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THIS time of year makes me incredibly reflective.

Over the last few days I’ve been thinking a lot about this year, what’s happened – the good and not so good – as I’ve tried to figure out the major lessons I’ve learnt this year.

2014 has been a mixed bag if I’m honest (and yes, I know the year isn’t over yet!). There have been many blessings and some very happy memories but it has also been a huge wake up call.

Because this year, in a major way, I’ve been hit time and time again by the lesson, ‘seeing the truth‘.

As a generally happy go lucky person, one of my greatest traits is that I look for the good in the people. However whilst this is one of my best traits, it’s also my downfall because I have a tendency to ignore glaring warning signs and red flags to my own detriment.

In both people and situations, I always look for the positive, which is admirable I guess but can also leave me very vulnerable.

Seeing the truth about others and about situations should I suppose be the easiest thing in the world, yet for me, it is probably the hardest. Even though I know actions speak louder than words, I still ignore things which are hurtful and choose to see things and people through rose tinted glasses.

Now, however, thanks to this year’s shenanigans, I’ve realised it’s time for those glasses to come of!

It’s good to give folk ‘the benefit of the doubt’,  it’s good to give people a chance and I’m certainly not going to stop seeing the good in situations. But I am really trying to see things as they are ACTUALLY are now, to view people as who they TRULY are and I’m doing my best to stop choosing to see what I want or hope to see.

Basically, I guess we have to love and accept people and situations warts an’ all for who and what they are. (And that includes ourselves too!)

As the magnificent Maya Angelou puts it so beautifully above: “We are only as blind as we want to be.” Indeed!


All About You – How to take part!


So that’s what I’ve been thinking about lately but what about you?! What’s been happening in your world?!

This week I’m delighted to be co-hosting the marvellous All About You link up again with my gorgeous blogging buddies Zaz from Mama & More and Hannah from Mums Days. And it’s time for us to hear about YOU!

We want to see and hear about YOU, about your style, your thoughts, your views, your feelings. Bring it on!

You can link up to 3 posts to this linky, and you are welcome to add links to to an Instagram image if you like, with the hashtag #allaboutyounow.

Please visit a couple of other linkers too to share some comment love, hit like on Instagram. or Pin what you like.  You know how this works!

** Here is the All About You badge!  Please grab the code and add the badge to your post or sidebar, so that whenever I see it I will tweet your post out! **
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*disclaimer – wherever I see the badge I do try to tweet it out, but some bloggers don’t seem to have their twitter handles or accounts easy to find!!  When I can, I will! If you want a tweet-out, just leave your handle in the comments below!

 If it’s about you or your passions, we want you to link up a post about it.


Party rules –
1. Please link posts specific to the theme of this party – this is your space to link up posts all about YOU, whether it’s style, fitness, food, concerts or sky-diving!  You can link up to 3 posts.
2. Please link the URL of your specific AllAboutYou post, and please feature the badge or mention the linky, because it’s a nice thing to do ; )  I tweet out and comment on linked posts that do!
3. Please comment on at least two other posts within the AllAboutYou link party – don’t just link-dump!
Feel free to tweet or share about the link party so that more people come along and join too, (tweet @KateLPortman and @mama_andmore for RTs!) although this is by no means obligatory!

In short, link up and we’ll show it love. But the community bit is up to everyone, so please do spread some comment and blogger love while you can.


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