Feel-Good Friday

Hello, everyone! January felt like a year long, but we’re already in the second Friday of February and I don’t know how that happened! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these Feel Good Fridays. Today I wanted to share my usual “feel good” things, but I also kind of wanted to chat about random things.

Is everyone out of the Polar Vortex and enjoying nicer weather? We are still in the thick of it (we’re on Day 7), and I am so over this…

I’m thinking seriously about taking a 2-4 week break from blogging and social media. If I’m being honest, I’ve been feeling unmotivated and uninspired since we came back from Japan in September, but my first instinct is always to truck through it and hope I get out of my funk instead of stopping and taking a breath. But, it’s been 4 months of me just trying to work through it to no avail, and I think I finally need to throw in the towel. In January of 2018, I started the year off with my creativity flowing and so many good ideas, but I started 2019 feeling sucked dry.

Funnily enough, the one month where I felt the least inspired was also the month I had the highest views on my blog. When you’re on a roll, you don’t really want to stop – but I think I have to for my own sanity. I still have some reviews coming down the pipe – they are all in partially written draft form, but I want to get those out before I take a break. After those are finished, I might disappear for a bit.

Another thing I’ve been thinking about lately is the way that I’ve been blogging under since I started this blog. I’ve never shown my face, shared my name, or really talked much about my life on my blog, which  has been a personal choice, but I’m really struggling with it lately for two reasons. One, I feel like it’s generally easier to connect to your readers when you get more personal. Two, there have been so many times over the years when I’ve wanted to show a full face makeup look, but I can’t because, you know, anonymity. It’s really frustrating and creatively stifling, but the thought of the off chance of a coworker finding my blog and my face plastered all over it is just…horrifying. To be honest, I don’t really know what to do about this. Do I continue blogging anonymously which is more comfortable for me, or do I start showing photos of myself for review purposes? It’s just something I have to figure out for myself.

Anyways, onto all of the feel-good things in my life recently!

Things I’m Loving:

My husband and I have been obsessed with the show Instant Hotel. It’s a reality competition about finding the best Instant Hotel (homes that are rented out as a vacation home, like AirBnB) amongst a group of contestants. It takes place all over Australia so it’s fun to see what each locale has to offer, all of the homes are unique in their own way, and there is soooo much drama and tension between the contestants! If you have Netflix, you need to watch this show.

We’ve recently started playing a board game called Sagrada with our friends. We’ve been playing a few other games that “stress” me out (lol), and one of our friends sold this as a relaxing, aesthetically pleasing game where you try to build a stained glass window. It actually gets quite stressful nearer to the end of the game, but it IS aesthetically pleasing and a lot of fun.

I’ve been addicted to matcha lattes, and have been making them at home the last few weekends. I love this recipe because it calls for honey instead of sugar. The brand of matcha powder I’m using is this Elan Organic Matcha Powder that I purchased at Costco, but I can’t seem find it on the Costco website anymore. Any matcha powder will do!

 

What I’m Coveting

L’Occitane has released another collection of products with limited edition packaging in collaboration with Rifle Paper Co. and I need all of these in my life! The Rifle Paper Co. aesthetic is just too pretty. Maybe it’s time for me to stock up on hand creams…

I love the ruffles of this jumpsuit, but I’ve never been able to wear jumpsuits because I feel they look better on taller girls. But this is in a petite size, so technically it should be flattering on petite girls??

How cool are these thermal nail polishes from Cirque Colors? I’m really curious to see if they actually change colour that dramatically or if create an ombre effect like what they have in the photo…

Look at these boyfriend cookies that this bakery is selling for Valentine’s Day! I hope my Valentine buys me cookies with another man’s face on it…preferably Ryan Reynolds, please.

 

 

 

16 thoughts on “Feel-Good Friday

  1. Hahaha! I love a bit of Ryan Reynolds too so good choice! 🙂

    I think we all need a break now and again from our blogs. You especially do given that you consistently post and I’m sure you have a few drafts up your sleeve already as we speak! Sometimes it’s better that way because I believe inspiration comes in batches and there’s going to be a season where you feel a bit less inspired to write and be creative. I know I do.

    Winter is getting a bit tedious for me too. It’s gotten warmer this week as it’s been raining but it’s just so…I can’t wait til Spring lol – I’m SO OVER winter right now and I think part of my laziness from blogging stems from the cold weather and not wanting to do anything.

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    • I just love him! His humour is right up my alley AND he’s Canadian, so he’s a shoo-in!

      I guess I consistently post, but I don’t post as often as I wish I did. I only post twice a week but it takes me FOREVER to finish a blog post! You are right though, nobody feels inspired 365 days of the year, so we should just write whenever the creativity hits us.

      The cold weather definitely doesn’t help! Neither does the lack of sun. Every year when April hits, I always feel my spirits lifting which probably helps with the lethargy.

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  2. If you need a break, I say take it. Blogging is like work sometimes, you need a vacation to get rejuvenated! Sometimes I’ll take a week off here and there until I feel like blogging. It really helps to step away sometimes.

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    • I’ve never really thought about blogging as work (for those of us that already have full-time jobs), but I can totally see what you’re saying now! You’re right though, everyone needs a break every once in a while to recharge and clear their mind, regardless of whether it’s for work or blogging.

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  3. I’ve often wondered about your anonymity and any time I have seen some photo revealing any part of you I’m like OMG! Lol. Anyways, why would anyone come across your blog and see you on it if you don’t have your name connected to it anywhere? It’s just not going to happen. And so what if they do come across it? The attitude I have come to possess is I DARE anyone to judge me. Go freaking ahead. I will clap back lol. I think you should start slow and start introducing some photos of your makeup looks. It makes reviews so much easier and informative when you can actually show the products in use.

    With regards to you needing a break, if you are feeling that way it’s probably best to just go ahead. You really can’t force it, especially with such a laborious hobby such as blogging. And it sounds like you already have been forcing it! When Spring starts to come around (although I know it takes forever in Alberta with many back and forths between Winter and Spring weather) you might find yourself much more inspired.

    As for the Cirque Colors thermals, I currently have two in my cart at Harlow & Co. Sol from that collection and then Prima Donna which is an old LE. I just wore my first thermal this last week that my cousin gave me for Christmas and it was so cool! It’s a Live Love Polish one and it worked so well, especially in this cold weather! In a temperature controlled environment I usually got a gradual gradient, but in a cold room you could get a stark gradient (with the free edge a super noticeable different colour) and outside they would go all the cold shade. Vice versa if you are very hot. Very cool! I can only hope the Cirque ones are as good. I have been holding off on purchasing though as I just placed a large KL Polish order… I have ordered it to a parcel holding place in Point Roberts where I can easily drive across the border to pick up.

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    • LOL you’re so funny. All I ever show are my nails, my arm for swatches, and close-ups of my eyes! You’re right, the chances of people finding my blog if it’s not linked to my name is pretty slim, but you would be surprised – a few years ago when I first started blogging, none of my friends knew I was blogging but one of my girlfriends started following my blog Instagram out of nowhere. I work mainly with males, so I doubt any of them would somehow stumble upon my blog haha. I don’t care about them judging to be honest, I’m moreso worried that it comes across as unprofessional to some people, especially if I’m interviewing for a job. But yes, I agree with you that reviews are so much more informative when you can show them on your face – that’s what I struggle with the most on my blog because I don’t show my face!

      Yes, I do feel a lot more inspired when spring comes! It usually feels like a weight lifting off my shoulders, haha. I might take a break late March so I feel refreshed by the time I come back in the spring.

      Oooh, that’s cool that the Live Love Polish actually works! Fingers crossed the Cirque ones work that well too. Makes sense that you would get the KL polishes first!

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  4. This polar vortex is so freaking cold! But they were saying on the news today that the cold might actually be helping kill off the pine beetles which have been partially responsible for all the forest fires across canada lately.. so that’s a good thing right?

    I completely understand the need to take a break. I think the worst thing for creativity is to push through even when you aren’t feeling motivated, and sometimes a step back really helps. As bloggers we can spend a TON of time writing drafts, interacting with people, and improving our blogs, not to mention the time editing photos. And your job sounds incredibly stressful with long hours and working though weekends, so all that extra blogging time could be adding to the stress.

    I’ve been giving myself mini breaks lately (missing one of my regular 3 posts and taking a week off here & there) and it’s really helping. Plus I’m sure there are other hobbies/interests you might want to spend more time on, and a blogging break should (hopefully) free you up for those things!

    I’m going to look into that Sagrada board game, it sounds interesting! I have a group of friends that does a Friday board game night almost every week so this is totally up my alley.

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    • I’m so over it, and I’m sure you are too! That’s good news that it’s helping kill off the pine beetles though – anything that stops those forest fires is a win!

      Yes, you just described all the work that goes into blogging so succinctly! I don’t know how you do all that, work full-time, AND create YouTube videos!

      I can’t even tell that you’re taking a break, to be honest! You still seem pretty active, which isn’t a bad thing, and as long as you feel like it’s helping you feel more relaxed, that’s all that matters. And yes, there are other hobbies I want to do, but I feel like I always neglect them to work on my blog!

      I hope you enjoy it! That’s fun that you guys do board games almost every Friday. Our friends love getting together for board games, but it doesn’t happen as often as we would like!

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      • I’m glad that there’s at least one positive to the cold!
        Some weeks I don’t know how I do either… YouTube has had to take a back seat lately, I wanted to get up to 3 videos a week but it’s literally not possible lol I guess I don’t have much of a life outside of blogging!

        I should probably take longer breaks, but I love it too much haha. My real problem is finding things to review when I’m on a no-buy. I hope you’re able to find a balance between those other things and your blog.

        I’ll let you know when we try it out! It’s so hard planning get-togethers when everyone has different schedules. But it’s nice when it does happen!

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        • It’s tough, and you should be proud of how much you already do a week for your blog and for YouTube!

          I feel like being on a no-buy is when you can really start to get creative with your content! I feel like when I’m pumping out review after review, I have a lot of content but writing them starts to feel a little stale. It IS tough to think of ideas sometimes though.

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  5. I would love to see your beautiful face on here! I understand how you feel about not wanting your co-workers to know about your blog because I felt the same but ultimately you have to be comfortable with not giving AF. The people that matter will be supportive of you and those are the ones that matter. Good luck with whatever you decide to do!

    I find breaks can definitely help with motivation – I probably take them too often but blogging is a lot of work, especially when you add in social media. People really underestimate the work that goes into it.

    I’m done with this polar vortex as well – I’m going a bit stir crazy being cooped up at home and I cannot wait for Spring, which I’m sure is just a few 4 months away 😦

    I think I was eyeing up Sagrada on Amazon – it looks so interesting! We’re on a big board game kick right now and I have my eye on so many!

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    • Thanks, Nicole! I’m glad you hear you were in my shoes at one point. Part of me thinks it’s not even that I care about my coworkers finding it because most of them are men in their late 30’s and up and there’s probably no way they’d ever find my blog haha. If anything I’m worried about going to job interviews and potential employers looking me up online and finding my blog – not that there’s anything inappropriate on here, but I don’t know, people are weird about blogs sometimes. Either way, I’ll figure out what I want to do!

      You’re right, people have NO idea how much work it takes to blog, and do it consistently! Last year was the first year I was consistent with blogging, and I really wanted to keep that momentum up, but I should have a break for my sanity…

      Yes, 4 months away sounds about right! I can’t believe we’ve gone through a week and a half of this type of weather! It’s the longest stretch of weather this cold that I remember having…

      Oooh, have you played Dominion? It’s an old board game (early 2010’s) but we brought it out again around the holidays, and some of our friends got addicted to it LOL. You should try it if you haven’t!

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  6. As much as I would love to see your beautiful face, I can totally relate to what you’re saying. I don’t want to show my face and there are some days where I’d love to share a bit more about me like my name or some of my personal things, but I always stop myself from doing it which sucks. My blog is my private & happy place where I get share about everything I love and I don’t want to mix it with my real life, if that makes any sense.

    I’d definitely say to follow your gut, if you want to show your face – do it! If you don’t want to then don’t force yourself. You can start off by sharing little spinets of your makeup looks/face on IG stories and then move it to your Instagram and blog.

    If you feel like taking a break, take one! I always feel much more productive and energised after taking a break. I always take one once in a while otherwise I can’t work haha! I’m pretty sure you’ll have some drafts ready to go up on your blog so don’t worry about your blog, your readers will always be there to read your content.

    I’m definitely going to check the show Instant Hotel, it sounds amazing! Those thermal nail polishes sound so good, I really want to try them! x

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    • Yes, that makes total sense to me that you don’t want your two “worlds” to mix! I feel that way about my blog too so I know where you’re coming from! Thanks for your insight, it really helps 🙂

      You are right, when it comes to blogging we probably all need a break once in a while, because it’s a lot more work than people realize!

      I caved and bought the thermal nail polish lol, I’ll have a review up when the order comes and I have a chance to test it out!

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