It wasn't so long ago now that I had all but given up on blogging. I took a break from in it February and I felt so heavy with troubles and how sad life can be that I couldn't see the point anymore. Life didn't seem special, like something I wanted to celebrate, or really something I wanted to think about. I felt like hitting the fast-forward button and then going back to bed until it was all over.
Adam really pushed me to keep going though. After a very long break I got back to it and though it was slow at first, I started to find my footing and it got easier. I needed a new start so I got my blog some new clothes. I did my best to make myself look pretty and had Michelle take some photos of me, to go with the new design - she was so kind and kept reassuring me that I didn't look like I hadn't slept for a hundred years. Every other step felt like a stumble followed by a fall, insecurity and indecision were my constant companions.
I kept going though, with some encouragement from my friends. To celebrate my new blog design I put together some giveaways, to thank you all for sticking with me through the tough times. Earlier in the summer, Natalie very kindly giveaway one of her beautiful blog designs over on Tania's blog, in celebration of our new designs (all three of us made over our sites at the same time). DAVIDsTEA were so generous and gave away some of their gorgeous summer tea to one lucky reader.
And now, as a final thank you - for all your incredibly kind words and love for Nishaantishu, I'm hosting my last summer giveaway over on Megan's blog, Across the Pond. I think I saved the best giveaway for last.
I truly appreciate your kindness, I don't think I could ever express how grateful I am for all your wonderful comments and tweets. I never expected to make so many friends when I started blogging, I had no idea this online community existed! But I'm so glad I stumbled upon it.