Where Have I Been?

    Hi everyone. 

    It’s crazy to think it’s been about a year since I last posted here. When I signed up to Fashion Potluck I was excited to be a part of this female led community and planned to contribute a lot more content than I did. 

    Today, I want to explain a little more about why I went off the radar in the way I did. The truth is, life unexpectedly changed for me in so many ways in just a year, and it’s been overwhelming. 

    Towards the Autumn of 2020, I became busy with my studies and it was the first time we were allowed to physically enter the college building in months. That was absolutely a positive, it meant getting outside of the house again and connecting with people outside of a computer or phone screen. Yes, I was busy but it gave me a sense of purpose again. That was the first reason my creation of content - for both FP and my blog - ceased to be. 

    That’s how life continued until December when Ireland went into its next lockdown, after that it was working from home again but I was still kept busy, and more importantly, my family and I were safe. Unfortunately, that was soon to end, and the safety net we had found ourselves in was to break. 

    In March of this year, my dear Grandmother caught Covid. About a week later the rest of us contracted it too. It was a worrying time as we were all unwell, but even more so because we feared for my Grandmother at her age of 95. As we eventually came to terms with having this dreaded virus, we believed we were coming out the other side. However, just a short few weeks later, my beautiful Grandmother passed away. 

    It’s been almost 4 months now since she passed, and it’s been difficult to say the least. In this time, I had to continue on with college, and what other work I had to do. I look back now, and I know it was important for me to keep busy, but having to do this without the woman who has been by my side for the past 24 years, was really, really, hard. 

    So, I managed to complete my studies, I have been taking on a lot of volunteering work recently (which I really do enjoy) and have been afforded exciting opportunities that I know is going to a make a difference in my life. It’s been bittersweet, but I know carrying on and doing the best in life is what my Grandmother would want, she was my biggest cheerleader and I promise to take her positive spirit with me, wherever I go. 

    I guess this is me dipping my toe into the world of content creation again, something I do love to do. 

    Until next time,


    • Julia M Julia M :

      Denise, thank you for sharing with us.   

      I'm really sorry to hear about your grandmother. As you said, your new opportunities sound great, but understand the bittersweet feeling. Sincere hugs to you and your family 🤗

      Let's keep at it! 👭🏽

      2 years ago 
      • Denise  H Denise H :

        Thank you so much ❤️ I feel it’s important to share, we must not forgot those who have been impacted by the pandemic, as many have. 

        2 years ago 
    • Iuliana R Iuliana R :

      I am so sorry for your loss Denise, I know nothing can bring your grandma back, but be strong and try to live to the fullest.

       Thank you for sharing this, we all need to put some perspective regarding our losses and opportunities during these times ❤️🤗 

      2 years ago 
      • Denise  H Denise H :

        Thank you so much ❤️ My Grandmother certainly knew how to live life to the full and it’s what she would want for me too. 

        2 years ago 
    • Tiara M Tiara M :

      I'm so sorry for your loss, thank you for sharing and stay strong. It's really great you found a way to occupy your time and carry on your grandma's spirit!

      2 years ago 
      • Denise  H Denise H :

        Thank you ❤️ The kind and encouraging words from everyone here, means so much. 

        2 years ago 
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