So long 2018!

It’s safe to say that 2018 hasn’t really been my year and it’s been a pretty shocking one on the blog front too. The lack of posts and social media updates has left people asking me whether i’ve decided to call it a day on The Rose Beauty Files and I’m pleased to say that that is not the case. I was looking through my Instagram stories the other day for things to use in my 2018 highlights and I gave up. Don’t get me wrong there’s been some great things happen this year but sadly they’ve been overshadowed by a hell of a lot of sadness.

Lets start on a high shall we, on 4th May 2018 Tom and I officially got the keys to our first ever house. After 6 years together and tireless amounts of saving, we did it. We embarked on weeks of renovation and decorating on a two bed Victorian house in our ideal location. We learnt a lot along the way and in early July, long overdue our parents may say, we moved out. I have loved spending time in our own house and the pride I feel saying that we managed to do that at 23 and 24 is huge. Don’t get me wrong, discovering how much effort it takes to actually run a household has been a pretty steep learning curve and one that I am planning to make into a blog post for the sole purpose of making my mum and dad cry with laughter. I’m sure they’ve got a bunch of ‘I told you so’s’ lying in wait for me when they read that!

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But the high was sadly not to last for long. June 2nd 2018 was one of the worst days of my life. It was the day that I found out my friend, partner in crime and Grandad has passed away. Having just turned 80 he was larger than life and his death was both sudden and a complete shock to us all. It has left a hole that we have been unable to fill and the last seven months have been more difficult than I can put into words. Over the months I have struggled to think of how to and more importantly, whether to, address his death here on my blog but I came to the conclusion that you cannot look back on a year without addressing the parts that have impacted you the most. In my 23 years with him, he played a huge part in making me who I am today and had more confidence and belief in me than I do myself. It’s safe to say that losing him will impact me forever.

There is not a day that goes by where I do not think about him and wish that he was still here and all the emotions have meant that I have really lost my blogging mojo under the depth of sadness his death has left us in. He was however, my biggest blog supporter, despite not really knowing what a blog was, and I felt that it would be an injustice to him to let all the hard work i’ve put in over the last almost 4 years slip away.

So Daddad, this ones for you and I’m going to make sure that The Rose Beauty Files is back with a bang in 2019 with new content that I’m sure will make you proud, but also, will make me proud of myself.

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Happy New Year and thank you for sticking with me through the last 12 months!

Much Love

xoxo

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