Initially I was quite hesitant about writing this post; not just because I've been procrastinating about it for the entirety of two weeks, but also because I've been experiencing this real love/hate relationship with my blog and blogging in general. Truth is; I wasn't prepared to admit this, but I'm worried about the future of She In The Know and I'm actually a little worried about myself.

It's Monday; its 6 o'clock and the sun is splitting the trees. Matthew and I are currently cooped up in-front of the TV watching the Home channel on repeat, whilst a small fan blasts cool pockets of air at us from the corner of the room - I have managed it, once again I have managed to avoid a full day of blog work and I feel dreadful for it.

Truth be told; I've been making my way through some of my previous content, recalling moments where it was just me and my little notepad brimming with ideas and frankly, I've been finding it strange how in January I had no difficulty staying motivated, but now I'm lucky if I can even string together an introduction of sorts and I am exhausted. I am literally in every sense, physically and mentally exhausted and I feel as though I've lost my way a bit - I've actually been hoping that this would be some sort of weird faze that I'd snap out of, but in all honesty... things aren't looking too peachy.

I believed that it was only going to be a matter of time before I found myself taking yet again, another sporadic break. My passion for writing and creating content has been coming in ebbs and flows, I've needed more time to myself and more time to recuperate, to think about what I needed to do for myself and for my blog - even if it meant risking the abandonment of my social accounts for some time. I feel as though I've been in a bit of a vicious cycle and I'm sure I'll find myself in a similar headspace time and time again, but now that I am settled into my new job and Matthew is home for the Summer holidays, I'm hoping things will fall into place.

Speaking realistically; I've been taking each day as it comes, but I think it's about time I focused a bit more on being fearlessly and relentlessly true to myself, because let's face it... good things take time and I believe that this is one of those things.

I'm going to be completely open and honest when I say this; but when I initially launched She In The Know in January, I don't think I had ever envisioned myself writing a post of sorts about makeup and this is strictly because I hadn't even owned a lipstick of my own until I was sixteen years old.


Let's picture the scene; it's 2012, we're in High School. I'm in performing arts with Leanne and Tamara and we have some time to kill before lunch. They are being quite persistent that I allow them to give me a makeover, but let's be honest... I'm not entirely convinced it's going to turn out well - so, I go ahead and I do it anyway. Now let us fast-forward twenty minutes - I have my slightly wonky eyeliner applied, after being scolded for ten minutes about over-blinking and the foundation I'm currently wearing is three shades darker than my actual skin tone - it's lunchtime and the boy I like is looking straight at me, FUCK. Nonetheless I endure a full day of oh my god's and you look so different with makeup on, it's just a blessing that I'm going straight home today - sorry girls.

It's funny how things change eh? I mean it only took me to my twenties before I actually started indulging in Mac Cosmetics and dared to step out of the house on any given day with a face on. But that's where MAC's Next To Nothing Face Colour and Powder comes into play - a perfect addition to any newbie or natural seeking makeup wearer's, makeup bag.

Next To Nothing is an innovative, ultra-balmy fluid infused with nourishing ingredients and opalescent microspheres for a youthful glow that looks lit from within. It's a tinted cream, which can be used under or over your foundation, or simply to bring a translucent luminosity to the skin. Its smoothing texture creates that no-makeup, makeup look that diminishes imperfections and fine lines, whilst moisturizing and protecting the skin. You will look instantly retouched!

MAC claims that the Next To Nothing Face Colour will; hydrate, nourish, improve and provide radiance and can be used for all skin types.

Alongside this I also purchased the Next To Nothing Powder / Pressed. The powder is a creamy, lightweight formula that boasts long-lasting, high comfort wear. The silky-soft texture features micro-light boosters that guarantee the look of healthy radiance - there will be no filters required! You'll walk away with a soft-focused glow and sheer to medium build-able coverage as well as a natural luminous finish. 

Mac claims that the Next To Nothing Powder; refines skin texture, provides instant radiance, provides a stay-true colour, is long-wearing, controls oil and is non-drying. 

I purchased both products in the shade Light.

Have you tried MAC's Next To Nothing collection yet? 

If you managed to read my post on 'Where I've Been, Blogging & More', then you'll understand my persistence on the topics of 'Becoming A Go-Getter', 'Songs To Keep You Motivated This June' and now 'Strategies That Will Help You Find Balance'. Let me explain; blogging is something I have been thoroughly enjoying, but unfortunately at times I was finding the process a bit overwhelming. I was making mistakes, I wasn't concentrating and I felt like I was just simply writing for the sake of writing. I guess you could say I wasn't being my true self and that's why I'm putting strategies in place to get me back on track. I'm finally finding balance.

So, with that being said - here are 4 Strategies That Will Help You Find Balance this incoming month;

Step One: Cut The Crap
It's about time we started prioritizing ourselves and prioritizing self-care so we can feel balanced and able to handle the pressure that comes with juggling a social life, a hobby or perhaps even employment, alongside study. Let's cut the crap - cut the negative self-talk and the self-deprecation out and understand that you don't have to be perfect to be better. Sometimes silencing the negative voices in our heads is the first step to cutting unnecessary drama out of our lives, because lets face it... who even needs that nowadays?

Step Two: Time Out, Time Off
When life gets overwhelming, that's when you know that it's your time to take a step back; it's time out and time off simply put. Step back from the situation; whether it means taking a day off and staying at home in our pyjamas to recuperate or booking a spontaneous week long holiday in Bora Bora - lord only knows I could use one now. If we keep going the way we're going and pushing ourselves to the edge, it's only inevitable that we're going to disrupt our physical and mental health in the long run. Surround yourself with family and friends who will build you up.

Step Three: Build Your Ideal Day
Now that we're well rested, why don't you take some time to jot down the way you would prefer to handle tasks. Whether it's coming up with a morning routine, scheduling dinner with your gal pals or simply sitting down to do some blog work - build your ideal day from start to finish. If something doesn't make the cut, i.e. you're dreaming about a life without going to your current job, then perhaps you need to change your mindset and weigh up the pros and cons as to why you aren't being satisfied in your position.

Step Four: Get Going
Now that you have both your mind and body renewed, take some time to set new goals. It's so easy to lose track of our original goals, that it's an appealing process to start over again come Monday morning. It rejuvenates us when we can press reset. So get going, put your new goals in place where you can see and start on them, but ensure that you take time to break them down into manageable chunks - just like this post, create steps.

How are you finding balance this incoming month?

A Go-Getter; is someone who is energetic, determined to be successful and able to deal with new or challenging situations easily and there is truly no time like the present to create a better you. After-all it is Summer and they say Summer is the season of getting shit done, changing our mindsets and generally just being a bit more positive - perhaps this is because we've been getting better weather or that we've finally escaped the clutches of all commitments for the next 2 to 3 months, but whatever the case may be we are ready. We are ready to kick ass and ready to become the go-getting girls and boys we so long desire.

Becoming A Go-Getter

- Be Fearless:
We're all guilty of being our own worst enemy, but we need to stop talking ourselves out of opportunities just because we're scared of new things - be fearless. Go-getters believe in themselves! If you have confidence that you will achieve something, others will quickly follow suit and believe in you too. Learn to say 'I can' and 'I will' more often, I promise you won't regret it. Who knows, you could really go places if you just let go.

- Routine:
It's absolutely imperative that to become a go-getter, you have a routine. A routine means stability and allows you to keep on schedule. Put a routine in place that covers; exercise, social events, work commitments and me time - pre-planning this will mean you're less likely to break the cycle and thus will help you achieve your aims for that given week.

- Try Something New: 
Try something new - give that bold lipstick you've been too scared to try a test, or go wild and have your hair cut and coloured, let's just go all out! A different look will make you feel like a new person, and this will truly build your confidence when going out and getting exactly what you want. Let's nail those meetings at work this week.

- Treat Yourself:
Being a go-getter can seem like you have to be this pristine, perfect person. But a little indulgence never hurt anybody. Have a drink, get a takeaway, do something that makes you feel totally relaxed after another stressful week in the office. No one will pamper you, better than you.

Are you a go-getter? 

Motivation is literally the difference between waking up before dawn to go for a run and lazing around the house all day in your pyjamas. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals and research has shown you can actually influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. Figure out what you want, power through those sporadic moments of wanting to throw in the towel and just start being who you want to be, what you want to be.

I'm sure if you read 'Where I've Been, Blogging & More', then you'll know that around the Easter holidays I found myself struggling to stick to a routine. I was feeling out of sorts, lazy, unmotivated and just generally tired - I needed a break and that's what I took. I went away, I had a think and I came back ready to kick ass. However... aside from just putting things into perspective; which was initially what I needed to do, I also spent an awful lot of time indulging in music. In-fact I spent numerous nights laying on-top of my bed, listening to the same playlists over and over again, as if in some daze - you'd be surprised what a song can make you think about.

So in order to keep myself and you motivated for the entirety of this month, I have compiled a list of '10 Songs To Keep You Motivated This June'. Who knows, you might just find something that inspires you to get going.

10 Songs To Keep You Motivated This June:

1. Sigala, Ella Eyre - Came Here For Love

2. Major Lazer, Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, Quavo - Know No Better

3. ALMA - Chasing Highs

4. Jax Jones, Demi Lovato, Stefflon Don - Instruction

5. Zak Abel - All I Ever Do (Is Say Goodbye)

6. Bakermat Ft. Kiesza - Don't Want You Back

7. Robin Schulz Ft. James Blunt - OK

8. Junge Junge - I Don't Love You (I'm Just Lonely)

9. DJ Khaled Ft. Rihanna, Bryson Tiller - Wild Thoughts

10. The Weeknd - Secrets

What have you been listening to this month? Do you have any suggestions?
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