Hey Guys, Welcome back to another blog post. Now I haven’t posted anything personal on here for a while. I have done a few reviews on books and products but I haven’t really been that active on social media in general for a few months.

I have definitely noticed a lack of interaction and engagement across all my socials now that I am back but that is to be expected given my quite lengthy absence. When you are away it is definitely very apparent who is genuinely interested in your well being and who isn’t. That goes for social media as well as out in the real world. 

So where have I been?

So, what has been going on with me?? Well, I got lost in a job I was not happy in, working 6 day weeks sometimes and by the time I got home I just had no motivation or energy to do anything. I was struggling a lot with my mood and it had an effect on my weight and drive to connect with people was lost. The only people I saw or really spoke to outside work were my family and my best friend. I knew that that was not healthy and wasn’t the best way to deal with the problems I was having but the old me took over and i just stayed in denial about everything.

As i stressed about work and being generally unhappy with my increasing weight and life in general I lost interested in everything I loved doing, reading, blogging, makeup, general everyday litte things. 

I started doing a level 3 diploma in Makeup Artistry and i felt a bit happier. I met some awesome women and we had such a fun time on the course, however I was still unhappy in most other aspects of my life.

In October I lost my job, which I thought would be the worst thing to happen but it turned out to be the best thing. A few weeks after I lost my job I joined Slimming world and decided that I would spend more time on myself, get back in to blogging, crafting and reading and try to start enjoying life again. 

What have i got planned for 2018?

I am so pleased to say that as of Saturday 13th January I have lost 3 Stone!! .. In 11 weeks I have made more progress than I have done in the past 2 years and I am really proud of myself. It is not all plain sailing. I am struggling to find work as a Makeup Artist, which is what I want to do full time. I am struggling to find work in general. It is so frustrating because I know I have the drive and passion, I just need a chance to showcase what I have. 

In 2018 I really want to be more consistent with my blog, my new YouTube Channel and my socials as I do really enjoy chatting to new people, engaging in conversations with people from different areas, and with people who have different types of blogs. I will also be focusing more on mental health blog posts, as well as beauty and more lifestyle how to’s rather than just reviews. 

I am going to spend time trying to build my portfolio of makeup looks. It is difficult to stand out on social media with such a small following but I am going to push myself and try my best. Whilst I try and build my socials etc I will still be trying to look for more customer service and admin work until that takes off. I know that that may seem like a backwards way of working but seriously, being unemployed is killing me and at the moment and I need something to sustain me financially whilst I build my makeup portfolio if that makes sense?

I also need to work on my mental health. I am still on medication, which levels me out but I would like to try and come off them this year. I think as I lose more weight, get more confidence and practice self care that will happen. 

At the end of October, beginning of November I started my own Youtube Channel and as of today I have 92 Subscribers, which may not seem like a lot but it is a huge thing for me. Putting myself out there is a big thing for me but to do on through videos, sitting in front of a camera is just MASSIVE. If any of you would be interested in following my weight loss journey, mixed in with some beauty stuff then please had over and subscribe. I will also be doing more videos around Mental Health. I received a pack from Time To Change recently and will be doing another post on the Time To Talk Campaign so keep your eyes peeled for that.

So that is my life update… What are your goals for 2018? 

I would love to hear from you guys. Let’s get a discussion going 🙂

Until next time Be Kind Be Happy and Stay True to You