April 29, 2015

22+3 = #GettingOlder = Making (Hard) Decisions


A little over a week ago was my 22nd birthday. Boy, time flies when you're having fun. Whilst I'm years out of the teen-zone already, I'm still regarded as 'the baby' in my circle of friends. I'm sure they're just jealous. HA! (Please don't tell my friends I said this). Aside from me becoming one year older, May marks the birthday of 9outoften as well! I can't believe my little corner on the Internet is 3 this year! Crazy, I'm telling you. I never thought people would actually enjoy reading what I've got to say, and have to say that through blogging and meeting you lot, I've grown as a person and met the greatest and loveliest bunch. Yes, I'm talking about YOU. Honestly, I didn't think anyone would like to listen to what I had to say. And to see how my journey's been, I'm grateful for every single reader and follower. I couldn't do it without you. No, seriously.

Being older comes with making hard decisions (I think?) and the hardest one I've had to make as of recently is that I need to accept the fact that I can't keep up with my old blogging schedule. You may have noticed that I've been unable to keep up my Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun posting schedule consistently, for err... a consistent few months now. I keep going back and out of routine, mainly because of the never-ending amount of deadlines that are on my plate. Being a Masters student is definitely proving to be slightly more challenging and time consuming than I actually expected and whilst I'm doing good in terms of my studies, I feel terrible for not keeping my end of the promise.

Lots of rambling aside, I've decided to overhaul and disregard my previous blogging schedule completely. It's just not realistic for me and I genuinely feel bad for not being able to provide good and consistent content for you, my readers. I mean... after all, you're the reason why I'm doing what I'm doing. (That and the fact I'm just ridiculously in love and obsessed with beauty). So, long story short: 9outoften will not stop churning out content, but I'll have to limit my posts to 1-2 a week. I feel that this way I can actually keep my end of the promise and not compromise in terms of the content you signed up for.

I'm nearly finished with my Masters, which is insanely crazy and terrifying at the same time. I've always been that girl who knew what she wanted to do next. Always. I just knew what my next step in life would be, where my next chapter would start. The summer will be spent writing my dissertation, which will be the last chapter of my #PostGradLife. And whereas I have no clue what my plans are exactly (I may move back to London, Amsterdam or who knows where), I do know that my passion in beauty never has and never will change. You can't get rid of me peeps, at least not yet.

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  1. Happy (belated) birthday to both! :-) You're definitely one of my favorite people in the blogging community Weng almost my long lost twin when it comes to going mad about makeup and beauty! lol! I think its great that you've decided to change things here one should never feel pressured into anything.. I am going through the same phase and cutting down on quantity and focussing on the quality always seems to work! :-) Heres to many many more years of awesomeness! :-)

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  2. Hahah guess we'll be doing the same thing over summer! Come down to London in the summer and we'll hang (am I being too forward idc), I never believed in always feeling the pressure to post constantly; you should blog whenever you feel like it and just enjoy it :)

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  3. Happy belated birthday! We're the same age :) *I don't know what you're going to do with that information lol* You're such an inspiration! Being 22 and almost done with your Masters is really cool. I'm currently still fighting to get my Bachelor degree from Fontys (I hope you know about Fontys :p). Your blog has been such an inspirational outlet for me. I adore your writing so much. I hope you'll soon figure out what you want to do next but if not, there's still plenty of time! Haha at least that's what I've been saying to myself. Stay curious :)

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  4. Happy Birthday gal, hope your treated yourself to something nice! It was my birthday on Monday :) Your blog has always been one of my favs, it happens that we can't fit everything in when life just gets busy. I try and blog twice a week, which doesn't sound like anything but I don't want to put extra pressure on myself. Life is for living, we an blog ltr ;)

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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  5. Happy Birthday!! Keep it up with your good work, looking forward to more great reads and reviews like yours!! Nice outfit on this post btw! :) ;)

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  6. Woo happy birthday! And congrats on almost finishing your Masters! I know what you mean, studying has always been my LIFE and idk what to do with myself after I graduate haha!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

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  7. HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY and omg you're so young LOL. how in the word do you do you finish a masters at 22? wahats/?? did you like...skip all of undergrad?


    either way, yes. sounds like you and i have been feeling the same about the posting schedules. so I FULLY SUPPORT YOUR DECISION. i think its a good one and i think its the right one to maintain blog-sanity. now if i could convince myself of the same...slowly getting there.

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  8. Thanks so much for your sweet words babe! The feeling is absolutely mutual xx

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  9. You know what, I'd love to! I've been here (UK) for 8 months now, and I keep saying that I'll come down to London, and yet...

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  10. Thank you! Ah I do know Fontys, good luck with your Bachelors, you can do it! You've got no idea how happy it makes me that I can actually spark some inspiration to others.

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  11. I did and happy belated birthday to you too! Thanks for the lovely words Hanh, and I agree: whereas blogging twice week may not sound like that much, but when pairing it alongside with a full-time job/degree and a social life, it's juggling many hats at the same time. You're so right.

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  12. Thanks Sheri! I've got the faintest idea what I want to do in terms of job descriptions, but I definitely hope to stay in the health/beauty/wellbeing sector.

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  13. Thanks Jenn, and I wish haha! I started Uni when I was 17 and here I am now. I've always been super envious, as you always seem to manage so well with pre-scheduling your posts. I guess in the end, the most important thing is that we're still enjoying what we're doing. If it starts becoming like a (dreadful) task, something's wrong...

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