I took a week off. A whole week. A whole seven days of not opening up my laptop, letting it gather dust for just a few days whilst I let myself recharge. I just burnt-out with blogging and social media and Instagram posts and scheduling and editing and I needed to step away. It was simple really – I think with the New Year I just started to feel overwhelmed, I hadn’t taken a break over Christmas and had continued writing, photographing, scheduling and all sorts so by the time the first of January had rolled around, I needed to escape a little bit. So, after a day of feeling frustrated after not being able to string a sentence together or take a half-decent photograph, I switched off my laptop, closed the lid, walked away and told myself I wouldn’t open it till I was completely, one hundred percent ready.
Oh Blogmas, what a fun little project you were. After never having the confidence or time to attempt Blogmas (December is one of the busiest times at university, after all!) I knew it was my mission this year to give it a go for the very first time. I knew it would be a challenge, creating blog content is no easy feat and whilst I bloody love it, I worried that I would run out of creative ideas, motivation and even more simply… time.
2018 is well and truly underway, even if, like me, you have no idea how it is already 2018. I have personally never been a fan of New Year or January as a whole, but this, I want to put a positive spin on it and start as I mean to go on. January is the perfect time for a new start but you don’t have to put as much pressure on it as it sounds. The last few years I have got rid of New Year Resolutions and stuck primarily to goals (see mine here) and that already has helped to take off the pressure of the New Year.
2017 was an impressive year for the beauty industry. We saw the introduction of some major ground-breaking brands including Fenty Beauty, Kylie Cosmetics branched away from just lip kits, Glossier finally launched in the UK and everyone was talking about Colourpop. Still. In the latter part of the year, I finally fell back in love with makeup. I have always loved it and always enjoyed it doing it, but I went through a stage of not being bothered by owning anything new or new releases. Thankfully, as the year progressed, the spark came back and I finally got back into makeup, lusting over new releases and wanting to try all the products. And now, my wishlist is as long as my arm but, what’s new?!
I think that 2018 will be one of the scarier years I’ve had yet simply because I no longer have that comfort blanket of school, college or university. I’m still working part-time, which is my own personal choice, and I’m really enjoying how everything is working out at the moment, but there is definitely still that part of me that is a little bit apprehensive of what 2018 will entail.