needless to say, it’s been awhile since I’ve come around these parts. the break came about organically. I didn’t plan or resolve to take one; I just did, for various reasons, the main one being that I needed to just get back to the basics and that meant letting go of all the extra for a little bit.
what have I been up to in my time away? well, for one thing, I finished a semester of classes, got straight As, and made the President’s list. I hope that doesn’t come off as bragging – I’m just really, really proud of my hard work, and I’m working on owning my successes just as much as my failures.
I’ve also remained full-time at my job. I have a new boss and all the changes that come with that are challenging, but I’m also excited for what’s to come for the community of people I work for and with.
on a more personal note, shortly before I took a break from blogging, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder. coming from a culture and a background where mental health is somewhat of a taboo subject, I thought I would dread the diagnosis, but all I felt was relief. I felt validated. I felt understood. it was freeing to be able to know what exactly I’m dealing with and from that knowledge, feel like I had more agency to come to terms with what that meant. to be honest, I hesitated for just a second about sharing this here, but one of the things I’m working on is being honest with myself in all aspects of my life, and this is a part of me. it doesn’t define me, but it’s as much a part of me as my right hand. I will probably write more posts about what this has meant for me in more detail sometime in the future, in the hopes that sharing may be helpful to someone, somewhere. mental health is important, and I want to contribute towards stripping away the stigma around it in whatever little way I can.
the time away has been really great, and I have so many things I want to share & write about here. the blog has been revamped a little bit, with a new layout that’s more my style, new features & series, and its own domain. I also wanted to incorporate more topics & ideas here, so while there will always be some fashion & beauty posts, there will also be new posts on books, movies, current events, and a bunch of other things I’d like to touch on.
if you’re still around after such a long break, thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope the new year has been lovely so far for all of you, and I’m excited to be blogging again.
talk to you soon!