25 February 2017

January + February Coffee Break

It's time for another coffee break! Sit down, relax and catch up on my life over the past two months. If you haven't read some of my other Coffee Break posts you can read them here. These were some of my favourite posts to write throughout 2016, and it's been great to share more of my personal life with you all. Today I've got updates regarding my kitty, what's happening with my blog, as well as going back to uni, so make sure you keep reading!

So I firstly just wanted to apologise for the lack of posts on here over the past 2 weeks, however at the same time I just want to be real with you and let you know that I was (and still am) feeling a little overwhelmed with my social media and blogging duties with other things on my plate. The main reason I haven't posted is that my heart wouldn't be 100% into it and the content I put out is something I always want to be proud of, so I would always rather have less quantity and keep my quality at the standard I always do.

In terms of my social media platforms, I have just been feeling a little unmotivated lately as well as scattered. I have so many ideas but I can never seem to implement them. I participate in a few comment pods on instagram as well as with my blog, but I feel that sometimes they cut into my creative time for photography, editing and writing. I have taken on way less partnerships with brands this year, mainly due to the fact that I will have less time to dedicate to my blog overall. There will certainly be new content coming your way, but I am being extremely picky to ensure everything I send your way is interesting, innovative and appealing to you all. If anyone has any tips for me about pre-writing blog posts and scheduling, I'd love to hear your feedback. I feel like I know all the things I need to do, but I just can't seem to implement them. I will be aiming to post on my blog once a week for the time being, since that is what I feel is achievable at the moment.

I also really wanted to let you all know about our kitty Kiki (for those of you who have been following my coffee break series you would know about Kiki already).  Our gorgeous girl had been quite unwell since she was adopted by us in November but I am happy to report that she is finally back home!!! Words can not describe the relief we felt to be able to pick her up from the vet. Throughout December and January she was admitted to a veterinary cat clinic and we were told there was a good chance she would have to be put down due to experiencing a liver disease. However, she has made a 100% recovery and towards the end of January she was sent back with us. She has gained heaps of weight (she was previously not eating and lost a lot of weight) and she is more affectionate than ever. We are over the moon, and have invested in pet insurance in case anything else may happen in the future! We are so happy to have this beautiful girl back in our lives.

January and February have been exciting change months for me as I embark on my journey back to uni. I can say now that I have officially been accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced (4th year program) at Monash which I will be doing online since I live here in Brisbane. I start next week and to say I am nervous is an understatement. I am a high achiever and set pretty huge expectations/standards for myself so in a way I am my own worst enemy when it comes to academics. I am scared I have forgotten all I learned from my university days in Canada, but hopefully working in the mental health industry for the past 5 years will help gain me some credibility. I will be studying as well as working full-time so I have put a lot on my plate. I'm excited to be moving forward in my career, but it does mean less time to commit to my blog, so please understand if I am slower to reply to comments, visit your blogs or post on my social media channels.

I have officially put myself on a makeup spending ban as of February 15! We leave for Europe on our TopDeck tour on May 15, so I wanted to do a full 3 month spending ban and see how well I can do. No online orders for makeup, no unnecessary stops to Priceline and no impulse purchases. I have more eyeshadow palettes than any  human should own and foundations to last me 5 years I am sure of it so there is no excuse for me not to do it. If (No, when) I reach my goal, I will allow myself to use some of the money I have saved to buy a few things in Europe that I wouldn't usually be able to access here without having too much guilt about it and the rest of the money I save can help fund our trip. I am excited about the idea and can write further posts about my progress and strategies with the spending ban!

The past two months I have spent a lot of time decluttering. It has been a common theme among many of my blogging friends which makes sense with January having that feeling of a fresh start. So I decided to purchase a few new storage items for my beauty room, including a large shelf to improve my clutter/overflow product situation. I also went through all my old PR letters, makeup packaging, old mailing boxes, all sorts of items that could be thrown away and it freed up so much room. I also made a vision board for 2017 to create some positivity when I'm studying or watching lectures on my iMac. It was a great little project and I feel like this room is now full of positive vibes.

Well, that's my little life update for you all. I am really sorry for the lack of content on my blog lately. I'm working on improving my scheduling so I can remain consistent for you all throughout the year. I promise I'm not going anywhere though! I feel guilty about it but sometimes we just have to admit that life gets in the way and we have to accept it.

Thanks for listening and I will talk to you all again soon!
Do you have any new life updates for January and February?

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