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Updated post.

Digital Mums have an empowering #workthatworks campaign in full swing supporting women with social media marketing training and they asked me to share my own freelance tips with them.

They brought a hugely inspiring TED Talk by Emma Barnett, Women’s Editor of the Telegraph to my attention, on the importance of ambition, and the influences that negate or hinder ambition for women, mostly silent and deadly forces too that stop ambition and goals and new careers in their tracks you must watch.

Emma’s poignant talk encapsulates what she deems, a loss of custody of ambition, stating from research that women are just as ambitious as men but it becomes tampered with, lessened, diminished by society and perceived roles in society, and she emphatically advocates it must be retrieved. That we must reclaim that ambition, that vital pursuit of our dreams.

It instantly spurred me on to this post, because those who follow me here and are close to me in ‘real life’ know full well just how proudly ambitious I am. Always have been, always will be.

The daughter of a feminist Sociology and English lecturer and an ambitious entrepreneurial father (both from a long line of teachers) has meant that being ambitious was a quality championed, that coupled with education, meaning that honing talent and sheer tenacity have been mine and my brother’s default mode since childhood.

And that still remains today.

As a 30-something with 2 kids and a husband, I follow my passions unflinchingly, determined to feed and fulfil those creative desires as I endeavour to make my work-goals come to fruition.

I know failure well but I embrace it, learn from it and never fear it. It’s part of pursuing a career that counts (to me) and living of course, overcoming obstacles, adversity, finding a way to work, to craft, to nurture what I hope to gain from life.

…The rewards of course, whatever they may be are to be treasured. For me, it’s been seeing my films on the big and small screen, winning awards from Channel 4 and film festivals for dramas inspired by my own cultural heritage, stories I wrote and directed with world class crew I led which captured my vision, my craft, my journey through the moving image… I’ve had art in galleries, gained an MA with distinction as I just turned 22 and have presented on TV.

Then came this blog in response to trauma (the birth of my first son), sadness and a loss of identity which slowly turned to rediscovery and joy and redefining who I was, with that process of redefinition in joyful, constant flux.

It’s a beautiful thing feeling liberated to create in your own way and on your own terms.

All achievements big and small. start with tiny kernels of ambition, the will and then the act based on that will, to make, create and control our destiny. The power in us all.

Yet writing this and heck, even admitting ambition and achievements as a woman can often feel unnatural somehow,  frustratingly proving to be another feminist issue to add to the ever-growing list.

Being ambitious and admitting it, alludes to qualities of ruthlessness, bad-will, bitchy behaviour, bragging and the rest, yet for men, ambition is welcomed, accepted and celebrated in comparison.

I’m not someone who wants to achieve my goals at the expense of others, as a minority of female filmmakers working in TV and film before becoming a pro-blogger, I saw firsthand how women and men too, overcome with envy, would back stab and belittle those (and myself) who were succeeding. It was pretty heartbreaking to witness.

It never broke me though, in fact it built my steely armour, teaching me to shun the negativity and focus on what and whom mattered whilst focusing on my vision.

I quickly formed a group of ‘real’ friends, a network of fellow filmmakers, men and women who shared the ideology that together we could help and support one another, inspire our collective creativity, collaborate and shin. And for the times we didn’t sparkle, we would console one another and brainstorm our next project, buoyed by one another.

…Many of my closest friends today are other creatives I met during my film making MA and then as a professional director and blogger.

They understand the pain, the need to create, to document and release. To get my words, and story out into the world.

Of course, I worry now as a mother, that being ambitious is tainted once again with other people’s disbelief you can work and be a good mother too. Yet again, men, fathers are unburdened with this question. ‘You must be a superwoman?’ they ask. No, I’m a woman, creative, mother, wife and business owner who still have wants and needs, emotional and financial who is juggling, trying her best and making it work, some days effortlessly, others not so much, as many other women do every day.

Of course, this is by no means a dig at Stay At Home Parents whom I admire for doing the greatest job of all.

…I want to be there for my kids and see them grow, and thanks to pro-blogging, I’m able to do just that. Inevitably, it’s hard some days but I feel strong, in control, content, that I have a job that puts me in the driving seat, in charge of my own life, and feel that I’m a better mother for it.

That’s why blogging, particularly parent blogging has been so revolutionary and empowering to so many because a wealth of mothers and fathers have created businesses and careers that are well paid and that work for around their families.

Digital careers offer a stimulating, flexible and fun way to work around a family, as we make deadlines by night if need be, on weekends, when the kids sleep, remotely and otherwise.

Blogging has brought back equality to the workforce.

And even on the s*** days where we bloggers often battle deadlines with babies and feel like we’re failing at both, we take solace in the fact we own a space online, a creative hub that’s unique to us that empowers both ourselves and our readers.

Ambition is growing too, online, in twitter streams and Facebook threads, it’s contagious and exciting… and it’s creating new and unique ways of working every day.

Bloggers with media backgrounds pre-kids or not, now have own their own companies, book deals, appear in ads, own e shops, are ambassadors and more.

I owe so much to blogging, my accidental career.

Blogging has taught me to trust the timing of my life, to follow my heart and always write from it…It’s helped me realise that my voice counts and I can be whomever I want to be, and that a like-minded and interested following will always find me.

Vitally, it’s demonstrated that we are free to be ourselves without the need for validation from others, (I repeat, WE ARE FREE), that it’s OK to go against the grain online if we fancy it, to take on projects others might well shun, and to feel ambitious and happy doing something totally different to what we’d set out to do.

So stop limiting yourself and trying to fit into some kind of perceived notion of who you thought you were meant to be. Because you can be many things, and anything in these glorious digital times.

So give yourself permission to be ambitious and embrace it for there’s work to be done.

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72 Responses

  1. Karen Ching

    You are always so inspiring. There are a lot of moms out there who feel really guilty in wanting to pursue a career. I’d love for them to read about this and your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your insights. They’re really helpful 🙂

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  2. Troy

    You’ll have more time to focus on other stuff on your business knowing that some tasks are already handled by professionals.

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  3. Rasel

    Thanks for your incredibly powerful article!!!!
    I’m a 27 years old working single mother with two kids who are 5 & 3. Every morning I have to wake up at 5 am, do all the cooking, washing, then waking kids up, making them ready for daycare, then prepare myself and then to start for my office.
    I have to attend my office from 9am-5pm. After reaching my office, I feel tired but I don’t let my fatigue to defeat me. Being more energetic, I start to work. Sometimes, I feel quite offensive because maybe I am depriving my children of quality time, Maybe I am being failed as a mother. But all I know that I must not give up or, break down. I have to continue and try for the best.
    Your articles are always a kind of blessings for me. They are an enormous resource for my inspiration.
    Rasel

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  4. Laura

    Very inspiring road, im a full time accountant and mother and sometimes blogger and often feel guilty about pushing ahead in my career. I know I shouldnt but it can be hard sometimes. I enjoyed reading this and can totally relate.
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  5. Jane Allen

    Thanks for writing from the heart. Like you rightly said, it’s my right to be ambitious at work and in the home. I take that right. I’ll work with it. I’m not gonna feel guilty about it. I’ll not achieve at the expense of others. I’ll follow my dreams. Because I want to be happy in life. Because my dreams matter.
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  6. Alexandra

    Wow…I’m reading this once my two year old fell asleep on my lap because he woke up at 5 20am this morning, and the one year old is teething and althou he was napping but I can just hear him cressming his head off…yet I read the whole article and have just one thing to say: YOU ROCK WOMAN!! Before I got into this relationship that let to me becoming a mum I was very successfull. 10 years modeling, teaching proffessional dancer bla bla bla…it all vanished three yers ago. Now I’m sitting in my livng room wearing pijamas, not showering for two days, my confidence is gone and self- esteem had run away. Yet against all odds -and the biggest discouragement from my other half- I started my business, because I still have that little flame of ambition left that wont stop talking until I do something about it…and reading this article..well you’ve just nit the neil in a head! Why men are praised for having family and working hard, not pending enough time and efford with they children and women are notouriosly burned alive for wanting to do something other than changng smelly nappies all day?! If that’s what they a Feminism these days- I’M INNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#mumsrock!

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    • Honest Mum

      Aw love this comment, good for you Alexandra, so important to do what makes you happy and slowly build that confidence back, I’ve been there. Thanks for your empowering words x

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  7. Laura Wilson

    Thank you for posting this, you really are such an inspiration. I am a creative with media training and felt totally lost after my son too, not having a clue what to do with any of my sills. I am just getting ‘me’ back and I feel so much more confident and happy now I am blogging, ladies like you and posts like this really help too so thank you, and thank you for hosting the linky!It’s clear what amazing mother you are and what an awesome happy childhood you are giving, I like to think I do the same, it’s hard to juggle it all and you do an amazing job! xx
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  8. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    Inspiring words Vicki! Your work ethic and vision are amazing and seeing and hearing you at work is very motivating. Being an ambitious woman is sometimes seen as a negative (which is ridiculous!), we are getting there with attitudes but it is going to take time and is a collective effort. That’s what I love about this blogging community. Many of us want to help and inspire others and give support. I have always wanted to be a strong role model for my daughter and positively encourage and guide her to do anything she likes! All my business interests and blogging are helping with that but most of all it is about working on ourselves bit by bit and shutting out the negativity. Thanks for passing on your words of wisdom. You go girl. I didn’t know about Fun Fest Congrats on the keynote!! Xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much for your wise, empowering and kind words, I am right there with you, there is nothing more rewarding than helping or inspiring others through your work, I am constantly inspired and the support and knowledge I am gaining from others keeps me motivated and dedicated to doing what makes me happy. You are an amazing role model, I love your blog and you are a true girl’s girl, you always want the best for others and it’s wonderful, thank you x

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  9. You Baby Me Mummy

    Blogging is such a gift to so many and helps so many of us achieve great things in our lives. Have fun at Funfest! We are in France or I would be going x
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  10. Mummy Tries

    You lady, are a force to be reckoned with! Your ambition is truly awe inspiring, and these posts are so empowering for so many women who struggle with their identity.

    I don’t have time to be too ambitious right now, but I also know my time will come. One day xxx

    PS – congrats on the keynote, that’s amazing!
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    • honestmum

      Thank you darling but you inspire me hugely, you have written an incredible, inspiring book I always have in my bedside drawer by the way and I am ambitious at home too, I want my kids to be happy and it’s always a juggle. The funny thing was when everyone in the industry made me feel my career would be over when I got pregnant, something I desperately wanted (Oliver) a new career came along, from trauma with a terribly tough time after his birth, my creativity was channelled into a blog, our ambitions are fluid and are still there, even when we must and want to focus on other areas and we might feel ambition or drive is being neglected, everything comes together, I promise x

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  11. Natasha

    Such an inspiring and empowering post. Growing up in an Indian community, I def. saw first hand how boys were raised to “be something” and girls were sort of encouraged to “be a good wife”. It’s so important today to raise our children (both girls and boys) to be ambitious, to raise the bar and to believe they can be and do anything they choose. #brilliantblogposts
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    • honestmum

      I totally agree Natasha and as their role models, we offer that example that they can be and do whatever makes them happy, the power is in us, thank you for your comment x

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  12. Jane

    It is very cool ‘having an online presence there for the taking’, a bit like printing your own broadsheet for anyone who chances upon it. Thanks, Vicki you’re an inspiration! ps. blogs weren’t around when I was a first-time mum although I have daily diaries on an old Mac which I probably should destroy!
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    • honestmum

      Ooh no bet those diaries are amazing to read back, thanks for the kind words Jane, really appreciate it 🙂

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  13. Alison

    ‘And even on the s**** days as we bloggers often battle deadlines with babies and feel like we’re failing at both, we have a purpose, when we feel drowned out, lost, unemployable, or without a voice. We have a space, a place, a platform that is completely our own.’

    Oh, hell yes. This is exactly what I’m finding at the moment; the hard days aren’t as hard because I feel like I’ve got a creative outlet. If I’d known it was going to be like this, I’d have started years ago. #brilliantblogposts
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    • honestmum

      Oh Alison thank you for your words, we all have these tough, crappy days and knowing our blog is there, a space we own, that is just ours is liberating x

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  14. Mum in Brum

    Your posts are always so inspiring. You’re so true in what you say about ambition often being shunned in society as bragging – but I never really thought about it as a feminist issue before. But looking back over my career I do think that you’re right. And I do feel slightly judged by other people who question how a mother has the time to blog, but as you say we CAN be many things and shouldn’t conform to who we ‘think we should be’. Thanks for sharing and instilling so much confidence in those who read your posts x
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    • honestmum

      Oh thanks so much, your words brought the hairs on my arms on end, that means a lot because I’ve been there, I’ve experienced sexism and I hate the question asked only of women of how we do it, we must all follow what makes us happy and stimulated, whatever that may be, thanks for being an inspiration yourself x

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  15. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    You will do a marvelous keynote speech! I hope it will be on your blog after 🙂 I agree, ambition is so important & women shouldn’t feel badly about being ambitious. It’s wonderful how men & women can blog from home & have that as a career, I’d love to have that someday! #brilliantblogposts

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    • honestmum

      Ooh maybe they might film it or perhaps I can share it, I will ask the festival and thank you so much for that vote of confidence, you can absolutely have that Becky and thank you for your wise words x

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  16. Mummy Fever

    I got asked at the weekend if I was enjoying being at home with the children and not having to work. This came from someone very close to our family who should have known better – that is not the situation. I look after 4 children and a home but I also blog and run my own business and it’s not a hobby, I have to to pay the bills. It made me cross because that is not how I see myself.I am ambitious from the point of view that I want to prove to myself I can do everything and to be able to look back and think i did that! Superb post thank you ! #brilliantblogposts
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    • honestmum

      You are doing an incredible job and either this person didn’t realise what your job is or was being thoughtless, I work from home and the juggle of kids, a full time blog job (even with its flexibility) is full on. Well done you for it all!

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  17. Leigh - Headspace Perspective

    You really inspire me, Vicki. I’ve had a crappy week for a variety of reasons, and it’s led me to reassess things. Changes are afoot. I define my success, no one else, and no one but me can create the values and the life I need to flourish xxx
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    • honestmum

      100% Leigh and you inspire me too, all the time, hear hear, we and only we have the power to define success and should be proud of who we are without fear of judgement, keep being you, always x

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  18. Jessie, FlusteredMom

    Great post Vicki. Ambition is definitely a quality I want to instill in my children.
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  19. Sara | mumturnedmom

    Really inspiring post Vicki, love it. I worry sometimes that by choosing to give up my career (and that ambition) that I am no longer setting the example I wished to set. But perhaps, as Nikki said, we can have large and small ambitions and the important thing is to reach for what makes you happy.
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    • honestmum

      I 100% back what Nikki said and it is amazing you have done that, I know for me it wouldn’t be the right choice, but I admire women who choose to do that and you are writing a blog which is for you and I agree, it doesn’t have to be about crazy huge dreams, all that matters in life is health and happiness xx

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  20. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Wow, Vicki, you never cease to inspire me… this is such a powerful post!

    I agree with what you say about confidence and ambition often being perceived as a negative thing – as if you’re arrogant or full of yourself – but I definitely think it’s a British thing. We’re uncomfortable about self-promotion, something you and I have discussed before. [BTW I don’t mean YOU specifically when I said about being perceived as arrogant – that’s the last thing you are!!]

    But you’re a shining example of someone who exudes confidence and at the same time keeping one foot firmly on the ground. You’re also a very generous person and that’s makes a difference to how others perceive you – you have a perfect balance going on, girl!!!

    Great post, gave me lots to think about… thank you :))
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    • honestmum

      Oh Catherine thank you so much, you know how much I respect and admire you, and your words mean a lot. It is definitely a cultural thing for sure, and the Brits don’t seem to like or advocate celebrating ourselves, not like the Americans anyway, and I hope it changes, because it really is a feminist issue. I am so glad you think I have the perfect balance, and I knew you didn’t mean I was arrogant, I would hate for people to ever misunderstand my passion for my work as arrogance. I simply believe it is our right to feel we can achieve anything we put our minds to and that we must always be kind, you are a shining example of that, your talent and incredibly kind and caring persona always shines through, thanks for being a fabulous friend to me x

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  21. Baby Isabella

    My mummy totally agrees. It’s all to easy to lose your identity and ambition after having children…this is a very inspiring post. Thanks for sharing! #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  22. zoe dunn

    Well said. Too often its deemed women can’t have it all and must make the choice of career or family I say why not balance things and have both as how can you be a good parent if you yourself are not fulfilled. How can you teach them happiness if deep down you are empty because you aren’t fullfilly your own needs. Let go of the guilt and be free #brilliantblogposts
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  23. Lizzy

    Brilliant post Vicki (as always).
    I would love to be a pro-blogger. It’s something I’m passionate about and totally love. Your honesty and integrity is so refreshing and it’s a joy reading all of your posts xxx
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    • honestmum

      That means so much Lizzy and you absolutely can be a pro-blogger, I thought you were, anything we set our mind to is achievable. You are a brilliant writer and I adore your blog, go get em’ girl x

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  24. Lucy @ bottlefor2

    I am absolutely going to check out that TED talk. I love a good TED talk and never seem to make the time for them anymore as I’m always so busy. Sometimes taking the time out to listen and reflect really helps so you can rekindle that fire of ambition that sometimes gets smothered by being a knackered parent!
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  25. Natalie @ our parallel connection

    I was always ambitious but when I started my own business with 3 kids then having my 4th mid business… I started to lose the drive. In the end I lost a lot of money and my confidence has been low since. It is only in the last 12 months that it is slowly coming back…

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  26. Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn)

    The TED talks are amazing aren’t they? So glad that one spurred you on to write another inspiring post darling, full of the passion and fire that I love in you! I find it sad but true that we often limit ourselves and our ambition, insecurities fester and we play down our achievements (as you’ve written about before). Here’s to aiming high and achieving all that we dream of! xx
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  27. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Not everyone has such lofty goals, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t ambitious! We all have the level of ambition that’s right for us and people like you make us feel like we can do the things we want, even if they seem small to others they seem huge to us! So, thank you.

    Ambition was the quality I looked for in a husband. When people would ask and I would give this answer they would look surprised. I looked not for a ruthless man that would do whatever it took to get to the top, I looked for a man that had an ambition to be a great husband and father, a man with ambition for a good life, a man that had ambition to provide. A man with ambition to make me feel loved and safe.

    Ambition is a good thing when it’s used in the right way.

    And BTW, I found him! That was my ambition. At least one of them.

    Have a great week!
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    • honestmum

      Oh Nikki I couldn’t agree more and that’s exactly why I included being ambitious in the home as well as in work, not that either is lesser than the other but to show how rounded ambition is and ambition doesn’t need to be ‘I want to be Madonna’-which I really did as a child, but as you say, happiness, health, dreams deemed big or small which is relative nonetheless. I found a man just like yours! Thank you for your considered, brilliant comment.

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  28. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

    Love this! The inequality of a world that values ambition in men but frowns on it in women really bugs me. We need every successful woman we have to stand up and say ambition is good.

    #brilliantblogposts
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    • honestmum

      Yes, yes and yes, ambition in women needs to be supported, nurtured and celebrated for us and the next generation x

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  29. Rob

    Really great post. As someone who also comes from ambitious parents who taught my brother and I to reach for the brass ring, I see no issues with striving for excellence. I started writing my blog because I had something to write but have loved trying to make it grow little by little. #brilliantblogposts
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    • honestmum

      I agree Rob, such a vital foundation, to strive for excellence, that fight against mediocrity, such a valuable lesson to be the best you, not the best, simply the best that you can do and be, thank you for your comment.

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  30. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    I just love the way to describe your upbringing …THAT’S what I want to give my kids!
    It’s not been my experience BUT I’M GETTING THERE 😀

    This is a beautiful post Vicki x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, you are an incredible, inspiring and loving Mama who is doing an amazing job, I’m sorry you didn’t have a similar experience, the beauty of child-rearing is doing things our way huh xx

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  31. Notmyyearoff

    Love this Vicky!!! It’s a powerful thing to embrace failure and to rise and learn from it and it gives so much courage the next time round. Just the title of this post has made me think. It really is our right to be ambitious and we should learn from and step up from those things we think have been failures. Xx

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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much, I couldn’t agree more and it’s OK and necessary to fail and learn from it, I feel I’ve learnt so much more from my mistakes than any successes I might have had. We deserve to feel and nurture our ambition and follow the pursuits that make us happy, it’s all within our grasp x

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  32. Amber

    You are amazing and you inspire me so very much. I’m so proud to know you and feel that I’m genuinely improved by having somebody like you in my life.
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    • honestmum

      Oh Amber that means so much to me and I feel the same about you, the instant we met we clicked, you are so smart and full of life, a joy to be around, thank you for being a real friend to me xx

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  33. Nikki Thomas

    You are a real inspiration to so many and I am always in awe of you and what you have achieved. I wish that I could be more like you but I think I have accepted that I am not talented enough or good enough at self-promotion to be a pro-blogger. I love blogging and I always will, we have been so lucky to have had some brilliant experiences thanks to blogging and I have met some amazing people too.

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    • honestmum

      Nikki you are talented enough and write from the heart and are beautiful inside and out, please know that and believe it. If you choose to go pro you can do it and will shine x

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  34. Mama and More aka Zaz

    It makes me smile to think that we were both writing and publishing our posts at some ungodly hour in the morning. Mine about completing my long held dream to become a yoga teacher and yours about following dreams and ambitions. There’s synchronicity for you! This is a fantastic, uplifting, honest,inspiring and empowering post Vicki, one of my favourites by you. You are so right – being ambitious is de-prioritised and at worst vilified in women and it shouldn’t be. I believe that part of our role as mothers is to teach our children that we can be ambitious without taking away our ability to love and give to others, so that they may do the same. We have just one life to live and to grab hold of opportunities! Love you so and happy and proud to call you a dear friend xxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh Zaz I wish we’d known, I felt so inspired I couldn’t sleep so had to blog this. I am so, so happy for you my darling, you epitomise all I’ve written, someone who fearlessly chases their dreams, makes them a reality and inspires others as you do so. Honoured to call you a friend too xx

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  35. Mud Cakes and Wine

    Love this post and your so right. But also so honest about how it can be is very refreshing. Keep up your amazing work and I am now feeling motivated xxx

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    • honestmum

      That means a lot to me, thank you, glad you feel motivated too, we all deserve to own our ambition and achieve anything we set our mind to x

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  36. Vanessa Cameron

    That is such an empowering and uplifting post, clearly written from the heart. I loved it and feel truly part of your gang. There is so much to learn in life and we never stop. We also have so much to give, the Internet has helped make that even more possible. I love reading your posts, thank you for sharing your wisdom
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    • honestmum

      I feel the same way about you Vanessa, I published the post at 2am so apologies for the since corrected typos (ha), you inspire me daily and you are so right, the internet has opened up so much opportunity and channels/ways of working, it really is empowering x

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