14 years : Scratching the 7-year itch twice over

You know what? My weblog anniversary completely flew proper previous me this 12 months!

I assumed it was unhealthy final 12 months, however boy, was this 12 months much more distinctive LOL! I’m an entire month late!

I often stay up for my weblog anniversary. It is just a little reminder of this little house I carved out for myself, and just a little marker for me to look on it, whether or not with a form or jaundiced eye, to mirror on what it means to me.

So, to completely overlook about it until just some days in the past, what would possibly that imply for me?

I don’t know.

When I began MWS 14 years in the past, boy, was I prolific! I used to be churning out weblog posts every day, usually twice a day. That’s 14 posts a day, for years. I do know of OG running a blog buddies who nonetheless do (Musings of a Muse involves thoughts), and I take my hat off to them!

Things have modified lots since, and in these 2-3 years, I’ve slowed down on running a blog by lots.

I may say that it’s as a result of I’m on the market dwelling life. But it isn’t fairly true both. I’m dwelling life. I’m operating my little canine treats empire (haah!) and I’m a slave, court docket jester and chef to my canine. But, I nonetheless have the time to put in writing, and weblog and share opinions and views. I simply don’t have as a lot drive or inclination to.

When I do sit down to put in writing, I need it to be about one thing I really like, or that I actually need to share about. I don’t actually need to waste my time on the inconsequential, or on simply telling you about what’s new only for the sake of it (I’m very a lot out of the loop anyway!). I did many issues ‘for the blog’ in the previous, and I’m previous all that.

The different factor is, a lot feels ephemeral in the magnificence world. Not solely that, it feels superficial.

I don’t imply for it to be superficial in a nasty approach, however for it to actually simply skim the floor. How many people are consultants in the area? Very few. Very few of us are beauty scientists or chemists, who can perceive all the jargon and components and declare to know the way it all works.

So many individuals on the market are enthusiats, similar to you and I. Yet, so many of those fans maintain themselves out to be consultants, after they aren’t. So many individuals telling us what to make use of, what to not use, how we must be afraid of all the pieces on a label, even when it’s simply Aqua. So many individuals placing down others. I don’t need to be that.

I’d prefer to assume that all of us work inside our budgets and publicity. If we come throughout new info that tells us in any other case, then we must be completely satisfied to proceed utilizing a product that we love. So, they are saying perfume in skincare is unhealthy. But you take pleasure in it, what do you do?

Here’s what I say – use it. Life’s actually too brief to fret about whether or not others will decide you in your skincare decisions. Some of us can use cleaning soap and water and have flawless pores and skin all our life. Some of us can use fragranced skincare and skincare with alcohol, and never see hostile results. Some of us breakout it doesn’t matter what we use. Who’s to inform us what to do, actually.

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A sneak preview of an upcoming product overview. The most up-to-date photograph I’ve as a result of even after 14 years, I nonetheless suck at taking photographs LOL!

I do know that being on this trade for thus lengthy, many look as much as me as some type of ‘expert’, to which I implore you to not. I’m not an professional. I similar to dabbling in skincare and make-up, after which speaking about it. I solely share anecdotal expertise, based mostly on what I’ve tried and what works for me. I’m completely satisfied that many be just right for you too.

But I can safely say many don’t both. I really like the Avene Very High Protection Mineral Cream sunscreen and have been raving about it continuous on Instagram. So lots of you bit the bullet and tried it too. So lots of you may have advised me that it doesn’t be just right for you as a result of it’s too heavy. I perceive that, and I anticipated it. It’s not the most snug of textures, nevertheless it works for me, as a result of it does the one factor I anticipate it to do – defend my pores and skin from the solar once I’m out strolling my canine. Otherwise, once I’m indoors, I take advantage of the Allie UV Perfect Gel, which many have additionally tried, and likewise love (whew!) 😀

But that’s simply it. I’m a blogger and an fanatic. I’m not an professional. I strive a product, and I share an opinion about it. It’s what I’ve been doing for 14 years! You agree with me? Yay! You don’t? Well, you’re entitled to your opinion 🙂

When running a blog first took off, nearly 14 odd years in the past, many people lamented that we needed to be writers, fashions, photographers, and publishers. Today, you must be all that, AND be an actor, artist, inside designer, make-up artist, dancer, comic, producer, director, lead a glamourous life; AND be on YouTube, Instagram, and Tiktok.

It’s arduous to discover a place the place I slot in anymore haha 😀

In 14 years, many unique bloggers have both gone on to make large issues of themselves, launching their very own product traces, changing into wealthy and well-known and taking up a star persona; or they’ve quietly stop running a blog. For me, it appears like I’m simply drifting in the circulation, taking the gradual meandering waterways, as a substitute of driving the wild rapids and pushing myself ahead.

Maybe gradual is sweet. It allows you to absorb the sights and sounds and possibly even day-dream a short time you path your fingers in the heat water 🙂

But I admire that so lots of you may have grown up with me, and nonetheless chat to me. So lots of your names and handles are so acquainted, it appears like we’re previous buddies 🙂 I admire the handful of manufacturers who nonetheless replace me with their new merchandise and releases, and put their belief in my views, regardless of my tardiness in getting the information out.

Like previous buddies, I suppose that is the way it’ll be going forth. I’ll replace once I replace, and we’ll hopefully be capable to choose up from the place we final left off, with out lacking a beat 🙂

14 years. I can scarcely consider it’s been this lengthy 🙂

Thank you for speaking to me, for appreciating what I do, for studying.

Thank you 🙂

xoxo

Paris B