9 Things I Learned as a Blogger This Year

2015 recap

It’s the last day of the year so it’s a great time to reflect on 2015 and what I learned as a beauty & lifestyle blogger this year. From beauty tips to how to stay organized, it’s been a great year of self discovery and professional development.

  1. Colour correcting is where it’s at. When I first started playing with make-up, my biggest frustration was hiding my dark, under-eye circles. I tried all sorts of concealer shades and brands. But it wasn’t until I came cross a beauty guru on YouTube that I learned this trick – stop using concealers and use a colour corrector instead. Now I live and die by my MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium Deep. It’s creamy texture works well on my skin. It melts right in and works to brighten up under my eyes. It makes me look like I’ve just woken up from a 12-hour nap, even on those days when I’m getting by on less than five. This product is something I buy over and over again.
  2. I am better off in red lipstick. Now that I’m comfortably in my 30s, I’ve earned the right to wear red lipstick to the office and out to lunch with girlfriends. Once reserved for nights out, I am now at my best when I’m in some shade of red lipstick. My tried and true favourite is still MAC Ruby Woo. But I’m always trying new shades and brands.
  3. Fleek brows in 10 min is possible. When I first started doing brows, it took me a whopping 20 mintues. No joke. Now it takes me about 10 mins. For the past few months I’ve been using MAC Eye Brow Pencil in Spiked and Anastasia BH Dipbrow Pomade in Chocolate.  Creating brows that are on fleek does something extra for my face. Great brows and red lips have become my mainstay in 2015.
  4. Cute workout clothes make a big difference. I’ve really been loving the workout clothes from Fabletics Athletic Wear. I have a few things from Under Armour, Nike and Lululemon. But I’ve really been loving the ease and convenience of getting my workout clothes from Fabletics. If you live in your workout clothes – I mean from work, to yoga class to drinks afterwards, Fabletics is the perfect fit. They wash well,  look great, fit well and the price is right! For the cost of one pair of yoga pants from Lululemon, you can get an entire outfit , including shipping, from Fabletics.
  5. Knowing your body type is key. When you think about your body type, don’t focus on height and weight, focus on shape. Body shape is all about proportion. Our body shapes are typically narrowed down to five general categories: pear, wedge, rectangle, apple and hourglass. Once you’ve determined your body shape, you can begin to consider which fashion trends to embrace and which to avoid. I have a pear-shaped body. My lower body is wider than my upper body so my hips are wider than my shoulders. Knowing this helps me big time when I’m shopping. Not all skinny jeans are created equal. So I don’t opt to squish myself into things that are not meant for my body shape.
  6. Organization is crucial for stress-free living. I took on quite a lot in 2015. My full-time job, two blogs, school, starting my own business, plus making time for family and friends. With all that on my plate, I began feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. I bought a few notebook planners and began writing everything down. I started making daily goals, weekly goals and began doing my food prep on Sundays. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when balls are in the air and you don’t where and when they’ll land. Having a calendar system really made the difference for my life balance in 2015.
  7. Goals are achievable. Running the 5k marathon is one of the highlights of 2015. I just randomly registered. But once I did it, I felt committed to actually show up and not make a fool of myself. It kept me motivated to get through my workouts, train hard and keep on point with my eating. But the key thing it made me realize, is that goals are achievable. All I have to do is decide what they are, write them down, and consistently move toward them. It also taught me that you should never stop setting goals. Now that I know I have what it takes to do the 5K run, I’ve set my 2016 fitness goal of running the Nike 15k marathon. Yes. I’m gonna do it. I know I can!
  8. If you take yourself seriously, so will others. I didn’t start off 2015 thinking that I’d start my own business. It was never top of mind. I was okay to work full time and blog on the side. But honestly, sitting on the sideline sucks. Once I swallowed my fear, I began to put all my marketing experience to work – for myself. I started taking my professional talents more seriously and realized that I had a lot of value to offer. Last summer was a such a huge turning point for me in terms of my professional development. I know I have a long way to go, but I’ve been much happier investing in myself and my talents than at any other point in my career.
  9. Do not underestimate the importance of a support system. When I first started blogging years ago, I never talked about it to anyone. Mostly because I was shy about it. I thought I was the only one, but it turns out, most bloggers took a while before posting their content on their own Facebook profile. I faced the same fear when starting my own business. I was shy to talk about it with friends. In fact, it took strangers to really open my eyes about it and become more confident. I’m happy to say those strangers have now become an important support system for me. I’ve heard entrepreneurship is sometimes a lonely road. It’s true. Your mind starts working differently. You wake up in the morning thinking about the business. All your conversations are about the business. Doing anything outside of the business become waste-of-time activities. Your wheels are always in motion and sometimes family and friends can’t understand. A great support system becomes crucial. Whether it’s strangers you met at a networking event or a business association that you attend each month, having people in your life who can understand, give counsel, advice, share insight and share the challenges makes all the difference. This way – you won’t drive your family and friends mad talking about business all the time.

Now with 2016 just hours away, I can’t believe all that I’ve learned and accomplished in 2015. I’ve said, “no” to a lot of the same old, same old things that were never getting me anywhere. And I’ve said, “yes” to so many new things that have really opened up my world. Not only professionally or even in the blogosphere, but also personally as well. 2015 has been great but the best is yet to come.