Hello – Is there anyone out there? I certainly hope so 🙂
I am so sorry that it has been extremely quiet at Seduced by Beauty, but life has had a few up’s and down’s these last weeks and I haven’t felt up to doing much more than bunkering down with family.
I am trying to put one foot in front of the other and follow the mantra ‘slowly does it’ and I have given myself permission to take my time and not to feel pressured to produce content just for the sake of it. Both my websites are extremely important to me and I don’t want to publish something that I am not happy with – you deserve better.
I have made no secret of my feelings about our daughter moving 8 hours away, and if I am 100% honest I have been struggling. I had no idea I would find things so difficult when both of the children moved out of home – I actually thought Mr SBB and I would be beside ourselves with excitement. Whilst we are both extremely proud of both of the children, their moving away has left a huge hole in our home and we are really missing them.
To add to our sadness we finally had to say goodbye to our beautiful Lou Lou. 17 years is a fabulous run, but her loss has had a huge impact on us and she is missed every. single. day. I wrote about her passing on Promote SA – my other website that the talented Nici from Beauty and Food and I formed earlier this year. Nici and I have lots of plans for Promote SA and along with Seduced by Beauty this is definitely keeping me very busy.
When I am overwhelmed I tend to retreat, and this is what I have been doing for the last few weeks. Every time I open the laptop and start to write I become consumed by the sheer volume of work I want to produce and the vast number of posts I already have composed in my mind. Why is it that it is so easy in your head but when you want to produce the piece you hit a wall? I can only put it down to stress. I don’t normally suffer stress but I think these huge life changes have hit me in more ways that I could imagine.
On a much brighter note due to her being a teacher our daughter has been home for the last week. We have been enjoying catching up over dinner, shopping, movies and generally having some girly time. Oh how I have missed it. Let’s hope I don’t end up a blubbering mess when she leaves again.
Not only have I been busy with Emily being home, but we have also welcomed another family member – Cooper.
Cooper is a Lhatese – a Lhasa Apso x Maltese and has quickly wrapped us around his little paws. We collected him from a breeder a 5 hour round trip away on the wettest day for 75 years and is 14 weeks old today. He is a charmer and has done a wonderful job of helping mend our broken hearts. He may look a little like Lou Lou but he will never replace her – he has his own special place in our hearts and home.
I am hoping to be back to normal scheduling in the next week so I thank you all for your patience and I look forward to sharing lots of news and reviews in the weeks to come.