Thankful for my friends on International Women’s Day

internationalwomensday_top As many of you know already, I published Become the Best You in November. It’s part memoir, part self-help, and in it I speak about breaking away from negative dysfunctional behaviour – largely caused by the bullies that dominated my childhood – to become a better me. Although my life is far from perfect, as a happily married mum of three, it’s a million miles away from where I started.

It’s International Women’s Day, so I decided to re-share a link to my book on Facebook, and asked my friends to share it with their friends. The response has astounded me, here are some of the status’s dedicated to Become the Best You today.

“This is the book my wonderful friend ReneΓ© had published last year. Bigging her up on International Woman’s Day. She’s a huge inspiration to me and her book is fantastic.”

“Today on International Women’s Day, I’m supporting an incredible woman, who I’m proud to call a friend, to promote the book she published last year. A story which continues to unfold in her life today, this little girl bravely shares her journey to beat the many odds she faced in her childhood to rebuild her life and become the best ‘her’! She’s an inspiration and I adore her!”

“Today is International Women’s Day and I would like to promote my friend Renee’s book called ‘Become the Best You’ which she published last year. Renee is an inspiration, an amazing Mummy to three gorgeous children, a great friend and work colleague. Please read her book!!”

I’m humbled by these kinds words, and all the shares my post received. When you’re estranged from your entire family like I am, having amazing friends is essential. Thank you to each and every one of you!

I’d also like to say a huge thank you to the fabulous blogging community, for all their support. You can find interviews, book reviews and mentions on all the blogs listed below.

Bod for Tea
Franglaise Mummy
Headspace Perspective
Honest Mum
Mojo Mums
Mother’s Little Steps
Mummy to Boyz
Potty Mouthed Mummy
Pouting in Heels
Redpeffer
Tots100
VeViVos
Virtually All Sorts
Writing Bubble

No-one should ever have to settle for a substandard life because they had a difficult start. My journey is proof that it’s possible for anyone to turn it all around, and have the life they want and truly deserve.

I am thrilled that Become the Best You is inspiring others to break their own cycles of dysfunction. It’s been an awesome first three months for the book, and I’m really excited to see what happens in the next three.

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  1. April 18, 2015 / 11:01 am

    What a lovely thing to say, thank you so much xxx

  2. April 16, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    So proud of you and all the hard work you’ve put in. You deserve all the wonderful things xxx

  3. mummytries
    Author
    March 16, 2015 / 11:15 am

    Thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say πŸ™‚

  4. March 16, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Wow, what an amazing feat – both your book and coming thru your emotional journey. I love blogging because of who you discover. It’s been a pleasure to discover your posts
    #WOTH

  5. mummytries
    Author
    March 14, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    Thanks very much xx

  6. mummytries
    Author
    March 14, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    I’ve been so lucky that the blogging community have been so kind, lovely bunch as you know πŸ™‚

  7. mummytries
    Author
    March 14, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Thanks Jocelyn, I’m very lucky indeed xx

  8. mummytries
    Author
    March 14, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    Thanks so much xx

  9. mummytries
    Author
    March 14, 2015 / 7:13 pm

    Really is, I’m so very lucky!

  10. mummytries
    Author
    March 14, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    Thanks so much xx

  11. March 14, 2015 / 10:48 am

    You are such a lovley lady, and an inspiration to Mummy πŸ™‚ we are so happy your book is doing so well x x

  12. March 14, 2015 / 12:12 am

    Oh wow, that is nice to know! πŸ™‚

  13. March 13, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    AaaΓ h what lovely and supportive friends you have, you must be so very proud! Congratulations on your book hon!xx

  14. March 13, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Great word to have summing up your week, and what lovely mentions from your friends and loved ones there, every one of them thoroughly deserved. Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  15. March 13, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    Ahh so lovely to have such a great group of blogging supporters and great reviews too. I have seen a few already. You are doing great. Thank you ever so much for linking up to Share With Me. #sharewithme

  16. March 13, 2015 / 9:51 am

    Well done on such an achievement hon :), very inspiring x
    #WotW

  17. March 13, 2015 / 7:20 am

    I must be the only person on the planet not to have known you’ve written s book – one for me to check out definitely! xx

  18. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Thanks so much for your kind words Maria, so lovely x

  19. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Thanks Louise, it’s been a great ride so far xx

  20. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:43 pm

    Thanks so much honey xxx

  21. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Thanks so much Jess xx

  22. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Ahhh that sounds tough hon, I’d be tempted to just invite the people you want and say up yours to the ones who are making life difficult. Mind you I don’t know your situation… hope you work out a happy resolution xx

  23. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    Thanks so much! Really hope you enjoy the book, please let me know what you think of it x

  24. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Thanks Nikki, I really am πŸ™‚

  25. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Thanks so much hon x

  26. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Thanks Emily x

  27. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Thanks Mich! I’m firmly believe that we can get through anything life throws our way as long as we have good people behind us xx

  28. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Thanks so much Anna! Nice to meet you πŸ™‚

  29. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Thanks so much Sophie, just need to magic up some time now πŸ˜‰ xx

  30. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    Thanks so much, really pleased you enjoyed it xx

  31. mummytries
    Author
    March 11, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Thanks so much Dana! Really hope you enjoy the book x

  32. March 11, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    So many lovely and wonderful quotes about your book! I really enjoyed reading the interview on Maddy’s blog Writing Bubble. Your book is high up on my to-read list πŸ™‚

  33. March 11, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out lovely. It was a pleasure to read your book and to share it x

  34. March 11, 2015 / 11:58 am

    Aw that’s so lovely. You definitely deserve all those kind words – here’s to another successful few months ahead for your brilliant book xx

  35. March 10, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    How inspiring! I’m so happy for you dear that despite the many difficulties you were able to over come the odds and creative yourself a great life!
    You go girl!

    All About You Co-Host
    Happy Medley Blog

  36. March 10, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Indeed good friends are so important and blogging ones really rock, so glad you have a great support network around you. Mich x

  37. March 10, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    Well done ReneΓ© and a lovely way to celebrate IWD x

  38. March 10, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    That’s such a lovely post and a really great way to acknowledge International Women’s Day. You are a lucky lady to have such fantastic friends, who obviously think very highly of you.

  39. March 10, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Such an inspiring and honest post. Well done and am now off to buy your book. x

  40. March 10, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    I’m a HUGE believer that family means those that are closest to you and not necessarily those you are related to by blood or marriage. We are six weeks away from Gwenn’s 2nd birthday and I have thought about calling her party off so many times because the people who we “should” invite have let us down and if we invite the people who have truly been a big part of Gwenn’s life, we will cause SO much aggro.

    So, I wholeheartedly agree that you don’t NEED a family if you have great friends.

    x

    #allaboutyou

  41. March 10, 2015 / 11:11 am

    What lovely words from your friends – and very well deserved, Renee. Hope the next three months hold even more success for your book. xx

  42. March 9, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    You really deserve all those kind words. You truly are one inspiring and amazing lady. xxxx

  43. March 9, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    You must be so proud to have such lovely things written about you and your book – well done x

  44. March 9, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Lovely words by an equally lovely person. You’re right to say that you’re fortunate to have such supportive friends in place of family, but they are lucky to have such an inspiring friend in you as well. All the best, always πŸ™‚

  45. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 10:56 am

    Really appreciate it Carol, thanks so much πŸ™‚

  46. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 10:55 am

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful support Vicki. I feel very fortunate to have made a friend in you this last year. The wonderful woman interview gave me such a confidence boost when I first published the book, and the comments blew me away. Here’s to book #2 indeed πŸ˜‰ xxx

  47. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 10:52 am

    Thanks Tas! It’s been amazing, and I’m looking forward to dedicating some proper time to promoting it now xx

  48. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 10:51 am

    I’m very grateful my lovely xx

  49. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 10:50 am

    Thanks so much Karen xx

  50. March 9, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Lovely lovely post and I think you should be so proud of what you’ve achieved over the last few months. Really well done x

  51. March 9, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Always happy to support you and your book and thank you too x

  52. March 9, 2015 / 10:08 am

    How wonderful to have such great friends. You are an inspiration! x

  53. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Really hope you enjoy it Dean! Keep me posted won’t you xxx

  54. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 9:20 am

    Loved doing your interview hon, and I wasn’t kidding about world domination either πŸ˜‰ xxx

  55. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 9:19 am

    Thanks again for all your support lovely. Your review comes up top of the list on Amazon for being most helpful πŸ™‚

  56. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 9:17 am

    Thanks again for the fab review and giveaway. I thought it did really well, and I hope the winner enjoyed her prize xx

  57. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Thanks honey xx

  58. mummytries
    Author
    March 9, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Thanks so much Fiona, it’s been a great experience. I’m so lucky to have the support of such fabulous people in my life πŸ™‚

  59. March 9, 2015 / 9:10 am

    I so admire you for writing your book and what a lovely post recognising those who have helped you along the way. #MagicMoments

  60. March 9, 2015 / 8:20 am

    I am so glad your book is doing so well x

  61. March 9, 2015 / 6:18 am

    What a wonderful way to celebrate International Women’s Day! Thank you so much for the mention, I love your book and so happy to have had the chance to share it over at my blog. Thank you for linking this up at #sharethejoy too x

  62. March 8, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    You are such an inspiration to so many Renee – love your book and the way you have used your story to help so many others πŸ™‚

  63. March 8, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the mention ReneΓ©, and you really are inspirational! Thanks for the interview xxx

  64. March 8, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Thank you so much for the special mention! Can’t wait to read your book too πŸ™‚ Stay strong and lovely! xxx

  65. March 8, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Happy International Women’s Day darling, I starting re-reading your wonderful, inspiring, touching, courageous book again today. Your journey, your will to overcome adversity and gift of the written word is a wonder to read. Thanks for letting me interview you and here’s to Book no 2 xx

  66. March 8, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the special mention Renee. You really are an inspirational lady and I’ve been very happy to support your book on my blog and beyond πŸ™‚

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