Back to Blogging – Nail Art & why I nearly quit

Hi all, as some of you may know I have not been as present on social media over the past few months or even the past year.  I wanted to write a post about why I nearly decided to quit nail art and social media, and what kept me from quitting.

So I started my nail art journey about four years ago, and when I first started I never thought my designs would gain the visibility they have or that I would have the amount of followers I do.  There have been ups and downs over the last four years and with being a full-time working mum of twins it can all get a bit much at times.

About six months to one year ago I started to feel immense pressure to post nail art every day, I found myself just painting four of my nails and taking pictures just so I could meet the timelines for reviews of products companies were sending me.  Now I know some of you will read this and think she is crazy and I would love to be sent all those items for review, but believe me it turned from a hobby I loved to what felt like a chore that I had begun to hate.

I went to India in October 2015 for a two week holiday and really felt a massive relief as I was able to just relax and not worry about nails.  When I returned I decided not to take on any new collaborations or reviews unless for a good cause and pretty much posted when I could or felt like it, until about 2 months ago, when I thought I should just give up and stop it all. Why? you may ask, well my daughters are growing fast and they are very demanding, I just couldn’t see a way to combine being a great mum with a full-time job in IT as well as the blogging, which had started to stress me out anyway.

I sat and thought about it, I talked to family about it and they said I should do whatever felt right.  I distanced myself from social media a bit and with all the changes Instagram as implemented I felt as though no one wanted to see my designs anymore so why bother creating them anymore. Yes I was feeling sorry for myself…but about 2 weeks ago while clearing out polish and packing items away something happened…

I actually sat on my floor clearing out my polish when I thought…what the hell are you doing Atima? Why are you quitting something that used to bring you so much joy?  At that point I was clearing out my Picture Polish stash and stumbled upon the polish called Blogger.

Blogger Glitter Polish - Picture Polish

Blogger Glitter Polish – Picture Polish

It is an amazing glitter polish and as soon as I saw it I knew I could not quit nail at. I knew that I loved nail art and just had to find a way to fit it into my hectic life.  Why did this one single polish change my mind??? Well it is an amazing glitter polish and as soon as I saw it I knew it would make a fabulous glitter gradient, which is my signature nail.  I then found myself searching for a nude polish to put under it, and that was it really I rekindled my love for nail art and glitter gradients lol.

Glitter Gradient Bling

Glitter Gradient Bling

Glitter Gradient Macro shot

Glitter Gradient Macro shot

I doubt I will be able to post everyday, like other bloggers/nail artists do but I am not quitting something that I know brings me joy.  So firstly I will be posting a whole heap of reviews soon, and another decision I have made is to include more beauty on my page and blog.  I love skin care and make up and would love to share it with you all.  I will also be de-stashing some doubles of polishes and items I have bought but never used, I will be having blog sale soon so keep a look out for some bargains on all kinds of polishes.

I may also share a bit about parenting and being a mum of twins once in a while. I am thinking about a name change for my Instagram but we will see, all in good time.

Thank you for all your support during my nail art journey.  The community is really amazing and I couldn’t quit being part of such a wonderful community of great people.

Thanks for reading xxx

 

8 thoughts on “Back to Blogging – Nail Art & why I nearly quit

  1. Yay you are still going to make some amazing nail posts.
    Glad you are feeling back to sharing your amazing creations.
    Don’t give into the pressure and post when and if you are able, and enjoy every minute with those two little bundles of joy, they grow up too quickly 😊
    Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve 😜 xXx

    1. Thank you for your support. It is crazy that I have so much less time now as the girls are growing than I did when they were babies. They are all in my stuff now lol.

  2. Such an inspiring take & im pleased you’ve decided to stay in the nail art world. I have faced this exact issue a few times over the last few years but I love coming back and like you, I do it when I want and for me. I love your glitter gradients, they’re amazing and this is no different. Take care Atima & I look forward to seeing all your new content.
    Vicky xx
    @thepolishlist

    1. Thank you for always being an amazing person and thank you for your support. This is exactly why I couldn’t quit this amazing community. Glad you like the glitter gradient, I will be back with many more soon xxx

  3. This is a fantastic blog post, I definitely understand how you’ve been feeling! It can be incredibly hard to fit in a much loved hobby alongside kids and a busy lifestyle, I guess that balance is key. Do what you do, post when you want to. Your followers have stuck by your account for a reason 😊 xx

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