19 April 2013

Luck.

Last year Rosie Scribble ran a competition on her blog, with a company called content&calm.

It meant something to do with Facebook, which I avoided like the plague, but something stirred within me enough to unearth an account opened long ago when it had seemed like a good idea, despite it never having been used before.

The prize, you see, was being a travel reporter - my dream job - only it was for children - and a fortnight's holiday in Greece.

You make your own luck, they say and I was determined to make ours.

All the kids had to do was make a short video about a trip or holiday they'd been on.  We learned how to use the ipad properly.  We learned how to upload films to YouTube. We practised and practised.

In the end, the eldest, who was exhausted but happily compliant, with the thought of eating Kleftiko for two weeks - made a film about The Good, Bad and the Brilliant bits of our trips to Nottingham, Bournemouth and Jersey (This is something we do each bedtime about our day).

It was a bit long, a tad boring and unintentionally laugh out loud funny when he talked about his Great-Aunt's dog dying, but he is intelligent and articulate and I hoped they'd see past the tiredness.  We had to garner votes and  followers for them so I called in favours from friends, family and Twitter, but something was wrong.  Their system didn't seem to be working.  His count wasn't going up each time our people did their thing.

I learned how to 'message.'  I made a fuss, pleaded and begged for these votes to be taken into account, but the numbers didn't budge and as the closing date landed upon us and other peoples' scores were higher, I sullenly gave up hope.

Ages later, the news came - he had won a wild card entry into the finals, a tray kit for keeping colouring and stuff when travelling and his very own little travel bug.

Plus a £250 day out voucher anywhere of his choosing.

So this is where we went the week before last:


















It's not quite Greece, but we did get to stay in a posh Hotel as part of the package we booked which was rather nerve shredding but added to our excitement and we thoroughly enjoyed a good day out in exchange for a short video we were asked to make about it, which is featured on their facebook page and HERE.

Let's call it 'Beginners' Luck' shall we?!

22 comments:

  1. He did very well with his video, and I thought the part about the dog dying was fabulous! Not fabulous that the dog died but... oh, you know what I mean! (I hope)

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    1. I remember you saying at the time that bit made you laugh - I know what you mean - he was so innocent!

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  2. Nice story! Hope more luck will follow... xx

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  3. Brilliant story! Well done you guys. I firmly believe in making your own luck. What's next? :)

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    1. Thank you - it was a good lesson for him actually. We have ambition but don't know yet! :)

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  4. somehow, I feel beginner's luck and the Lego Land trip sounds more fun. laughed at the video story - and am about to pluck up courage to read about the hotel stay.... something I dread and long to do all at once ha x

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    1. Ah thank you. It was great fun but who would be averse to a fortnight in the sun? :)

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  5. I love this illustration of one of my favourite sayings, because I agree with you: we do indeed make our own luck!

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  6. Yay to your boy! So pleased that he got some recognition for his efforts and what little boy wouldn't want to go to Legoland?!

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  7. Brilliant Anya! We've never been to LEGO land.It does look like a fun day out and yay you for winning a day out.

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    1. Thank you Aly. It was nothing like the ordeal I imagined it might be! :)

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  8. Well done to your boy for his winnings! I have many, many memories of Legoland and I'm quite glad that those days are behind me now!

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    1. Thank you - I expect we will have too one day and so will I be! :)

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  9. I am a big believer in making your own luck & this is a brillianr example of that! Well done to your son - the video is great - & to you for gently persuading him! On to the next adventure!

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  10. I remember that video really, really well, although it seems ages ago now. So, so cool he made a wild card entry into the final - I bet they both loved Lego Land, and I'll bet you felt pretty knackered by the end of it too! X.

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    1. Yes, you were - as always - a good support, It was a great day out and not as knackering as I feared it might be! x

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  11. Ooo great that won something! LegoLand is cool isn't it? Always makes me want to come home and start building! x

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