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The Quotes Linky: Candid Cuddles 73

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Welcome to Candid Cuddles 73 folks

Welcome to another edition of #CandidCuddles the happy smiley warm feel good linky that gets my week off to a great start (and I hope yours too! So I’m just looking at this image above that @cuddlefairy and I use and really registering the warm sunny feel of it for the first time in ages. Why? Because I’m not typing this from Malta this week where we have sunny days by the sea just like this. I mean I’m typing it from f f f freeeeeezing London where I’ve had so much fun hanging out with blog friends filming more #bloggerscafe episodes but where  I’m going to be so happy to fly out from!

Our Faves!

My fave from last week was the heartfelt uplifting post by Laura of Five Little Doves about online friends. Becky’s was the intriguingly titled We Are All Broken

About Candid Cuddles

The #CandidCuddles quote linky is about being creative, sharing a message, a personal insight, a mantra that helps you in your life and so on. Posts with any type of quote are welcome to link up. The quote can be typed or a graphic. The quote can be inspirational, motivational, funny, sarcastic or anything else you like. If you are new to Candid Cuddles & need any help linking up, you can read Becky’s Linky Guide or tweet either of us at @AbPrabulous / @CuddleFairy.

I’ve linked up a golden oldie which was actually the first ever post I linked to #candidcuddles when Becky hosted solo.

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Candid Cuddles 73: When/Where/How!

* Will be open from Monday 7:00pm – Wednesday 7:00pm GMT.

* Every linked post gets a comment from a host & a RT from both of us.

* Pin your quote graphics to the Candid Cuddles Pinterest board. Contact to be added to the board.

* Becky and I will each pick our favourites to feature on our blogs each week.

The Rules:

1. Add our badge to the HTML / text portion of your post (or a back link to cuddlefairy.com  and absolutelyprabulous.com)

Absolutely Prabulous
2. Link your post via the inklinkz button bottom left of this post.
3. Please comment on both Host Posts, the post directly before yours & one more of your choice. Feel free to comment on more than that, but please do those 4 as a minimum.

4. Pinterest Board Rules: Pin one quote per week to the board. The quote pinned must be linked up here.

5. After you link up, tag us for a retweet: @CuddleFairy @AbPrabulous.
Be sure to include the hashtag #candidcuddles.

(I don’t want to list this is an actual rule but if you’d like to follow me on my various social media, if not already, then I won’t stop you! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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So…if you have a quote, inspiring words, a funny saying etc that strikes a chord with you, we’d love it if you shared it with us here on Candid Cuddles 73. We look forward to reading your posts!


Word: Reach for the sky even it scares you

background of woman looking up to sky with reach for the sky inspired mantra

This is a very uncharacteristic post for me to write. I have tended to shy away from writing this sort of content on my blog for fear of being seen as boasting. But this very post is about stepping out of one’s comfort zone. So I stepped out of my comfort zone to write it!  

 

REACH FOR THE SKY EVEN IF IT SCARES YOU.

I usually try to come up with a post for the #candidcuddles linky series that relates to what is happening in my life at the time. Since I started hosting the series with Becky, I’ve been constantly amazed at how I get to Friday each week, scratching my head over what I’m going to use as my words of wisdom topic the following Monday, and then have a light bulb moment when it suddenly becomes totally clear! This week is no exception.

As Becky knows (in fact, she’s been a wonderful mentor where this is concerned…to the point where I may just have to start paying her for her blogging consultancy services!), I’ve been working increasingly on my income-earning goals for the blog this year. With the exception of lovely opportunities that have come my way (eg Lucas Frank sponsoring my BML attendance, working with Mother and Baby Innovation Gold Award winner Litecup UK, publishing a few sponsored posts and reviewing certain products/services etc, I haven’t really pursued the monetisation of Absolutely Prabulous to any significant degree in the three years I’ve been blogging. But things are about to change! I do apologise in advance for the slightly ‘street’ style language) but to put it bluntly:

 

2017 IS THE YEAR OF THE HUSTLE BABY!

I’ve talked openly with friends and family for some time about how I absolutely love writing – and will always write – but that my long term aim has always been (as it is for many bloggers) to eventually derive an income (be that through the writing or other initiatives). And there’s the crux: the word ‘eventually’.

Eventually has been the key cause of delay (my natural tendency is to procrastinate). Eventually has been the term I let myself use time and time again when friends have asked how one monetises a blog. “Oh it’s such a long haul getting there but yes I will eventually monetise it” I’ve responded countless times. This is indeed true; it really can take years to significantly monetise a blog (depending on what one defines as blog income/monetisation).  However, the simple truth is…

 

I JUST MADE EXCUSES. I DIDN’T EVEN TRY TO REACH FOR THE SKY!

  • I didn’t actively nurture any brand collaborations.
  • I barely looked at a single one of those emails that would land in my inbox about paid content writing opportunities / how to leverage one’s subscription list / how to get the most out of Facebook advertising or how to use Instagram properly for blog growth yada yada yada
  • I hardly responded to a single sponsored post enquiry (because I didn’t even know what they were for the first two years!)
  • I hardly followed a single brand back on Twitter because I didn’t actually realise it’s one of the best ways of establishing a relationship and getting the conversation going. In fact, it was only when I read a review by my genius of a Candid Cuddles co-host Cuddle Fairy herself (in which she mentioned how the brand in question had followed her on Twitter) that the penny dropped.
  • I didn’t submit content to a single site, beyond my HuffPost ones or those written for fellow bloggers’ sites.

 

WHY? BECAUSE I WAS SCARED

  • Scared of receiving a ‘no we’re not interested’ if I dared approach a brand (the phrase ‘What have you got to lose? The worst they can say is no’ didn’t help at all as my internal reaction was ‘I’d lose all self confidence because no IS indeed the worst outcome!)
  • Nervous of my writing being rejected after that one time I submitted to Scary Mommy only to be turned down (ridiculous of me because the rejected post then went viral on HuffPost!)
  • Terrified of the whole follow/no follow link thang
  • Ignorant of the potential benefits of publishing  third party prewritten content on my site
  • Convinced my stats and DA etc weren’t good enough

On and on it went. The fear, the procrastination, the hawing and humming and conjecturing and goodness-knowswhat-else-ing.

Then through interesting chats with my blog wife Talya of Motherhood the Real Deal who shall be henceforth known as Seriously Switched On Cookie and of course my  #candidcuddles bud Becky whom I’m just going to start calling Social Media Queen and Laura of Life With Baby Kicks who is sooooo ridiculously savvy when it comes to all manner of blogdom that it is almost annoying (it’s ok I can say that, she knows I lurrrve her), I started to come out of my self-created shell and dip my toes out of my comfort zone. And you know how it goes folks…

a mantra about taking steps to reach for the sky

 

I won’t go into details at this point as I prefer the ‘proof of the pudding’ approach rather than the ‘opening my gob, sounding like I’m bragging and then jinxing everything’ one. Suffice to say, I have some wonderfully exciting projects lined up, am talking to all sorts of fab people both here in Malta and in the UK (I have a rather exciting meeting lined up in fact when I’m in London next week for more #BloggersCafe filming) and am simply buzzing with excitement over all the possibilities that 2017 holds in store, if I play my cards right and work hard to see it all come to fruition! (And yes I know it’s an ‘if’ but I like to see it as more of a ‘when’.)

 

IT IS ALL BORN OUT OF GOOD ADVICE FROM SOME AWESOME PEOPLE SUCH AS THE LADIES MENTIONED AS WELL AS MY OWN SHIFT IN ATTITUDE

a willingness to reconsider ideas and collaborations that may not bring in much money themselves but that set me up nicely for future benefits and projects.  I don’t underestimate for one second just how much work and dedication it will all take (jeez I’m already doing 50 hour weeks on this thing as it is!). Or bravery.

It’s gonna take a whole load of bravery, of putting myself out there, taking rejection and finding that some ideas just don’t work out the way I’d hoped.

There are projects planned that are already making me nervous just thinking about the level of effort required and the possible failure at the end. But I have a fire in my belly that I haven’t had til now.

Because finally…I know that I have to reach for the sky, even if it scares me. Or in more AbPrab lingo:

background of woman looking up to sky with reach for the sky inspired mantra

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Quotes Linky: Candid Cuddles 72

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Welcome to Candid Cuddles 72 folks

I don’t know how I’m already writing this post when it feels like I only just wrote last week’s. The week’s are flying by. Thanks so much to you superstar linkers from last week. I loved all the ones on my ‘rosta’ of reading but my fave was Madeline’s with A Note on Kindness which totally echoed something I’ve been saying for a while now! Becky’s was by the lovely Sarah of Blind Intuition with a post about being Fed Up With Your Toddler!

About Candid Cuddles

The #CandidCuddles quote linky is about being creative, sharing a message, a personal insight, a mantra that helps you in your life and so on. Posts with any type of quote are welcome to link up. The quote can be typed or a graphic. The quote can be inspirational, motivational, funny, sarcastic or anything else you like. If you are new to Candid Cuddles & need any help linking up, you can read Becky’s Linky Guide or tweet either of us at @AbPrabulous / @CuddleFairy.

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Candid Cuddles 72: When/Where/How!

* Will be open from Monday 7:00pm – Wednesday 7:00pm GMT.

* Every linked post gets a comment from a host & a RT from both of us.

* Pin your quote graphics to the Candid Cuddles Pinterest board. Contact to be added to the board.

* Becky and I will each pick our favourites to feature on our blogs each week.

The Rules:

1. Add our badge to the HTML / text portion of your post (or a back link to cuddlefairy.com  and absolutelyprabulous.com)

Absolutely Prabulous
2. Link your post via the inklinkz button bottom left of this post.
3. Please comment on both Host Posts, the post directly before yours & one more of your choice. Feel free to comment on more than that, but please do those 4 as a minimum.

4. Pinterest Board Rules: Pin one quote per week to the board. The quote pinned must be linked up here.

5. After you link up, tag us for a retweet: @CuddleFairy @AbPrabulous.
Be sure to include the hashtag #candidcuddles.

(I don’t want to list this is an actual rule but if you’d like to follow me on my various social media, if not already, then I won’t stop you! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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So…if you have a quote, inspiring words, a funny saying etc that strikes a chord with you, we’d love it if you shared it with us here on Candid Cuddles 72. We look forward to reading your posts!

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THE QUOTES LINKY: CANDID CUDDLES 70

Welcome to Candid Cuddles 70

Thanks so much to our Candid Cuddlers of last week. I loved the mixture of moving, practical and funny linked posts! Mummy and the Mexicans had some great goal-setting tips and What my Fridge Says made me laugh and inspired me to have a better attitude towards housework (although I’m still going to avoid ironing ha ha).  My fave was from Jaki Jelz; her post about people’s behaviour sometimes being down to jealousy and the lovely words to help deal with it really spoke to me and reminded me of incidents in my own life.

 

Right, on with the show!

The #CandidCuddles quote linky is about being creative, sharing a message, a personal insight, a mantra that helps you in your life and so on. Posts with any type of quote are welcome to link up. The quote can be typed or a graphic. The quote can be inspirational, motivational, funny, sarcastic or anything else you like. If you are new to Candid Cuddles & need any help linking up, you can read Becky’s Linky Guide or tweet either of us at @AbPrabulous / @CuddleFairy.

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Candid Cuddles 70: When/Where/How!

* Will be open from Monday 7:00pm – Wednesday 7:00pm GMT.

* Every linked post gets a comment from a host & a RT from both of us.

* Pin your quote graphics to the Candid Cuddles Pinterest board. Contact to be added to the board.

* Becky and I will each pick our favourites to feature on our blogs each week.

 

The Rules:

1. Add our badge to the HTML / text portion of your post (or a back link to cuddlefairy.com  and absolutelyprabulous.com)

Absolutely Prabulous
2. Link your post via the inklinkz button bottom left of this post.
3. Please comment on both Host Posts, the post directly before yours & one more of your choice. Feel free to comment on more than that, but please do those 4 as a minimum.

4. Pinterest Board Rules: Pin one quote per week to the board. The quote pinned must be linked up here.

5. After you link up, tag us for a retweet: @CuddleFairy @AbPrabulous.
Be sure to include the hashtag #candidcuddles.

(I don’t want to list this is an actual rule but if you’d like to follow me on my various social media, if not already, then I won’t stop you! You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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So…if you have a quote, inspiring words, a funny saying etc that strikes a chord with you, we’d love it if you shared it with us here on Candid Cuddles 70. We look forward to reading your posts!


Word! Freedom Is…

I did something profound and veritably life-changing the other week.  By doing it, I think I may have discovered what freedom is!

Well alright life-changing may be a stretch but honestly, the sense of liberation that this one act has given me is simply incredible. The freedom is on a mental level and also on a practical level in terms of how I manage my days. That’s enough for me! Honeslty, I’ve been walking around grinning like the cheshire cat the last fortnight because of it and I highly recommend it.

What is she talking about this time?

freedom is deleting apps from your phone

 

It was time to make a change in my life.

What is it about a New Year that makes us sit up and reevaluate our life, ourselves etc? I don’t know but I’m so glad my phone addiction is one area I’ve managed to set a goal that I already put into place on January 2nd. So far, I’m sticking to it! I feel like I checked into Phone Addicts Anonymous or something!

I’m trying to make my Words of Wisdom posts shorter when they include a vlog as I don’t think it’s fair to make you read a long post and THEN ‘make’ you watch a video at the end of it! (See how good I am to you?)

So without any further ado, here is my first vlog of 2017 where I explain what freedom is for me (with apparently unkempt hair which I swear I HAD brushed before shooting the vlog!).

If that doesn’t work, then try this link.

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The Quotes Linky: #CandidCuddles 68

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Happy New Year and welcome to Candid Cuddles 68, the first one of 2017! 

So did you have a good one? Did you rest or did your rush about like a mad thing? Did you eat and eat and drink and drink or go easy? Ours was even quieter this year and I kind of feel like I need a second Christmas because I didn’t do this one ‘right’ . I slept even more than I usually do (to the point where my kids must have thought I’d gone into hibernation) and as is our usual habit, watched a lot of films (although it’s got to the point where we can’t watch that many festive films as we know every single line to every single one).

Although it’s got nothing to do with the inspirational theme of Candid Cuddles, talking of the festive season that is now behind us, thought you might relate to this:

Right, on with the show!

The #CandidCuddles quote linky is about being creative, sharing a message, a personal insight, a mantra that helps you in your life and so on. Posts with any type of quote are welcome to link up.  The quote can be typed or a graphic. The quote can be inspirational, motivational, funny, sarcastic or anything else you like.  If you are new to Candid Cuddles & need any help linking up, you can read Becky’s Linky Guide or tweet either of us at @AbPrabulous / @CuddleFairy.

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Candid Cuddles 68: When/Where/How!

* Will be open from Monday 7:00pm – Wednesday 7:00pm GMT.

* Every linked post gets a comment from a host & a RT from both of us.

* Pin your quote graphics to the Candid Cuddles Pinterest board. Contact  to be added to the board.

* Becky and I will each pick our favourites to feature on our blogs each week.

The Rules:

1. Add our badge to the HTML / text portion of your post or a back link to cuddlefairy.com or absolutelyprabulous.com

Absolutely Prabulous
2. Link your post via the inklinkz button bottom left of this post.

3. Please comment on both Host Posts, the post directly before yours & one more of your choice.  Feel free to comment on more than that, but please do those 4 as a minimum.

4. Pinterest Board Rules: Pin one quote per week to the board. The quote pinned must be linked up here.

5. After you link up, tag us for a retweet: @CuddleFairy @AbPrabulous.
Be sure to include the hashtag #candidcuddles.

(I don’t want to list this is an actual rule but if you’d like to follow me on my various social media, if not already, then I won’t stop you!  You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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So…if you have a quote, inspiring words, a funny saying etc that strikes a chord with you, we’d love it if you shared it with us here on Candid Cuddles 68.  We look forward to reading your posts!



xx

Word! F.E.A.R. (What Does It Stand For?)

Fear…What Does it Stand For?

Another Monday, another collection of words that resonate with me…words that I hope speak to you too and another vlog telling you why I love them. And I have some great news people!  Drum roll please…are you sitting down?  I managed to get this one down in less than five minutes!

So don’t just take my word for it, go see for yourself!  By the way you can catch the rest of my vlogs here. And if you’re a blogger reading this between Monday to Wednesday, why not come link up your own words of wisdom to the Candid Cuddles linky that I run with Cuddle Fairy?

Quotes Linky: Candid Cuddles 67

Candid Cuddles 67

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Hello and welcome to Candid Cuddles 67…the last one before Christmas! 

The #CandidCuddles quote linky is about being creative, sharing a message, a personal insight, a mantra that helps you in your life and so on. Posts with any type of quote are welcome to link up.  The quote can be typed or a graphic. The quote can be inspirational, motivational, funny, sarcastic or anything else you like.  If you are new to Candid Cuddles & need any help linking up, you can read Becky’s Linky Guide or tweet either of us at @AbPrabulous / @CuddleFairy.

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Candid Cuddles 67: When/Where/How!

* Will be open from Monday 7:00pm – Wednesday 7:00pm GMT.

* Every linked post gets a comment from a host & a RT from both of us.

* Pin your quote graphics to the Candid Cuddles Pinterest board. Contact  to be added to the board.

* Becky and I will each pick our favourites to feature on our blogs each week.

The Rules:

1. Add our badge to the HTML / text portion of your post or a back link to cuddlefairy.com or absolutelyprabulous.com

Absolutely Prabulous
2. Link your post via the inklinkz button bottom left of this post.

3. Please comment on both Host Posts, the post directly before yours & one more of your choice.  Feel free to comment on more than that, but please do those 4 as a minimum.

4. Pinterest Board Rules: Pin one quote per week to the board. The quote pinned must be linked up here.

5. After you link up, tag us for a retweet: @CuddleFairy @AbPrabulous.
Be sure to include the hashtag #candidcuddles.

(I don’t want to list this is an actual rule but if you’d like to follow me on my various social media, if not already, then I won’t stop you!  You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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So…if you have a quote, inspiring words, a funny saying etc that strikes a chord with you, we’d love it if you shared it with us here on Candid Cuddles 67.  We look forward to reading your posts!

I’d also like to say thanks to our newer and of course loyal regulars to joining #CandidCuddles so far since the series returned after the summer.  We’ve really enjoyed reading your posts which have been inspiring and thought-provoking.

Merry Christmas! xx


Candid Cuddles 64 – Quotes Linky

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Hello and welcome to Candid Cuddles 64 the feel good, inspiring, thought-provoking linky that I co-host with Becky of Cuddle Fairy.  

The #CandidCuddles quote linky is about being creative, sharing a message, a personal insight, a mantra that helps you in your life and so on. Posts with any type of quote are welcome to link up.  The quote can be typed or a graphic. The quote can be inspirational, motivational, funny, sarcastic or anything else you like.  If you are new to Candid Cuddles & need any help linking up, you can read Becky’s Linky Guide or tweet either of us at @AbPrabulous / @CuddleFairy.

This Week I’m Linking up a Vlog!

You’ll see that not only have I written a post for my third blogiversary but I’ve filmed a vlog for it too to talk about my Candid Cuddles mantra.

Our Picks From Last Week

My fave was from Debs of My Random Musings The Magic Won’t Happen unless you Wave your Wand, The timing of this post was rather apt. The day Candid Cuddles 64 goes out is my third blogiversary whoop whoop!  I’ve been thinking a lot of late about what I want out of blogging and what direction I’m going to take things in 2017. Whatever I choose to do,whatever it is I want to achieve, it won’t happen unless I wave my Absolutely Prabulous wand!

Becky’s favourite was Fi’s of Beauty, Baby and Me with Be Proud of Who You Are.which does what is says on the tin really!

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Candid Cuddles 64: When/Where/How!

* Will be open from Monday 7:00pm – Wednesday 7:00pm GMT.

* Every linked post gets a comment from a host & a RT from both of us.

* Pin your quote graphics to the Candid Cuddles Pinterest board. Contact  to be added to the board.

* Becky and I will each pick our favourites to feature on our blogs each week.

The Rules:

1. Add our badge to the HTML / text portion of your post or a back link to cuddlefairy.com or absolutelyprabulous.com

Absolutely Prabulous

2. Link your post via the inklinkz button bottom left of this post.

3. Please comment on both Host Posts, the post directly before yours & one more of your choice.  Feel free to comment on more than that, but please do those 4 as a minimum.

4. Pinterest Board Rules: Pin one quote per week to the board. The quote pinned must be linked up here.

5. After you link up, tag us for a retweet: @CuddleFairy @AbPrabulous.
Be sure to include the hashtag #candidcuddles.

(I don’t want to list this is an actual rule but if you’d like to follow me on my various social media, if not already, then I won’t stop you!  You can find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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So…if you have a quote, inspiring words, a funny saying etc that strikes a chord with you, we’d love it if you shared it with us here on Candid Cuddles 63.

We look forward to reading your posts! xx