I have had a very rough week, and I came home to this from my landlords, which made me laugh and cry (maybe a wee bit emotional from the strain). This is also how I'm going to say that I will be taking on a ton of new responsibilities at work (aka I now am managing two libraries), which is not going to leave me with a lot of time. I don't plan to abandon my blog, but my updates there and probably here too may get fewer and farther between. I don't know. We'll see.
I've been very quiet this month, somewhat unexpectedly. My work situation has changed somewhat: while I continue to be a solo hospital librarian with a somewhat tyrannical way of managing, I will also be spending the next year managing the day-to-day operations of another library in my health authority. I don't know what that's going to look like quite yet, but I will be travelling a lot more for work, and I'm definitely going to be crazy busy. It's a great opportunity for me career-wise, but I'm a little nervous since I've gotten used to managing only me this last year. As hard as that has been, it's been an incredible amount of freedom and I'm going to miss it in a strange way.
Thus, my head is pretty crammed full of stuff to worry about right now and I'm not interested in adding any more.
When I changed my blog name, I wanted it to better reflect the direction I was going in: a broader beauty blog, with a variety of interesting posts. This is aligned with the original intentions I had when I decided on my low buy and beauty budget: write more interesting posts, get through my backlog of products that I had to review (there's still a backlog, but it's much reduced), and be more conscious about what I was buying. With a few exceptions this year, I think I've achieved that. I have made very few impulse purchases this year, and those that were impulse were still researched and sat on for at least a few days. I've vastly reduced any stress shopping - or have directed it into purchasing things that I actually need, like new sheets and rainboots.
Overall, I'm satisfied that I've:
- reduced my spending considerably
- have truly become more thoughtful in my consumption
- have produced a good variety of blog posts this year
- stopped buying random lipsticks when I'm bored/tired/hungry/stressed
- continued to work toward a makeup collection that is used and reflects my current interests
- avoiding hype
Things I still need to work on:
- having more makeup than I can reasonably use (I'll probably always have a lot, but I can definitely stand to have less)
- ensuring I'm not buying multiple versions of the same colour (hoping to do some dupe weeding this weekend!)
- making plans that work with me over the year
I've been writing a lot of syntheses on human resources literature lately, and one of the themes that is currently being bandied around in performance review trends is that you need to be able to revise your goals, and that a yearly assessment structure should be bolstered by more frequent, informal check-ins and less rigid goals to allow for the dynamic kind of work environment that we're usually in. This exercise is a kind of performance review, of me and my buying patterns, and so while I had the vague idea right (set goals, frequent check-ins), I was still thinking too narrowly. At least for me and the kind of person I am.
Going forward then, I will:
- have a quarterly check-in post. I think that's more reasonable. Monthly can feel daunting when I think about all of the other things that I want to write about.
- not be keeping a strict budget with a million rules that feel too hard to keep track of.
- have a much easier rule: try to aim for spending no more than $100 a month on average, on beauty, including replacements. I think this allows for wiggle room of buying more extravagant things, plus allowing for stocking up on essential items when I need to.
- work on panning some of my much reduced perfume collection and continue to revisit some older scents here and there.
- continue to track my daily lip colours and perfumes. I've been keeping a running note of this in my planner, and it helps me see what I'm using regularly.
- stop buying so many liquid lipsticks. Seriously, who am I???
Of all the iterations of low buying that I've tried, this is probably the most natural for me and the simplest. We'll find out at the end of December how it's going! Especially with the Sephora sale coming up...I'm building a wishlist, the most ridiculous item on it being the Dyson hairdryer. I don't even blowdry my hair. That will probably be dropped. One hopes.