Happy New Year to you and yours!  So while I went through some really amazing and devastating changes in 2017, you can read about them here, it’s now time to start put that all behind me and look to the future.  In the past, I’ve tried to stay away from making New Year’s Resolutions.  Instead I’ve tried to see where life takes me.  Unfortunately for me, that didn’t work out so well.  All it did was to highlight that I am the type of person who needs to set concrete goals and plans for myself, or I just kind of flounder.  So today, I’m going back to my roots and creating some concrete ideas while I’m Ushering in a New Year | Ideas for 2018.

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Even though there are still a few hours to the New Year, I decided to look back on 2017 a bit early.  Welcome to my 2017 Reflections | It was a Big Year.  While my blogging may have fallen off a bit in 2017, my year outside of blogging has been huge.  It’e been filled with a lot of ups and downs.  The highs have been very high; but the lows have been so low they were enough to crush me.

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Hey, everyone.  Sorry for the long absence from blogging lately, but life has been just a little bit hectic.  Ok, a lot hectic.  If I’m being honest, and I always try to be honest, my blogging inspiration has been flagging a little late.  Ok, so it’s been flagging a lot lately.  Le sigh!  In any case, I’ve been working out just what direction I want Beauty, Brains + to move in, and what that will look like.  While I don’t have it all quite figured out just yet, I am making steady progress on figuring it all out.

In other news, I am moving!  By the time this post goes live, I will be all moved into my brand new house.  Well mostly moved in, because all of the furniture is still in storage until July 7th!  But at least my bed is here…and my clothes, computer, tv, and makeup.  Priorities people.  The whole building a house thing has been an incredibly long process, so I’m really happy to finally be living in it.  I’ll be blogging about the whole buying a new build home process sometime later this summer.

Blogging is going to slowly return to normal in the coming weeks!  Thanks for sticking with me, and reaching out to find out what’s going on.

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Petra Veikkola - interior (4 of 1)Despite my lack of posting in the past couple of weeks, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth.  Instead, I’ve been extremely busy.  Like stupidly busy both at work during the day and then in the evening when I come home.  I can honestly say that I can’t quite remember a time when I have ever been this busy and it’s super overwhelming.  I am not sure if I mentioned it, but not only am I building a home (through a builder), but I am also knee-deep in preparing my current abode so that it can be put up for sale.  Who knew that there is so much to do with getting a place ready to put it up for sale?  Well my mother probably, but I don’t ever really listen to her. View Post

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the sunday edit 1

Welcome to the first edition of The Sunday Edit!  I came up with The Sunday Edit because I wanted something on the blog that wasn’t solely about reviewing or featuring a product.  Instead I wanted to talk about all the other things I got up to during the previous week because there is more to life than just churning out reviews.  At least there is more to my life.  

Getting Back to Business

In case you hadn’t noticed, the blog has pretty much inactive for the past few weeks.  The reason?  I gave myself a fairly bad concussion a few weeks ago.  I’m seriously turning into some kind of walking catastrophe these days.  It’s been all I can do to look at a computer screen, let alone sit down and actually churn out content.  Thankfully, my head is healing and I can finally get back to business.  In the next few weeks, you will see more content and different features as I roll out some long awaited changes to go along with the new look of the blog.  I’m so looking forward to that as I’ve been working on the new stuff for a long time now and I’m excited to roll it out and for you to see it.

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