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Wow! Well what a year 2021 has been! We weren’t really expecting that we were? It’s Christmas Day and more than anything I wanted to start by wishing you a wonderful day, however you spend it, and to thank you for your support in what has been another worrying year. Knowing you have been there has kept me sane and I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you all.
This site has been a huge part of my life since I started it back in 2010 and I love it like a friend. It is always here for me and the fact its readership has continued to grow, in the face of Instagram obsession and general social media distractions, has meant so much to me.
It can sometimes feel a bit old fashioned to be a blogger without all the bells and whistles of an enormous Instagram following, but this is where my heart is, and this is where my growth is.
This blog is my happy place and I can’t thank you enough for joining me here.
The Most Important People Here
It is all about you, darling readers. Whenever I get a bit lost or confused with the site, and wonder if I am going in the right direction, I think about you. I absolutely adore the readers of this site. You are as nutty about beauty as I am! If I wasn’t doing this job, I’d be one of the readers that literally stalk every new release, get mad when products don’t launch on time, or sell out too quickly!
I love my passionate readers so much. Cheesy I know, but it couldn’t be more true. I love it when you get cross and impatient for a product. I love it when you correct me because you know even more about your specialist topic than I do.
I promise to do my best to keep you all up to date and remain as excited about beauty as I always have been.
We share a true, positive and uplifting passion and that’s a real bond !!
If there’s anything I can try and do to improve things round here, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Thank you for everything.
Christmas isn’t Perfect
Christmas is often a tougher time than it looks for a lot of people. I will be completely honest, I far prefer the run up to Christmas to the actual day! My ‘Christmas blog’ tends to run a lot more smoothly than my real life Christmas!
If you ever think that you’re the only family that isn’t having the perfect Christmas, think again! Someone will be crying or shouting or storming off in most people’s houses!
I find Christmas hard because we all miss my lovely daddy. This will be our sixth Christmas day without him, and it never seems to get any less now. It does get easier though.
This may seem a little out of place as it’s not ‘new news’, but it’s so important for me to remember and honor my dad at Christmas.
My daddy, Charles, passed away on the 25th February 2016 and my world fell apart. There are days when I wonder how I survived it! It still feels so weird to write this as even now it doesn’t always seem real.
In the past, whenever I spoke to people who had lost their dads, and I know quite a few of them, I always wondered how they managed to keep going. I believed that if it ever happened to me I would die of a broken heart. Life without my dad was simply unimaginable. But I have done it. I am still alive almost 6 years later, and as crazy as it sounds, it is actually strangely empowering. Although I am not sure that’s quite the right way to describe it.
I have taken great comfort in looking after my lovely mummy who is a positive, wonderful superhero. She continues to smile every day and be an active part of our household in spite of her battle with Alzheimer’s. In 2020, she took up a daily exercise video on YouTube and she continues to do it every day, without fail.
The best thing about having mum live with us is watching how kind my almost 19 year old son is to her everyday without fail, no matter how ‘teenage’ he is feeling!
Happy Christmas & Be Kind to You
I think that’s pretty much all from me. Make sure you are kind to yourselves today. None of us are perfect and we are all doing the best we can. So give yourself a break and congratulate yourself on making it through another crazy year. We are all survivors.
We only live once; be on your own side and not your own worst enemy. There are plenty of people out there that can do that for you! But if you let yourself love you and your nearest and dearest, none of those people matter a jot.
Here’s to you! Have a wonderful few days.