…as Sandy Denny would sing.
It’s been a few weeks since I showed you the new producs that Catrice and Essence brought out for spring/ summer 2019. I first showed you the Catrice products in early February as they are always first. A few weeks later, Essence released their update and I posted my video on the new products in early March. So by now, I have given everything a try: time to give you the full low down.Read more
In July & September I tried some new Essence & Catrice products in two different first impression videos. I always do these when these two affordable brands change up their makeup lines for the new season, which happens twice a year. So far I have gotten around to reviewing a few of the items I showed in those videos, but not everything will be making the review cut. That is why I figured I would film a video to give you my thoughts on them.
Catrice & Essence Haul Update
So we are nearing the end of August palette month and I thought we’d go out with a bang. I still have one more review for you tomorrow, but I figured it would be best to make the last video of this month my full eyeshadow palette collection video. I already did posts on my several parts of my eyeshadow palette collection, as there were a few brands that I wanted to spend some more time on and I didn’t want to make this video too long. I hope you enjoy!
Eyeshadow palette collection
I thought it would be fun to shoot a chatty, rambly type video in which I update you on my experiences so far doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It’s the first time I’m participating and my goal is to reach 50 books by the end of the year. By now I’m terribly behind (that July reading slump didn’t help), but I thought it would still be fun to tell you about what I love and what are some of the downsides of trying to read 50 books in one year for me.
My experiences with the Goodreads Reading Challenge
It’s been a while since I last updated you on my life. I haven’t written anything since July! I was simply so busy getting back to work and getting my life back on track that I didn’t have much inspiration for a personal update post. I also had quite a few things that I was still trying to sort out and that I needed to finalize before I would write anything about it on here. By now, I’m ready to give you an update on what I’ve been up to and what I will be doing in the next few months.
Overall I had a very chilled and relax summer. After I returned from my trip, I took some time to meet up with friends and family and I went shopping with my mom. The result of which you can see if you scroll down to Friday’s post. Mostly I spent my days at home, sometimes going to a park or beach to read and I took out a ton of time to find new music. I reorganized my bookcases, watched some cool TV series and before I knew it, summer was over and I was ready to head back to work.
As I said, I have been busy getting life back on track. I started work again halfway through August and in case you didn’t know, I switched jobs. I now work in Breda, which means I commute by train for almost 3 hours every day. By now I’m still getting used to the longer days and traveling to and from work, but I know that that is just a matter of time. I already arranged to have as few 8.30 AM starts as possible with the roster maker, because my train doesn’t run until past 7 AM which means either catching a train much much earlier so I can be on time, or showing up 10 minutes late to class. I haven’t been very lucky with the trains so far. Every week there have been major delays that ensured me to get to work 45 mins to an hour later than I should have.
Another area of my life that is slowly but surely getting back into gear are my meals, my work outs and my social life. Not that I hadn’t been working on it, but I needed to tweak things a bit and push myself a little bit more. I have now figured out a way to make sure I have regular, healthy meals again that are wheat free. Over summer I added in weightlifting in my work out and am currently on a schedule of 1 spinning class, 1 body balance class, 1 dance class and one round of weights a week. I hope to add one more aerobics type class by the end of October/ early November which will mean I have picked up my old work out schedule.
My social life is right back on track again as well. I celebrated my birthday for my family, attended my family’s yearly reunion and have had some fun lunch and dinner appointments with several of my friends. To top things off, I have planned to go to several concerts in the next few months to come. I saw Future Islands on Friday and will be seeing London Grammar, Ed Sheeran, Bombay Bicycle Club and Jungle in October, November and December. I haven’t made any plans yet for next year, but I’m pretty sure I will be doing that pretty soon.
The most exciting thing happening in the near future is another trip to London. I had found out about a few exhibitions I would love to see and when I checked for plain tickets and hotels at the end of August, I found some good deals. So I booked! I will be in London at the end of October and am planning to go see a Sherlock Holmes exhibition at the Museum of London and a photography exhibit at the V&A. Other plans for London include to do some shopping and finally take some dance classes at Pineapple dance studios. Who knows, what I’ll do, but I’ll make sure to write a report once I return.
What have you been up to?
So I thought I’d use this space to not only keep track of my fave beauty products, but also to write a bit about myself from time to time. As you may know, I decided to call in sick from work in January. I have been home ever since. This is what I wrote in January, here’s how I’m doing right now.
My first message was quite cryptic: I was busy at work = stressed out = I need some time. So to clarify things: I am not just sick. I am burned up and I guess I have been for a few months now. For the past 6 weeks I’ve been at home trying to wrap my head around things and getting my life back on track. Unfortunately for me, it’s not going as quickly as I’d liked or hoped when I decided to stay at home. Also, unfortunately, this isn’t my first time going through something like this, so I also know that that shouldn’t come as a surprise to me. The fact that it does, is frustrating to say the least.
For those of you that don’t know: I went through something similar 5 years ago. At that time, years of pushing myself too hard (on all fronts, not just one) and not listening to what I needed added up to this penultimate battle which I lost. I caught mono (Pfeiffer) and that caused me to crash completely. It was so bad that I had to move back in with my parents for almost 2 months because I was too exhausted to take care of myself. I worked on getting better and I did after roughly 6 months of soul searching and doctor’s appointments. I thought I’d done everything to prevent anything like that from happening again.
Enter last September. I had handed in my thesis just before summer which rounded off 3 years of doing a full time education alongside a 32 hour teaching job. To say I was happy with my 5 week summer break (teacher’s perk) would be an understatement. I took that time to recharge: met up with friends of family, but also spent plenty of time on my couch with a big stack of movies. By the time I got back to work in August I felt refreshed and ready to go. Then the semester started and 2 weeks after I had started teaching again I just knew I couldn’t take it anymore. I was teaching 3 days in a row from 9 to 5, pretty much back to back. I had too many (new) courses to teach and no time to prep them. I felt stuck and when I came home crying, I decided to notify my manager and call in sick for the rest of the week. I knew I wouldn’t last long if I’d continue like that and that’s what I told tried to make clear. Unfortunately, there were no replacements available so I was informed that I would have to sit it out until fall break 5 weeks later.
I was happy when fall break happened: I went to London and was all about getting my life back on track. For 7 weeks I spent all my time teaching, prepping or sleeping. I didn’t have the time or energy to do anything else. The only thing I held on to was dance class (but only after an hour long nap right after work). And come November I was trying to get my life back on track: I had started to work out again and have something that resembled a social life. Then I got the flu, the worst one I had had in years. After that I kept feeling tired and just as out of it as early September when I first stayed home. I went to see my doctor from work and we agreed I would work 50%. The thing is: Christmas break came about 2 weeks too late. I crashed after Christmas. And all I could think was: who am I kidding??? That’s what made me decide that I should stay at home.
Fast forward to now: I am still tired. I get headaches and feel dizzy when I do too much in a day. It takes a lot of time for me to get my day started. If I go too far on one day, it pretty much means I cannot do much of anything the next. And that’s just the beginning. I don’t want to bore you with what is ‘wrong’ with me. I want to focus on getting, doing and feeling better, because I know that I am far from reaching ultimate rock bottom. That was last time. This is now. So I try to keep going as best as I can. It’s why I keep this blog running. It gives my day some sort of purpose: to do something that requires some thinking but not so much that it stresses me out. I am also going to try to pick up some work things again, depending on what I can do. In the mean time, I am going to keep on working on trying to get better. I just have to figure out how.