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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
1. Start Preparing …

Viking Picture Perfect Event

I'm one of those people who loves to take photos but literally has no clue what they're doing. I had a fab camera that I used all the time for blogging, but found myself not using it for much more. It was way too big for me to carry around so it wasn't getting used as much as it should have, and I never took the time to learn how to use it! For the past few weeks I'd been debating on buying a new one, one a lot smaller but with the same power behind it. I was then invited to the Viking Picture Perfect event in Newcastle, and I thought that was the perfect opportunity to buy the camera I had my eye on ready to take for the photography masterclass!

I was so excited for this event, it was my first one since starting this blog up. I'd been to one or two with the blog I had at uni, and loved them so was really interested in attending some now, in a 'push yourself to be more confident' and to meet more bloggers kind of way. I also thought it was perfect that it was a photography one! I didn't end up taking my big camera away to Germany as it was just too big to carry, it kills my shoulders every time, which was a shame as I could have gotten some really good photos, but I have my new smaller camera now and I was able to take this with me to the event.

The event itself was held in The Botanist - probably one of the most photographed restaurants in Newcastle with the tree and the glass ceiling - so I was super excited. Everyone was so lovely, I was so nervous but it was still a pretty chill event so I didn't feel too anxious when I was there.


The photography masterclass was held by photographer Elouisa Georgiou, who was so lovely and had some fantastic tips for us all. I was always the type to only take photos using the automatic mode, but thanks to this mini masterclass I feel like I've started to branch out on the different modes. We went through ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed; three things I'd never considered before!

We then had the chance to take a few photos using all the things we had learned using different items like prisms and white boards. I'm not going to lie, I did feel a bit out of place with all the other bloggers who are amazing photographers! We all printed out some photos and honestly, there were some absolutely amazing photos there! Very jealous of their talents but hopefully with everything I learned at this even I'll soon be upping my photography skills!





As you can see, I'm definitely nowhere near 'pro' level but still liked the photos I managed to take, especially considering that was the first time I'd used my camera!




Of course, I took a crazy amount of photos of the food that was on offer. I'm food obsessed so I was buzzing with the choices, that scotch egg was lush!

For my first blog event, this was a fantastic one for me! I met some lovely new bloggers, learned some fab new skills and got to experience it all in a fantastic location (I definitely don't go to The Botanist enough!).

Abbey xx

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