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Quotes Linky: Candid Cuddles 81

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I’m Baaaaaaaaack and ready to rock ad roll for Candid Cuddles 81!

Hulloooo! Did you miss me? Please say yes!  I’m slowly trying to re-engage my blog brain after two weeks off. It may have been a break from the blog but there was certainly no rest involved! I was in the UK for my brother’s big fat Indian wedding, which you may have seen pics of on my Instagram…if not, go take a peek here!.

Here are just a few of my personal faves (so hard as there are just too many good ones to choose from) and yes, I’m hoping to write a blog post about it at some stage:

Not having had a traditional Indian wedding myself – and going out of my way to avoid Indian weddings for years as I had such bad memories of the ones I attended as a youngster – I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. Nevertheless, I rolled up my sleeves where I could and got stuck in to help mum with the numerous events on the agenda for this one. Five events took place, for which outfits needed sorting for the whole family and of course there were the various rituals which were all new even to my Indian eyes! I kept joking towards the final few days – during which I was lucky enough to have a whole 45 minutes sleep one night – that I’d sleep for a week once I got back to Malta. Let’s just say, I’ve had a good crack at that since returning!

Now, it’s back to business.

 

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.

Regarding my own linked post this week, I have to admit mine was written a while ago when I was really struggling with the old blog mojo so I didn’t publish it at the time. So please forgive me if some of the subject matter seems a bit dated/irrelevant/repetitive now!

Now, with Becky on an extended Easter break, it’s my turn to host Candid Cuddles 81 solo…eek!

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Candid Cuddles 81: 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 (just me this week obviously)

* 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 (revised for this week of course):

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

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2. Link your post via the inklinkz button bottom left of this post.
3. Please comment on y Host Post, the post directly before yours & one more of your choice. Feel free to comment on more than that, but please do those 2 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: @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 here on Candid Cuddles 81. We look forward to reading your posts!


Quotes Linky: Candid Cuddles 79

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Lovely Candid Cucdlers, it’s 79!

Hullooo welcome to Candid Cuddles 79, my last one before I head off to the UK for a big fat Indian wedding! that  Thank you so much for your lovely linked posts last week.  For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been featuring a blogger rather than picking a fave. This week, it’s a big congrats to the fab Michelle of Rockin Random Mom with If He is Not Worthy.

 

April Linky Schedule

Now, 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 Becky 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 79: 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 79. We look forward to reading your posts!

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!

 


Candid Cuddles 76

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Welcome to Candid Cuddles 76 folks

Hello Candid Cuddlers! Welcome to #CandidCuddles 76 the happy smiley warm feel good linky. I shan’t lie, I’ve been struggling to feel positive of late. Various stresses (adult life is full of them one way or another right?) and bereavements haven’t exactly helped life mojo or blog mojo so this week’s post from me is rather bittersweet. At least it fits with the ‘candid’ part of the linky’s name!

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 76: 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 76. We look forward to reading your posts!


Word! Be Careful How You Talk to Yourself…

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Be Careful How You Talk to Yourself…

So I’ve decided I’ll do most if not all of my #CandidCuddles quotes in video form.  Sometimes I can put across what I want to say better in vlog format, and sometimes in blog format.  Ooooh…keeps things interesting 🙂  I loved this line ‘Be careful how you talk to yourself’ when I first saw it a few weeks ago and it has really stuck with me. So watch my vlog to find out why.

This week, I’ll keep things short and sweet by just linking the vlog rather than writing a whole post before it (which was not my original intention last week anyway but ‘inspiration’ hit and I wrote an entire blogiversary post as a preamable to my vlog!).  So here you go, my little pearl of wisdom for this week and a little shout out for one of our regular Candid Cuddlers.

NB if you want to watch any of my other vlogs, just click here.

Enjoy!

 

 

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


The Quotes Linky Candid Cuddles 63

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Hulloooo, Candid Cuddlers, I’m back! Did you miss me? Of course you did, how could you not?!  Seriously, my sincere apologies for not being able to do my full duties as Candid Cuddles host.  As Becky explained previously, I was changing web hosts.  That’s the short polite version; fact is that before even changing hosts, I was having all sorts of brain-ache inducing tech issues…oh the fun I had…  However, lovely linkers, I read your posts and commented/tweeted when I could. I say ‘when I could’ because in addition to having issues with my actual site, I also had the incredible joy of our home internet connection deciding that it didn’t really want to do the erm ‘connection’ bit.  Anyway, enough of the pity party; the main thing is I’m back and ready to be all candid and cuddly with you!  A big thank you to my superstar Candid Cuddles partner Becky for holding the fort and hosting solo for two weeks.

In fact, Becky’s sensible reassurances and kind attitude during my IT breakdown (and I don’t just mean my technology broke down, I mean I almost broke down over the IT issues ha ha) are in fact the inspiration behind my linked quote for Candid Cuddles 63.  Go see!

The Candid Cuddles quote linky is about being creative, sharing a message/personal insight. 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.

Our Picks From Last Week Are

Michelle of Rockin Random Mom who wrote about restoring the American spirit and passing it down to the next generation. It’s obviously a timely post given the recent utterly incredible election that took place in her country.  To be honest, as a person whose own homeland went through possibly its biggest ‘test’ so far in the form of Brexit, the whole issues of patriotism, nationalism and frankly basic human decency have been burning topics for a while now.  I have a feeling Michelle and I would be able to spend a lot of time discussing this one day! Becky picked Madeline’s The One Thing That You Have over on This Glorious Life and I must say I am so glad I checked this one out (despite Becky and I dividing up our linky duties) because it is an absolute gem, the timing of which couldn’t have been better. I MUST remind myself of this on my low blog mojo days.

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Candid Cuddles 63: 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


The Life You Have is a Dream

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I do apologise for the rather bleak picture and the solemn quote (don’t worry…I’ll lighten the mood next week!) but…the fact is this is reality for many people so I didn’t want to put up a ‘diluted’ picture.

When Do You Have Enough?

I’m bashing out this post after an eye-opening thought-provoking moment that has just occurred in my kitchen, on a Monday afternoon as my eldest does her homework, the other two play upstairs having finished theirs and the dinner is simmering away.  I was due to go to the supermarket after the school run to do the weekly grocery shop having not done it this morning, as I decided to blog, and we desperately need food as the cupboards are bare and there is hardly anything in the fridge or freezer.

Well I Thought We Didn’t Have Enough Food Or so I thought.  More on that in a sec.

I mean there is more empty shelving than actual food in the fridge, the ‘carbs cupboard’ only has half a loaf of bread, a Ryvita packet and some Maltese galetti (sort of like water biscuits), the storecupboard cabinet (canned food, pasta, grains, lentils, pulses) has visible spaces on the shelf and the snacks cupboard is definitely running low.  So basically we have hardly anything left.  (This always reminds me of a good friend during my London days; she used to describe the food situation in her house as rain or shine.)

Yet, despite the apparent tragic impoverished circumstances of my kitchen,

me being me (ie a legendary procastinator) I just could not summon up the energy and will to spend the required hour and a half driving to the shop, doing all the shopping, queuing up, paying, hauling it to the car, driving back and offloading it all.  Yep, housewife of the year.  Obviously I’ll have to buck up and do it tomorrow.  I was desperate not to go the supermarket which would mean leaving the kids alone and  delaying dinner (and a blog deadline) so I looked again at that sad-looking fridge and opened the forlorn cupboards again. I walked back over to the fridge and looked at it again, (maybe I thought if I stared hard enough, I’d realise my eyes had in fact been deceiving me and food had been there all along).

That’s When the Eye-Opener Happened

I wondered whether I did in fact have enough to get through this evening (thankfully dinner was already taken care of), the following morning’s breakfast, not to mention the kids packed lunches and my own lunch and possibly even dinner.  You KNOW what I’m going to say don’t you?  Yes I did.  In fact, I had enough to put together – wait for it – 9 meals.  Yes NINE!  I’d gone from famine to feast in just a few minutes without leaving my house!  And in that moment, as I reassessed my formerly ‘disastrously understocked’ fridge, I actually felt a bit ashamed and realised I really am a product of my generation, a generation that has – maybe unintentionally – developed a greedy mentality through having grown up in the comfort and affluence of the West. A generation often unable to recognise when we have enough…more than we need in fact.  Our vision has become so skewed.

Now, I don’t think I’m a ‘greedy person’ by any stretch of the imagination;

far from it actually.   I’m generally content with little…more of a ‘want what you have, not have what you want’ sort of person.   So I have to ask, if I’m such a glass half full rather than half empty type, (and yes I suppose I could have used that quote in this post!) then why on earth do I not see my kitchen as half full, not half empty?!  Why do we see problems when really there isn’t one?  Of course, I could extrapolate to so many other areas of life but I think you get me.

 

Now I know 100 people could read this post and each of those 100 people would have a different financial status; some perhaps very well off, some in the middle and others prone to struggling their whole life to make ends meet.  And yes, life really has become expensive.  But that’s just it.  Whilst property prices, the cost of a meal in that fancy restaurant and various forms of taxation have indeed risen since we were all children, the fact is we in this society are propagating this belief that life is expensive left, right and centre.  When actually, maybe just maybe (this is my theory) It’s really only as expensive as we want to make it?  If we think we need that shiny new car, summer holiday, dream house, weekend get away, buzzing social life, this season’s trendy clothing, the coolest gadgets etc in the belief that these are all ‘must-haves’ crucial to our happiness, then yes our life will probably be one destined for great expense.

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This central message exists in many different forms.  

You’ll probably have seen memes about being richer than most people in the world if you have food in your fridge, clothes on your body and a roof over your head.  I honestly believe in this so much.  I’m sure I drive my kids mad with the whole ‘no you can’t have the blue plate because there’s nothing wrong with the red one you have because you’re just damned lucky to have food on any plate in the first place!’ sermon, delivered from time to time.

So, I have to say, harsh as the picture for this post is, the message is so very true and apt.

Now more than ever.


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Word! Whether You Think You Can or Think You Can’t, You’re Right

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When I first came across this memorable line by the famously respected businessman and automotive genius (not to mention the controlling egocentric) Henry Ford, it was like an enormous megawatt light bulb had just been switched on in my brain.

I don’t remember where or when I first saw it although I don’t think it was that many years ago.  What I do know is that I was so blown away by this philosophy that I absolutely had to feature it in 40 Life Lessons for my Kids.  I would love to write something insightful and profound to explain how/why it was such a personal epiphany because I think it is an amazing quote that deserves at least that.  But I’m not sure I can actually do it justice…which I guess reflects what Ford said!  So I guess I’d best try.

There is a common question; nature or nurture regarding the personalities we all have.  I believe that we’re a combination of both.

I think we are a product of the circumstances of our upbringing but also have our own inherent character.  I honestly don’t think you can separate the two.  Why do I mention this?  I think the reason that this quote was almost like an arrow between my eyes was because I grew up with a tendency towards negative thought and very little self confidence, due my  environment, which doesn’t need elaborating on here as this is all about the positive.  Suffice to say, it genuinely hadn’t dawned on me most of my life that one’s ability to achieve or competence at anything or chance of success is largely down to one’s own thought patterns.  It’s not as simplistic as convincing oneself one could make themselves invisible or fly unaided to the moon… But really in many cases, if you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right.   So if you really do think you can pass that exam, write that book, jump out of that plane, learn that language…then chances are you jolly well can.  And will.  Conversely if you think you can’t…well it probably won’t happen for you.  This actually makes me think of what Angela said in her post on last week’s Candid Cuddles last week.

I only became aware that I had a tendency to self sabotage (I say ‘had’ because I do think I’ve  improved a lot!) when my husband pointed it out to me not long after we met.  He realised much of my behaviour/way of thinking was down to my conditioning (we all have conditioning, it’s not unique to me) and I don’t know how many hours we spent chatting over this phenomena in the early days of getting to know one another.  So it’s not that surprising that one of Ford’s most known remarks struck me, in light of this ‘self realisation’.  It just explained so much and I could literally pinpoint specific areas of my life where I’d either talked myself out of or indeed succeeded at something.

Now that I am a parent, I honestly believe it is one of the most profound and important lessons we can pass on to our children.  

My two girls couldn’t be more different in their way of thinking.  The eldest will give up at the slightest hurdle and thinks everything is difficult and impossible from simply opening a packet of food to running a marathon and everything in between.  Bizarrely, this same child has total belief however in my abilities and wasn’t at all surprised when I won my BiBs award because she ‘knew’ I was going to (her words) and in fact was in shock when I didn’t win the MADs one (apparently when Hubster told her, she was floored and asked to see my whatsapp message herself, such was her belief in me!).  The younger one is fiercely independent and doesn’t like help unless she’s tried all avenues herself.  My son is somewhere in the middle I guess.  They’ve all grown up in the same household, same environment and in this case it’s their individual personalities that shapes their belief of whether they can or can’t do something.

Nature or nurture, it doesn’t matter, I just want them to apply themselves to whatever they do…

…be it a simple recreational drawing, a competitive sports activity or something extremely significant.  I do try to remind my eldest of this when she looks defeated by just looking at her maths homework   I need them to really truly understand:

that if they think they can or think they can’t, they’re right either way.

Then I’ll have partly done my job.

And Henry might look down and smile.

 

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Word! There Is No Time Like the Present and No Present Like Time

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This post was written for the #CandidCuddles linky which runs every Monday to Wednesday evening.  If you’re a blogger and you’d like to link up, please click here for Candid Cuddles edition 58..

So my very first post for the Candid Cuddles linky presented a bit of a challenge.

Not because I couldn’t think of any quotes/sayings but because loads came to mind and I didn’t know which one to choose for my first outing as co-host!  Then last night the Second Best Exotic Marigold Film came on TV.  Without giving too much away for those of you who’ve not seen it, Maggie Smith’s character says a line that for me was just breathtaking and moving: “There’s no present like time”.  I have to admit my brain was confused for a millisecond because the standard more commonly known saying is There is no time like the present. Then the penny dropped and I was delighted by the ingenuous reversal of the nouns and the totally different meaning this created.

I think we are mainly struck by a saying when it applies to us or makes us look inside ourselves or realise something we hadn’t thought of before.  

There are thousands of quotes and sayings floating around the internet and in books.  Depending on your character, your passions, where you are in your life etc, a particular quote can be thrilling, life-affirming, saddening, eye-opening…the list goes on.  I chose this particular line because it struck a chord with me instantly.  At first I was just impressed by the cleverness of it given that it made sense ‘back to front’.  Then the next day, the more I thought about it (while waiting for my site to be fixed after a malware attack hoping I could actually get my thoughts down in this post!), the more I was affected by the emotional aspect of these words.  And the more I realised one could interpret the phrase in several ways (incidentally I thought this article about this turn of phrase rather interesting).

A few weeks ago, we suffered the shock of a bereavement in our extended family.  

Whilst I hadn’t yet met the person who passed away, I was due to meet them very soon at an important family occasion.  Not only this, but the timing (not that there is ever a right time for someone to go especially when they were far too young) was dreadful and the knock-on effect heartbreaking.  It has had a deep impact on some of my close family members and the next few months will prove to be tough to get through.  For those who lost their loved one, the hurt will not simply last for months but possibly a life time.

Where am I going with this?  

Well, I know it’s clichéd but the undeniable truth is that life is short.  I spend far too much time sweating the small stuff, overthinking every unimportant thing, flying off the handle at my kids about normal kiddie stuff, wasting vital time and energy endlessly planning daily/weekly schedules none of which I stick to.   All this, instead of getting my priorities straight and investing my time and energy wisely where they are needed.  I have also become an ‘absent’ daughter, sister and friend if I’m brutally honest, not keeping in regular contact with dear ones and (partly due to low-level depression, partly due to protecting myself from toxic people and partly just due to selfishness!) closing myself off from people, forgetting birthdays, not offering my time to help out at school etc.  Well this post is for the Candid Cuddles linky so I’m being candid!!

What I’m trying to say, albeit clumsily, is that none of us know how long we’ve got.

When your number’s up, it’s up.  That’s the tragic truth.  The time we have here…my goodness it’s so precious!  I’ve wasted a lifetime, sleeping too much (yep I’m a mum of three who gets sleep!), having few passions if any, being ineffective and not being generous with my time.  The lack of generosity with my time most significantly affects my parenting and I only halfheartedly listen to my kids when they talk to me, my mind distracted by miscellany, and hurry them along or cut them off, which is frankly unforgiveable given that I absolutely loathe it when my husband does it to me (which I’ve also written about).

I’ve lost two friends to cancer way too young.  I know others battling it.  I read all sorts of blogs about the happy things in life and the sad things too.  The recent news I spoke of was a wake-up call. For the time we have on this earth is so limited and really is a precious gift.  So it’s desperately important to get busy with doing/achieving/experiencing/loving/giving because…

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Meet Your New Candid Cuddles Linky Co-Host!

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Aaaaah, I haven’t stopped grinning the last few days.  Why?  Well, you’re looking at the new co-host of one of the most feel good linkies out there, the Candid  Cuddles quotes linky!  Woohooo!

Sorry, I hope I didn’t take your ears off but I am a tad excited as you can probably tell from the liberal use of exclamation marks too.  I mean, it only took me sending a huge floral bouquet, a champagne hamper and several nagging texts to convince Becky to take me on. (I jest.)

If You Are Not Familiar with #CandidCuddles:

It was created by Cuddle Fairy and is a great vehicle for sharing quotes that have inspired/amused/moved you.  You can just type the quote in your post or share a graphic and explain why the quote resonates with you.

I’ll publish more details including the badge/linky rules in a few days.
In the meantime, make a date in your diary: Monday 10th October, 7pm GMT.

Up til now Candid Cuddles has been hosted solo by Becky. But as we know only too well, blog life is a busy life, mum life is even busier and there are only so many hours in a week to do both and manage the odd cup of tea!  Frankly with another linky, #BloggerClubUK, on her weekly agenda as well, I don’t know how Becky does it.  I have nothing but the greatest respect for her and it’s an absolute pleasure to join her on this lovely linky which is now back after the summer break.

 

If You Are familiar with Candid Cuddles but Are New Here:

Welcome! Where on earth have you beeeeeeen all this time? Pull up a chair, make yourself at home, stay for a while, read for a while and er…of course, most importantly link up to Candid Cuddles when it goes live Monday 10th October 🙂

To give you a bit of background, I launched this blog almost three years after realising there had to be life beyond packed lunches and maths homework. It’s a very different kind of blog from Cuddle Fairy’s, if I’m honest. Where Becky exudes positivity and is bursting with helpful tips on everything from blogging to baking, I exude sarcasm and am bursting with stories of inept parenting (although to be fair I do also go quite serious from time to time)

Finally, if You Already Know Me and My Blog:

You can stop laughing. Ahem. Just because I have a reputation for being silly and/or having a bit of a moan, that doesn’t mean I don’t love a positive or thought-provoking quote from time to time, you cheeky thing. In fact, I’m such a sucker for a good quote that when I first linked up to Candid Cuddles, I couldn’t pick one single quote and sort of gate-crashed with a whole bunch:

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I think that just about covers things for the time being.

Come and Join Us on Mondays for Some #CandidCuddles starting 10th October.

We’d love to know if you have a life mantra, if you’ve seen a quote that has struck a chord or seen an image that has made you laugh/think.

Hope to see you then!

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