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.