Sunday, 20 November 2016

I'm Back . . .



 . . . .Well, what can I say . . . .I'M BACK . . . .! I don't even know where to start, but I think I owe at least an explanation as to what happened to my previous blogs, where have I been, and what have I been up to this past year!

For those of you who have followed me from April / May 2011, will know that my first blog, 'Hair and Beautylicious', I started when I was very poorly and mentally bored; I was in / out of hospital, back and forth to the Dr, basically nobody had a clue what was going on, and as a result, I couldn't work full time. I graduated from university in November 2010 and I was basically bed bound, bored, and I lived on Co-codamol, Orange Juice and Toast for 6 months! I gradually got better and found myself continuing with my blog which I was really enjoying. As I got more involved in the community, interacting with more ladies and gents, I realised the 'spur of the moment' blog name wasn't really fitting to me / my personality, and I decided to change it to 'Serenity of Beauty'.

I suspect the majority of you will probably know me by 'Serenity of Beauty', which I like to think was when my blog really started to get into the 'swing' of things. I blogged near enough every few days, interacted A LOT on twitter (**cough cough - recently deleted 5 years worth of tweets - 80k to be exact), and I was really enjoying being part of the blogging community and being presented with the amazing opportunities landing in my inbox. Although I was enjoying it, I was beginning to feel a bit 'left behind'; I couldn't get my blog 'right' in terms of how to present it, my pictures I was never really happy with, and I was starting to stress / put unnecessary pressure on myself to be 'up there' with everyone else. At this point, I had not long secured full time employment in a profession I thought was right for me. Naturally, my blog took a bit of a back seat, as working Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, was 'killing me'. I'd come home in the evenings, and I was too exhausted to do anything especially on weekends where I just wanted to sleep. I still interacted with many on twitter but because I wasn't happy with my blog, I began to neglect it, to the point where I thought ''You know, just take time out and focus / concentrate on you''. And that's exactly what I've done for the past year.



I was at a stage in my life where things were a bit 'stale'; same thing day in / day out, and I was bored. I was fed up of my job, I was stuck in a mundane rut, and I thought ''This needs to change, but only I can make these changes''. So I bit the bullet, applied for a job which was more suited to my interest / degree, and with a positive attitude / mentality, I got the job. I also decided to give some of my free time to the community so I started volunteering at a womens' refuge centre. This for me is a 'two fold' thing; it gives me a break from things in my own life / social media, but I'm working with women with various issues which requires me to think / act differently than I would in my own life. But the biggest change I made was getting rid of negative people. That old saying ''Good things happen when you distance yourself from negative people''; I have encountered said people, and they just suck every living blood cell from you. So I took the matter into my own hands, and have simply 'ejected' said people from my life, and lo and behold, I have never felt happier.

With my 'new found' outlook on life and way of thinking, I have decided to continue with this and now inject it into something I still have an interest in; Blogging. I recently joined the '30 club' and I felt 'Serenity of Beauty' no longer fitted / suited the woman I have become so I have decided to go down the original route and launch a new blog simply named 'Cassie Maie'. A bit original I hear you say, yes, very much so, but I wanted something that was personal, simple and unique to me.
Having struggled with previous pressures of trying to have a blog I was happy with, I have deliberately taken my time with the relaunch of this blog. Previous blogs I had were very 'busy' and a bit messy, so this time I have opted for something which is simple, clean and professional. I have also decided to spread my wings more in terms of what I write. Previously I mainly focused on Beauty and Fashion, but I am going to up my game and do some Lifestyle and Travel posts as well. With a new camera, I want to make the most of it the best I can, plus I have become rather intrigued by photography as of late (I blame Instagram for giving me this inspiration).
Whilst holding down a full time job and focusing on climbing the career ladder, I will aim to blog at least once a week, maybe twice. This schedule I think will work well for me as I don't want to fall into the old trap of putting unnecessary pressure on myself, and then start to flounder / drown in keeping up with myself.  





What else have I been up to?

 

Well the pictures are a give away, I visited Jamaica this year. I went earlier in the year to celebrate turning 30, which was incredible. I took a close friend with me, who always said she wanted to visit Jamaica so I kindly invited her along to experience Jamaica. 3 weeks filled with lots of sun, giggles, and over-indulgence in cocktails / food, it was amazing (sooo did not want to come home).

As mentioned above, I have been focusing on climbing the career ladder. I cannot disclose what I do for work, but I have a goal in mind and I am striving hard to securing my dream job. Because I am determined I have spent time reading, researching and improving technique for applications and interviews. I have also used my initiative and spent time with professionals as a means to gain an insight into the role. So I am very focused and remaining positive in achieving the end goal. As my Mum and Dad always say ''Positivity is the key to success''.

I am still dancing (Ballet). As a hobby I have done for 26 years, this is something I still very much enjoy. For me personally, it is a great way to exercise, keep fit and allow the brain to breathe / take a break from everyday life. I absolutely love it; everytime I enter the dance studio, I just dance and be free. I don't think of anything or anybody; my mind feels at total ease.

In a nutshell, I have just been living my life this past year. Rolling with its ups and downs, not getting too absorbed with various things, and staying in check with reality and just making the most of life. 😀



So here we have it, I'm back with a fresh new book (as they would say). 
What do you think? Do you like the clean, bright, professional look? Are you considering revamping your blog? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.




 




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4 comments

  1. I had no idea this was you! Even when you spoke to me on twitter I didn't realise!! Love the new name -is it actually your name?! Look forward to reading the new pretty blog - oh and great photos!!

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    1. Thank you ☺️. I wanted to come back to blogging for a long time; old blog was a mess / wasn't happy with it, plus I'd outgrown it, so thought I'd start completely fresh.
      Yes, Cassie Maie is my actual name :-).

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  2. I'm so glad to see that you're back! I love your blog and I agree, it's so nice to have a fresh start. :)

    Chichi
    chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

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