Happy New Year 2018 and Thank You!

Happy New Year 2018 everybody! I hope you had a good Christmas and perhaps even had a great holiday. The kids are going back to school tomorrow after a 5-week break from school. They were complaining that this holiday felt like it went by too fast, and I agree. Maybe we were having too good a time. 2017 flew by, and that’s what most of us said. Actually, I feel like that come every year end. The year just kind of flew by, then it’d be New Year’s Day, and then Chinese New Year.

It didn’t matter if I had a shitty week, or a shitty few months during that year. By the end of the year, I’d look back, reflect, and think, hey, I made through it and while it was bad, I’m still here. Stronger. So my friends, my dear friends who didn’t have that great of a year, or maybe you’re still having a difficult time, it will pass. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. There is always tomorrow and the sun always rises. Take your time to mourn. I know I did when my granddad passed away. Be calm and endure, even when you think it’s ridiculous and you should punch someone in the face. You’d be glad you didn’t. If it’s something beyond you, then may you find strength in something you absolutely believe in. It may be God, it may be yourself, it may be the love for your family or the love OF your loved ones.

I know it’s getting soppy, but 2017 has been tough for many people I know.

 

 

Moving forward, I honestly don’t have any plans nor big goals. I just want to continue with my fitness journey, which I’ve been working on the past couple of years. It’s really been a journey of self discovery. There have been good times and dark times, battling with my inner demons, but I think this journey itself is priceless as I slowly become a better person.

Beauty wise, I want to continue to use up my things as I have in 2017. I will continue to document my skincare empties here on the blog, and makeup empties on Instagram. I might even start doing one in one out posts for skincare once I’ve cleared out the remaining backups I have in my cupboard. There’s not much left, because I’ve used up backups of serums and moisturizers. It’s definitely an achievement, because I worked on it the past 2-3 years.

Blogging wise, I’d like to say I want to put up better content more regularly, but in all honesty, I can only do what I can manage. It’s not easy being a full time mom to 3 kids, with a 3-year-old still clinging on to me every minute of the day. Ashton goes to school in the morning, so I have some free time to myself. During that time, I get my guaranteed workout time in. More important than blogging, don’t you think? LOL! But I can promise you, I’ll still be as honest and candid as I have. I’ll still keep it real because it’s too much effort trying to be someone I’m not.

So I want to wish all of you a peaceful 2018. Please take care of your health. Get your sleep in, get your water in, try to get a couple of workouts in, get your vege, vitamins, and also, love. Keep the people who give you strength very close to you. And stay hopeful. Hope is what keeps us going. Our hope and faith for a better tomorrow.

Thank you for reading, as usual. Thank you for being with me, commenting even when you’re busy, and staying with me even though I sometimes disappear for a while. And for that thank you, I’d like to give you a surprise. An Instagram giveaway just ended, but I want to have one on the blog too. I bought a huge eye shadow palette from Violet Voss a while ago. It’s called the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette. I haven’t tried it before, but I LOVE THE COLOURS!!! It’s been sitting in my drawer, and I’ve been so tempted to try it! But no, I held it in and thought I’d save it for a giveaway. Along with this eye palette, I have a pair of Huda Beauty faux mink lashes for you, when you want extra drama. It’s Farah #12 lashes. I bought these from Cult Beauty, and you can always search for swatches online.

This giveaway is open worldwide, to my genuine readers. As you can see, I didn’t announce it in the title, and I also sneakily announce it at the end of a long ramble. If you’ve been reading so far, thank you! As you know, I don’t like to have giveaways to get more subscribers. It’s the genuine readers, my long time readers who really count.

All you have to do is, tell me in the comment below, your happiest moment in 2017. I know of too many sad stories in 2017, so I want ALL OF US to remember that one happiest moment in 2017 and focus on that to bring us into 2018. So tell me and I’ll pick the winner randomly on the 10th of January 2018. I’ll contact the winner via email and will also announce it here by editing this post <here>.

 

Congratulations Cecila!! Please email me your address so I can send the prize to you!!

 

Again, Happy 2018, and enter this giveaway! This eye palette is gorgeous, and so is the lashes! I don’t earn a salary anymore, so I can’t afford to buy too many expensive gifts for you, so I hope you’ll like these 🙂

 

xoxo Lily