Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! (and decade)

Hello friends! I know my blogging has been spotty in 2009, but to be honest it just wasn't a very good year for me. One of my New Years resolutions is to blog more in 2010, and I will try my best to keep my word.

I'm contemplating moving my blog over to tumblr, but I'm not sure if that would be the best idea. I started it out but I gave up hope for now. I'm not a huge fan of their commenting system, and even though Blogger can be more finicky, I don't mind the layout.

In the past couple of months I've had to do a lot of soul-searching. I'm not a huge sharer of emotions, but I've realized that nail polish and blogging really do make me happy. And if I share a little of what's been going on, maybe it can help someone else too.

I'm reaching the point in my life where I'm about to graduate college so it's been stressful figuring out what I have to do. In September, my grandpa in Shanghai died. I flew back there, missed a week's worth of school, and pretty much felt miserable and depressed and pressured all throughout this last quarter. To add to all this, my dad once again had to have surgery for tumors in his lung (he's been battling various forms of cancer since 2006). Mentally, emotionally, I hit rock bottom many times before I finally decided to try therapy. Dragging myself there was a huge accomplishment but slowly I've begun the healing process and getting my life back on track. I never thought of myself as a negative person, but I am the type of person that does tend to absorb blows and keep feelings bottled up. Not healthy, obviously. Anyway, I just wanted to say that you know, sometimes it's ok to ask for help. It doesn't make you a weaker person. We all need help at some point in our lives.

To keep things light though, this is a new year and a new decade. And I am just dying for almost all the shades in the new China Glaze collection, I can't wait for it to come out so I can buy them. My nails are Sally Hanson Salon Line Arabian Night, by the way. In terms of polish, 2009 was the year I started to love purple polish so at least there's a positive!

I leave you now with swatches from ALU of China Glaze's Up and Away collection. I haven't been this excited about polish in a while! Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 It's also a lot more exciting than OPI's Alice in Wonderland collection too, but I have been consistently underwhelmed by OPI's overall collections since their Russian collection.

Anyway happy new year, dear readers! Thanks for sticking by me through thick and thin =)

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Marie said...

I'm sorry to hear about you downs, and I think you're doing the right thing by sharing it to us. I can relate to how you feel, I also started going to therapy during 09 after probably years of too many "down"-periods. It was hard asking for helo, but it's better to admit you're not well instead of just struggling along.
I'll keep on subscribing your blog, and I hope you'll have a better year 2010!

BlueMeanie said...

I'm so sorry to hear about what you've been going through. I remember the pressures of my college years. I commend you for having the courage to keep working through challenges and seeking therapy for any form of coping/healing it encourages. Take care of yourself. I hope that 2010 is a good year for you.

Elk Lighting said...

Hang in there, better times are just around the corner.

janice said...

Good for you going to therapy, the right therapist is the key.

zyun said...

i am sorry to hear that you were going through a rough patch, but it is just that, a patch, and will pass in time. also, you are a very strong and brave person to ask for help, let alone share that in a public forum. good for you, and keep your chin up!!

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