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Quotes Linky: Candid Cuddles78

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Roll up roll up for Candid Cuddles 78!

Hello Candid Cuddlers and welcome to #CandidCuddles 78 that I host with Cuddle Fairy! What a lovely link up we had last week; I really enjoyed the posts I read and seeing the mixture of ‘old’ and newer participants. As you may recall, we’ve replaced picking a favourite post each for featuring one post. This week, it’s a big congrats to All Things Spliced with this post about judging less. I’d just like to give a nod though to Four Acorns for writing about instilling a love of nature and respect for our planet as well as the outdoors life.

April Linky Schedule

As it turns out, Becky & I both have packed April’s ahead of us on the personal front. We’ll therefore be taking a couple of weeks’ break & solo hosting the other two weeks. So this is how it will run in April:

3rd – Linky runs on Cuddle Fairy only (Becky will tweet all you all reminders).

10 & 17 – Candid Cuddles is on an extended Easter break.

24 – linky runs on Absolutely Prabulous only (I will tweet everyone).

** If you don’t receive a reminder tweet & want one, please tweet myself or Prabs so we can add you to the list – @CuddleFairy @AbPrabulous

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 78: 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 77. 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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Word! You Don’t Reach the Summit Without…

Well I can honestly say I didn’t want to post my vlog for this week’s Words of Wisdom post that I usually link up to the #CandidCuddles linky.

Why? Oh let me see, less than ideal image quality, cars hooting, wind blowing but these are minor issues compared to how many TIMES I said the phrase ‘it takes time’. Jeez Louise. I do apologise. Even worse, I kind of feel I didn’t quite say what I wanted to say clearly. Grrr.

Anyway I’m about to break a record for the shortest post ever because I’m racing against the clock to get this post up on my site. Oh lucky you! A short post and a video that is a bit shorter than the last one!

 

 

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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Word!: There is Nothing as Classy as Women’s Wit and Wisdom

I was back in the UK in December to film my brand new vlog series

with Just Saying Mum (and yes you must ‘tune in’ when we start airing Season 1…I get such a kick out of saying that).  Anyway, what do you do when you live on a dusty little rock in the Mediterranean where the shopping facilities have a long way to go in terms of range and price (despite having improved in recent years) and you’re in London in December? Yep, it’s a no brainer: London + December = shopping. So I got the Hubster’s and kids’ gift shopping all wrapped up (no pun intended). Of course, I committed a typical ‘mum’ oversight and totally forgot to buy myself anything…except for this amusing Women’s Wit mini desk calendar which I picked up:

Women's wit 2017 calendar

 

I have always, for as long as I can remember, admired and adored funny, feisty fearless women. 

such as the Victoria Woods, Julia Walters, Joan Rivers, Lucille Balls, Imelda Stauntons, Melissa Macarthys, Ellen Degeneres’s and Tina Feys of the world, to name a miniscule few and not forgetting female film directors, authors and political activists etc.  So, in my first Words of Wisdom post of 2017 for the #CandidCuddles linky, I thought I’d simply share four of my favourite quotes so far from the pages of my new women’s wit calendar.

It seems apt to showcase some wise and wonderful quotes when so many of these women’s wit lines are great mottos that might inspire those of you who want to make some 2017 resolutions but are struggling for inspiration.

Talking of resolutions, let’s start with this one which does ‘what it says on the tin’ as the old advert goes. Not a bad philosophy to start things off this year right?:

Can I be an obnoxious mother for a second and say how impressed I am that my 12yo girl and 10yo boy singled this one out and have mentioned it about three times since last week as being inspiring!

Next is this line by famous classics author George Eliot (whom I studied at school for years before discovering was female!) which I simply loved the second my eyes fell upon it. It is never too late people!

 

I can’t say I’m the biggest Chelsea Handler fan BUT methinks the woman doth speak sense here. I particularly love the last bit as I wholeheartedly agree with it (and frankly would never have launched this blog if not, as I pretty much relied on making fun of myself for most of my material the first 18 months or so).

Quote by Chelsea Hander on women's wit calendar

 

Last but not least, one of my all time favourite lines. Ever. A variation of these words was featured in the fantastic film The Holiday directed by Nancy Meyers who was in fact a contemporary of Nora Ephron, who is quoted here.  (FYI, if you don’t know it, The Holiday is the one where Jude Law couldn’t have been more handsome, Cameron Diaz was annoyingly beautiful and Kate Winslet and Jack Black’s characters make you just fall in love with them.) There is a wonderful restaurant scene where Winslet’s dining partner is trying to give her advice and this line comes up. I shan’t say much more in case you’ve not seen it.

quote by Nora Ephron women's wit calendar

 

 

By the way, if you’d like the Women’s wit calendar to help keep you inspired and smiling this year, you can get hold of it on Amazon. If you do decide to buy it and click on this particular link featured here* rather than going to separately to their site, I make a few cents off it..not enough to actually buy myself a coffee but possibly enough for the paper cup 🙂

 

So no vlog from me for this first Words of Wisdom edition of 2017.  

As I rather foolishly didn’t take a proper break over Christmas (because I ended up writing a 2016 review and George Michael tribute and then worked on Bloggers’ Cafe, the aforementioned new vlog series), I’m keeping it simple and easing back into things this week! But I’ll be back with a wee vlogette for you next week, I promise. (Do you like the way I assume you’re actually waiting for a vlog from me? Just humour and old woman and pretend you are.)

Seriously, I hope you enjoyed a few of these witty words as much as I did reading them.  In my opinion:

there is nothing as classy as a wise and witty woman in white typeface on a black background

 

*Disclosure:
Absolutely Prabulous is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

 

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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