Tuesday, 1 January 2019

A Look Back On 2018





I thought that for the first blog post of 2019, I would sit down at my desk and let you guys know what has happened in my life over the past 12 months. It has been a busy old year and it hasn’t been without its challenges at times. I feel like from the outside of my blog, it can be easy to think that my life just ticks over like normal and not that much goes on behind the barrage of beauty blog posts, but I feel like I want to be real and talk to you guys because as I am sure we all already know, life is not always rainbows and unicorns. Don’t get me wrong through, there have been many good points to 2018!

I feel like on a whole, this blog post will come across as quite negative, but I don’t want to drag anybody down after the New Year. We had a lovely Christmas and New Year, but it was a rocky old year and I just want to be honest with the people that take time out of their life to read my little space on the internet. Anyway, let me jump into it…

I guess the first thing that I have to mention is the fact that as a family we had to get to terms with losing my grandad. I will admit that it has been much harder for some of us than others, myself included in that and it took a very long time for me to go about my day to day life and feel somewhat normal again. It was just such a hard hit and I still feel heartbroken. I am at the stage now where I want to remember him with nothing but happy memories, but my mind gets flooded with images of him suffering and it is hard. I know I will get there though, I just have to be there for my nan.

I guess after mentioning my nan, I have to go onto the fact that last year she found out that she had breast cancer. It was actually the third cancer that my nan has had in her life, but it was so hard for her after losing her husband of 60 years. I saw her through every single appointment and radiotherapy session. It was a tough couple of months, but she is made out of stern stuff and doing amazingly well now. Luckily, her breast cancer was very minor, and it was all removed with an operation and 15 rounds of radiotherapy. When it was all over, we got back in my car and had a good old cry together, thankful that it was over and sad that my grandad wasn’t here with us.

I will say that in amongst all of the problems this year, we did manage to go on some lovely holidays. At the beginning of 2018 we went to Paris in the winter time which was just amazing. Then for our summer holiday we went to Portugal which was just so relaxing and what I really needed. Then in September we went back to Florence, which I am sure we all already know, is my favourite place on the planet. We also tried to go to some places here in the UK for the odd weekend away, which was just every so lovely to do because it gave us a chance to reconnect with each other!

Also, in the summer I was the maid of honour for my sister. She had the big white wedding, which is actually my worse nightmare, but she had the best day and that is what it is all about. I hated having to wear a pink dress, be nice to everybody all day and pretend like I was having fun, but I did it for her. I think it got to 11pm and I ran up to my room got changed into a black mini dress, put my hair in a bun and then sat in the corner and got hammered. Not my cup of tea, but she really loved it!

Following on, my sister not long before Christmas announced that she was pregnant with her first baby. She was actually pregnant at the beginning of the year, but she unfortunately miscarried, which was just so awful for her, so when she announced her pregnancy in her honeymoon in New York, we were all so happy for her. Selfishly, I am so bloody excited because I have no desire to be a mother, but I really do want to be a fun aunty and I am going to borrow her baby at every given opportunity!

There is more that I could go into, but I think I should leave it here for now. Like I said, there were some rocky things this year, but we are going to aim to make 2019 even better. I guess that is all that we can do, just keep trying to make the next year better and better. Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know if 2018 was your year!
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  1. Hello, Danielle.

    It was lovely to read your stories. I guess, life will just never be all good times, there will always be bad times. However, this fact is just a reminder to us that no matter how sad our situation is, we just have to look at the silver lining and go through it. Then tadaaa, good things will happen. Let's all have a beautiful year ahead filled with experiences that make us grow!

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    1. Aww that is ever such a lovely thing to say. Here is to an amazing 2019!

      Danielle xx

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  2. I think a lot of people will appreciate your honesty in this post! Sure it's great to share our achievements and favourite memories of the year, but it's also just as good to acknolwedge those harder times. I hope 2019 is a happier year for you and I wish you all the best xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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  3. I'm sorry you had to deal with so much pain, Danielle. I lost my gran two years ago, and it still doesn't seem real. Can't imagine how difficult it must have been to deal with your grandmother's cancer, but I'm so happy it all went well! Sending you lots of love and hugs and wishing you a very happy 2019!

    Paula | Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. Thank you sweetie. We have high hopes for 2019!

      Danielle xx

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  4. I'm so sorry for the passing and the illness in your family this year :( it must've been wonderful to see your sister get married though

    Jasmine xx

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    1. It was a good day, it really helped us all cheer up a little!

      Danielle xx

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  5. Sending you so much love Danielle. I lost my first grandparent only two years ago, and I still deal with the grief of it now. Here's to a hopefully brighter and happier 2019 for you - you deserve it x

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  6. What lovely news to end the year on! Being an Auntie is loads of fun! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. I cannot wait. Children are not in my plan, so I can borrow my sisters baby!

      Danielle xx

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  7. I'm sorry 2018 was such a difficult year for you Danielle - I'm sending you lots of love and well wishes for 2019 and I hope this year brings you all the happiness you deserve <3 x

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    1. Thank you sweetie. We are determined to make the most of 2019 and whatever it may throw at us!

      Danielle xx

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  8. I'm so sorry for the loss of your Grandad but so glad to hear that your Nan is okay- she's lucky to have had you there for her through such a difficult time. It sounds like you had some lovely travels though- I'd love to get to Paris soon. Have a better 2019 lovely.

    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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