So here we are at the end of this journey. Sob!
I began ‘Shout Out South Norfolk’ back in March with the intention of finally getting out and about and discovering the best bits of South Norfolk; our new home.
Norfolk has always been home. However, South Norfolk was somewhere new and shiny compared with our old stomping grounds of Norwich and North Norfolk.
Having grown up there, I knew North Norfolk so well and as my children came out of the baby stage, I felt a yearning to replicate my wonderful childhood for them in the places I knew best. But I gave myself a strong talking to. Surely South Norfolk had some great places too!
Armed with a vague knowledge of the surrounding towns, a pair of eyes wide from coffee and my iPhone, the toddler and I became explorers of our new locality. I thought about what I loved about North Norfolk and set out to discover equivalent places down south.
I made a promise not to just drive through towns on the way to somewhere else but to stop slow down and savour them. And I did.
And I have only just scratched the surface.
Thank you so much to all those that have got involved and shared your South Norfolk places using #mynorfolkplace and #shoutoutsouthnorfolk. Those who entered my competition and tagged me in their photos deserve a big thumbs up! I would also like to thank everyone who has suggested places for me to visit on my journey or even invited me to their own event.
I have enjoyed every minute of it and now feel more connected to where I live. I have even received messages from people thanking me for what I have been doing for South Norfolk which is amazing! At times it has felt as if some of my followers have been on this journey with me.
Shout Out South Norfolk started as my project for my Digital Mums Social Media Management course but it has become so much more.
It will continue so I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself properly.
My name is Katie and I am a Norfolk mum of two living near Diss. Until Christmas I was a primary school teacher, a rewarding job I mostly enjoyed but became increasingly inflexible as my children got older. Prior to teaching, my career was in marketing so I decided to go back and update my skills through a company called Digital Mums. Since January I have been training to be a Social Media Manager and Shout Out South Norfolk has been my learning vehicle.
I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting to where I live through my campaign and have discovered some wonderful people and businesses along the way.
Going forward I plan to use my newly acquired social media skills, teaching skills and previous experience in marketing to support local businesses further over the coming months now my training is finishing.
I very much look forward to continuing this journey and hope you will join me along the way!!
Thank you all again!