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I’m Back!

Posted on Oct 26, 2017

I’ve been sitting at this blank page all day, not sure where to start. That sounds so dramatic, but I don’t mean for it be.  That’s literally what I have been doing. I suppose it just feels weird to talk so openly about myself here. I don’t do that too often. I honestly always wonder do people even read these sorts of ramblings? I guess we’ll see. :P

Earlier this year, I jetted off to Maui to visit family and planned on being there for maybe a month. But when it came down to it, I wasn’t ready to leave and my husband♥ encouraged me to stay, so I did. For almost 3 months.  It was awesome and magical and I got to spend so much quality time with my parents, siblings, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews, cousins, aunties, uncles, old friends, new friends and just amazing people. People from the mainland even came to visit while I was there. It was just an awesome experience. During this extraordinary trip, I decided I wasn’t going to be concerned with blogging. I was just going to allow myself to be free to wear the polish I wanted and let it chip and get gnarly from the ocean and the sand. It was heaven.

Now, I’m not complaining. I feel so lucky to be able to blog about nails stuffs. I’ve always loved nail polish and that has never changed. But guys, I don’t get paid to do this and it takes lots and lots of time. It’s planning, swatching, photographing, editing, writing, posting, promoting… blah blah blah, you guys get it. You’ve heard it all before from other bloggers, but it’s no joke. It’s a ton of work. When you do it every waking second you have free, it starts to feel like a chore. I guess I kind of also realized I needed a bit of a break to just be in the moment, enjoy people and life. Just to do my thing and not think about blogging.

After I got back from Hawaii there were birthdays and anniversaries and summer vacations and weddings to attend and holidays and babies being born (I have 4 nephews now, everyone!!!!) Oh, and I’ve been all about crocheting. I also dabble in graphic design, and sell both those things, although I’m working on getting inventory in there. *shameless plug*

Now my heart has come back around and my blogging bone has been healed… or something like that. Ha! I think I may try doing things a little differently. I don’t know how or what will be different. Maybe something will strike me and I’ll try it out. I started blogging from a business mentality. I wanted to be very professional and to the point with just a tiny bit of fun in there too. But sometimes I feel like it would be nice to blog in a “stream-of-consciousness” kind of way and really enjoy the collection or the polish or the nail art. I thought maybe even doing those Instagram Live Stream thingies instead of posts sometimes. Do people even like that? Would that be fun? Let me know in the comments (I know, so cliché). I feel so shy about it but I kinda like the idea. Again, who knows. ;)

I do know my photos will continue being consistent. I always think about and play with the idea of changing the way I pose my hand but I feel like the pose I use works best for me, the color accuracy of the polish and for my the setup I’ve always had (ever since I started blogging!) Actually, in my KBShimmer post from earlier, when I photographed it, I had forgotten how I pose my macro photo. LOL! That’s why it’s different. Yeah, definitely been gone too long!

One big thing I feel I need to do differently is blog for me. If I need some time here and there to just chill with my husband for example, I need to do that and not put pressure on myself because I’m behind on blogging. Unfortunately, that means, I may not being able to post as many brands as I have in the past or maybe some brands will be more sporadic. For that I apologize. If only there was more time in a day. Or actually, if I could move at double or triple speed, that would be sick.

In the coming weeks I will be posting my backlog of polishes. You’ll see stuff from Spring and Summer and a little Fall.

Anyway, pretty boring guys, I know it but it’s been a nice little haitus. I am looking forward to spending more time in my polish room again though and maybe getting to be more personable with all of you as well.

If anyone has questions for me, comments, suggestions, I take them happily. Maybe an Insta Live Q&A?! For real, please weigh in about this! Seriously considering it.  Or just comment, email, dm, pm me. However you wanna do it.

Thank you for your patience and your patronage and I hope you continue to enjoy my blog!

xo

 

A few pics below :)

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Maui ♥

Maui ♥

With my husband, Ado, on my 30TH BIRTHDAY!

My new nephew, Hyde Elliott

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  • Rosalia Pano

    Welcome back! loved your pictures!!!

  • Morgan

    Welcome back! I’m so glad you took the time you needed to feel better. You have been missed ❤️

  • Rebecca Paschal

    I am SO glad you are back. I agree with everyone else. Keep this up at a pace that brings you happiness and balance. I wouldn’t be able to enjoy your posts nearly as much if I thought you were suffering for it. I bought your polish from KB shimmer (and of course a few others) I love it! It is going on my nails to replace my Halloween nail art. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to see your color swatched on your nails. Thanks for that. I will also check you out on any medium you choose to post on. Mahalo

    • Thank you so much for the support and buying my precious collab polish. That makes me so happy, you don’t even know! ♥

  • The photos are gorgeous! Also glad to see you will be back, always love your posts! Also can I just say the blog looks so nice and festive for fall! LOVE IT! Look forward to see your posts more!

    • Thank you for the lovely compliments! I’m glad you enjoyed the Fall look! I might switch it up again now that Halloween is over! :)

  • Tuyet Vu

    i am glad you took time off to relax and re-charge. We all need that. Welcome back!
    we missed you. I enjoy your nail swatches/blogging very much.

  • Jenny Hagan Craft

    You’re back!! You were SO missed, but I’m happy to hear you had some time away with family to refresh and recharge! I’m guilty of reading but never commenting, so I wanted to write and let you know how much I’ve enjoyed your blog. Thank you for sharing your talent with all of us, and please don’t let the pressure steal the joy of blogging. :)

    • Thank you for reading, even if you don’t usually comment! I do appreciate it either way. I love to hear from silent readers though, thank you for coming out of the woodwork and for all the support!

  • Sharon Parayos Merritt

    Welcome back and what a magical place to re-invigorate yourself! I am happy with anything you post and whenever you post! Also, a live ig would be terrific, just hope I will know ahead of time LOL

    • Thank you Sharon! I sincerely appreciate that you always comment and support me, it means so much! I always remembered the 2 of you are mother and daughter! Very very sweet!

  • Shelley Bean

    We went to Hawaii last year for our honeymoon! My second time there but if we could have we would have stayed forever, it cleanses the soul. :) I for one went through Peachy withdrawal so I’m just glad to have you back! You do you, it’ll be great!

    • Congratulations on getting married and on your honeymoon, I’m so glad you got to spend some time there! It is really a spectacular place, isn’t it? Glad to be back! I hope I can satiate your polish cravings. Hehe! :)

  • Good to have you back and what you say about the blog being for you for starters I say it is the thing, and that’s what’s makes me even happier to have your recognizeable nails back in the field. ;)

  • Rebecca Hill

    Welcome back! I’m glad you took time for yourself. That is very important and many people seem to forget that when going about the day-to-day.

  • finished10dnails

    Welcome back! I’m perfectly happy to read anything you post – as long as you are doing it for you and on your schedule. Love the sunflower photo!

  • You know, as I was reading your post, all I could think was, “this could have been written by me”. Well, not the part about Maui lol but the blogging part. I have missed you but 100% understand and relate and ultimately, you do you. Thanks for sharing V! <3

    • I knew my fellow bloggers would feel me. ♥ As much as we love it, it’s tough! Thank you for the support Ida!

  • Ari

    Welcome back!! I’m so glad you’re back on YOUR terms. Do whatever YOU want to do, if you want to share more, do so. If you want to take a week off, go ahead, just make sure you put your happiness first! And 3 months in Hawaii sound like heaven!! We went in January for about 10 days and it wasn’t enough, the ocean and sand and sunshine are just so healing for the soul. :)

    • Thank you very much Ari! ♥ I’m happy that everyone is so receptive to the way I want to do things now. :)

      What island did you go to? Hawaii is a magic place, seriously!

  • cat

    Hi Valesha, I can’t tell you how much we all missed you, and were wondering where in the world you were, or if you had just quit blogging without explanation like so many seem to do. You had always been so prolific, and coming from someone who has a few more years of life under her belt, I often wondered if you would burn out (even as I greedily gobbled up your posts!!). Here is some life advice that I have found puts things in perspective: do what YOU love, at the pace YOU find comfortable, and only in an amount that gives YOU joy. Don’t worry about others’ expectations. Even if that means you leave the nail polish blogging world forever and only concentrate on other things in your life (wait till you have children. That will give you an idea of what is TRULY important in life!). So, while I personally have thoroughly enjoyed all your work, you are the one who has to live your life, and only you get to decide how that will play out. Good luck with all your endeavors, whether they involved blogging or not!! And thank you so, so much for this lovely and heartfelt explanation of what has been happening in your personal development and life. <3 <3 <3

    • Thank you so much for always reading and supporting me! I know I don’t always respond, but it’s so nice to see your comments come through. ♥

      Thank you ever so for the advice, I am taking it to heart. I often think about when I have children, I’m sure that will be when the big change happens! Haha! I hope to not ever quit, but we never know what the future holds. Thank you again, love! ♥

  • Michelle

    I knew something was up when the Halloween background popped up. Delighted to see that hunch was right! It’s lovely that you’re back and feeling refreshed and re-invigorated. Looking forward to seeing whatever posts you have the time and enthusiasm to make, and would definitely check out those live streams.

    Welcome back! ^.^

    • Hehe! I can’t get anything passed you! I appreciate your support and keep your eyes peeled for Live Steams in the future! ♥

  • Annabel

    3 months in Maui?? Amazing. Welcome back! We all missed you. Glad to hear that it sounds like you were gone for good reasons rather than bad ones!

    Re: insta live – I like those videos but since I am not in the US (yet…) I doubt I will ever be able to catch one XD

    • I know right, I’m so lucky! Yes, definitely good reasons. :) Thank you for the support!

      Hopefully you will be able to catch a Live video one of these days.

  • You bet people read ramblings… this one even came out of lurk-dom to welcome you back :) *hurries back to her hidden corner now*

    • “Lurk-dom” hahahaha! LOVE! Come out more often, it’s friendly out here. :) Thank you so much for reading!

  • I’m glad you took time for you Valesha and that you feel refreshed! I’ve missed you, but I hope you are able to find a good balance for yourself and make it fun! <3

  • Hawaii must have been Heaven for 3 months!!! I really enjoy reading nail blogs that have something personal to them, like the person is talking directly to you.

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