Gosh, where to start? Well, I certainly never expected to be writing this post. And it’s not a decision I have come to easily or quickly. It has taken a lot of soul-searching and I feel in my heart that this is the right thing for me right now.
You may or may not know that I have been having health issues over the last couple years, which have recently become a problem again. I would say this has been the main catalyst to me finally making this decision. I really need to focus on me and getting myself fit and healthy. You might wonder how this and blogging tie into each other?
Well, I have a full-time job and along with a commute. I am basically out of the house from 7.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. That leaves very little time for blogging, but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it…constantly. And stressing about it…constantly. It just isn’t healthy for me mentally. I am so busy at work and I need to put 110% into that. That is what pays the bills after all. Lately, I’m finding that I’m not focused on work and that worries me. Just not a good mind space to be in.
In order to get myself fit and healthy, I am going to have to invest a lot more time in me and getting active. Which in turn is going to mean hours put into the gym. And that has to be an absolute priority going forward. So, that is going to mean less time in the evening for me to do blogging. And in turn, that means more stressing and more worrying for me. Not a good place to be in. If I feel like I am drowning now, how am I going to feel once I am committing more time to the gym? I absolutely cannot sacrifice my health for a hobby. My poor health means that I am unable to go to work for weeks and that is just not something that can happen. I can’t carry on the way I am so I know that there is absolutely no question about me getting myself stronger, both physically and mentally.
When I look at my relationship with my family, I can see it has suffered. As amazingly supportive as Stuart has been, our time together has been sacrificed for blogging. I guess it’s because I am an all or nothing kind of character. I want to succeed in everything I do. I want to do my best. Unfortunately, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, that has come at a cost to my family life. Jared is growing up so quick and I spend so little time with him in the week, then the weekends I spend trying to catch up on my blogging.
I realise I am not the only person who works full-time and has a family, but still manages to keep their blog going. But it’s just not working for me right now. I feel totally overwhelmed by it all and I am just not feeling inspired or getting any joy from blogging at the moment. Don’t get me wrong, I am so absolutely grateful for all the amazing opportunities I have had and all the wonderful people I have encountered along the way. That has been such a positive impact on me.
As I mentioned before, this has not been a decision I have made lightly. I have invested so much time and money into blogging and I was really worried about disappointing people around me and even more so, my lovely readers, who have stuck by me. But when I finally decided to call it a day, I’m not going to lie, I felt a sense of relief and like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
So, there it is. I’m not going to edit this post. I have literally typed my thoughts as they have tumbled out. I’m not saying this is goodbye forever, but it is goodbye for now.
I may be around on social media every now and then, but as far as blogging goes, this is it from me. Its time for me to put this hobby to bed. Thank you to everyone for all their support over the last year and a half and all the lovely comments I have had along the way. You have all made this journey amazing.
Oops. I kind of fell off the wagon. Hard. But, in my defense, when you are bed bound and in pain, there’s not a lot else to do but shop. Plus, shopping made me feel less shitty. So, I’m okay with it. I’ve also had a massive clear out. I’m going to be creating a Blog Sale page which will have the makeup and skincare items I’m selling. As soon as that’s ready to go, I’ll let you know on Twitter.
Gorgeous hair is the best revenge…Ivana Trump
I recently had a bit of a hair disaster. I don’t like to talk about it. Obviously. But, I’m willing to share it with you because, well, it forms the basis to this review. I may have mentioned before that I love to change my hair up on a regular basis. Whether that be cutting or colouring it. More often than not, it’s colouring it. So, let me take you way back to 2003 when I was at university and I decided it would be a great idea to do a DIY bleach job on my hair…
A bargain is something you don’t need, at a price you can’t resist…Unknown
If you’re all about getting yourself a beauty bargain, then you are going to love this. All Boxed Up, who you may or may not be familiar with, but we’ll come back to that later, has released their first offer of 2016. This Home Spa Beauty Box* includes six full size beauty products (yes, six!)! worth £113 for just £19.99 INCLUDING P&P. How bloody fantastic is that?!