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Share the Joy link up #11

Share the Joy link up #11

What’s the difference between fear and excitement?

There’s so much going on at Bod Towers at the moment I can hardly catch my breath! Between moving house, planning a minor celebration for the husband’s 50th birthday (he doesn’t want a fuss) and a SUPER exciting meeting that I had this week with a major high street name (can’t reveal all yet but I’ll spill the beans soon, promise!), my butterfly mind is in overdrive!

But, as with all of us who’re busy plate spinning, I still have to stay grounded enough to keep normal family life ticking over. It’s a bit scary having so many changes taking place but if Friday’s International Day of Happiness taught me anything, it’s that it’s all about attitude. And that’s MY choice.

Fear and excitement

*NEW* Guest host

This week I’m delighted to have Eline from Pasta and Patchwork as my guest host so we will be sharing the commenting on your lovely posts!

Eline Alcocer is a globetrotting mama of one who makes, cooks and writes. All her ideas find a home on the blog Pasta & Patchwork, a little haven of all things homemade, ecological and pretty. With a pasta‐loving toddler boy and a science‐geek husband for company, she navigates life on the move: previously Japan, currently Milan, and who knows where next? No matter what happens, the aim is to find beauty in simplicity and possibly also to cover the world in quilts and crochet.

Eline from Pasta and Patchwork

Right, on to the link up!

Thank you so much to everyone that joined in last week – this linky is going from strength to strength! I’m loving reading all your joyful posts and I hope that sharing the joy brightens your day too.

Don’t forget that all genres are welcome here – new posts or old favourites. Posts that might have made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile!

Sharing my joy


Each week, I’ll pick a favorite post and feature it on the following week’s Share the Joy link up (I’ve also made a  where you’ll find all my favorites in one place).

Mummy Fever

Last week Mummy Fever got to thinking about Motherhood and wrote What is Motherhood which was perfect for Mother’s Day! Do read it if you get the chance.

This week I’m sharing a guest post from the inspirational and internationally acclaimed Hayley at Downs Side Up. Poogate will have you chuckling into your tea and nodding along! I’m also sharing my own post about being kind to my Butterfly Mind. Hope you enjoy reading them.

Talking of which… hopefully because you’re here, reading this, there’s something that you like about this blog whether it’s the travel features, or following me on my Journey to Joy this year. Well *ahem* The Brilliance in Blogging Award nominations opened this week and yup I’m going to ignore my red cheeks *blush* and shamelessly ask for your vote!

So, if you have a few moments, I’d really appreciate your vote in any category that you feel is most relevant whether that’s writer, inspire, travel, family, or of course outstanding (!). Just click on the badges below and you’ll be taken straight to the awards page on the Britmums site.

Thank you so much ! x x

Bibs collage

Let’s Share the Joy!


1) Link up posts that have brought you JOY – Writing them might have made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile. All genres are welcome, new posts or old favourites and as many links as you like!

2) Link back to me either by including the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this Share the Joy linky page in your own post.

3) Please comment on one of my posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting as well as through our posts!

Share the Joy will run for a whole week until the following week’s linky is open, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me the url to your post using the hashtag #sharethejoylinky so I can retweet it.

Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!

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  1. You already have my vote darling, lovely post and look how quickly your linky is growing and in no time at all, testament to your brilliance. I’ve just linked up a weekend post I went live with 5 minutes ago. Hope the move goes well today. Love x
    HonestMum recently posted…Our Weekend in Pictures-Welcoming in the Spring

  2. Thanks for hosting again, and good luck, will be voting for you in writer as trying for “inspire” with my fitness blog this year 😉
    Mirka Moore recently posted…Boxing with Style Me Sunday

    • Oh wow thank you so much Mirka that means the world to me! Good luck to you too – love your fitness blog, definitely inspiring! xx

  3. You’re totally right, it is all about your attitude, though sometimes changing that is easier said than done! Sounds like a very busy time for you at the moment, look forward to reading more! xx
    Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) recently posted…Am I living a Groundhog Day?

  4. You sound very busy, hope everything goes well! Excited about your high street collaboration! Great to link up and looking forward to reading the other posts :) x
    Brighton Mama @ Our Seaside Baby recently posted…

  5. There’s nothing better than reading your joy inspired posts on a Monday morning. I’m going to use that mantra for the next month as I embark on a new self employed venture that’s leaving me a little scared at times!
    Ali recently posted…How to support your teenager during exams – A sponsored post

  6. Such a wonderful sentiment, especially in such a busy time. It’s great to find happiness in whatever you do. And though it may only be a bit of it, it’s worth all the while to discover it amidst the chaos. Hope everything is going well, otherwise. Wishing you a fantastic week!
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  7. Oh my, you are a busy bee. Good luck with all your projects and thank you so much for finding time to host me in amongst all that is going one Michelle. Will try to find a post to link up… H x
    Hayley Goleniowska recently posted…Would you Micro-chip your child?

  8. Wow there certainly is a lot going on in Bod Towers at the moment – good luck with your house move and planning your husband’s birthday celebrations and looking forward to hearing your news soon. Love your quote this week – so true that our attitude does colour our view of things and it is something that I’ve been trying to work on more during this past year as I have a tendency to get sucked into a downward spiral. Thank you for sharing joy each week and helping us all focus on positives! :-)
    Louise recently posted…From the mouths of babes #12

  9. I love that this Linky runs on a Monday! You get me in the right frame of mind for the entire week ahead. I love your butterfly post and I think it’s ace that you have a guest host this week.
    I hope the move prep goes well! I’m happy to volunteer my services if you need a spare pair of hands in the run up or on the day! I’m nifty with bubble wrap and duct tape!
    Tinuke recently posted…Why quitting my ‘dream job’ left me happier pt1

  10. Just like you, life is pretty crazy here between the move, looking for work, sorting out paperwork etc, hospital visits and all the general day-to-day stuff… so I’m only just joining in again for the first time in weeks!! What a fab one to come back to though, attitude makes so much difference and I’m so glad you reminded me of that. Also very excited to see you’ve got Eline helping out – I first found her through this linky and she has become a firm favourite in my feed ever since :)
    Amanda recently posted…It’s All About Community – Celebrating the Heart and Soul of the Online World

    • I knew you’d like this one Renee! Thank you for linking up – loved your breastfeeding post x



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