Just to get things straight: I AM a morning person.
With a brief exception, a period of time when I had to be woken at 10 am to attend the family breakfast (I believe it is a crucial part of adolescense we all go through), I have always been an early riser.
I am most productive before noon, I prefer to work out in the mornings and if I get lost in procrastination before 10 am chances are that I am not going to get anything done for the whole day.
Which, as a quick browse through my social media feed tells me, should ultimately set me up for success.
Back in July we rented a camper van, packed the kids and started driving.
Up north was the goal, to visit my brother in law that lives in Norway, Helgeland (in Mo i Rana, to be precise, but barely anyone has heard of it). We had no reservations, no fixed itinerary, just a vague idea of the route we were going to take.
Finally back to the way we travelled before the kids, without obligations, just following the road.
Well, not exactly back to the way we travelled before the kids. Morning lay-ins, hours of quiet time spend reading a book? No, the kids had a mind of their own when it came to how they wanted to spend their days, and, just like they are at home, they were early risers.
“Still?” is the question I get asked most when I mention it.
“You still play video games?”
Yes I do.
I started at the tender age of 11, on my C 64 with 5,25“ floppy disks and classics like “Bubble Bobble”, briefly touched on the whole “Age of Empire” series in LAN-parties with friends and then discovered the world of MMORPG, namely World of Warcraft.
Which just released it´s latest addon, “Battle for Azeroth”, on August 14th.
Now my raiding days are behind me, I just can´t keep up equipmentwise with work, kids and the blog, but that doesn´t mean I won´t immerse myself into the new content as much as possible in the upcoming weeks.
To mask this period of less blog activity I did of course prepare several blog posts, one of them on why I think you, as a beauty lover, should consider playing too!
I always figured I was of the impatient kind. And that nothing in the world could ever change that.
As someone that was used to grasping new things quickly, I never really had the patience to sit down and try long and hard. That almost broke my neck in medical school, as some of the topics required me to just do things repeatedly until I had memorized them by heart – a concept that to this day doesn´t agree with me.
That is just the way it is, I told myself. I will lead a long, happy and impatient life.
I bet you have read it by now: Sali Hughes “A love letter to red lipstick”, published in British Vogues August 2018 issue.
“Red is for life, a state of mind, a personality type, a tribe. It’s beauty’s boldest, chicest, most iconic and attention-grabbing badass. And like all the best things, it’s simply not for everyone. But it is always, and forever, for me.“ – Sali Hughes, „A love letter to red lipstick“, British Vogue 08/2018
And in a world full of makeup trends that come and go, I agree. Red lipstick isn´t a trend. It is a state of mind.
10 years ago though, red lipsticks wasn´t something found in my bag. In fact, I was kind of a late bloomer in terms of red, starting to wear it at the no longer tender age of 29.
Makeup, yes, I wore makeup before that. Smokey eyes, heavy layers of foundation, I wasn´t shy in terms of painting my face. But I had read that thin lips don´t suit bold colors, and my insecure self stuck to neutrals and lip balm.
Half of the year is gone by now, and while I don´t want to join the chorus of those that express their surprise about how time is flying (it isn´t, at least not always, but I will come to that another time), I do want to take the opportunity to reflect on how far I have come with what I wanted to achieve.
And to address upcoming changes, which I, ironically, also did six months ago, in my first blog post after my Christmas break. I promise it is not a series!
To get up to speed, I recommend you read the blogpost first (click) and then join me in dissecting how things have evolved since.
Back in January, after thinking long and hard about it, because thinking long and hard is what you do between Christmas and New Year Eve, as long as you are not feasting and getting drunk, which for me, with two little kids, rarely happens, so after thinking long and hard about it I decided I wanted to set up a strategy. For my blog. And for You Tube. A plan for me to decide which social media to focus on, where to invest my time, everything needed to work towards the goal of making money from blogging.
When I uploaded this vlog to You Tube, I did of course add tags. I mean, even if this is just a rambly video of me looking pretty worn because it was the end of a long day and I desperately needed to wash my hair, even then I want it to rank in You Tube search.
Actually, I have been reading a lot about SEO and ranking and videography lately, but I´ll get to that a little later.
So when I used the tag: “Taking a break”, I instantly got a ton of suggested tags along the lines of: “Life Update: Getting a divorce” or “Life update: Why we broke up”. Which, I assure you guys, is totally NOT what has been going on lately.
I mean, we are not even “on a break” in a Friends kind of way. We are perfectly fine.