Hello everyone! So as you all know, I took June off the blog to try and relieve the blogger burn out, along with giving myself some time to deal with some personal issues. I also started a new job, which I am enjoying, but it didn't leave a lot of time for blogging and my other commitments with our other business. Just after I started, my husband got the most amazing job offer and life actually became more complicated (mostly in a good way, but complicated nonetheless)!
I also went away for a week with my family and we had a lovely time - it was there that I really felt that I got to grips with my anxiety and depression. I am also going through some fairly intensive therapy to deal with some unpleasant past life stuff, so as you can see I have had a fair bit going on.
I did manage to post for The Digit-al Dozen, and managed three of the four Nail Challenge Collaborative manis. I accepted my wet noodle punishment from the NCC ladies with alacrity (if you join you'll find out how that works) ;) I also published photos on IG and FB as promised so I feel that at least I managed to honour the obligations I'd set myself for June.
So, on to July...
I am probably going to do the same for this month as I am currently working five days a week. This will go down to three days a week mid July which will allow me more nail time so I do foresee more posts this month. FingerFood's Theme Buffet has brand new themes (which are awesome btw!) starting this weekend and will continue for at least until the end of September (especially after all the hoop jumping I had to go through with Inlinkz to get it all up and running!).
I have not been blogging for me. I have been blogging for recognition, publicity, likes, fans, whatever. Bollocks to all that. From now on, if I like it, I'll post it. If I don't, and I don't have anything ready, then there won't be a post (believe it or not I've come to this conclusion with the aid of a psychotherapist). I have severed links with a few companies I was reviewing for because I don't like the products or the way they do business, and I am now at a point where this is going to be for me again (as it was when I started). If people read, then great. If they don't, then that's fine too. Oh, and I will "respond" to anyone leaving arsey comments on my posts from now on. If you felt the need to comment something nasty when you could've scrolled on, then you're fair game.
I am mostly going to be active on FB and IG still, and I hope have time to start looking for inspiration again, instead of being so up against it for time that I don't have time to think outside the box, and end up feeling like I'm rehashing the same old design time and time again.
End of cathartic rant (this was part 1,267 - part 1,268 will no doubt follow shortly). Thanks again for bearing with me, and for all your supportive comments and PMs - you are all officially awesome :)
While I'm here, here's a snap of one of my new favourite polishes - ILNP A Fresh Evergreen <3