It’s been a very long time since I’ve written a blog post. So long that it feels quite strange to be typing away again. But today, I’m feeling cosy at home next to the Christmas tree, and I felt the urge to write for the first time in a while.
I feel like a little life update is a good place to begin, and to share where I am with blogging at the moment. My absence from the blogging world might have gone completely unnoticed by readers but writing this blog had been a big part of my life for two years, so it seems strange not to address a break, even if it’s just for my future self to read back on.
My internet absence hasn’t been completely by choice. A few months ago, I started suffering from acute tendonitis in my hands, which seems to flare up when typing, writing, chopping, painting and so on. You get the idea. I had to resist doing pretty much all of my favourite things in order to rest my hands and allow them to recover. As someone who finds making lists, journalling and writing so therapeutic, I really found it hard to stop using my hands, particularly the right one.
My advice for anyone would be to make sure you aren’t overusing your hands. It’s truly frustrating to know that it’s a self-inflicted problem. For anyone who does typing, either for work or pleasure, an ergonomic mouse and great posture will make the world of difference.
During the period of not using my hands, I got used to not sharing things online. The pressure of posting was lifted, the need to post has been gone. I never want blogging to feel like a chore; I only do it when I really want to. For two years, I happily spent time here on my corner of the internet every day and I guess I just needed a break.
We live in a world of over sharing. Many people share so much of their life online. It’s only when I stopped doing this that I realised that I just don’t feel the need to share so much right now. I’m spending more time in the ‘real’ world, and as much time as possible with my family, boyfriend and friends. I feel happy. Whilst I’m not suggesting for a moment that this is also true for everyone, I think I am realising that for me, the more content I feel in life, the less I feel the urge to share my life online.
My blog began as a beauty blog. Whilst I still adore makeup and skincare, the recent eczema flare-ups on my face over the last few months means I have had to strip back what I put on my skin completely. I’m currently bare-faced a lot of the time, and so I haven’t been trying as many new products.
I’m trying a new way of shopping, where I’m buying less. It sounds simple, but I had gotten into the habit of, say, buying a new cleanser before finishing the current pot. It’s easy to fall into the trap of having a constant need for ‘new’ things. I started to feel wasteful, and started to shift to the ‘use-it-all-up’ mindset about 6 months ago. It feels really good. I’m not really looking at new beauty releases now and I’m trying to shift towards all cruelty-free beauty, making the switch away from favourite products from non-cruelty free bands.
I’m beginning to wonder if I need a new name for my blog. Whilst ‘Marble Beauty’ was a name that suited it perfectly in the beginning, I think I need something that reflects the content I’ll want to write about now, rather than several years ago. If there are any of you still reading out there, I’d love to know your thoughts. A rebrand feels scary, but is also starting to feel necessary. Perhaps this will be a 2019 project for me.
Christmas is just around the corner, and I am so excited to share it with those around me. It is my favourite time of the year – perfect for sitting by the fire, decorating trees, singing festive songs and enjoying good food. I’m wishing anyone reading the happiest December too.
Thank you for reading,