2017 was a good year. I got rid of all the stuff that was making me miserable the year before. And yet, the work isn’t done.
I’ve quit most of my freelance writing gigs. The clients who hired me because they loved how passionate my writing was and were impressed by my knowledge of skincare and then had me write fear-mongering crap in a “professional” way that made everyone fall asleep.
Who called me at any hour of the day and night and said I wasn’t “professional” if I pointed out that was out of line. Who wanted to micromanage everything I did even if they had no clue how to write even an Instagram caption.
No more. Now I’m very selective and take on only clients who respect me and truly appreciate what I can do for them.
I thought my income would take a huge hit (and was fully prepared for it) but letting go of what wasn’t working left me more time to focus on the blog and I’m now making more money than ever from it. I’m by no ways swimming in money but I have enough to pay my bills, have some fun and save for rainy days.
And yet, I’m finding this whole skincare niche too… limiting. Don’t get me wrong, I still love all things skincare and have no intention of closing down this blog anytime soon.
But after nine years of talking about acne, antiaging and all that malarkey, I feel the need to talk about all the other things that interest me too. Like fashion. Books. Psychology. How the heck to let go of fear and go after what you want.
I started focusing a lot more on my new lifestyle blog and definitely plan to grow it even more in the new year. If you like BWB, I hope you will check it out and follow me along this new exciting journey, too.
I’ve also moved out of that dump hole I was living in last year and into a lovely flat in a lively and leafy part of London. It’s like a charming small village at the centre of a chaotic metropolis.
The kind of place where I could see myself settling down and starting a family in. And yet, do I really want to keep wasting a trackload of money for a small place in London where I could get a big house somewhere else for the same amount?
I’m also starting to feel like London is getting in the way of my dreams. If there’s one thing I’m craving now is piece and quiet. Waking up in the morning, sit at my desk and write for hours.
Time to put into paper the books in my head, write blog posts that help and inspire people, work on new creative projects just for the sake of it.
I wanted to do so much this year but I’ve barely scratched the surface. There are too many distractions here. Too much time wasted travelling from one part of the city to the other.
Should I go to that event or stay at home and write today? Would I get more done and achieve my goals faster if I lived in a smaller city? Would I enjoy London more if I only came here for a few days every month?
I’m torn. Part of me wants to stay here and be a career girl. Work hard. Party hard.
The other part wants to settle down. Start a family with Mr BWB. Do the work I know I need to do.
I don’t know what will happen next year. I just plan to do work I love and see where it takes me.
Here’s to an exciting new year! Happy 2018 everyone! May it be bring you joy, health and happiness and may all your dreams come true!
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