Wowie! It feels really good to be back to blogging! Towards the end of last year I was feeling very sluggish, and dare I say a tad ‘gatvol’ too (is fed up the correct word?). I took a 3-week break from social media (and blogging) and it felt great to be ‘offline’ for longer than just a few days. Neal and I went on holiday towards the end of December (ya’ll already know we went to Cape Town, where else?) and it was just what we needed! We ate like little piglets, read like little bookworms (I read 5 books in like 9 days – side note: ‘The Girl On The Train’ was probably my favourite book of 2016), and returned to good ol’ Gauteng feeling very well rested.
For me, 2016 was a total rollercoaster of experiences and emotions…and yet, I can’t believe how quick the year flew by. I’m very excited about what 2017 holds for Pink Peonies – I’m looking forward to getting to know my blog readers better, collaborating with all the amazing brands I worked with last year, discovering new brands and building relationships with them, and creating better content more consistently.
First up, I’d like to tell you something: I’ve been featured in a magazine again! YAY! I feel both incredibly proud and humbled to have been featured in the January 2017 issue of Essentials magazine. I tweeted about it towards the end of last year and announced it earlier this week on Instagram. Did you manage to pick up a copy to read the article? The February issue will be out on shelves on the 19th of this month, so you only have 3 days to pick up a copy of the January magazine! If you would like to get to know me a little bit better (as a blogger, as well as on a more personal level), then I suggest you go grab a copy. I had so much fun answering all the questions they sent me – plus as always my answers were open, honest and perhaps even a little bit quirky! Huge thank you to Essentials magazine for giving me this opportunity – 2017 has definitely started off on a good note!
As a child, I used to look forward to the 1st of January because we’re conditioned to think that a new year means turning over a new leaf, and so I always thought I would feel completely different on that very first day of the year. I’m sure most of it has to do with one’s mindset, but a part of me was always disappointed because I never felt like a new person. Now that I’m all grown up, I know that there’s no magic involved when the clock strikes 12 – it’s all about what YOU make of it, and how YOU see the world at the start of the new year.
Around this time last year I set quite a few goals for myself, and looking back at my ‘2015 Reflections & 2016 Goals – A Very Personal Post’ blog post I realize that I didn’t do all that badly – I achieved quite a few of them! *high five* I’m a realist, I don’t really believe in this ‘New year, new me’ mumbo jumbo but I do think it’s important to take some time to really think about the path you’re on, where you want to be, and how to make this year the year you dreamed for yourself.
In the aforementioned blog post, I also reflected on the year that was – my achievements (both personal & professional), and my battles. This year, however, I won’t be reflecting on 2016 – not because it was a terrible year (it wasn’t) but more because I want to look forward. Onwards and upwards, as they say!
I feel like I’m all over the place with this blog post but in essence, what I’m trying to say is this: For the most part my goals remain the same as last year, I think my list of goals shouldn’t be limited to just one year. Plus, achieving those goals (however many I do end up achieving) will help me to lead a happy, healthy and positive life. For me, I find it’s best to not set goals that are too specific i.e. lose 8kg, or have 15k followers on Instagram. Because if for whatever reason I don’t achieve these specific goals (some things you just don’t have any control over), I’ll probably end up feeling like a failure even though some of the goals might have been a bit unrealistic to start off with. So, I like to set goals that are aimed towards improvement, and not a specific end result.
I’m definitely not saying I’m going to sit on my toosh and drag my feet this year (you know me better than that) but like a wise man once said: “The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.”
And that’s all that she wrote! Side note: Neal and I were talking about Jessica Fletcher and ‘Murder She Wrote’ a few weeks ago, and I kind of want to start watching all the episodes from Season 1 again!
I’d like to thank each and every one of you for continuing to support me & my blog. Thank you for always being happy and excited whenever something positive happens on the blog front. Thank you for motivating me and cheering me on whenever I’m going through a challenging time. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment on the blog & social media, it means more to me than you will ever know. And last but certainly not least, thank you for taking the time to read my blog posts.
Here are my wishes for you, dear blog readers: May 2017 be the best year of your life! May you be able to distance yourself from negativity in any shape or form, and focus on the beautiful things in life. May you have the bravery to accomplish anything you set your mind to, and may you free yourself of self-doubt.
P.S. I know you’re eyeing those Unicorn Makeup Brushes in the photo…right? Aren’t they just magical!? They’re from Dupe Factorie – an online store based in South Africa, selling all kinds of makeup brushes and tools. They also have a store in Durban, plus they’ll be opening up a store in Johannesburg later this year! You can expect to see these brushes in action real soon…and I mean REAL soon (plus I’ll share my thoughts on each brush). I can’t comment on the other makeup palettes and brushes / tools they sell, but the Unicorn brush set feels incredibly soft (the bristles are synthetic, which means they’re cruelty-free too). I almost feel bad for using them to apply my makeup (they’re just so beautiful) but I do want to see if the nylon bristles pick up enough product (not just liquids & creams, but also powders) and blend them out without much effort.