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Yesterday evening I switched my phone on to find it going a little crazy with notifications from Twitter etc, and I kid you not I was shocked when I realised why. Carly’s Beauty World has been shortlisted by Cosmopolitan for a Cosmo Blog Award under the category ‘Best New Beauty Blog’. I honestly can’t believe it! When I asked my readers if they would like to vote for me I didn’t think I would actually get anywhere. According to Cosmo there were more than 46,000 entries last year, and there are so many amazing new beauty blogs out there, I knew the competition was tough.
I would have put money on some of my favourite bloggers getting shortlisted, and winning, but I definitely wouldn’t have put money on mine! Don’t get me wrong – I love my blog and everything about blogging, but I’m very critical of my work. Last night my mind was racing with excitement. Being shortlisted for an award by a magazine as highly regarded as Cosmo is like a dream come true to me. However, it wasn’t long before my anxious thoughts kicked in, and I was thinking in a slightly critical way!
Writing beauty advice is a passion of mine, and after all these years I probably do have a lot of knowledge, but I don’t think my blog is particularly special. I was wondering why all the popular new beauty blogs that I love and follow were not on the shortlist. I started to think that maybe some kind of mistake had been made, and that I wasn’t actually meant to be on the list! For some reason I have a tendency to doubt my own abilities.
I’m the girl that got good results in year one at uni, but in my mind I thought they had somehow got mixed up with someone else’s, despite working incredibly hard all year! I’m also the girl that sat at the back of a lecture theatre by the door because I used to get terrible anxiety. One day when the teacher called out the name ‘Carly’ to go to the stage to collect a group prize, I just sat there, because I thought ‘there must be some other prize worthy Carly in our year’. It was only when the teacher was staring into the crowd, asking ‘where is she’, and then looked my way, that I realised she was talking about me! I guess you could say I have some self confidence issues, and I really am genuinely shocked to be shortlisted for this award.
I want to thank every single one of you that voted for Carly’s Beauty World because you have no idea how much this means to me. I’m so grateful and feeling very blessed right now. I also want to thank Cosmo for noticing my blog and thinking that it is good enough to be put on their shortlist. Wow. It was only a few months ago that I was feeling really proud of fellow bloggers for being shortlisted in various awards and winning sponsorship opportunities. I never in a million years thought I would be in a similar position, but being chosen by Cosmo. Oh my goodness, is this even real?
As a friend very kindly told me – sometimes
you just have to accept that it’s your time to shine!
If you guys would like to vote for me in the next stage of these awards please click here. I’ll put a more detailed post up about this in the next couple of days.
Good luck to everyone that has been shortlisted. I can’t wait to read all
of your blogs!
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