New Year New Me?: Starting a New Chapter

I have never been one to believe in New Year’s resolutions because honestly most of the time they end up in failure anyway. I think setting yourself goals (i.e improving your grades, getting a new job, saving up for a new computer, writing a book etc.)  you want to achieve within the months to come is great but resolutions have never been for me because I’m a firm believer in continuous change. It’s your life and if you want to change something about it or change something about yourself you can work on getting that change whenever you feel like you’re ready. You don’t need a new year to do so, at least  that’s what I think. But if you’re of one the people who do like to make resolution for the new year then you do you, honey. Each to their own!

Needless to say I have never really made a list of resolutions but I do want to set some personal goals for 2018. I feel like this year is going to be an exciting yet scary year for me because I know a lot is going to change. I recently finished my BA degree and I am now waiting on my diploma, so I can apply for real grown up adult jobs. It’s been a few months since I’ve handed in my BA thesis yet I still can’t believe I’m now officially a college graduate. Sometimes it feels like I only graduated high school just yesterday and now I’m already finished with my first degree. Now I have to really figure out want I want to do with my life, find a job and look for MA programs. It’s exciting because one chapter of my life has come to an end and a new one is starting but it’s also nerve-wrecking and scary at the same time because at this point my future is entirely unknown.

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My plan for the upcoming months is to find a job or internship in my field so I can gain some experience before hopefully starting an MA degree next fall. I really want to make 2018 all about focusing on pushing myself forward in terms of work and academics. In the past few months I’ve been working in retail to make some money while waiting for my diploma and looking into possible jobs/programs. I’ve been wanting to start working on applications for so long yet most of the time I couldn’t get myself to really get into it. I think my biggest problem is the fear of not being good enough since I don’t have a lot of work experience yet other than some student jobs in retail or smaller internships. So in 2018 I want to overcome my fears and try to gain as much experience and knowledge as I possibly can. Instead of being insecure about the inevitable change I’m facing I want to embrace it and make the most of it. Change can be very good and the fact that I’ve finished my BA degree also opens up lots of new opportunities for me and I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store.

Whether you make resolutions or set yourself goals or you just wait and see what the new year brings I wish you all lots of success and hope you get to make the most out of 2018!

Happy New Year and lots of love,

Sophie

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A New Beginning

It’s been a very long time since I last wrote and pressed publish on a blog post. Actually it’s been a very long time since I last even looked at my blog. A lot has happened since. I spent six months studying abroad in Canada (best time ever) and I finished writing my Bachelor’s thesis (most stressful time ever).

The past months have been kinda crazy and emotional but some of the best I’ve ever had. So much was going on I totally neglected my little blog, which once used to be my pride and joy. But now life has calmed down a lot. I finished my first degree and right now I’m just working to make some money while trying to figure out what I want to do in the future. Which Master’s program I should go in. Basically my future is very uncertain right now but I’m okay with that because I want to find the right thing for me.

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I’m not even sure why exactly but something inspired me to want to pick up my old hobby of blogging again. Once I used to love it so much it literally consumed most of my time. Writing has always helped me in so many ways, so I want to go back to just writing for me and writing for fun in my own little corner of the internet.

I know this used to be mostly a makeup blog and makeup is still my passion. My makeup collection has probably more than doubled within the past year even but I want my blog to be a lot more than just makeup. I really want to incorporate more lifestyle posts and basically just write about whatever inspires me and makes me happy, so be prepared for anything (but still lots of makeup reviews).

Right now it feels like a big chapter in my life is coming to an end and a new one is about to start, which is exciting yet scary at the same time. But to every ending there is a new beginning with new chances and opportunities and I’m intrigued where this new journey will take me and my little blog.

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie

 

 

Blogging and Life Goals for 2016

I know I’m a tad bit late but happy new year guys! I hope you all had a lovely NYE. I thought I’d kick off the new year with a more personal posts so here are my blogging and life goals for the year of 2016.

But first let me take you a bit back in time. Since the last half of 2014 turned into quite the nightmare for me I didn’t set any resolutions or goals for 2015. All I wanted for 2015 was to get back to my old self and find happiness again and I think I came pretty close to that. Though I’m not entirely the same person I used to be I can finally recognize myself again. But honestly I think when you experience something traumatic it is going to change you and you can never go back to that exact person you once were because you cannot just forget what happened. I’m sure we’d all like to forget certain moments, experiences or even people but that’s just not how life works. In order to move on you have to deal with it.

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While it took most 0f 2015 to get over 2014 I eventually managed to cope with everything that happened and now I’m finally at a much much happier and better place. I have my motivation back, which is why I’m determined to make 2016 my year!

  1. First off I want to get back in shape. After not being allowed to exercise and work out for so long I really want to push myself to hit up the gym regularly again and get back to a healthier me.

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2. When I first started University I was so determined to do much better than I did in high school and get really good grades because I finally got to study something  I was really interested in. However, having to start my second year late because of health reasons I stopped caring about school for a while. I’m still not even sure how I made it through my second year sometimes. I guess I just forced myself to function but I didn’t actively put any effort into anything. Since I now finally have my old motivation back I really want to work harder for those good grades

3. I hope that just like last summer I get to travel again! Traveling has always been a huge passion of mine because I love to explore other countries and cultures, so I hope that I get to do a bit more of that in 2016.

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4. One of my main goals this year is to focus more on my blog again! I’ve really been slacking with blogging lately. I used to enjoy blogging so much and I still do but life has been getting in the way so much lately. Additionally I just couldn’t motivate myself to write. I’m not really sure why because I used to want to write and post all the time. But I really hope I can go back to posting new and interesting content for you consistently again!

5. In 2015 I got the chance to work with quite a few  great brands, which was incredible. Honestly, when I first started blogging I never ever in a million years thought that any brand would ever contact me to work with them. So I’m quite proud of myself that that I’ve gotten some great opportunities through my blog in 2015. For 2016 I’d love to work with more  amazing brands and maybe some more great opportunities will come my way.

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6. In case you guys didn’t know I’m a huge Instagram addict! I spend so much time on Instagram it’s probably not good. But it’s definitely my main source for makeup, nail and outfit inspiration. And obviously I also love posting on there myself. I’m currently so close to 6000 followers, which is so little compared to some but a lot to me. For 2016 I hope to improve my Instagram as well as my blog and hope to gain some more followers on the way. 10K would be like my ultimate goal for 2016.That seems like so many people to me but I’m already more than halfway there so who knows? Maybe I can get there.

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So these are my personal goals for 2016. Basically I’m just really motivated to hopefully improve many aspects of my life, which will hopefully lead to a more confident and happier me. I guess happiness is my absolute main goal of the year because being truly happy isn’t as easy as some people make it out to be.

Did you set any goals for 2016? What are they?

Thanks so much for reading!

Lots of love,

Sophie

 

Setting Goals & Dreams Coming True?

Hey guys,

I’ve had the best morning today. I got to sleep in and had the best breakfast consisting of a nice cup of coffee and hot pretzels. Breakfast perfection! I hope your start into the weekend is just as good as mine! Anyway.. I really felt like writing a more personal, rambly update kind of post so if you’re here for the usual beauty review you now have the chance to click off.

So some of you might remember the post I wrote about one of my best friends from the US and how we’re still very close and try to keep in touch even though we haven’t since each other in nearly 4 years, which seems like an eternity. I also wrote about how we always dreamt about traveling together and how we would make the craziest plans of all the cool places we wanted to go to. Honestly I never really believed our dreams would even come somewhat close to reality but guess what? She’s coming to Europe this summer! After years of trying she has finally managed to convince her parents to let her go to summer school in Paris! She’ll be staying in Paris for an entire month, so I can visit her there and once her classes are over she is going to stay with me for for two weeks and we’re planning on traveling to a bunch of different cities in Europe. Now it’s not set in stone yet and she still has to book the flights but it’s 99.9% sure that she’ll be making her way to Paris.

I cannot even put into words how happy this makes me. We’ve been talking about this for years and the last time we both saw each other was when we were 16 and now we’re going to see each other in around 4 month. I still can’t really believe that this is happening. I think I’m going to have an amazing summer and I can’t wait to share it all with you and blog about it.

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Now as some of you may also know I was really ill last summer and though I’m physically healthy again I wasn’t allowed to do any kind of sports for months so obviously I’m not in the best physical shape fitness wise. I’m still out of breath super easily, which annoys me immensely and makes me feel worse. But since I’ll be spending quite a bit of my summer traveling and exploring new places I need to get myself into a better condition health wise or otherwise I won’t be able to travel. As frustrating as it is so start slowly I’ve starting going for walks a lot and each time I manage walk a little longer without having to take a break. I hope to soon be able to cycle to uni again instead go having to drive.

It’s like now that I finally have a goal again I feel my motivation and energy coming back. It really helps to have something to work towards to because in the end you know you’re frustration will turn into happiness once you reach your goal. Summer seems to be approaching fast now and I’m seriously looking forward to it, which is such a great feeling because I haven’t really looked forward to anything in months. It was like I was just kinda living my life without having any direction. Obviously finishing my Bachelor’s degree is my goal but I was just kind of going to Uni and trying to get good grades but when I received those good grades it didn’t even make me happy. I felt a sense of relief but other than that it almost didn’t even matter. I was just living my life without actually living it if you understand what I mean. I wasn’t really feeling alive because I was still struggling with everything that had happened and it frustrated me that I couldn’t get back to old happy and carefree self.

But now I’ve set myself a goal and I have something that is truly making me feel excited about something again. I just wanted to share this more personal post with you guys because I know there are a lot of people out there who struggle with all sorts of things on a regular basis. I’ve had a terrible last 6 months if I’m being honest with myself but things are looking up for me a lot. I’m finding my motivation and energy again and I feel like I’m truly on the road to happiness again. So if you’re having a tough time because of whatever just remember that things will get better at one point. Even though it feels like they won’t.

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Thank you so much for reading!

Lot of love,

Sophie