Hey babes! I wanted to sit down while I was having my nightly glass of tea to chit chat with y’all on what has been going on in my life and what I’m planning for my blog this year! It’s kind of random but let me know if you like these type of blog posts! Lol.
I took an unintended break from blogging and social media over the last few months. It was hard to get motivated after I got back from vacation in Nashville. I meant to get back to regular posting in December but then I was sick off and on. The flu and allergies are the worst! Between my grandma passing away last month and family drama, I’ve kind of been in a meh mood. I think getting back into my blogging routine will help keep my mind occupied. 🙂
Blog: I’ve been really bad about sending out my newsletter. I’m wanting to get back to sending that out every week! You can sign up for it in my sidebar! I would ideally like to get back to posting 2-3 blog posts a week but it’ll probably take me a bit to work back up to that. Lol. I’m wanting to up my photography game this year! I’m going to be buying softboxes within the next week or so. I never seem to have the time to take pictures during the day. I’ve been using my sister’s Nikon off and on lately. I’m finally starting to get the hang of it and kind of obsessed with how nice my pictures are turning out. I started saving now so hopefully I can get a good deal on a DSLR around Black Friday! I’m leaning towards a Canon but I’m not 100% decided yet. If you have any softbox or camera recommendations, let me know!
Budget: This year I’m wanting to cut back on my spending, to pay off my credit cards, and save money. This means that I’m going to be using up makeup before buying more and stop spending money on stupid stuff I don’t need. Lol. I’ve been keeping track of everything in my bullet journal. It’s my newest obsession!
Fitness: Last year I lost about 15 pounds and I’m wanting to lose another 50ish. I stopped drinking soda and drink a lot of water. I need to get back to eating healthier and working out again though. Since it’s been so cold I haven’t been walking outside. In the summer I was doing about 2 miles a day. I’ve been wanting to try yoga!
Reading: I set myself a goal on Goodreads to read 100 books. I read a bit over 80 last year so I think it’s doable! So far I’m on my 21st book of the year. Lol. Out of those 100 books, I want to 25 that I already own. I’m getting more and more advanced copies of books to read and I purchase a lot of new releases that I forget about ones I already own. Also, I’m trying to review every book I read on Goodreads. A recap of all the books I read in January will be up in a blog post this weekend! Add me as a friend on Goodreads! I love seeing what everyone else is reading! I’m currently obsessed with romance!! Lol.
School: I’m hoping to be able to start cosmetology school by the end of the year! It depends on how much I have saved and when I get my student loan and credit cards paid off. I’m super excited to finally do start! It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years!
Updates: I’m switching up a few things. I changed the heading font to something more my style. Let me know if you can read it fine! I’m working with someone on a new header. I’m so excited and can’t wait for y’all to see it!
Series: I’ve been slacking on a few of my series’. I plan on continuing with my Mascara Monday posts. I still have a lot of mascaras to try, so go to that page and let me know which mascara you would like me to try next! I never did a final update on my project pan. Would y’all like to see that? A beauty empties post should be up next week! My newest series will be a makeup collection and declutter by product type! I’m really excited to start that!
1 Year Anniversary: Ahh!! I almost forgot! A year ago today I started my first blog, Red Lipstick Blondie which I renamed xoxo, Am last summer! I still need to go back through and edit some of the pictures in my older posts. I can’t believe my little baby is a year old already!! I had been wanting to start a blog for years and am so happy I finally took the plunge! I wish I would have done it sooner! Lol. Here were my top 5 blog posts!
- Foundation Showdown | Bare Minerals vs. Tarte
- Besame Cosmetics Lip Swatches
- 25 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me
- The Best Cream Eyeshadow?!
- Dressy & Casual Summer Style Ideas!
I think that’s all for now! Let me know if you would like to see more of this type of post and any blog post requests you have! Thanks so much for your support!!
– xoxo, Am ♥
P.S. What’s your favorite tea? I’m kind of obsessed right now! Lol.