In 2009 I found myself up late at night trying to unwind from the chaos of the day. My son had been diagnosed with depression and it was a full time job trying to encourage, motivate and support him. I needed help too unwind and stumbled across the hotukdeals website where I would spend time looking at all the offers available until I found the competition tab.
There were literally hundreds of competitions I could enter and it was fun thinking up creative answers or finding out the answer to a question – I found it very therapeutic. Roll on a few days later when I won my first prize – a trip to an XBox game launch with music from the Sugababes at a venue in London. My son loved the Sugababes and was persuaded to join me – we had a great evening and were right at the front of their intimate gig.
Thankfully the depression passed but I made time to continue what I now considered to be my hobby. I felt that growing up I never had a hobby and certainly wasn’t particularly good at anything.
Competitions changed all that – I had a hobby I enjoyed and something I was finally good at. Inspired by wins I encouraged friends to start entering, I made friends by meeting other competition winners and could share prizes with friends and family.
I have had experiences I would never have imagined. I got to meet one of my favourite authors Jill Mansell and enjoy afternoon tea with her and her team in a Birmingham hotel. This was one experience where I would make a life long friend and continue to enjoy book events and wins with Debs.
Over the years I have been lucky and won:
A 5 star holiday to Dubai , A trip to New York, a trip to Paris, 3 days in Milan, visited Universal Studios in Orlando (twice); theatre tickets, premiere tickets; a meet and greet for my daughter with Justin Bieber & Katy Perry to name a few as well as gadgets & gizmos to share .
For me it’s not all about the winning but the journey to get there, the fun it provides and the friends that I have made, winning is a bonus and one I love to share.
I love to donate prizes for charity raffles and use some to promote the Pink Ribbon Foundation charity by holding my own little competitions on twitter.
Who knew there would be a whole comping community where I would meet people, learn new skills, try new experiences, swap prizes, and generally become inspired by other people’s entries or wins.
Roll on 2019 – let’s hope it’s a lucky one.