MWS turns 5 today – 5! Did I ever think I’d hang around this long? No.
Did I ever think I’d enjoy it this much? No.
Did I ever think we’d evolve into such a strong beauty-loving community in which to share our tips, secrets and beauty thoughts? Nope!
Am I enjoying it? Hell yeah! 😀 5 years in the blogging scene has given me my fair share of ups and downs and trite as it might sound, I could never have pulled through without all of you 🙂 So let me share with you the 5 things beauty blogging has taught me in these 5 years. Lessons I’ve learnt and applied to my daily life – whoever said nothing good comes out of blogging doesn’t know what they are talking about 🙂
Learning to prioritize
In the 5 years since I started this blog, I’ve been around the block where blogging is concerned. Done it for the money (not ashamed to admit I’ve done it and I can safely say why I won’t again), chased the rainbow for news and “the latest”, run scoops, and shouted promotions from the rooftops. At the end, I’ve decided and learnt to prioritize my time and space. Time is a limited resource and I’d rather spend that limited resource on something that brings me joy. So I talk about things that bring me joy – products and brands that I enjoy using. If its a brand or product I’m not so keen on, I decline. Also, when it comes to skincare, I’m very happy with the state of my skin right now and I’m less wont to stray so I’ve become quite picky and I prioritize.
Ditto life. Time is a limited resource so I prioritize the areas of my life I want focusing on and the people I want to surround myself with and try not to dwell too much on unpleasantness. Learning to prioritize what I want out of life and my blog, is probably the biggest lesson I’ve learnt 🙂
There are good… And nasty people in the world
5 years, and I think I’ve seen it all from both ends of the spectrum and in between. Or maybe I haven’t. For the most part, I must say I have met the loveliest people from my online exploits, and I have made many fast friends this way. The best part for me is making friends from all over the globe thanks to a common love (much love to my Sherlock loving lipstick bandits!) which gives me a little thrill everytime because it tells me that the internet has no borders and we’re global, baybeh! 😀
The nasty ones or not so nice ones are there, and will always be there but I have chosen to turn a blind eye. I can’t and will not live my life wanting and waiting for you to be my friend nor for me to be yours, and perhaps I don’t want it either. There are lots more things to do and more to life than just getting upset over things people do or don’t do, and being petty and all round childish. I will confess that I sometimes let irritations get me down but once I brush it off, its time to get up and move on. Life’s short, and I plan to live it to the fullest 😀
Its ok to look stupid sometimes
I’ve been known to pull some silly faces in FOTDs – something I do to detract from the norm. Case in point, this silly face from the Dior Rose Porcelaine palette review, Granted, it makes me look stupid, and for those who don’t know or aren’t familiar with my usual style, vapid and vain. But its ok to look stupid sometimes, because it makes me human 😀 When I translate it into real life, it just means that sometimes, when you take a tumble and end up looking silly, its ok to sit and laugh at it and then pick yourself up and move on. You may think it looks silly but to someone else, it may look cute or just not so silly 😉
Don’t be afraid to admit you do not know
Sometimes, I receive email questions or I think of something that I have no answer to. I’m not afraid to admit that I don’t know the answer. The beauty of it is that, most of the time, some of you readers do! So, posing a question, seeking your answers, offering topics for discussion by the majority is a great way for us all to chat and discuss and perhaps even, find some answers. At the very least, it offers some interesting topics for discussion 🙂 In real life, its the same thing – you don’t and can’t know everything, so once you admit and realize that, its easier to seek help and then, learn from there because life’s a long learning process.
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Once in a while, my blog goes down. It could be a simple error in the blog theme when I tweak codes, or it could be something bigger like a database or server connection time out or the exceeding of my allocated bandwidth, as just happened recently. In the early years, I would panic and go into a cold sweat – “Why??!!” I’d throw my hands in the air and lament, and bug my webhost to death. I’ve since learnt not to sweat the small stuff. I have an excellent webhost I’ve been using from Day 1 and he works his magic when I ping him in desperation. But as with real life, a lot of these panic attacks can be blown up into something bigger than they really are and stress levels go through the roof. So nowadays when something happens, I take a step back and weigh the size of the problem. If its something that can be resolved through time or with a bit of expenditure, I try not to stress over it. Again, its my new life philosophy. Its short – live it to its fullest 🙂
Sharing is caring
Let me sneak in just one more (in case you’re counting) The title says it all. I wouldn’t be blogging about my thoughts on products and beauty tips and snippets if I didn’t think that someone somewhere could benefit from the little bit of sharing that I do. If you have benefited in any way, then I am going to now get into a contortionist pose and pat myself on the back for a job well done 🙂 Just like in real life, I’ve learnt that sharing ideas, thoughts, gifts and above all, time with others can make a difference to some people. That you share something or some time or just lend a sympathetic ear to someone tells them you care about them and that can be enough to lift ones spirits even if you have no solution to offer bar a sympathetic ear.
Thank you everyone for being with me this far. I promise to hang around so long as this continues to be fun and while you still want me to 😉 If you have learnt anything off my blog, or if you have found a product review helpful, it’s been worth it 😀