• Every End is a New Beginning

    by  • June 6, 2014 • My Life, Personal Blog, Thoughts & Musings • 9 Comments

    It’s funny to think about how different my life is now compared to when I first started this blog.

    If a stranger asked me, I would say that started it because I wanted a creative outlet, somewhere to share my interest and love of makeup and the beauty industry. If you wanted me to be honest, then I would admit that I began the blog because I was a little lonely and directionless, not sure what I wanted to do with my life, and all I knew was that I wanted some kind of freedom. I thought starting a blog would give me a taste of that. In some ways, it did–it granted me the freedom to create and present something to a broader audience. Along the way I received both positive and negative comments from people whose faces I would never see; I made some very good friends but consequently I also lost a few; and I learned a lot of things that I would have never expected.

    I haven’t updated in a couple months for the sheer fact that my heart just doesn’t lay in writing solely about makeup anymore. I’m a different person than I was three years ago, as anybody would be. My interests and passions have altered. I want to write about more than just my new favorite lipstick or newest eyeshadow palette… I want to write about my dog and the funny things he does and how much I love him. I want to write about all the weird and/or funny and/or sad dates I went on with other people which only led to me meeting my awesome boyfriend. I want to write about college! Like how I switched my major to aerospace engineering, and the challenges that come with it and how sometimes I want to pull my hair out but also want to know if it’s normal to love math and science so much? Sometimes I want to write about food-y things like meal prepping, and how I started lifting weights and wall climbing. I want to share pictures of everything. Just… real stuff. No fluff. I think the world sometimes forgets that there are real people behind the blogs that they read.

    I’ve also realized that I’m loving life way more now than I did three years ago. I think when I started this blog, it was because I needed it. It gave me something to feel proud about, it gave me an outlet, it gave me people to connect to. But now, my real life is becoming more and more fulfilling by the day. I want to cherish my real life.

    Part of me has thought about starting a blog just to write about all those things I said I wanted to write about, whenever I want to write them. I’ve considered just starting fresh elsewhere and laying Prettymaking to rest. Nothing’s been decided though, so it’s all up in the air for now.

    To whoever just read through this, whether you’re new to my blog or have been with me since the beginning — thank you.

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    My name is Mandy and I'm the person behind the posts you read here at Prettymaking. I like spooky things, sci-fi shows & movies, skull earrings, and sloths. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.






    9 Responses to Every End is a New Beginning

    1. Marcey
      June 6, 2014 at 3:18 am

      You’ve gone through a very interesting evolution over the past three years and it’s been great watching you change directions and branch out. Aerospace engineering may be an unusual choice but if that’s where life is taking you I say go for it & embrace it. Life brings us surprising things when we open ourselves up to new experiences. I will miss your makeup posts and also the photos of your dog doing cute things – pets are wonderful companions. I’d love to see a brand new blog emerge from all of this. Whatever you do please accept my best wishes!

    2. June 6, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thank you for sharing these things with us. I think that it would actually be very interesting to change your blog’s focus, especially since your interests have shifted, too. Don’t keep doing something you don’t want to do and all of that, you know? I am very, very happy for you, though, and would love to read anything you may want to write about in the future—makeup or no. Smile Have a great life!
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    3. June 8, 2014 at 4:36 am

      I’ve greatly enjoyed your blog and reading about your life. I do hope you continue to blog but I understand how life is busy. I wish you all the best.

    4. Chrissye
      June 27, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      You are evolving into a better you, I think that is awesome and wish you ALL the best!!!

    5. July 5, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      You know, I’ve been meaning to comment on this post for a month now. I never seem to remember to do it at the same time I have time and am in front of a computer. I have really enjoyed your blog. You’re an incredibly talented makeup artist. I look forward to your blog posts, and will miss your blog very much if you don’t post anymore, but you have to follow your heart and do what’s best for you. I love when you post pictures of Jackson and your life, and personally wouldn’t mind if “Prettymaking” was more about the rest of your life, not just makeup. If you decide to start another blog under a different name, please let me know. I want to keep following you, whether it’s about makeup or everything else. <3
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    6. July 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Life is definitely an interesting journey. Keep writing (or not) about what YOU want to write about. If people are only interested in the makeup and not the person behind it so be it. I will keep reading regardless of the topic because I know that there is more to a life and a person than just the pretties and I’m interested in that as well. Good luck with everything! <3
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    7. July 8, 2014 at 2:49 am

      Best of luck with whatever you choose to do with your blog! I’m sure many of us would be more than happy to read about your real life interests in addition to the beauty posts. Your blog shouldn’t be a fan service to your readers if your aim is to be happy and write about your interests.

    8. N
      July 17, 2014 at 6:01 am

      This comment is coming rather late but I’ve just stumbled across your blog and this post really spoke to me. About 7 years ago I started my own beauty blog. This was when beauty blogging wasn’t quite as ubiquitous yet, and it was really fun….for about two years. But then I started going through some stuff, the blogging world got more competitive, and it just didn’t feel right anymore.

      My website is still up and I know what it’s like to leave a part of you on the internet, almost like a scrapbook of your life. I don’t regret my decision to stop blogging though and I just wanted to wish you the best of luck with your future.

    9. Chris
      September 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      You’re welcome….and thank you for sharing all your knowledge and life’s adventures. I know what you mean by you needing a way to vent and get stuff off your mind…and share experiences. You know where I was at before…and being able to work out the wrongs and the rights are very important, and refreshing. You having a sweet dog is also very helpful for you…dogs are loving and fun and don’t have high expectations for us…just love and food…but not in that order. I guess for them, food is love.

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