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Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.     

I'm a blogging success because...

Dear friends,

I’m a blogging success because…

When asking myself what is blogging success? I turned to google for help as I am sure many of you have done. My most recent searches include, other blogs, a clothes shop (sale time), a video about Mars and the kids school website, what’s yours? Anyway I digress. The wonderful Mirriam Webster was able to shed some light on what success actually is… I went for the simple definition.

Definition 1: Achieving wealth, respect or fame.

OK according to this definition I have not made it. My blog has not brought me untold wealth (although I am very grateful for the opportunities it has brought me). I am also not famous and don’t actually want to be but it might be nice to appear on, This morning and meet the silver fox that is Philip and the gorgeous Holly, like some of my blogging buddies.

Definition 2: The correct or desired result of an attempt.

I started blogging with no agenda, it wasn’t an attempt at anything. I hadn’t read blogs and had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I just needed to write … My brain was filled with questions and thoughts that needed a space to grow. Through blogging I found that space and started to breathe out again. Then something amazing happened - people started to comment. Other parents reached out to me. People told me that I’d helped them learn more about autism.

Raising awareness felt good, it felt like I was doing something, achieving something. Other autism parents reached out to me, other bloggers, friends, colleagues… people were reading my words. It felt amazing when I saw 1000 people had read my I hate Birthdays post. I was voted one of the most inspirational Autism Bloggers of 2015. I guess that meant I had achieved respect (see definition 1).

But the goal posts had moved and I started to reach for the full definition of that success. I wanted a measure. I started to look at those statistics, question why it had taken me so long to grow my following. I began comparing myself to others, checking my DA and Klout too regularly and caring too much about charts. I felt my blog was failing. I was failing… and it forced me to reassess what I wanted for my blog.

If I needed reminding of my success then all I had to do was turn to the comments of my fellow bloggers and readers.

I am a blogging success because...

I am giving people a glimpse into what life is really like for families affected by autism. I am a success because I am challenging the stereotypes and raising important issues in the hope that the life of my son and other people like him can be improved. I may not be the best writer, campaigner, speller, social media guru but my voice is out there. I am a success because blogging has enabled my voice to be heard.

This post first appeared on mummyinatutu  as part of Katie's I'm a blogging success series...

Point Shoot: Museum Volkenkunde

Dear friend,

Welcome to my Photo series #PointShoot. I love capturing the ordinary moments and special times with my camera, looking at our life through a lens gives me a clearer focus.

We spent a fascinating Saturday afternoon at the museum Volkenkunde in Leiden at the Cool Japan exhibition. 

PokΓ©mon, Hello Kitty, robots and samurai – all international icons of Japanese visual culture. Japan is known for its ancient traditions, and yet it is also hip and happening, with occasional extravagant visual excesses. A major exhibition entitled COOL JAPAN: Worldwide Fascination in Focus ... highlights the popularity of contemporary Japan, and places it in a historical context.
The boys didn't need any persuading to visit the museum with the promise of some Pokemon but it was actually so much more and we discovered Samurai, Buddhas, Swords, Dragon masks, Mangas and Hello Kitty. They even got to play computer games too!

Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering - because you can't take it in all at once - Audrey Hepburn

Point Shoot was previously Friday Focus.

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Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Mahatma Gandhi

#MummyShot Week 27

Dear friends,

Welcome to #MummyShot Roundup, hosted by myself and the amazing MacKenzie Granville.I always seem to end up walking behind the boys playing catch up as they are running along in front of me, chatting away. A few years ago I snapped a shot of my boys walking at the beach. I loved this shot as for me it captured their relationship, hand in hand, mirrored walking steps, little man turned towards his brother... I read the phrase hand in hand together we can make it and my mummy shot was born. I've been recreating this shot even since.

Photography is about capturing souls not smiles.   Dragan Tapshanov.

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This week is a double dose of #MummyShot because I will be taking a break for 3 weeks. The wonderful MacKenzie will continue to comment on posts on Instagram whilst I am away.

 Feature 1: These shots are all about the perspective. 

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Feature 2: These shots are all about the Lavender, so pretty!

This week I seem to be a walking Instagram clichΓ¨. First I was sharing photos of doors and now a lavender field. Got to love a good lavender field though. Good for the soul. πŸ’œ I hope that you have all had a fab weekend so far. Very excited because tomorrow is the Jersey triathlon and I am looking forward to cheering everyone on! Whoop! 🏊‍♀️🚴‍♀️πŸƒ‍♀️Good luck everyone 🀞 . . . . . . #documentyourdays #theislandbreak #jerseyci #visitjersey #thismamaloves #oureverydaymoments #myhappycapture #experiencejersey #channelislands #capturingchildhood #momswithcameras #rememberingthesedays #coolmumclub #childhoodunplugged #dailyparenting #mydarlingmemory #themagicineveryday #childofig #developinglife #unitemotherhood #mummyshot #worldoflittles #littlefiercesones #lavenderfields
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Good morning. It's a bit grey and drizzly here, trying to look on the bright side in that it will water the garden. We have a day of jobs and toddler groups today although I'd much rather be playing in the lavender in the sunshine. Hope you're not sick of lavender pics... I have quite a few to come! Have a lovely day πŸ’œ ____________________________________ #lavenderfields #lovelavender #standstillmychild #mummyshot #thismamaloves #siblinghoodlove #lovelifeoutside #explorerkids #worldoflittles #themagicineveryday #ukexplore #nothingisordinary #capturingchildhood #wildandfreechildren #cherisheverymoment #writeyouonmyheart #outdoorsandhappy #magicofchildhood #enchantedchildhood #raisingthoserascals #ourcandidlife #funseekingkids #theirwonderfulworld #ourfamilyadventures #thesincerestoryteller #capturingtheday #capturingmypositive #myhappycapture #seekthesimplicity #fromwhereistand
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