Val Thorens, first skiing holiday!

Hello! Or should I say bonjour!

I have just returned from Val Thorens in the French Alps, home from my first skiing holiday!

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It was amazing – I’m hooked. I’ve got the bug, and anyone who has been skiing will know exactly what I mean when I say that. This is a massively picture heavy post, so sit back, press play on the video below (song of the holiday!) and enjoy whilst I show you around Val Thorens…
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Hello 2015!

It has been a while. I know, and I’m sorry. The chaos of December, starting a new job, Christmas, New Year and a holiday means I’ve been a little busy of late. There’s no excuse, life just got on top of me for a bit.

So I thought to make up for my utter lack of posts I would do a bit of tidying up. If you look at my previous two posts, you’ll see what I got up to for the last two months with my final month in photographs posts. If you come back tomorrow, you will see a post about my brilliant holiday to Val Thorens in the French Alps!

But for now, let us have some music shall we? Here is a run down of my favourite songs of 2014.
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A year in photographs – December 2014

And so we come to the final instalment of my year in photographs. December was amazing, I had such a good time in December, it was packed with fun things, all my friends and family and Christmas. A dream month. To celebrate this, I couldn’t pick just one photo for each day, so here are my highlights from December.

This project has been so much fun to so, and so rewarding to go back over my photos each month, which otherwise stay sat on my photo, rarely looked at again. I would highly recommend doing this next year if you’re interested in it. Leave me links below if you are and I’ll check out your photos – would love to see them!

Here’s to 2014, it’s been brilliant.

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The poppies at the Tower of London

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This year marks the 100 year anniversary since the start of the First World War. Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red is the installation created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper. Together he created 888,246 ceramic poppies which have filled the Tower’s famous moat, one for each of the British casualties in the First World War.
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Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

L-r: Apocaliptic, Aurora, Celestial

L-r: Apocaliptic, Aurora, Celestial

Anyone who frequents Boots or Superdrug on a regular basis will have seen these adorning the shelves of the Rimmel counter for months and months. They are the Apocalips Lip Lacquers and they are brilliant.
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A year in photographs – September 2014

September was a difficult month. Really difficult. It started with a high, namely Bestival, and followed with an almighty low, my grandma passed away. It was a very confusing, emotional rollercoaster of a month. See my previous post for some thoughts on sadness and what it means to me.
Here is my month in pictures:

Here’s to a brighter October

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Sadness

My grandma, me and my grandad

My grandma, me and my grandad

I recently lost my Grandma to old age. Well that’s what the death certificate said. In truth, by the end, she simply gave up. She had been ill which had knocked her off her feet and whilst she’d recovered slightly, she simply decided she’d had enough. She wanted to, and was ready to, join my Grandad, her partner-in-crime, whom she’d lost ten years previously.

It wasn’t a shock when I got the phone call, her passing was somewhat expected, but it didn’t make it any less painful. My friends were incredibly supportive, but there was little to say, it was just very, very sad. And there is no getting away from that.

Losing someone who has been my life consistently for the whole of my twenty five years is gutting. It took the wind out of me. My brain didn’t function properly, I was numb to everything going on around me. It was like I had stopped yet the world continued in a flurry around me. I tried to do the normal, everyday things, to try and keep up but I couldn’t. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t fight the fact my body and mind were forcing me to stop and absorb and express the sadness I felt.

People say it gets better with time but it doesn’t. You just think about it less. It’s been four weeks now and I’m beginning to feel ‘normal’ again. However, this normality is rocked by the simplest of things – a photo, a smell, a phrase, a look – anything can set off an all-encompassing cloak of sadness and it’s difficult to deal with.

We’re not trained or taught how to deal with sadness. There’s a certain attitude of ‘bury-your-head-in-the-sand and hope nothing bad happens’ around Britain and as such, when our stiff upper lip begins to quiver, we just can’t handle it. I’m not sure how well I handled losing my Grandma really… Sadness is not a topic that’s ever discussed as no-one ever wants to be sad.

I’m a closed book when it comes to deep emotions, I find it very hard to express myself (great personal asset for a writer, no?). So I didn’t. Instead, I surrounded myself with my friends and family who I knew, if and when I wanted to talk, would listen and be supportive. Just having someone there made all the difference to me, and was, in the end how I coped. My friends were brilliant and I will always be grateful to them.

Coping with sadness is a very personal thing. Some people think in silence, others shout and scream, telling everyone who will listen about their problems, some people just cry. However you deal with sadness, the key thing is that you deal with it. Don’t bury your feelings within and ignore the sad feelings. Embrace them and accept them, only then will you really be able to move on.

If you’re struggling with sadness, grief, mourning I urge you to speak to someone and put yourself in a position where your friends and family can support you. And if it’s still getting too much to handle then talk to a professional.
Here’s an advice article about how to deal with sadness. The NHS offers services on all forms of stress, grief and mental illness. And if you just want someone to talk to ring the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

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