First off, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I hope 2016 holds wonderful things for you all.
2015 was a really wonderful and memorable year for me. I hit many major life milestones (most of which I will talk about in this post), went on two wonderful trips, and I started my blog in September!
I usually only talk about snippets of my life on my blog, and I have no plans to begin making my blog super personal anytime soon. However, there are some changes in my life that will affect my blog, so I wanted to give a little life update today on what happened in 2015 and how that will change my blog. Sit tight, ladies and gents – sometimes I can’t shut up so this is going to be a long one.
1. We Bought A House!
After 8 months of looking for a house, my fiance and I found the perfect place in November. We’re both really excited because we’re in love with this home, and it’s going to be our “forever home”, at least until for the next 15 years or so. We haven’t moved in yet as we are starting from scratch and buy all-new furniture and décor. We’ve been going furniture shopping every Saturday for the past six weekends for like 8 hours straight (with no plans to stop in the near future), and I’m getting pretty sick of it already!
My blog is predominantly about beauty, so I have thought about whether or not I should talk about home décor. However, I started my blog with the intention of it being a lifestyle blog instead of a beauty blog because quite frankly, I don’t buy or own that much makeup and would run out of things to talk about eventually! My point is, I started my blog to talk about things that interest me, and that includes home decor. I don’t foresee tons of posts on this subject – maybe once or twice a month at most!
2. We’re Getting Married!
I mentioned this in my Hawaii blog already, but I wanted to talk about it in a little more detail. With both of us having Type A personalities and me having control issues, we have already done the very basics of wedding planning like setting a date, having a rough headcount, and creating a shortlist of venues we’ll request more info from in the next two months. As an accountant, I am also already obsessed with our wedding budget…haha. In regards to my blog, I am interested in writing some wedding planning posts. Again, I won’t overload my blog with wedding stuff as it’s not everyone’s cup of tea – probably one or two posts a month.
3. I Have a New Job!
This one is actually not that exciting and has weighed heavily on my mind lately. I have taken on a new, much more challenging position at work in the past two months. It’s a great opportunity, and, the economy in our city is really bad right now so I feel lucky I still have a job. But I feel like I’m in WAY over my head and generally feel terrified most of the time. I keep telling myself to put on my big girl pants and just get over it…but it’s hard. A lot of the excitement about the new house and engagement has been dampened by work stress, which is upsetting because those should be huge and happy milestones. I’m not sure what to do. Do I stick it out, or do I get the hell out ASAP? Part of me wants to just run, but then that just means I’m running away from my problems, and that’s just not me.
Anyways, what does my work have to do with my blog? Well, I’ve been spending substantially more time at work since starting my new position, and am finding it hard to keep up with my blogging schedule. On top of that, I come home from work with no mood to blog because I’m feeling on edge and am physically and mentally exhausted. However, I don’t want to quit blogging because I find it therapeutic, and I’ve also met some wonderful and very creative bloggers in the few months that I’ve been blogging. Another thing is that I don’t want to throw in the towel after only 4 months of blogging – again, that’s not me! So, not sure what to do.
Long story short, my life does not feel like my own right now. New house, new soon-to-be husband, new job – this was not my life at all when I started my blog a few months ago and between the three, I feel a little like I am drowning. I’m a little disoriented and feel like I’m going through a quarter-life crisis!
Low-Buy Plans for 2016
In the next year and a half, I will be spending money on many things that I wasn’t spending on before. This includes fun but expensive stuff like the wedding and buying furniture, as well as not-so-fun stuff like paying for a mortgage. I feel like I’m good enough with my money to be able to continue spending the way I normally do, but I really shouldn’t. I’m also finding myself at a point where I keep wanting to hoard more and more makeup, but knowing that I definitely don’t need any more makeup. As a result, I will be going on a Low-Buy in 2016.
My budget in 2016 is as follows:
January – $50
February – March – $10/month
April – $100 (for Sephora VIB sale)
May- October – $10/month
November – $100 (for the Sephora VIB sale)
December – $50 (for Boxing Day sales!)
This comes to a total of $380 and applies to makeup, skincare, and beauty tools for my own use. $10/month might seem ridiculously low, but there are honestly some months where I actually buy no makeup at all, and some months where I go over, so I think this is actually reasonable for my low-buy. The following is not count towards my budget:
1) Beauty gifts for others do not count towards the total
2) Replacements for products I have finished up and need to repurchase. I think this will mostly apply to skincare, although I think I might include mascara as well, since I replace this every few months and don’t have backups readily available.
This will be an interesting year to do a Low-Buy. Any other year, I think it wouldn’t be too bad, but I feel like with my new job, I will feel like lots and lots of retail therapy. I suppose my therapy will have to come in the form of ice cream instead, which fortunately is not part of my Low-Buy 😉
I’m looking forward to this challenge and seeing how well I do!