Saturday, 1 August 2015

I'm BACK!!!


2015 was going to be my year. I started off with a bang, blogging every day, on top of things, all was well. Business was great, family was healthy and intact and things were looking good. Yeah, well, life is what happens when you're busy making other plans eh?

The year settled in and began to show its real colours. Since then I’ve been hospitalised, suffered that allergy in L.A., been (the victim) in a car crash, been hospitalised again and burned myself.
July and December are traditionally my favourite months of the year - July is when I turn the notch down a little on work, the kids break up and so the school runs stop, it's my birthday and the sun comes out. Well, as much as the sun ever comes out in England.

I write this on August 1st. July is over. Hallelujah. July sucked. I would think of a more eloquent way to put it but sometimes you just need to call a spade a spade. It sucked.
I’m glad to see the back of it.

I’ve never been a ‘woe is me’ personality and don't worry, I do not intend to start now. I started drafting my ‘July Favourites’ for a YouTube video and thought to myself ‘actually the best thing about July is that it is over’. My favourites are pretty much all non-beauty. I have literally not worn makeup for a month. I’ve been in bed (enforced by the docs) for over two weeks of the month so there are a lot of books on my list.

We had a week-long break booked in Cornwall for the last week of July and were able to keep the holiday. That has helped me get my head back, as it were. Eight of us travelled down on my birthday. There was literally no signal there, so we were all looking at and engaging with each other instead of our phones. Seeing the kids hang out together and reconnect as friends and siblings was blissful, if not extremely noisy and messy.

Our youngest child finished primary school last month. We are starting a new phase as parents - one that does not include a school run for the first time in 20 years. That I will not miss!

Business is still great and ultimately, although the shock of the crash and the aftermath is still giving me horrific flashbacks, we all walked away from the car after we were hit..
After the impact, then the noise (you feel it first) and then flying glass when the coach hit us, I braced myself to look into the back seat not knowing what to expect. Then I heard screams, saw that the children were dazed, bloodied, but awake, and my first thoughts were literally: ‘The kids are ok. Put your hazards on, get off the motorway, call the police and the ambulance. You can do this. The kids are ok. The kids are ok.' And we are. And we will be.


So, as I face August determined to make it as spectacularly fabulous as I can, I just want to thank you again for all of your get well and birthday messages, cards and flowers.

I'm home, rested, absolutely back to work and the blog and filming and and and and - mainly loving life.

SPF is coming this week, as is the insider low-down on the new Pixi skincare, and retinols will follow.

Screw you 2015. I'm pressing restart. :)




92 comments:

  1. Yep. I'm with you. July sucked big time. So glad you are back and ready to whip the rest of the year's ass. Now I just have to find my inspiration...

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    1. So many people are saying that. I wonder why?? Anyway: onwards and upwards!

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    2. July sucked for me too. Big time. Love and luck to you and your fam for the year ahead, you're awesome x

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  2. Here's to a good August Hirons! Xx

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  3. July had its ups and downs for me too Caroline, it was my birthday month too incidentally. I am so glad to hear you and your children were ok in the accident, things like that can often put a lot of daily woes in perspective.

    Hope you have an awesome August.
    Amy x

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  4. I bloody love you!!!! amazing person and so inspirationally... bring on August!!!!!

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  5. Congrats on your speedy recovery. You have been sorely missed. Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  6. So lovely to hear you are doing better! xx

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  7. Two lousy months does not a year make. Compared to most you are a very privleded person.

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    1. I AM?! WOW! I was completely UNAWARE of that applepie! Thank you for making sure to check my privilege - I was so obviously unaware until you stepped in! You have a GREAT day now. :)

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    2. Some people's kids eh? There's always one I guess.

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  8. Good to hear all is ok though and here's to a very good second half for you and the family!

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  9. Glad to see you're "back in the saddle" as we say on this side of the pond.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad to be here! :)

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  10. That must have been scarily horrific. So glad you were all ok. Hope the kids aren't having flashbacks too. Glad you are doing better.

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  11. You are insanely good at this Caroline. You swashbuckle through life, leaving clues for the rest of us. Satan clearly designed July 2015, let's just all agree on that (except for the amazing Peony's constantly in Marks) On to August! x

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    1. The peonies have been amazing this year! :)

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  12. You're such an awesome and inspirational person! so glad you're better and the kids are fine :) kickass the rest of 2015!

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  13. Thank god you're all ok and come through it. Missed you on the Interwebs. Hope August is a great month for you! And as we say in New Zealand, Kia Kaha (Kee-ah Kah-hah): Stand tall, be strong.

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  14. I'm so sorry Caroline but thankful you and the kids are doing well as mom I can't think of anything worse then your children being hurt. Hope August is a better month my son myself and my husband are all Leo's so we have birthdays this month. I know what your thinking 3 Leos in one house but I'm the only lioness so it's not that bad lol. I'm glad your back you've been missed.

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  15. The second half of 2015 can only be great, the year has a lot to make up for. Glad everyone is well and you are back in the saddle.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  16. Glad to know you are doing well. Here's to a better and brighter August x

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  17. How terrifying, the kids in the back seat...I can imagine your horror but you did it. You survived and you can all move on eventually with your new awareness. So glad you are all ok, August will be a good month! Just use it to heal x

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  18. I love how positive you are and how your are thinking about the future. Glad you and your family are well after everything that happened xx

    Rebecca - RebeccaClaire'sBlog

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  19. So glad to hear you're feeling better! And a favorite books list would be awesome btw ;)

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  20. Yay so glad to see you back !!! July seems to have been really pants for a lot of people me included but as the song goes things can only get better :-)

    Really looking forward to the SPF and retinol posts ...holding off on any new purchases till I've read them , have been using Indeed Labs and loving it but now I know retinol won't make my dry dehydrated face fall off I want more !

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  21. So glad you are back and feeling better - your desciption of looking back at the children and "the kids are ok" made me shiver (even though my boys are in their 20's now!)
    Here's to a great August, pressing restart with you!
    Sheila @CakeReev

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    1. Thanks Sheila. That's the thought that I keep getting. It's fading though - thankfully!

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  22. So glad to hear you're doing good, and I think I'll join you in the 2015: restart! *plays theme from Rocky*

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  23. Glad you are feeling back on top - must have been very scary x

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    1. Hi Kimberley - it was! I'm feeling much better thank you xx

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  24. Wow, glad you got to have your holiday and are feeling more 'you' now. That was some scary stuff! Here's to healing, and kicking ass.

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  25. Glad you and your family are feeling better Caroline! I wish you a wonderful 2015 (or what's left of it). XX
    Gaya

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  26. Oh my, that made me tear up a bit. I'm glad you and your family are O.K. and no one got hurt. I hope August will ROCK!

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  27. Thank you for sharing. Wish you all the best.

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  28. Thank you for sharing. Wish you all the best.

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  29. Hi Caroline,

    I've been reading your blog and watching your videos for a while, I enjoy very much both of them !

    But it's my first comment : I was very touched by all you described of this very difficult month, and I wanted to send you my small part of support from Paris (I'm french) and tell you how much I appreciate your work - and your personnality (god, your personnality rocks !) !

    I wish you a beautiful August !!

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  30. Glad to hear you're on the mend Caroline. Onwards and upwards!
    Also looking forward to your retinol and SPF posts. (2 things I have now become obsessed with!) - maybe a Top 10? Like you did with acid toners and spritz toners.

    August will be fab :) x x

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  31. looking forward to seeing your favorites of the month and your next posts. I'm so glad you and your family are now feeling better. Life is hard sometimes and the only relief when it's hard is that the bad feelings/moments are over. I send you a smile and a lovely ray of light from the sunny Italy. You're fabulous. Take care!

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  32. GO Caroline!! glad you are all on the mend. new beginnings :) xo

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  33. Jeez - that gave me goosebumps reading about the crash and as you say, checking, checking & triple checking the kids are ok. So glad you guys all came out ok. Here's to a 2015 re-start x

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  34. What a tough few months x
    Sending lots of love and well wishes !

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  35. Good to hear that you are recovering and that the kids are fine. Onwards and upwards as they say, never look back! The rest of the year is going to be amazing!!

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  36. So glad everything/body is ok and look forward to your YT vids! X

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  37. I am so glad to hear you and your family are all ok now, it sounds like you needed that well deserved holiday with your family after all that has happened to you recently.
    I hope the rest of the year only gets better for you.
    Look forward to reading your posts again, they are always so informative. And your sense of humour really shines through when you give your opinion on life.
    Take care and all the best.
    Kelly.

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  38. Gosh Caroline, I saw the photo of your car on twitter and thought it looked bad but had no idea it was so very serious. Life and what it presents us with is so hard to fathom.
    Let's raise a glass to the next few months. Onwards and upwards.

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  39. Dear Caroline, you attitude towards life is truly inspirational. I am glad you have had the time to recuperate and enjoy a holiday before getting back to work. We've all missed reading your posts here. Looking forward to your posts/videos in the future. In the future, if time permits, could you please do a post on serums? I know there's one on the blog but I was hoping for a more detailed one based on skin type and results that each provides. It just gets very confusing sometimes. A post on perhaps just your favorite ones?

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  40. I'm so glad you are feeling better! I'm sure the rest of the year will be completely fabulous! *Hugs*

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  41. You're such a beautiful person, Mrs. Hirons! It is beyond amazing how an individual so far away geographically can have such a powerful presence in the lives of so many people. You were in that crash and so many, far & wide, felt the impact.

    You're not only phenomenal, you are A PHENOMENON!

    More power to you! Best wishes for the Hirons from India :) xx

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  42. So glad you are back and in such a good place. Nxx

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  43. Welcome back Caroline & so glad your kids & yourself are well after the crash..
    I go back to work on Tuesday with the same thought - 2015 Part II .. Let's all do this ! x

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  44. The Hirons clan has been in my thoughts, I know you've had a monster rollercoaster year. Who says you cannot just push restart whenever you want!? It's your life!

    xo
    Sara

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  45. Hope you have a much better month this month!! I'm a fairly new reader and I've gotta say, I'm loving your blog :) it's really helped me understand skincare, it seemed so daunting before but the way you explain it makes it so simple to me, so thank you from me and my skin!!

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  46. Thank God you're back! We missed you! I don't know if in the UK insurance covers therapy. But I highly recommend talking to a professional if the experience really shocked you.

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  47. So, why no more school runs after primary school? I'm in the US, so I'm not very up to speed on the UK education system, and I'm just curious. Is there busing for secondary school, but not for primary? (I apologize if this is a really dumb question and everyone gets a headache from rolling their eyes at me.)

    It sounds to me like you've gotten all the crap out of the way and deserve a smooth sail through the rest of the year. (Touch wood.)

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  48. Sorry to hear you haven't been having the best time, I can agree with you about July however... it's been dreadful! apart from my anniversary of course x

    www.sheintheknow.co.uk

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  49. Godspeed your recovery and may you and your family find companionship, love and a king healthy life with each other. You handle life with such grace.

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  50. Shocked to hear the détails of the crash, so glad you and your family are okay. Sending all my love your way!

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  51. You go Caroline! I'm glad you're back and sounds so positive. Wishing the very best of good thoughts to you and your family xx

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  52. Welcome back Caroline, hope August is kinder to you!

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  53. Reading your description of the accident just here literally made my eyes tear up. It sounds so scary. I'm so pleased you all came away from it somewhat in tact. x

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  54. Welcome back! I'm so glad that you and your family are well. Your description of the accident is absolutely terrifying. I've been following you on Instagram and I really loved your pictures of Cornwall. I don't know why I only ever go to London when I'm in the UK, but you've inspired me to change that!

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  55. I'm so glad you're finally doing better! Big hugs and can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings.

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  56. So good to hear from you, Caroline! I can understand what you feel and went through because I've been in a similar accident with my then 1-year old son sitting in his carseat behind me. Hope you recover soon and forget this as soon as possible!
    http://againstandforward.blogspot.com

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  57. Glad you got to go on the holiday with your family. Thats all that counts when its time to batten down the hatches. Take it easy and hope August is much kinder to you and yours x

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  58. Welcome back Caroline. You have been sorely missed and I'm sorry that the last month or so have been so full on for you. Thank goodness you & the kids are ok and feeling your way back to normality. Cornwall is such a beautiful place and we're off there ourselves in September, cannot wait!! I'd love to know what part you visited and what you thought of it. I'm hoping the second half of our year will be awesome as hubby spent most of the first half in and out of hospital and doctors rooms for apts, tests etc and has now finally got the all clear on his health. Here's to the rest of 2015, may sweet things come to us all.

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  59. Glad to hear things are better, Caroline... And you are absolutely right, the main thing is that your kids are well and that you are focusing on the positive aspect of what happened to you.
    God, I know what you mean about those flashbacks! They take quite a while to disappear...
    Hugs xx

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  60. Welcome back Caroline, I'm glad that you and your family are OK! We've missed you!

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