Bursting With Inspiration at Blognix

I am positively BURSTING with inspiration after last weekend’s Blognix Retreat: and I can’t believe that after a very low week I was almost tempted to cancel!

Blognix was founded by Elizabeth Sellers from Rosalilium. The idea of the retreat (which was held at Hillidon Lakes, near Daventry in Northamptonshire) is to get like-minded people together to collaborate, learn, and inspire.

What #blognixretreat is all about – learn, connect, inspire.

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The event certainly delivered on its promise!

During the weekend a range of diverse workshops were held. I thought I would share with you, dear readers, a couple of the main points from each:

How to Launch Your Digital Product and Make More than Ā£3,000 in two weeks

Ximena de la Serna

  • Email lists are king!
  • Send your subscribers free things, which provides them with added value as a perk for bothering to subscribe. This technique comes in handy when you are trying to sell them something because they will think “Wow, if the free stuff is this good, how awesome must what they are selling be?”

How to Build Successful Relationships with PRs and Brands

Monica Stott

  • Always remember basic courtesy – work hard, be nice to people.
  • If you are interested in working with a brand, send a brief email to test the waters before indulging in a full pitch (and in that pitch, be clear about what you are offering – don’t just say “I’d like to collaborate”).

Time Management for People Who Want to Do All The Things!

Holly June Smith

  • Figure out what your goals are. Figure out what you spend your time doing. Chances are spending hours on Twitter aren’t going to help you achieve them, so ask yourself regularly: “How does [whatever I am doing] help me achieve my goals?”
  • Turn off your social media notifications to avoid unnecessary distractions (I’ve done this, it’s liberating!)
  • Schedule and set routines.
  • Set SMART goals – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timebound to help you focus your energy and time towards achieving your goals.

Get rid of those limiting beliefs! #blognixretreat @hollyjunesmith and Leonardo Di Caprio šŸ˜Š

A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on

Control Your Business, Don’t Let It Control You

Raj Dhokia

  • Save all your receipts! Outlay such as conference tickets can be claimed back as a business expense.
  • Track your expenses in something like Xero. Use Excel only if you know how to use it properly so you don’t bugger it up (Raj’s business might be called Creative Accounting, but take this seriously – HMRC will take a dim view of actual creative accounting.)
  • Protect yourself and your assets with the appropriate level of insurance – professional indemnity and/or public liability.

Innovative Thinking

Jo Lowthrop

  • Reject the ordinary, seek the unknown, ignore conventions, explore, be curious!
  • Forget perfection.
  • Slay your limited beliefs – just get on with it, don’t wait for ‘the right time’, or the ‘right idea’, or the ‘right circumstances’. They’ll never happen.

Self-Care for Success

Laura Agar-Wilson

  • Remember you can’t pour from an empty cup!
  • Self-care is a necessity not a luxury.
  • Consider self-care as putting petrol in your tank – you’ll break down if the tank is empty.

Self-care: a necessity not a luxury #blognixretreat

A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on

Throughout the sessions we were encouraged to collaborate with each other, share ideas, and encourage each other. Many of the sessions were incredibly creative, which I loved.

The sessions combined with the advice and suggestions from my lovely friends resulted in me feeling incredibly positive and bursting with ideas. I can honestly say it is the brightest I have felt for some time.

One of the greatest benefits of such events is spending time with my lovely friends – and meeting new ones.

Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Karen (Stopping at Two); Katy (What Katy Said); Katie (Mami2Five); Caro (The Twinkle Diaries); Karen (Mini Travellers); and Lisa (Mummascribbles) all came along too – hurrah!

Here we are at lunch on the Saturday:

L-R: Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Katy (What Katy Said); Karen (Stopping at Two); Katie (Mami2Five); Karen (Mini Travellers); me; Caro (The Twinkle Diaries); Lisa (Mummyscribbles).

L-R: Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Katy (What Katy Said); Karen (Stopping at Two); Katie (Mami2Five); Karen (Mini Travellers); me; Caro (The Twinkle Diaries); Lisa (Mummascribbles).

(L to R): Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Lisa (Mummyscribbles); Katy (What Katy Said); Caro (Twinkle Diaries); Karen (Mini Travellers); Katie (Mami2Five); me; Karen (Stopping at Two). Thanks to Katy for the pic!

(L to R): Julia (Rainbeaubelle); Lisa (Mummascribbles); Katy (What Katy Said); Caro (Twinkle Diaries); Karen (Mini Travellers); Katie (Mami2Five); me; Karen (Stopping at Two). Thanks to Katy for the pic!

I shared a room with lovely Katy from What Katy Said. Here’s a pic of us both before dinner:


I love this photo of Caro, Karen, and I: we all look so happy!


I was delighted to meet Liz from What Lizzy Loves. She and I have got to know one another through Instagram and a shared love of pretty things! Liz is just as lovely in real life as I thought she would be – and so elegantly beautiful! Serendipitously we were seated on the same table for dinner, which enabled us to have a good chat.


Liz and me.

I also made a new friend, Sophie from Soinspo – we’d met at the PR and Brands session earlier in the day, and were seated next to one another at dinner. She’s a sweetie and I enjoyed getting to know her. Do check out her gorgeous fashion and lifestyle blog!


Sophie and me.

A huge thank you to the event organisers and speakers for such a fun, insightful, inspirational, and creative weekend. A massive thank you too to all my friends for making the weekend so special.

Keep watching this space to discover how I am going to translate all of these ideas and creativity in to something tangible. I am so excited!

26 Comments on Bursting With Inspiration at Blognix

  1. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries
    March 4, 2016 at 7:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Aaah it was AWESOME wasn’t it? I always love the blogging events ā€” to learn new things about our industry is fabulous, but the best thing of all is hanging out with my lovely new friends. SO lovely to see you pet ā€” hope to see you again very soon xxxx
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    • Leigh
      March 6, 2016 at 7:56 pm (4 years ago)

      Absolutely Caro – completely agree! xxx

  2. Lizzie Somerset
    March 3, 2016 at 7:45 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m so glad you came Leigh, it was so nice seeing you again. I’m writing my roundup too. I’ve started listening to podcasts since Holly’s workshop for inspiration and multi-tasking! Feeling very motivated. Lizzie xo
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    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:28 pm (4 years ago)

      It was wonderful seeing you again too Lizzie! Glad you’re equally inspired xxx

  3. Elizabeth @ Rosalilium
    March 3, 2016 at 9:44 am (4 years ago)

    Thank you so much for coming to the retreat and for your kind words! I am so happy you get so much value out of the event. Do stay in touch!

    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks again, Elizabeth – and yes I most certainly shall keep in touch! xx

  4. Mim
    March 3, 2016 at 8:28 am (4 years ago)

    This is brilliant – what great ideas, I’m not surprised you’re feeling so inspired! Oh I LOVE the pics of you ladies too – how awesome for you all to get together, I wanna be there toooooo ha ha!! Mim x x

    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Aw thanks Mim! We wish you were here too xxx

  5. Kate / Pouting In Heels
    March 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm (4 years ago)

    What a fabulous round up post Leigh! So much useful information and wisdom, thanks for sharing. Would have loved to have been there, especially to hang out with you gorgeous ladies. Roll on Summer time for blogging meet ups a plenty. So pleased to hear you’re feeling brighter X

    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks lovely Katie! Looking forward to seeing you again soon xxx

  6. Honest Mum
    March 2, 2016 at 5:28 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh Leigh what an incredible round-up with so much wisdom, thank you for sharing. I wish I could have made it. I love Elizabeth and knew this would be a roaring success. Def have to make the next one. Amazing crowd of creatives too xx
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    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Wish you could have been there too Vicki! It was brilliant xxx

  7. Michelle
    March 2, 2016 at 3:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Brilliant write-up Leigh! You’ve really captured the whole essence of the retreat. It was wonderful to meet you, I’m so glad you came šŸ™‚
    Michelle x

    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:31 pm (4 years ago)

      Wonderful to have met you too Michelle! xxx

    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:32 pm (4 years ago)

      We wish you were there too Amy! Thanks lovely xxx

    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:29 am (4 years ago)

      Likewise lovely! Previous occasions have been too fleeting. Hope to see you again soon xxx

  8. Elena
    March 1, 2016 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

    This sounds like such a brilliant weekend, thank goodness you didn’t cancel! I’m glad you found it so inspiring, it’s nice to refill the cup every now and then šŸ™‚ Also, you were near my neck of the woods! xx
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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

      It really was Elena, and I’m delighted I didn’t cancel! What a lovely part of the world you live in xx

  9. Katy (What Katy Said)
    March 1, 2016 at 8:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I am so excited for you Leigh and am very glad you didn’t cancel! xxxxx

    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you lovely, me too! xxx

  10. Karen (@karenjwhitlock)
    March 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm (4 years ago)

    So lovely seeing you Leigh. Blognix was a great mix of inspiration, socialising and relaxing. Really looking forward to putting in to practice all I have learnt and remembering the idea of “abundance”. You are an inspirational lady and I look forward to seeing all the things that you go on to achieve following on from Blognix x

    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:30 am (4 years ago)

      I loved spending proper time with you, Karen. So glad you enjoyed the retreat too! xxx

  11. Liz
    March 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm (4 years ago)

    Fabulous post Leigh! I feel exactly the same. Bursting with inspiration. It was so lovely to meet you and to be seated on the same table. Good luck with implementing all of the tios and advice xxx

    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:31 am (4 years ago)

      Likewise lovely Liz! Thank you. Hope to see you again soon xxx


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