Hi Everyone!!

I just wanted to take a moment to drop in and say hello!  Hello!!

It has been too long since I dropped in to say hello! I just wanted to let everyone know what has been going on in my life in these last few months.

2017 flew by and was filled with major computer crashes, part-time jobs that occupied every single moment of my time, a few vacations, and some serious growing (and some growing up).

I needed to take a beat at the end of the year and really figure out what I am doing and what I am aspiring to do.  I left my job, which I thought was going to a lifelong career, about two years ago and have been bouncing around ever since.  My heart and soul is always in beauty.  I obsess over lipsticks, research skincare, collect nail polish, and I am always the first to notice a flawless complexion or bold statement. I live and breath all things beauty.  Nothing makes me happier than when I can bond with someone about beauty items that I love; which is why we started this blog in the first place.

So, in the last year or so, I have kicked around a few jobs that never really…sparked anything.  I have always worked in a retail-type capacity.  From part-time to management, my footsteps have always been in brick and mortar store.  This year, I decided that it is time for something new!

I recently enrolled to go back to school…for the first time in 16 years.  I graduated from a community college back in 2002, when I thought life would figure itself out a little easier. At the time I was working for a small company as a retail manager and quickly got out of the habit of going to school. Years went by with minimal job hopping; all the companies I worked at were for pretty good chunks of time.  Life sped by and here I am … going back to school at 37.  It is exciting but certainly nerve-wracking. I have been wanting to go back for many years and now seemed like the right time.  I am almost finished with my first term and everything seems to be going well so far.

One good thing about enrolling back in school is that it is helping build back some of my self-esteem.  I didn’t realize how much of an impact leaving my previous career had on me.  I was feeling pretty beat up and it has taken a while for me to feel good again.  Now I am working on research papers, and doing homework, and trying to be social in an online classroom.. and I must admit it feels pretty great,

Which bring me back here! Like I said, my passion has always been in beauty.  Being that I am currently not working in the industry, I need an outlet where I can share my thoughts and ideas!  I have been revamping my skincare over the last few months and I need to talk about it and be excited about it!

It is so easy to get caught up in all the fears that come along with posting anything on social media and I am guilty of letting it get to me.  Wondering if people will like your “voice”?  Is the lightning in the picture okay? Does anyone even care about what I have to say?  Am I posting too much or not enough?  Now is the time for me to shake all those fears off and do what feels right to me. I can learn as I go, but it is important to me to show up. I mean we are “Sparkle Like You Mean It Blog”, I should sparkle like I mean it.

So, I am going to set aside any fears of failure that might have been creeping up over the last year and rededicate myself here. I will do my best to post often and share things that I am using or looking for.  I am excited to take these next steps!  Thank you for being our readers and for being so patient with us.