Let’s start by stating the obvious – you’re not on BEAUTYON7TH anymore.

No, I won’t sugar coat it. This past year or so has been one of growth, and a hell of a lot of challenges.

Life after graduation isn’t as easy as the movies made it seem.

Although I can’t quite pinpoint one aspect of my life that made me feel the way I did, without going too much into it, it’s a larger issue I’ve been dealing with from a young age.

What I needed more than anything was to shake things up, switch up my surroundings. Metaphorically, and physically, because I’m no longer in the same place I was when I started BEAUTYON7TH.

Yes, I still love beauty, but I can’t stand those inane “1-minute contouring with a toilet brush” video compilations. Please, world, stop with that. I can’t stand where beauty blogging has headed. That’s not me, and never will be.

I just want to be myself, not put on a show.

Working in beauty, I get my fix of makeup now to the point where it’s no longer a fascination.

I remember when I had one tube of mascara, stole my mom’s powder, and now I have an entire beauty room FULL of more makeup than I know what to do with.

I’m throwing most of it away. 

I started BEAUTYON7TH towards the end of my teenage years, and later this year I’ll be 25. Quarter-life, if I’m so lucky.

Maybe I’m late to the game, but I’m just starting to figure out what I like, what I want, and on some days, I think I know where I’m headed.

I’ve discovered that I’m happiest with a camera in one hand, a notebook in the other. I realized the farther away from New York is sometimes the better, and sneakers are better than heels any day of the week.

At the end of it all, I love creating. That’s what makes me happiest, so I’ll just do way more of that.

So if you’re wondering if I have it all together now? Not quite.

But come along for the journey as I create, and hopefully figure life out along the way.

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