Half term, Hospitals and Loosing jobs….

Well, in case you thought I had fallen off the world these past fourteen days, i’m back to let you know I am still here, albeit a little dishevelled, exhausted and a tad confused. Sometimes, no matter how ahead of the game you are, how organised and “Girl Boss” you appear to be, the universe decides to throw you a bloody curve ball that changes everything.

Half Term, Hospitals and Loosing Jobs

Let me tell you one thing about my job, well the blogging side of things anyway. Collaborations, jobs, sponsored content are all worked out to fit around a certain schedule, they have been planned and organised to within an inch of their life and unfortunately, I am just one person. If I fall down or am unavailable to do the job, I don’t have a team behind me to pick up the slack. I am also self employed, which means, if I don’t work, I don’t get paid. There are no sick days, holidays or compassionate leave so from that aspect my job is all consuming and very important.

Fourteen days ago everything was as normal as it always is, my work was going exceptionally well, I had taken on a last minute collaboration, and had signed on to work with some new and exciting brands when the proverbial s**t hit the fan. My dad was recovering from an operation and my son and I had popped round to my parents house to visit them. Unfortunately as the day progressed my poor mum became very unwell. I decided to stay over night as my dad needed to be looked after around the clock (due to recent surgery) and it was clear my mum was incredibly unwell. That night as I literally ran between the two of them I thought the morning would never come. Shattered, exhausted and having had no sleep, I left at 8.30am to go home and be on a 9.15am train with my son and husband for Dinosaurs in the Wild (which is well worth a visit). Whilst having a day out with my son as a start to the half term holidays, my sister called me to say my mum had gone to hospital via ambulance. Once home I rushed to the hospital to find my mum incredibly poorly. I then rushed over to my dad to check on him. Come Monday morning my dad had also got worse from his operation, so I took him to the doctors only to be told he had to be admitted to a different hospital urgently. I had my mum in one hospital, my dad in another, my son on half term and my sister and I running around like headless chickens juggling children and work.

Half Term, Hospitals and Loosing Jobs

To cut a long story short, having had no sleep from Thursday and it now being Tuesday, I then came down hook line and STINKER with Australian Flu and the most horrific chest infection! So did my dad in hospital, so did my mum in her hospital and so did my sister (Now in Devon organising her wedding) If I told you it was like the blind leading the blind, you might get some sense as to what I was going through. My dad was then discharged from hospital , my mum discharged from hospital and none of us could help each other out as we were all quarantined from each other thanks to this ridiculous flu. I had to cancel all work as I physically could not lift my head from my bed, my poor soon had the worse half term of his life as he came down with a sick bug and I lost work, collaborations and contacts.

I am currently recovering and am on day three of actually being out of bed and wearing clothes, which has taken a huge amount of energy. I have lost weight due to absolutely zero appetite and have no energy what-so-ever, I feel battered, bruised and a little confused by the amount that has happened in the past fourteen days. Hopefully everyone is well on the way to recovery now, and I am back with a bang. I had to post on my social media whilst in the thick of it all as I had so many emails from work colleagues, PR’s and well wishers wondering what was happening or where I was that it all became a little overwhelming.

The moral of this story? There isn’t one, other than it proves that we are not machines that churn work out every single day. We are human and we all need to press that reset button at times. If ever I disappear off the face of the earth, please always believe it is for a genuine reason.

Thank you for all of your messages of concern, it really means a lot to know that you miss me when i am not here. I am overwhelmed by your kindness.

Big Hugs,

Sharon xxxx


  1. Áine McGovern
    February 23, 2018 / 11:22 am

    Glad you're on the mend! Sounds like everything hit at once, not cricket frankly! Well done for getting back on your feet, even if you are unsteady on them. I hope you've a speedy recovery xxx Sending hugs and coffee

  2. ceejayblue
    February 23, 2018 / 11:23 am

    Huge hugs Sharon! I hope that you are all well on the mend now. I've had a cold that turned into bronchitis and I'm now on my 2nd lot of antibiotics, add in my sciatica and I felt wretched and put lots of things (especially housework!) on hold but I don't think I could've dealt with everything that you have in the last two weeks. You are a strong woman and that shows in this blog. Make sure that you take care of yourself and give yourself time to heal properly. Chris J xxx

  3. Beautylymin
    February 23, 2018 / 11:35 am

    Gosh, you have all had an awful time of it! You could do with a holiday xx

  4. Anonymous
    February 23, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Aww Sharon how awful…..Hope you feel better soon glad all your family are home now. It never rains but it pours so it seems. Sending big hugs and hoping you will be back to feeling better very soon francesca xxx

  5. Pam Merrifield
    February 23, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    So sorry to read that and hope that you and your family have all recovered. I know what you mean about being self employed, as I am too, so on top of all your worries and feeling ill – no wages! Let's hope you are back at the top of your game very soon and look forward, as always, to reading your blogs – although not so much this one. Take care xxx

  6. Heather Nixon
    February 23, 2018 / 12:33 pm

    You’ve all gone through so much recently – I’m glad to hear you’re getting better x

  7. Sue Stewart
    February 23, 2018 / 1:07 pm

    Oh deary me. You have been in the wars. Glad all of you are gradually getting better. I hope that you will soon be in tip top condition again and ready to take on the world xxx

  8. Joanne Mallon
    February 23, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Oh gosh Sharon you've had such a tough time. Why does everything have to happen at once? Hopefully brighter days will be along for you soon. Sending lots of good vibes to you and your family.

  9. Marie McEwan
    February 23, 2018 / 3:25 pm

    Woeful Sharon……there is so much sickness going around it is awful……I hope you can take the time to recover totally . because a relapse is even worse.xx

  10. Anonymous
    February 23, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    sending all my love as always XxxxMica@beyondthedressingtable

  11. Madi Dearson
    February 23, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    That's sounds really really hard. When your loved ones are sick it's difficult enough, adding to it being sick yourself, I can only imagine how stressful it must have been. I hope you will all keep progressing to full health real soon. You are a real hero for powering through.

  12. Anonymous
    February 23, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Oh Sharon, what an awful accumulation of events conspiring against you and your family! Hope you're all well soon.

  13. The Sunday Girl
    February 23, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Gosh, it never rains but it pours! I'm glad to hear you are all on the mend though! x

  14. Erin Russell
    February 23, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Oh lovely what a horrible few weeks, its terrible, but it will pass. Sometimes you need to priorotise and deal with what life throws at you – it will all be over soon, then you need to recover! Erin || MakeErinOver

  15. Lisa Barrett
    February 23, 2018 / 8:46 pm

    Flipping helll you poor poor thing! What a bloody nightmare! But you did the right – and only – thing you could do at that time. You were there for your family when they needed you and then you had to rest up yourself to get better. Getting yourself back to your best is so much more important than worrying about work. I’m sure people will understand as you’re such a hard worker all of the time and your fab blog/social media proves it. Please make sure you look after yourself! Have a lovely, restful weekend! ��������

  16. Anonymous
    February 23, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    Oh Huni, it never rains bit it pours eh ? Family and health should always come first and your collaborators will understand this dreadfully hard couple of weeks. I really hope that Mum and Dad are well and truly on the mend, and that you pace yourself and get yourself well too – but these things cannot be rushed or you will end up ill again. Sending big hugs and wish you and your family the absolute best of health. Take the time you need to get strong and 100%. And you were sorely missed xxxxxx Celia/Lucy xxxxxx

  17. Lorraine Bramfield
    February 23, 2018 / 9:46 pm

    Oh my goodness, you have been through the mill. It's bad enough having one patent in hospital, let alone both and then barely able to function with flu. I'm glad to hear the tide has turned for you all and things are starting to get back to normal. Lots of love. xx

  18. Anonymous
    February 23, 2018 / 11:46 pm

    Wow that is a lot to deal with. Glad that everyone is on the mend. Glad that you are back with a bang. Keep doing what you do so well whilst looking after yourself and your family. Angela xx

  19. beautyqueenuk
    February 24, 2018 / 9:52 am

    We all have to accept sometimes that’s we are not machines and that we need a break x

  20. Borondy
    February 24, 2018 / 12:57 pm

    Oh I am happy you are better now! Hope everything gets back on track ASAP <3Hasta pronto,Selenitahttp://deborondi.com/

  21. Gem flutterandsparkle
    February 24, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    Sharon you poor thing I can't believe what a tough time you've had! And your sister dealing with all this on top of planning a wedding! Sending lots of good luck vibes your way for a better week xx

  22. Allure La Vie
    February 24, 2018 / 7:56 pm

    Oh no Sharon, sounds like everything came at once. I wish you all the luck and health moving forward to you and your family x

  23. Frankly Flawless -
    February 25, 2018 / 2:48 pm

    Gosh that must have been a crazy two weeks for you and glad to hear you and your family are doing a better. I agree, we are only human and yes life does throw curve balls every now and then and sometimes all at once. It sounds like you did a cracking job at coping though xfranklyflawless.com

  24. Annie Qadeer
    February 26, 2018 / 12:08 am

    Sorry to hear that – it sounds like you’ve had an awful last 2 weeks 🙁

  25. Mammaful Zo
    February 27, 2018 / 7:04 am

    Good grief they say it all comes at once & it certainly did! I’m glad you are starting to feel better & your parents are on the mend too, wishing you all a very speedy road to full health xxx

  26. Nicole Baxter
    February 27, 2018 / 11:19 pm

    I hope your all feeling better! Sometimes I think you need to get ill for your body to let you know you are doing too much! XxWww.coleoftheball.com

  27. Lauren Hills
    February 28, 2018 / 6:04 pm

    Aww bless you. So much has happened. Sounds like a terrible two weeks x

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