Happy New Year everyone!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that 2015 is a fantastic year for you all.
I took a much needed blogging break over Christmas and New Year, as I'm sure you may have noticed. Thank you for your patience during this time, I really appreciate it. I'm back now and will be posting as often as I can- I've got lots of drafts and ideas already!
Sometimes it's necessary to take a break. By December 2014, I was absolutely shattered. Blogging regularly alongside my full time PhD, part time teaching job and the fact that I was attending (and presenting at) academic conferences, left me completely drained. I hated the thought of taking a break from Ro's Tinted but my content (and health!) would have suffered if I'd have tried to carry on. I hope that you understand. I'm so glad I did because I now feel refreshed and motivated again for the new year! I've got lots of goals, resolutions and wishes for 2015, which I will be sharing with you soon, but building and maintaining Ro's Tinted is certainly one of them, even if I can't post every day.
I had a lovely Christmas, one of the best in fact. I went home to spend it with my family, and we had our traditional Christmas Eve pub meal with my grandparents and uncle and auntie. It's always a fun occasion with plenty of Cheeky Vimtos (another Christmas tradition between me and my sister, Caroline!) and then back to my parents house for midnight presents.
Christmas Day was just as nice, my Dad having put out a carrot for Rudolph and a mince pie & rum and coke for Santa (yes his drink of choice seems to change each year!) which were dutifully eaten and drank! The four of us opened our presents together surrounded by lots of candles and Christmas songs, which is my favourite part of the whole day. We then got dressed into our Christmas jumpers, and had a lovely Christmas dinner of Duck and Pancakes cooked by my Dad, joined by Grandma. Later on my other Grandparents came round and we all watched Downton- what a good episode it was this year, we all clapped when Carson proposed, woop woop!
I spent Boxing Day with my fiancé's family, who are always really welcoming and lovely, totally spoiling me with lots more food, drink and presents. And then on the 28th my family came over from America to visit which was a special treat- we all had a takeaway at our flat and a very relaxing and enjoyable catch up. All in all, it's been a wonderful holiday and I'm now sad that it's all over!
I've still been working hard on the days in between all the nice family seeing, as I'm a lecturer of Fashion Buying and Merchandising starting in January so I've had lots of lectures to write, as well as the ongoing work on my PhD thesis. Busy, busy, busy but it's nice to be back on here!
Thanks for sticking with me through my blogging break, and Happy New Year again!
How was your Christmas? Anyone else take a blogging break?