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Sunday, 4 January 2015

2014 in review

I think I am just in time to sneak in a new years post, so Happy New Year all! I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and the new year has started off well. 

2014 was a very exciting year for me, challenging at times and with its low points but on the whole a good year, and I'm hoping that 2015 will be even better. 

You may or may not know that if have a second blog documenting my life in Oman, if you would like to see a month by month overview of 2014, click here.
That said, my blog suffered. I didn't mean for it to, and I certainly didn't expect it when this time last year I had hoped to get to a post every week day. I didn't expect my life to change as it did, and I am still adjusting. 

Obviously I'm not a full time blogger, and although there are times when that idea sounds fantastic, I'm not confident I have what it takes to ever get to that level, especially if it means I have to post daily and keep up with the trends. I am not good at either of those things. I work full time and, being a wife now means that I have to come home and think about someone else, and as a result I don't have the time it takes to produce a quality blog post. I also realise that keeping up with the trends isn't really my thing, I like to take my time trying stuff, even making purchases in the first place, and somewhere along the way I strayed away from my blog being about me finding products I love and that work (hence my blog name), while sharing that with others. Maybe I can establish myself as the blogger that takes the longest to review, who knows, it might become a thing. 

So this year I'm going to take a more laid back approach, I want to post blogs I am proud of, of products that I have tested thoroughly, and that means it might get updated a few times a week, sometimes maybe once a week, or even longer. I know it's not ideal, but at least for now that's how it has to be. 

I also have a few other resolutions this year. 

1. Drink more water. I regularly tell myself I need to do this, especially since moving to the Middle East, it is very easy to become dehydrated and I don't need to tell anyone how important staying hydrated is for beauty and health in general. 

2. Read at least one book a month. Last year I resolved the read for at least an hour a day, and actually I managed to do this. I read the paper daily, and catch up on blogs I follow, and I also started reading books again. Before I started working I had a lot of time on my hands and books were a good escape, they were also something I could access easily since I download ebooks. At the end of last year I started a book club so I know that I'll need to read at least one book a month to have something to contribute!

3. Exercise. I took for granted my youth and good metabolism, it kept me slim and relatively healthy, but I need to help myself now and establish some sort of exercise routine. I already do pilates twice a week so I just need to add some cardio. I know the key is to find something I like doing and this year I plan to. 

4. Become better at my job. As an expat in Oman it's easy to end up in a job that is beyond your experience, which is exactly what has happened to me. I'm editor of a journal and acting manager while they find someone to fill the position, I have editing experience, but zero management experience. I know to become more confident in my role I need to take it on myself to learn as much as I can do about both roles. 

Thank you to all of you who occasionally or even regularly read my blog, and to those of you that might have stumbled across this and read to the end, thank you too. I am always so happy when someone comments on my blog and tells me they enjoy it.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

On being vacuous

I've never been one to jump in and post my comment about the latest blogging controversy but I couldn't help but get sucked in on this occasion with the articles posted all over blogs and main stream media in particular about blogger Zoella. I actually don't want to talk about her book but about a word that gets thrown around a lot when referring to her and other beauty and fashion bloggers, vacuous.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Body Shop Wild Argan Collection

I remember argan oil really getting big in the beauty world after I came back from a trip to Morroco without some. At the time I remember thinking, "I dunno I've never heard of this stuff, it might not be any good".

I was wrong, and I have kicked myself ever since for not picking up a bottle.

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