amazing time! #kcacols
Heledd @ Yummyblogger says
Sounds amazing…. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Ps never knew you were a lawyer previously… what a cool career change! Xx
Nicky Kentisbeer says
Of course you should write all of those things that have led to where your today. It’s a fabulous achievement, a long journey and one that you should celebrate. It’s things like this that made you realise how far you have come. #KCACOLS
Sarah | Digital Motherhood says
Wow what an amazing opportunity! Well done! #kcacols
Kate (Along Came Poppy) says
Wow what an amazing opportunity Franca! I hope you had a fantastic time #KCACOLS
Sounds great for you Franca and thoroughly deserved!
Cal at Family Makes says
Congratulations on being recognised and chosen for this conference. It sounds an absolutely fantastic opportunity and a fabulous programme. I look forward to reading about your adventures! #KCACOLS
Becky @ Educating ROversi says
This sounds fantastic! What a great, and well deserved, opportunity! Can’t wait to hear all about it. #KCACOLS
Wow that sounds amazing! I hope one day my blog and me are as successful as you are. I understand the difficult transition, I’m trying to transition from vet to blogger, and whilst I love being a vet it’s not very compatible with family life and spending more time with them is my driving force. Thanks again for hosting, and having me co-host Franca. #KCACOLS
Rain are too beautiful says
Wow, nevertheless heard of them a and it sounds great #kcacols
Your such an amazing blogger Franca. Your one of my favourite and your such inspirational. I don’t always have time to even read anything but I feel like reading your blog is therapeutic. I enjoyed Reading them. Being a blogger Is such a hard work and I honestly salute you. Your doing a good job and well done for that. Keep it up and god bless you more 🙂 xxx