With Christmas approaching sooner than I’d like and us waving farewell to 2015, I wanted to take some time out and reflect. I really did expect to have had some quiet time to throw myself into my blog but much like the rest of this year, December threw me a curve ball and has easily been one of my busiest months at work. In addition to almost four times the amount of events that we usually cover, I’ve also had to spend time interviewing people to fill a position ASAP. But enough about work.
I wanted to take the time to thank each one of you for your support and encouragement throughout 2015. Whether it is reading my posts, sharing them, sending me messages, tweets and DMs, your support has never gone unnoticed and I’m eternally grateful for each one of you.
2015 kicked my butt in so many ways but it was also filled with an abundance of lessons and made me aware of how strong I can actually be by showing me my limits. I feel that without 2015’s roundhouse kick to the face, I would continue playing life in the kiddie pool, and who wants that? Instead, I was taken through one of those crazy insane water parks that had its moments of highs, lows, screams from fear and from pure delight – it was one for the books and without that single push into the deep end, I wouldn’t be standing here.
The new year brings new challenges but it also means new beginnings. I hope to refocus this space and have so many things planned for 2016. Firstly, for those of you who have been here from the very start, you will remember that before even publishing my first post, I created YouTube tutorials for Beauty Bulletin. I really loved the creative process but with a newborn, it felt nearly impossible to juggle work, mom life and editing videos. So it was a tough decision between making videos or taking regular showers and with that, my YouTube channel died a slow death and was later deleted in one of my OCD-everything-must-go fits. For the last 3 months or even longer, I have been craving that creative space again and have tried so hard to fight it off, but the harder I fought, the more I wanted to get back into creating videos. I am not too sure what sort of posting schedule I’ll have or how I will fit it all in, but the idea is there and that’s the very first step – pretty soon, I will have everything in motion again and it’s just a matter of figuring out the ropes.
Secondly, one of my favourite blogger-things from this last year was #365FairLeighManis, I really liked the idea of creating my own challenge in the new year but anyone who knows me knows that nail polish and I would never survive a 7-day challenge, let alone 365 days. When I first started blogging about beauty, I had a single eyeliner pencil, mascara and a badly matched foundation. I used blogging as a way to challenge myself to learn more about beauty products, how to choose the best products for my skin and start exploring new looks with colours that I would never dare to try. But lately, I feel like I have fallen back into that same comfort zone, so will be doing a 365-day challenge where I will share either a face of the day, tip, trick, lesson or even a quick tutorial. I hope that you will join me on Instagram where I will be sharing my daily challenge.
This week, I wrap up work and will be heading to Cape Town on Christmas day, after lunch. We plan on returning on the 1st of January. It’s the first time that I am taking leave and it’s the longest I’ve been away from work in 3 years (yep – including my “maternity leave”) The break is welcomed with open arms and I am eager to get some fresh Cape air, and of course try all the things that us small city folk don’t yet have. I am looking so forward to just spending time with my dad and sister, taking a break, catching my breath and just being. Hopefully, I will get some blog posts done too because man, my ideas are piling up!
So I guess, to wrap this post up I just wanted to wish you season greetings. If you’re travelling, please stay safe. Take some time off and breathe in everything around you. I am so very grateful for everything 2015 has packed into these short 365 days, it’s been scary, fun, delightful and frightening all at the same time. I look forward to sharing 2016’s new adventures with you, too!