Tuesday, April 2, 2013

All good things must come to an end

I just realized that it has been over a month since I last wrote a blog post. Part of it is because I have been so busy with work and the other part is because I just don't know what to write about anymore.

As I type this, my heart is pounding...just an FYI.

The month of March has been a whirlwind for me, more specifically the last couple weeks. I am ecstatic to announce that I have resigned from my job because I just accepted a new one. This is a huge step/change for me as I have been with my company for close to nine years. As an ex-coworker said, " you are a lifer, you will never leave this place", and I was convinced, she was right. But after a few stressful couple of months and a few years of being miserable and unhappy, I am ready to move on. The company I am going to work for is welcoming me with open arms, are truly excited that I will be joining their team and it feels good. I am not nervous at all about starting fresh, I am thrilled about it. 

In the beginning of this year, in the back of my mind, I had a feeling that this would be my year and getting a new job is just the start. I am ready to move forward and make more changes in my life. All it takes is one thing, leaping ahead and making that first step and I just know that the rest will fall into place. I am going to start this month with a new me. Since I will have to dress more professional for this new job, I am going to make a huge wardrobe change. And in order to do this, I must get my shop on, so why not do it in the fabulous New York City. Mike and I last minute decided to do a quick weekend getaway. I am also excited about going back to NYC, and exploring Soho and Meatpacking District this time around. So spur of the moment which is so unlike me. It's all part of the new me.

Good things are coming my way and it's life changing for me. With that said, as much as I hate to do this, I feel that the time is right for me to put an end to The Blarkness Chronicles. It breaks my heart to stop writing on here but it's time. Since I am moving on with different aspects of my life, it's only fitting to leave this blog behind. What first started off with an online journal strictly for myself, it had lead to blog friendships, freebies from companies and a place where I could write whatever I wanted to.

I want to thank all my readers that have been on this journey with me, who read my nonsense and left comments, and who comforted me when my mom left for the States and when my brother died. You guys are like family and I am truly grateful that we have "met" and developed several different levels of friendship. A big part of why I never wanted close out my blog is because I didn't want to lose the friendships I have made. Hopefully we connected on some other level other than just blogging and will manage to stay in touch.

Will I start a another blog? Most likely. I just don't know when and where. But when I do, I hope our paths cross again. If you are interested to know where to find me when I find a new "home", send me an email and I will be sure to drop you a note when I start a new blog. Also, if you want to know where to find me on Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram, let me know. I'd be happy to stay in touch with you that way.

I don't like saying goodbye because it seems so final, I rather say - see you in a bit because I know that we will definitely meet again...


Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Morning Gossip: roll ups and robots

I missed last Monday so I am going to link up today. I hope I am doing this right because I am not sure if I am to just write about my weekend or write about celebrity gossip.

This past weekend, asides from having to do some work at home, I completed my first order of crayon roll-ups. Technically, my first order was from my sister-in-law, she did pay me for it but my first "real" order is her friend who received one and decided she wanted to use them as birthday party giveaways. I made four last weekend and did the last three yesterday. They are really easy to make and I have pretty much got it down to a science. I plan to just make a bunch more when I have some more time so that if anyone wants to order them, they are ready to go. I have to admit, I am pretty proud of myself.

In between making these roll ups, I had to attempt to make a plush robot that my godson/nephew Blake  wanted. He and his mom found a photo of what he wanted and I basically had to figure out for myself how to put it all together. He has been asking me every week if I made it, I felt bad each time I had to tell him no. Luckily, his birthday party is coming up this weekend and the "yobot" below will be part of his gift. Since it's pretty small, I was too scared to sew up the pieces together with my machine so I hand stitched everything. It took me almost three hours. Man, I hope this kid like the robot.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Random Thursday: Ridiculous fears

As Lin says, no fear is ridiculous, even if it's our own fear. I have some serious fears, which I don't think are ridiculous - cats, the dark, heights and knives but ridiculous ones...let me think.

Flabby upper arms...I know, weird huh? I am not scared of them in general, I am terrified of my own arms becoming big and flabby. My husband says this is more vanity than a fear. I disagree.

Driving...sometimes I am scared of being in a car with someone who I have never been in a car with. I feel more comfortable being in a car with my husband or mom. And I am also scared of driving myself, which is why I don't have my licence yet [insert your laughter and shock here]

Subway grates...I cannot walk over them. I have to walk around them or jump over them. When Mike and I were in New York, he made me stand over one and I nearly broke out in tears in the middle of Times Square.

Do you have an ridiculous fears you would like 
to share with me?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Five beauty products I'm digging

Lately these days, I am not about buying the latest and greatest beauty products. I now tend to stick with what I know and what works for me. Ever since I got bangs, I stick to just eyeliner and a simple routine of concealer, bronzer and blush. And now that we are dead in the middle of winter, my dry lips only accept Vaseline.

I want to share with you some of my current favorite beauty products. I'm sure this list will change once spring comes rolling around.

Burt Bee's Blemish Stick | this is the only product that will work to keep my blemishes/pimples from flaring up. I can't believe that I am in my mid-30s and still dealing with acne. I blame it on my teens and 20s, I seemed to have been blessed to not have to deal with acne then and now my face is paying for it.

CND Solar Oil | since I have become addicted to Artistic Manicures (similar to gel polish/shellac), I have been told by my nail technician to use cuticle oil daily. I guess using olive oil helps but it doesn't do much compared to cuticle oil which has the right ingredients to keep your cuticles hydrated. I keep a travel size bottle in my purse so I can hydrate my nails when needed.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna | when I came back from Punta Cana in December, I needed something to help fake the tan that was fading away. Luckily my friend Kat gave me a barely used one. Everyone loved my "tan", they said I was glowing but in reality, my tan had faded and I was faking it with this bronzer.

Benefit Cha Cha Tint | years ago, I was a cult fan of Benetint but since I am a sucker for anything coral, when this baby came out on the market, it was destiny for us to be together. I love the coral flush it brings on my cheeks and it was perfect with my tan. Be careful though, if not applied properly, your fingers will end up looking like an oompa loompa. Tip: apply with a beauty blender, you'll thank me later.

Eau Thermale Avène Cicalfate | I accidentally came across this product when I was dealing with a bad irritation above my upper lip. The skin was raw and red. A beautician at a drug store recommended this product to me and although, it didn't help the irritation, I have been using it as a face cream. It helps restore damaged skin and leave it so soft.

What are some beauty products you are really into these days?

Monday, February 18, 2013

My safe haven: Josh Duhamel

I think I am in love this guy. Actually I am seriously in love with Josh Duhamel. I just finished reading the Nicholas Sparks book, Safe Haven and since I knew that Josh Duhamel would be starring in, I had no choice but to visualize him while reading. I can't wait to see the movie and even if it's horrible (The Last Song, Dear John - they are nothing compared to A Walk to Remember and The Notebook), I will just be happy to see Josh on the big screen. To me, he has the perfect height, body build, smile, hair, personality, etc. He is just perfect. Don't you think? I know that if my husband is reading this, he would probably roll his eyes. Don't worry Mike, you are like 97% close to being as perfect as him, lol!

Fergie is one lucky lady. I hope she knows that...

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