brilliant blog posts-Honest MumHappy New Year bloggers, I hope you’ve all had a thoroughly wonderful Christmas.

Welcome back to the first #brilliantblogposts linky of the year and for those new to the linky, hi, where’ve you been-come join in, everybody’s welcome!

Add as many posts as you like, across all genres, old or new that you deem brilliant, add my badge or link back and share the love. I ask you kindly comment on my post and at least 2 others linked up but of course, the more you comment on, the greater the response to your own posts.

I’m linking up a post I wrote last week on Be Who You Want To Be and I hope it motivates and inspires you even in the smallest of ways.

My message is that you can redefine who you are and what you want to do, at any point in your life ( I know I have, many times over, this blogging career a case in point) and you can change your mind, choose a different path any time too (not just in the new year). Please don’t put yourself in a box or let others contain you and your potential in any way.

Go for all the things you dreamed of big and small and most importantly what makes you happy!

This year for me is about structure, streamlining my work life with that on going eternal search for balance as a priority.

I’ve already set to being more organised rather than flying by the seat of my pants and cramming deadlines like I did all those years ago at uni. I’ve changed my work hours, giving myself a lot more down time and switching off on an evening as a rule. And let me tell you, it feels good people!

2014 was full of adventure, it was a complete whirlwind of fun, lots of hard work and much appreciated opportunities, and although another whirlwindy year is very welcome (who wants a boring life hey?!) I want to take time to slow down more in between the craziness too! This year is about kindness more than ever too, to myself and others, to taking the time for daily random acts of kindness, to being more thoughtful, mindful and understanding. To continue yoga and eating healthily…

Christmas was a chance to relax and reflect, to appreciate the little things in the every day that are so important and simply ‘be’- allowing me to return back to this blog feeling happier and re-energised, ready for 2015.

I want to take a moment to thank you guys for reading my blog, for all your comments, support, friendship and just general awesomeness , it really means the flipping world to me that you take the time to read and connect with me here and on social media so THANK YOU guys… now lets see those brilliant blog posts!

Here’s to a cracker of a year for us all!

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48 Responses

  1. AL Coates

    I hope your plan for a streamlined 2015 works out, I am hoping for the same but not sure that I will achieve!
    Thanks for the link up.

    AL Coates recently posted…Mr PostmanMy Profile

  2. Mum, writing.

    About to link up for the first time! Thank you for doing this – such an inspiration and a great encouragement to others!!
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  3. Mum, writing.

    About to link up for the first time – will add your link to the bottom of today’s post! Thanks for the support – I love what you’re doing!
    Mum, writing. recently posted…Friday Five 09/01/15My Profile

  4. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Wow wow wow! What an awesome turnout to #BrilliantBlogPosts 🙂
    I kick my blogging into gear tomorrow after a 2 week holiday!
    Steph @MisplacedBrit recently posted…Silent Sunday, week 1 – 2015My Profile

    • honestmum

      Thanks, so glad you are enjoying it, thanks too for adding your fab posts x
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  5. clementine buttercup

    I’m hoping 2015 is a more mindful year. Need to learn that I shouldn’t sweat the small stuff.
    clementine buttercup recently posted…Food: Poached Pears with Cardamom and Saffron (Ottolenghi)My Profile

  6. Emma

    Great to get some New Year’s inspiration from such a fun mix of blog posts. Enjoying reading them all.
    Emma recently posted…Free From Fridays 8th JanMy Profile

  7. The Breastest News

    Happy New Year 🙂 Going to try and link up as much as possible this year, great linky x
    The Breastest News recently posted…Pregnancy: 40 Weeks C-Day!My Profile

  8. International Elf Service

    Thank you so much for hosting this Vicki – such a good idea and wonderful to have so many fabulous posts to read all gathered in one place! I love hearing and learning from what other have to say x

    • honestmum

      Thanks, really is a wonderful way to read so many fabulous post, thanks for linking up x
      honestmum recently posted…Smoked Salmon Niçoise Salad RecipeMy Profile

  9. JOhn Adams

    As ever Vicki, thanks for hosting. Great selection of blogs linked up here. Rather like you, 2014 was a whirlwind for me and 2015 doesn’t look like much different. Here’s to a great 12 months!
    JOhn Adams recently posted…How to keep your child benefit by paying into a pensionMy Profile

  10. kimberly Temple

    Although I have been reading your lovely blog for a while, this is my first time linking up with you! I love the “year of kindness” idea, I think as mummies especially it is essential to be kind to ourselves and one another. I have shared a post about my three year old triplets starting nursery – a huge milestone for us in the new year. x

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Kimberly, kindness is so important and it needs to be at the heart of what we all do. I agree as parents, we need it more than ever and to be kind to ourselves is crucial too. Oh wow, that is a big milestone, I can’t wait to read it. Thanks so much for linking up x

  11. Jess Paterson

    Yay, back to #brilliantblogposts! You have some great goals for the new year, I know you will achieve them all with your drive and energy! Thanks for hosting. xx
    Jess Paterson recently posted…The Obtuseness Of Toddlers #WickedWednesday 1My Profile

  12. Hannah Mums' Days

    Happy New Year darling! Love your message – this is exactly what I’m going for too plus a little bit of a step back from the things I think I should do and more of the things I love doing! Happiness and balance all the way 😉 Off to read your post xx
    Hannah Mums’ Days recently posted…All About You – welcome to 2015!My Profile

    • honestmum

      I so agree with you there honey, it creates happiness, more time and a zest for the work that pushes and stimulates you! Here’s to a wonderful new year xxx

  13. Mumma McD

    This is my first time linking up, thanks for the opportunity! I love how supportive the blogging community is 🙂 I’ve got lots of excellent reading matter for my commute to work tomorrow now. Cheers!
    Mumma McD recently posted…Paleo Challenge – Week 1My Profile

  14. Mummy Fever

    Going to try and link up every week now – thanks for hosting and happy 2015 x
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  15. Ashley Beolens

    Great Linky, thank you for hosing.

    and I agree with your message you can redefine yourself if you wan, but it is hard and not everyone will follow.
    Ashley Beolens recently posted…You Can’t Babysit Your Own KidsMy Profile

    • honestmum

      Thanks Ashley, it is hard, I felt the same when I was directing, I say small steps. Thanks for linking up and Happy New Year!

  16. You Baby Me Mummy

    So glad you’re back! Love this linky, thank you for hosting and I hope you have an amazing 2015! x
    You Baby Me Mummy recently posted…Weight Loss Weigh In #13My Profile

  17. Jini

    Loved your post “Be who you want to be” … a statement I passionately believe in and I wrote two similar posts a year ago (January and April 2014), I cherish these posts and always forwarding them to my friends and families when they self doubt 🙂 Hope you enjoy reading them too and best wishes for 2015

  18. Mim @

    Thanks so much for hosting, Vicki, and Happy New Year!! Mim 🙂 #brillblogposts
    Mim @ recently posted…My 2015 New Year’s Resolution 1 – Re-Learning to DriveMy Profile

  19. Rossi

    This is my first time taking part and I’m so looking forward to it. The blog posts look really interesting, I’ve already bookmarked several to read during quiet moments through the day.
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  20. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    Woop! First #BBP of 2015 – love it! 2014 was SUCH an amazing year for you darling and I just know that this year will have more amazing surprises in store x
    Michelle Reeves (bodfortea) recently posted…Unlocking the secrets to everyday JOYMy Profile

    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, and the same to you-2015 is going to be a cracker for you and hopefully for us all, Happy New Year x

  21. Catherine @Not Dressed As Lamb

    Vicki thank you for the email reminder about your link up – I do think Brilliant Blog Posts is such a great idea! I linked up one new and one retro post – but the retro one about fitness is so relevant for this time of year when we need to get over our post-Christmas food comas, I couldn’t not share it…!

    Thank you so much for hosting, sweetie – enjoy the rest of your week!! Much love 🙂

    Catherine x
    Catherine @Not Dressed As Lamb recently posted…Yellow Maxi, Black Biker Jacket, Red Tartan Scarf. And Some Stripes.My Profile

    • honestmum

      My absolute pleasure darling, thanks so much for linking! Looking forward to reading yours and the other posts through the week. Definitely in need of fitness inspiration so thanks for that! Lots of love xx


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