My favourite month of the year is finally here! Hello, October.
I love setting goals out for the month ahead but recently I’ve been lacking. So I’ve gone back to the basics. I’m not reviewing any past goals and this month, I’m setting easy, intentional goals to ease myself back in.
While Summer is my favourite season of all time, because it’s when I’m happiest, I’ve also got a real soft spot for Autumn too. When the busyness of Summer comes to an end, there’s so much to look forward to. As the seasons slowly begin to change, the air gets cooler (I can start wearing scarves again, which are probably my favourite clothing accessories), the colour of the leaves turn from greens to gorgeous oranges and browns, and a favourite seasonal drink makes a return.
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I’ve got commitment issues. Commitment issues to my blog. I don’t know why, but I just can’t seem to find the time to put 100% effort into it. It might be because I’ve been in the midst of the busiest summer of my life… no joke. But it might also be down to the fact that I am a perfectionist. If I can’t do something completely, then I just won’t bother. In other words, if I can’t get good content, beautiful imagery and schedule it all on the blog for one specific day, then I just don’t see the point. My blog has suffered because of it; my creativity has suffered because of it.
If you’ve read my ‘About’ page, you’ll know why my blog is called The Happy Journal. Along the way, this mission got a little lost. I’ve struggled with my sense of self here on the internet. Discovering what I want to blog about has been tough, and I’ve often opted for the easy option or the most popular option. I’ve dabbled in a little bit of PR, but overall I’ve neglected my original purpose: to spread positivity.
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A while ago I mused (I love that word) on Twitter about needing some more inspiration for blog content. A friend then tweeted back saying that I should try a beauty box subscription. I’d never tried one before but was intrigued by the prospected of purchasing beauty items that were pre-chosen for me and delivered to my house.
There are a lot of great boxes our there and I had some recommendations but since I’m going cruelty- free with my make up, I wanted to see if there were any beauty boxes out there who catered towards that. So, (longer ago than I would care to admit) I reached out to The Pip Box, a cruelty-free beauty subscription box. I asked them if they would be interested in collaborating with me and to my surprise, they said yes and sent me one of their spare May boxes.
I’m going to show you the products that came in this box, but in this post I also want to talk about whether or not I feel if a beauty box is worth it.
We are over halfway through 2017 now, whaaaat?! Where has the time gone? I just can’t get my head around it.
At the beginning of the year, I made a list of intentional goals and today I’m looking over them to see how I’m progressing. These goals were designed to give me purpose this year, particularly as I arrived in 2017 unemployed.
It would appear that I’ve dropped off the face of the blogosphere. Everything was going so well: I was finally getting a couple of collaborations, I went to a PR event, etc. and then I stopped. I stopped posting; I stopped Instagramming; I stopped tweeting.
Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve posted some decent content on THJ. I’ve been thinking of ways to kickstart things up again and I’ve decided that I really want to bring more beauty posts to my blog. I enjoy reading recommendations on other people’s blogs and trying out new products. This is how I’ve discovered some of my beauty favourites!
And as some of you know, I’m converting to cruelty-free make up because I think it’s completely unacceptable to test cosmetics on animals and I want to support the more ethical brands. This means I’m up for trying new brands and products all the time!
So I want to start sharing some of my recommendations with you.
Life has been going at a whirlwind speed lately and I barely feel like I’ve had time to catch my breath. I have no idea how busy this year was going to be when 2017 rolled in 4 months ago. My last Currently post was only two months ago but I feel like a lot has happened since. I have a lot to report.