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.
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.
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