If you’ve been around Damsels In Success for any length of time at all, you’ll know we describe ourselves as “life-changing” (and if you’re new to Damsels In Success, welcome!)

 

I’ve certainly found that to be true, so I thought I’d share my experiences here for you.

Ready?  Are you sitting comfortably?  Let’s go!

As with all stories, I should start somewhere near the beginning to give you some context.  I am originally from Dorset, but moved to Bristol to attend university (I have a Business degree).  I loved being in this city!  Growing up in a quiet town was fine, but a city is so much more exciting (and my parents laugh at me now for being a “city girl”).

After I graduated, I ended up moving back home to Dorset, and spent a few years there working for the local council, feeling thoroughly fed up & unfulfilled.  I managed to find a job in Bristol and moved back here almost 8 years ago.

Now, this is all well and good, and I was (and still am!) delighted to be living in Bristol again.  There’s something about this city that’s just so vibrant without being impersonal like London.

I digress.

Around this time last year, I was browsing Facebook, and an advert caught my eye – it was for the IGNITE! 2013 event.  Now, I’ve been studying internet marketing for the past 5 or so years, and had been to a couple of live events, which mostly seemed to consist of hard selling and then people getting drunk at the bar.  Plus I found it to be very cliquey & heavily male-dominated.  (I have nothing against drinking at the bar, by the way, but that’s not the only thing I pay a conference fee for – I want helpful content too!).

So I thought I’d take a look at the sales page as it said it was aimed at female entrepreneurs, and I found myself nodding along and smiling as I read the sales page – this finally sounded like somewhere I actually wanted to be, where I wouldn’t feel like a spare part at the back of the room!  At the time I saw it, I think I had a few hours before the early bird price was going to end, so I read the sales page again, checked my diary to make sure I was available, took a deep breath, and booked!  I then proceeded to talk endlessly about it for the few weeks running up to it, as I could feel that this was going to be a different type of experience, and I couldn’t wait!

I wrote a blog post about it on my return, which is over on my Organised Goddess website.  I couldn’t believe how many hugs I got, and how freeing and non-judgemental it was!  You may think a room full of women could be bitchy or catty, but that simply wasn’t the case.  We were all there to learn more about living a successful life with ease, and supporting each other.  I’ve never felt that anywhere before (and I’ve only felt it since at Damsels In Success meetings!).

I took so many notes, and made a load of new friends as well.  Plus it was a chance to dress up, which I always enjoy – anything with sparkles and I’m happy!

As part of IGNITE! they promote the monthly Damsels In Success meetings, though as I was working full time and the old Bristol meeting was on a Friday morning, I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it.  However, there was an opportunity to join as an online member, so I did that.  The online membership allowed access to 2 free monthly meetings, and so I found the Cardiff meetings run on a Monday morning.  Now, I work a 9-day fortnight in my day job, which gives me every other Monday off.  So in January & March this year, I found myself on the train over to Cardiff to take part in Michelle’s group.

I loved it!

I personally found that I got so much more out of attending the meetings rather than just the online membership, and so in April this year I became a fully-fledged member of the Cardiff Damsels group.

I then decided to attend one of the Licence to Lead days in June, primarily as some more personal development and to learn about Lucie’s 6 LAWS.  However, I also found out that the opportunity to host a group in Bristol was likely to become available within the next few months.  Doesn’t that sound like perfect timing?!

So after a little consideration on my part, and checking that I’d be able to run my group in the evening, I signed myself up…and here I am!

My brand new Bristol group is launching on Tuesday 7th October 2014, and will run on the first Tuesday of every month, from 6.30 – 9.30pm.

To find out more and take advantage of a free guest place, please visit here: http://damselsinsuccess.co.uk/bristol/events/live-the-dream/

 

If you’ve made it to the end of this, thank you!  I hope that it’s given you a little more information on me, and on my journey with Damsels In Success so far.

 

Sparkly hugs,

Nikki xx


P.S. Don’t forget to bagsy your seat at my Bristol launch event: Live the Dream in Bristol