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My 2017 Beauty & Blogging Resolutions

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My 2017 Beauty & Blogging Resolutions

I feel like 2016 went by really fast. I had a Beauty Game Plan for the year that I didn’t fully stick to because of leaving a job after five years and making the difficult transition to working from home which made my self confidence and motivation suffer a little. Plus, it didn’t help either when other stressful events happened that left me feeling worse for wear. But, it’s a new year now and I’m committing myself to fight through it and change things for the better. Here are my 2017 beauty & blogging resolutions.

Resolution #1 – Get Back into Fitness Again: I know this sounds like your typical New Year’s resolution but my main goal here is to fall in love with fitness again and, ultimately, get back into shape. I found a lot of excuses for not working out as much as I should last year but now I don’t have any excuses. I’m getting older and it’s only going to get harder to stay fit. I’m actually at my most motivated to workout during the winter because looking fit for the summer is always something I like striving for. I’ve started this year off pretty decently by pushing myself to get up and do some kind of exercise. I don’t want to (and can’t) give up on myself like I have before and it’s now or never.

Resolution #2 – Post More Frequently on Glitter Diaries: For my first blogging resolution, I want to work on posting more as well as varying my content so you guys are not just seeing review after review on here. I also want to be more consistent and active on my social media accounts as well. I’d like to expand into more lifestyle and fashion posts because they’re really lacking on the blog. And if you’d like to see anything else in particular, shoot me an email!

Resolution #3 –Β Treat My Skin to More Spa Treatments: Last year, I went to get my first really great facial in a long time. It reminded me that there’s only so much you can do by yourself at home and it’s good to treat your skin every now and then to a special service. I want to get more facials done and work on getting rid of the sun damage I’ve got.

Resolution #4 – Rebrand the Blog: This has been on my mind for a long time now. You know when you get into a funk and feel like the overall style and look of the blog that you originally had in mind is not doing it for you anymore? There is more to me and my personality than I let on and I want that to show more on GD. So, be prepared to start seeing some changes in the aesthetic on here verrry soon! πŸ˜‰

Resolution #5 – Buy More Wigs:Β I wish I could dye my hair all of the colours of the rainbow but from going from blonde to black and then back to blonde when I was younger, it took a huge toll on my hair and, unfortunately, I can’t take risks like that with my anymore. That’s why I love wearing wigs for photo shoots because it adds a fun element to the photos. There are so many high quality wigs out there and I have yet to try out front lace wigs, which look a lot more realistic than the ones I’ve bought. My dream would be to build a wig collection as enviable as Moira Rose from Schitt’s Creek. Her wig collection is AH-mazing!

Resolution #6 – Start Shooting Videos Again: Way back when I first started the blog, I got into doing makeup tutorials on YouTube. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with it and just stopped doing it all together. I really miss doing the videos and being a part of that community. I’ve heard from many other bloggers who are also doing videos that it’s really engaging and fun to be on there now. I know I’m missing out on the audience YT would open me up to on there and I want to start getting back into video again soon.

Resolution #7 – Revamp My Beauty Room: I found out really quickly this past year that the room all of my makeup. beauty products, camera, soft boxes, props and everything else are in is way too small. I’m planning on moving my beauty room into our second bedroom which is a hell of a lot bigger and will give all of my furniture and products more breathing space. This is where I shoot my photos and will eventually do videos in, so I need room for that without feeling like I’m being suffocated by all of the product and stuff that’s on the floor because there’s nowhere to put them. I will show you guys the transformation once the move is underway!

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So, these are my beauty & blogging resolutions for 2017 in a nutshell. I think these are very doable as long as I keep focused on the end goals and how happy it will make me. I’d love to hear what resolutions you guys have for beauty and blogging for the year. Resolutions can be tough to keep, but as long as you make them a priority and keep in mind why they’re so important to you, you can accomplish what you set out to in the first place!

What do you think ofΒ my 2017 Beauty & Blogging Resolutions? What are your resolutions for the year?! Share your thoughts below!

 

How to Make the Most Out of Working from Home

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How to Make the Most Out of Working from Home

It’s been a few months since I started working from home. And it can either be a good thing or bad thing, especially if this is your first time doing it. Regular 9-5 working hours can spread out into the wee hours of the night with a work from home job. It will start to feel like it’s eating at your “after work” hours if you don’t lay down some ground rules to keep yourself sane and at your happiest. Here is what I’ve learned about how to make the most out of working from home.

How to Make the Most Out of Working from Home

  1. Stay Off Social MediaΒ – In order to be the most efficient at your job, you need to work without the distraction that is social media. It is not hard for anyone to get sucked into what’s going on online and spend hours just browsing photos for hours without knowing it. I’m not saying to completely ignore it, but just schedule your social media time for your breaks and off-time so you can focus on your work when you need to.
  2. Set Your Work Schedule – I’ve been known to work crazy hours because I wanted the work to be done and off my plate before I go to sleep. But that’s not always a good idea. You really need to set your work schedule and stick to it. Don’t forget – you do need your ‘me’ time! If you work best at night, schedule your time for that period and give yourself the morning to do what YOU want and need to do.
  3. Get Outside – When you’re couped up inside, you can really start to feel detached from the world outside you. It’s really important to take a step back and look at what’s happening around you for a little bit every day. I learned that when I totally didn’t realize how hot and humid it was one week because I was inside. In that case, it’s okay to be inside (ain’t nobody got time for frizzy hair!) but there are very beautiful days that will pass you by, making you wish you took the time to stop and smell the roses.
  4. Stay Social – Not the kind of social I mentioned above! Staying social with friends, neighbors and family can really help break up your time. When you’re working from home, you lose that face to face connection with co-workers, so you have to make up for it by making sure you get face-to-face contact with other people in your life. It can feel very lonely when the only thing you come into contact with on a daily basis are your cats (they’re great co-workers!) but you still need some good conversation πŸ˜‰
  5. Do What Works for You – Ultimately, it all comes down to doing what works for you. You might be all for working from home at first, but quickly find out that it’s not for you. In some cases you won’t realize how much you enjoy working with people in person until you’re at your laptop and sending emails to your colleagues (that you may never meet) just isn’t cutting it. It’s okay to admit well into something that it’s just not working. Working from home isn’t for everybody after all and that’s okay.

Have you ever been interested in working from home? Have you ever worked from home before? If so, share your tips below!

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How to Cure the Sunday Night Blues

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How to Cure the Sunday Night Blues

It always feels like Sunday comes along before we’re able to fully enjoy all that the weekend has to offer. And we’re left feeling down in the dumps that another weekend is coming to an end and a whole new week is approaching. The Sunday night blues are something I know all too well and that’s why it took some time for me to figure out how to get rid of that feeling so I wouldn’t hate Sunday’s as much as I used to. Here are the tips I’ve learned about how to cure the Sunday night blues and make it your favourite (or pretty close to) day of the weekend!

How to Cure the Sunday Night Blues

  1. Go to the gym: First thing in the morning you should get up and go to the gym or put on a workout dvd and get your exercise in for the day. Exercising unleashes endorphins and gives you more energy so you can accomplish more with your day and feel happier about it. I have been trying to get back into the habit of exercising regularly and I can honestly say that I prefer how I feel after working out compared to when I skip yet another day. Get up and get active as soon as you open your eyes in the morning and seize that workout!
  2. Plan something fun: I have always been guilty of planning my trips to Sephora or to do something else that’s equally as fun on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon. But then that leaves Sunday high and dry and looking less than exciting. So I started spreading out my plans so I would do something fun on Sunday as well and this has made me look at Sunday in a new light.
  3. Watch a good movie:Β The power of a good comedy or romantic movie can wash away any depression or tension we have for Sunday. Browse your Netflix or DVD collection and put something on while you’re having lunch. Movies like Bridesmaids or Trainwreck always get me laughing and put me into an instantly good mood, no matter how many times I watch them. I know what movies work for helping me get through a crappy day and you need to know some as well so they can become your go-to Sunday movie options!
  4. Unplug from everything: Sunday’s are usually when I get sucked into Instagram and Facebook and start feeling depressed about my life. I usually tend to just ‘check’ for updates but then it turns into 1hr+ of scanning pictures from one profile to another. It can feel like we’re accomplishing something while we’re doing this but all we’re really doing is wasting time and ruining our mood. When we’re focusing more on what other people are doing with their Sundays and not enough on what we’re doing with ours, that’s a big NO. Sundays are the day to unplug or limit your time on social media to as LITTLE as possible so you can focus on making YOUR Sunday amazing.
  5. Plan ahead: If you dread Monday’s at work because of the mile high list of things that need to be done, start using your Friday afternoons to figure out a plan for the upcoming week. If you can tackle what’s on your to-do list for next week right now then you’re only helping yourself even more and preventing the anxiety that’s sure to hit you on Sunday night. Planning your days in general gives you a clearer idea on what needs to be done so you’re not wasting any time, like on a Sunday.

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What are your tips for how to cure the Sunday night blues?! Share your thoughts below!

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