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When I first launched this blog nearly 5 years ago, I did so to regain my voice after a traumatic birth. I only recently found the strength to blog about it HERE.

This blog became my platform. A space for me. An outlet when I felt lost and alone and direction-less.

Quickly, the blog grew and within 4 weeks, I was nominated in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards’ Fresh Voice category which was an incredible honour. That nom alone helped raise my confidence and got me back on set directing again.

Despite the title, my blog has never been solely about parenting. I love writing about raising my kids and the challenges and rewards of being a working mum, but equally my passion lies in writing about career advice, wellbeing, style, beauty and feminist issues too.

I must also note that as much as I love documenting all the incredible experiences borne from blogging, it is the personal posts that make me feel most proud of this blog, no more so when I get messages from readers saying how much a post resonated or moved them, or how it’s encouraged others to follow their dreams, make a change in their life or simply made them laugh (mostly thanks to the antics of my Big Fat Greek Family).

For this week’s #BrilliantBlogPosts I’m sharing two such posts both of which have been shared hundreds of times on social media in the last few days alone. I’m not going to lie – even after almost 5 years, I’m still incredibly touched (and grateful) when one of my posts receives a positive reaction, and I know that feeling of awe will never change.

The first post explores Imposter Syndrome – something I suffer from regularly and know many of my fellow kick-ass girlfriends do too! Well ladies (and gents), this has to stop. We must not let the self-doubt cripple us or hold us back.

The second post is dedicated to all my fellow working mamas on why you can have a successful career and be a good mum too. The two things are not mutually exclusive despite the inequality in the work force and the day to day issues of juggling both parenthood and babies. More women than ever are going into business themselves from blogs to start-ups, defining their own work terms in a flexible way around their families. We’ve got a long way to go but I feel a cultural shift.

If you’ve read both of these posts already (the former was Mumsnet’s Blog of the Day), I published a third post today (I was definitely feeling inspired this week) on raising modern sons and how gender shouldn’t be used to predetermine what interests we think our kids might have or the freedom they deserve. I often use the #letkidsbekids hashtag over on my FB page and this applies more than ever here, for boys, and for girls.

As always, please come link up your posts, as many as you like, old or new, simply add my badge to each post linked and/or link back to my blog, and leave a comment on at least one of my posts and a handful of others.

Hundreds link each week so just aim for a few so you don’t feel overwhelmed, and thank you all for making this linky such a success.

If you would like a RT of your posts’ urls too, to my nearly 20k followers y’all, tweet me @honestmummy.

Thanks, as always, Vicki x

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23 Responses

  1. Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

    You are so amazing! Being nominated in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards’ Fresh Voice category within 4 weeks! Wow! Now that’s AMAZING! You are so articulate and full of confidence. An inspiration that I am following. 🙂
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    • Honest Mum

      Oh thank you so much Su, so kind of you to say. Really enjoying your blog and thank you for all your support and confidence in me xx

  2. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    I love that you have come so far, it is showing the rest of us it is possible, to keep on pushing. Our dreams may not be the same, but we can reach them!
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  3. Vix at Another Mum In London

    They aren’t kids for long so #letkidsbekids is pretty much what I parent by. Thanks for reminding us all about that.
    And thanks for hosting 🙂
    Vix x
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  4. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Your story about how you started blogging is really inspiring! That’s amazing you were nominated for an award so quickly! Thanks so much for hosting #brilliantblogposts x
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  5. Joanna @mumbalance

    It sounds like there’s a good few inspiring posts to read from you. I have hot green tea in my hand and I’m ready to dive in 🙂
    thanks for hosting, got some great traffic last week xx
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  6. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, you really are a blogging old timer! I wouldn’t have had the brain power to start a blog when the children were young, when mine were born I swear I lost brain matter too, which I’d like to think I’ve finally got back!

    I look forward to reading your posts, they may help enlighten me!

    Thank you for hosting.

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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks darling, I needed my own space more than ever after my first but I can see it’s not for all, I didn’t blog as much then, thanks so much for your support and always linking up, means a lot to me x

  7. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)

    *Yawn* been up most of the night finishing this post but it’s a HUGE one with everything I’ve learned about Periscope since starting my own live broadcasts. Thanks for hosting your fab linky honey, great to be here again with my new blog 🙂
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  8. Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb

    Vicki thank you so much for hosting, I can’t believe how fabulously popular it is. Love the idea of the #letkidsbekids hashtag too…!

    Hope you’re well and having a fabulous week sweetie 🙂

    Catherine x
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    • Honest Mum

      Thanks sweetie, I am, can’t wait to catch up on your beautiful Grecian holiday, hope you are not suffering too badly with the holiday blues x

  9. Mim

    Wow 5 years in writing the blog – that’s wonderful! Looking forward to catching up with your new posts 🙂 thanks for hosting! Mim x
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  10. Elle Spann

    i agree! my dad’s brother studied fashion design and ended up making his wife’s wedding dress. imagine if he efforts would have been stopped!
    Southern Elle Style
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