It's that time of year again when we look back on all the things we'd wished we'd done in 2013 (or hadn't done) and promise not to repeat the same in the new year! I'm not big on making too many resolutions, but I always make a few. In general I actually really like nailing my goals down, not just at the beginning of the year--though now is a perfect time to start fresh and look forward!
Can you believe this blog is just shy of 3 years old? A few more days and we'll hit the big 3! Don't worry, I'm working on how I want to celebrate, but celebrate we shall! I feel as though my vision for my blog has grown and developed each year. Looking back now, I think I have a clearer idea (at least for 2014) of what I want it to focus on and this ties directly into my blog resolutions, so here we go...
Since it's 2014 I'm going to post 4 blog-related resolutions!
Resolution 1 - Focus on the Artistry of Makeup
I really do love makeup and this love goes back so far--I was 4 when I stubbornly made my first makeup purchase after all. There is something so amazing and artistic about the fact that you can change the appearance of someone's face with the simple (or not so simple) application of makeup. When I first launched my blog I focused more on creating looks and tutorials. I really want to go back to this. I will absolutely still review products, but I want to focus a bit more this year on tutorials and how-to's. I want to share my tips and tricks and experiences with different products and techniques. Hopefully this is something that interests you as well!
Resolution 2 - Stop Fighting My Makeup Style
Over the many years I've applied makeup to myself and others I, like most, have developed my own style. I didn't choose it, it just evolved. I constantly look at others' styles and think--man that's so great I really need to be able to do that. Then I down myself simply because my taste or my style is different. The thing is, I actually really like my style. I like really complementary looks that make women's faces soft and sultry. I like color and I will literally wear almost any color in its most vibrant form, but I like color to be applied in such a way that it's dramatic in shade but fluid in application and woven into the complementary, feminine feel of the looks I create (and by the way I love artistic drag looks and adore the women that do them well, but it just isn't me). I have to stop trying to change my style and just lean into it!
Resolution 3 - Never Risk Quality for Quantity
I really, really take the actual content of my posts seriously. I want to share information with you that helps you and answer questions you have or don't even know you want answered yet. Sometimes when a bunch of collections all launch at once there's this push to get things reviewed as quickly as possible. I don't want to ever risk the quality of my posts just to cram more in. I can only work at the pace I can work at to feel I'm giving things a really honest and well-tried perspective. I also don't want to push my health to get things up in a super rush. You'd be surprised how stressful it can get when you have a stack of reviews waiting for you to publish. There are only so many hours in the day and some need to go to my family and my little guys and some need to go to me. I've had some health issues arise, especially in the last year, and I want to make sure I take care of myself. Balance is key! I will work myself well past my breaking point to get thing done and sometimes I just need to learn to pause, even if it means something may be a bit late.
Resolution 4 - Not Worry
Fellow bloggers know how anxiety-provoking "the numbers" can be. I've always tried not to worry, but you know how easy it is to get wrapped up in analytics. My blog was born through my personal passion for makeup and makeup artistry. As long as I feel my posts are worthy of being read, that's really all that I want to focus on. It would be lovely if more and more beauty lovers find my blog this year, but even if my numbers were to drop tomorrow for some reason and only a handful of people read my blog each day and think--this is really helpful--I want that to be enough for me.
That's it! Those are my blog resolutions for 2014. I want to make 2014 as positive of a year as it can be and so much of our experiences are what we make of them--something I'm really trying to remind myself this year. I hope and think that these will make me a better blogger, so we'll see!
Thank you for reading my blog, whether you've been around since the beginning or just stumbled upon it today. Here's to a new year and so many possibilities!