January 08, 2016

Snapshots | December 2015 - AKA WHERE HAVE I BEEN?

If you've read my blog previously, you'll be familiar with my 'Snapshots' feature where I share snippets from the previous month... Well, seen as I've been absent from my blog for over a month now this post is going to be formatted a little differently to the others.
First of all, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate it) and have the happiest of new years! We had a lovely third Christmas together as a family - we spent a lot of time seeing various family members over the holidays, started new Christmas traditions (me and the little one baked Santa some cookies on Christmas Eve - we haven't done this in previous years because he has been too young, but being two now he is all too happy to help), tucked in to a tad too much food and were gifted some really lovely and thoughtful presents. As for new years, well, I was tucked up in bed by 10pm. Haha!
Regarding my brief hiatus from 'Captured By Jade', there really isn't much in the way of an explanation. After one the of the worst years of my life - largely, and pretty much wholly, due to losing my Nan who I was incredibly close to, and who until I settled down with a family of my own, I lived with - I decided to take a little time to myself in the month of December. Time to reflect, assess and make some of life's many decisions. I lost my Nan in June - it wasn't quick, it wasn't easy, in fact it was pretty darn devastating; I've never felt sadness like that in my life. Being the person that I am, I pushed on through, ploughing my time and energy in to my family and my projects. But you can only bury your head in the sand for so long, and after the death of another grandparent in late November, it prompted me to take a good old look at myself and life. Hence, December was a month of reflection for me.
I've come to terms with both losses... It's not easy, but it is a part of life, an eventuality. And of course both grandparents will not be forgotten. Just because they aren't physically here, it doesn't mean that they aren't here in our hearts and thoughts.
I feel like the time I've taken for myself has done me a world of good and taught me some valuable things that I never really thought of / considered before. I'm in a good place... And I want to get back to photographing - expanding my knowledge and sharing my passion.
If you've stuck through this post with me, and are still here after my month long absence then I want to say thank you - it is truly appreciated!
How did December treat you?


  1. The loved ones will always stay in our hearts and minds.
    Wishing you a happy new year, full of beautiful photos! :)

  2. I'm sorry about your losses Jade. It's so difficult when you lose someone. My grandmother passed away just a week before my little boy was born. I was so close to her and so wanted her to meet her little great-grandson but it wasn't to be. I still miss talking to her but I feel so thankful she was in my life for all of that time. Of course, they will stay in our hearts forever. I'm glad you had some time to reflect, it's always a healer. And I'm very glad you're back, I've missed you! Great that you baked some cookies, bet your little one loved them. A lovely photograph, looking forward to seeing your future ones too. Happy new year :) Polly xx
    Our Seaside Baby

    1. Thank you, Polly - I'm incredibly grateful to have had my Nan in my life for as long as I did, and such a close relationship from youth, and also that she was able to meet my son. Thank you for being there for me, both inside and outside the blogging world.

      I've missed blogging - and all the interacting in the community. My photography was something that I threw myself in to after my Nan's passing (and this blog), so it seemed right to step back from it during my time of reflection. It feels good to be back!

      Wishing you the best of new years!

  3. I'm glad that you are back.


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