Reflection & Hope

As 2017 draws to a close, I felt I should put my two pennies worth in for the new year spirit and reflect over my own past year.

So much has happened this year, all around the world and personally as well! I have continued to plan and organise for our up-coming wedding, I graduated after 6 years of hard work into a career I’ve always dreamed of and I am continuing to develop myself professionally as a fully fledged veterinary nurse. In fact, I will spending my new years eve at work, seeing in 2018!17884501_10155566755779059_2738841045899188229_n

I have also had to endure some hard times, as with any year passing it’s not been all roses! My mum, in the space of a short year, was diagnosed and cured of bowel cancer. In fact, this time last year she was very poorly and we were completely unsuspecting as to why! I never thought I would have to face the idea of my mum being poorly, no one really does. Mum’s are supposed to always be there for us, but during this year, I realised that my darkest fear was losing my mum. She has been lucky in that it had barely spread, the tumour was surgically removed and she has finished all her treatment now – all in the space of 6 months!
I often struggle with my mental health this time of year, because of less daylight maybe and difficult events that have happened in previous years, but I always look around me and feel so lucky to have my family and friends. 20800232_10155782012834059_8668174964598221548_n
Although I have only recently started this blog,  it has been a wonderful outlet of my creativity and given me something to focus on, with my passion for vintage things! It can be so easy to get absorbed in my job and get stuck in a monotonous rut, but my blog has helped me develop my skills already and it allows me to share my passion with you! I had no idea anyone would read this humble blog of mine and everyone I’ve spoken to about it has been so encouraging!
I have lots of ideas for this blog in the new year and I hope it will continue to be something for people to enjoy.
I have no new years resolutions this time, as I think wedding planning will be enough to be getting on with! But my main plan alongside the wedding planning is to continue to writing and creating this blog.

Before I sign off, I thought I would add a little bit of vintage back into this post and share with you my outfit/look of the day! My lovely sister-in-law to be – Katie – made me this gorgeous skirt for Christmas and I absolutely love it! Paired with thick tights (of course, it’s freezing in the UK) and my favourite collectif cardigan. I also tried a 3/4 inch curling iron Ross bought me for Christmas today and I think I need to use a higher heat setting as my curls brushed out quite softly, but I liked to soft wave and put some pin curls in the front.


 I hope you all have had a lovely Christmas and I hope you all have a fantastic 2018! See you on the other side!

Published by anchors&swallows

I am a twenty-something vintage lover who is trying to find the time out of work to dress up and feel more glamorous!

4 thoughts on “Reflection & Hope

  1. Happy New Year!! I hope that 2018 is an amazing year for you – and best of luck with the wedding!! ❤

    Also, lots of love to you and your mum. I know all too well the pain, terror and grief that comes along with having a loved one diagnosed with cancer. I'm glad beyond words that your mum is on the mend. If you ever need to talk, I'm here. ❤

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