2020 Blog Goals

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Last year I learned the importance of separating my blogging/work-life goals and personal goals. Which, sounds crazy I’m sure, but it’s as simple as I’m a mess. And the truth is, I loved the idea when I started this blog, of having two personas -the more professional online appearance, and the IRL up-tight perfectionist (I wouldn’t have it any other way, so I’m not being hard on myself).

Essentially, I realized that the two got a little blended, and I found it hard to enjoy blogging (it was my escape), so I’m trying to separate the two, and see if we can’t do even better then last year.

Now, I’m not saying I didn’t do really well last year, here on HaziWords-we hit 3 years (which is mind-boggling). I also picked up some Affiliates, and even managed to do a great collab.

On the more professional scale (my favorite part), I found my demographic culture wise to have a larger impact and even had an 84% increase with visitors.

So overall, despite my initial wishy-washyness, 2019 wasn’t a bad year. So how could I possibly top it?

Well, my blog isn’t all about numbers, it has been, and will always be, one of my greatest gifts from God, that I can use to honor Him. (Dramatic I know, but having a way for self-expression is what soothes the aching soul). I want to reach more people and have a positive impact. I can only assume with those numbers that I have at least had one positive impact on a person, and this year I’m determined to have one more.

SO, that general statement out of the way let’s roll onto my Blog Goals for HaziWords-2020.

1. Complete A Blog Series

I keep starting them, but I never finish them-and now’s my chance to shine. What it’s going to be, I have no idea, but I do think it’s something that I’m ready to do.

2. Do more collabs.

The collab I did last year Bayance and Aditi(shout out to them for the experience), was a lot of fun, and doing collabs with other bloggers is something that I’d love to do in the future.

3. Create a more defined space.

Right now I’m a mixed bag and don’t get me wrong, nothing defines my personality more than a mixed bag, HOWEVER, I do think I’d like to find my niche when it comes to blogging. It’s finally something I’ve found in my general fiction writing-and now it’s something I’d like to bring onto my blog.

4. Work on Branding

Logos and branding are important to me, I want my blog to express myself, but also give somebody a feel of what they’re getting into, and this is something I’m hoping to achieve this year-to a degree that I enjoy. I understand my taste is continuously changing and developing, but it doesn’t change the concept that I would like some change.

5. Start Incorporating more Images into my Blog

I realize that images do help bring people in, and capture people’s interest (I know it does mine), so incorporating more images into my blog. Which is ironic, because this post doesn’t have many at all, but it is something I’d like to start working more on.

So, I’d love to know, what are your Blogging Goals for 2020? Do you have anything specific? Are you taking the new year as a chance for new things on your blog?

I’d love to know!

Unrelated:

I know I promised a separate post on spiritual goals-that is coming in the next week or so, I just ended up with more sinus pressure this weekend then I had in my entire life combined.

That being said,

As Always

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November Ipsy-UHM WHAT

So last week I darted for the mailbox, triumphant to have received what I was waiting for so long (after I took like, two naps because this fall has kicked up allergies I forgot I had and I think I’ve died a little as the months go on); my Ipsy bag. So I admit, I do like this, I receive some pretty neat things in this bag-and even added a three dollar add on to this bag. That being said, I was a little hesitant about this month’s bag, and is it sad to say I both love and hate it all the same? Like, I hate animal print, and somehow I like the bag more than one of the products I received?

But, before we get to complete thoughts, let’s go over this month’s bag.

This months theme was “Wild”, and the bag itself was actually something I don’t loathe like I said, I really do dislike animal print-probably because a majority of the things I received as a kid was zebra print, and even then I didn’t like the fact it made feel like a snooty-boujie person (nothing against animal print, but it’s not my personal style). The quality of the bag is what I expected last month’s bag to feel like, which is basically-decent quality. The zipper had a tastle which was a cute touch. Overall, the bag was okay-not something to be stoaked about, but I did like it, and it provided a good travel bag for a weekend trip I took.

Sorry for the poor camera quality-but anyway, here’s the list of items I received in the bag. Take a guess at the product that I ended up hating.

MAC CLEANSE OFF OIL – I did add on this cleanser, which was smaller then I expected,  (I probably should have read more about it before adding it on), but it gave me an idea of the product, and I found it to work really well, so I will most likely be buying the full product, when I get little extra money, because even a little bit goes a long way, and I go through make-up wipes like nobodies business. I would suggest this-just don’t purchase the sample, it’s not worth the price. (I paid 3 dollars, in case anyone was wondering, the tube’s good for maybe three uses).

Gigi Gorgeous Less is More (Ipsy Exclusive)- Right, this is definitely a product I’ll use. The tube was actually a decent size, which I can appreciate, and it was a nice color. Um… don’t close your mouth after you put it on though, I kept having to wipe it off my teeth, and I’m not sure that’s practical. Also, Less is More isn’t just a name it’s a warning-don’t put a ton on your lips, a little goes a long way. (My bad). All that aside, like I said, it’s a nice color, it has a luxurious feel, and I will be using it.

Color Club Nail Polish– I actually was so STOKED to receive this product. I’ve been into doing my nails-even if I do it poorly, but it gives me something that I enjoy doing.

Can I just say, WHO KNEW how tragic this nail polish was?

So, first off, the polish has a pleasant smell for Nail polish, and the color was okay, when I saw the list of things I was receiving, and then I opened the package, and then I put the polish on, and then I took a picture, I came up with several different colors. I thought it was going to be a rasberry color -it’s not-, and then when I grabbed a picture of it looks like…that, and then I put it on and it was red? Anyway, the point is, that was already like a…eh. So I go through and the next day I’m getting ready for church, have a little extra time, let’s try some nail polish.

SIR.

WHO GAVE IT PERMISSION TO BE SO-SO, ANNOYING?

It was very liquidy-feeling, it kinda spilled everywhere, and to get anything off my fingers so I could go to church with remotely normal-looking nails (because the polish didn’t work with me), I went through four cotton balls and so much nail polish remover that my cuticles flipped out and started to appear in a tyrant, and I was left with red around my fingernails that basically STAINED my nails, no matter how much soap and water I used. To give you an idea, I didn’t get a picture of my nails the days following, but up until yesterday, I looked like I had taken up gutting animals in my past time. And the photos I have for today, which is approximately five days later, this stuff is still stuck on my hands, and I might have to cut my pinky nail, just to get the nail polish out from underneath it (I have NO idea how it got there). And I would like to say “Oh it’s my fault I don’t know how to use it”, and I am clumsy, but nail polish should never make this much of a mess, or look bad. Thank God I didn’t have anywhere important to be, or else that would have been pretty embarrassing (I’m not embarrassed by chipped polish, in my head it shows just how busy I can be. However, the color did look like blood, and rimmed my fingers nails, and had embedded into the skin surrounding my fingers so…).  So no, I don’t personally suggest the polish. It was quite a problem, I’ll still link it, in case you do like it, because for all I know, I could have had a fluke or something. I don’t know. All I know, is that I have a full-sized product of polish I can’t use until I cosplay or Halloween.

Murad Essential C Moisture Broad Spectrum– Can I just say, how much I like Murad products? I could never afford a full price product, this one itself is like, 65 dollars, but the products really are quality, and they do feel nice. TIt went on smoothly, and came in enough time, because my skin has been painfully dry (I’ve been layering on the acne products), and it was nice to have something counteract it. If I had one complaint it would be how small the product is. I don’t expect anything big, but I don’t want a doll-sized tube.

La Chlrosi Face Mask– As I write this, I’m wearing the mask/ giving it a try. I really wish they had sealed it better, because as soon as I punctured it, the seal ended up in the mask, which was frustrating, but anyway. I like a good mask, it’s kind of one of those fancy things that makes me feel extra. I like this one, it has a nice(ish texture). I will say it has a gritty feeling, which is strange because there are some parts that are incredibly smooth feeling. The mask also has a perfume smell, like a nice scented laundry detergent (I still stand by my previous claims of being a whole NOOB to make-up and all). It does have a make-up undertoned smell which, I think is inevitable, but definitely a bit strange to get that sort of smell while you smelling a rosey-laundry smell. In regards to how it feels-it definitely has a stiff feeling. I didn’t coat my entire face (I probably should have). Anyway, update in another fifteen minutes.

Update (literally a minute later)- On the website, it’s classified as a Mud Mask. EXCUSE ME. I never would have guessed. I suppose I should have as it’s clay, but that’s beside the point. I WISH dirt smelled this good.

Update- Fifteen Minutes in; I’ve just knocked some of the mask into my eye (accidentally, clearly), and it’s very powdery. I’m going to take this off now.

Final Thoughts- My skin just looks more red and agitated than usual. I’m not sure that was a good idea. And usually, my skin feels better, but right now it feels…tacky? It’s weird. Will I use it again? Yes. If somebody brought it for me, I’d use it, but if I passed it in the story, I wouldn’t give it a second thought, or spend my own money on it.

Pixi By Petra (Eyeshadow)– EXCUSE ME.

WHO GAVE THIS EYESHADOW PERMISSION TO BE SO PIGMENTED? This eyeshadow, this stuff down below.

I never knew how much I needed to get some quality make-up. The thing is, it’s actually fairly cheap for something that nice. I’ve been experimenting with the eyeshadow, trying out darker-eye shadow looks. I just…it’s gorgeous man. I do suggest it, and I had swatches,but the pictures were bad, and the eye shadow pallet is somewhere in this room (I know I keep mentioning the trip and being cryptic-it’s not that cryptic, it was outside, and I did a whole lot more then usual-including panicking about being on a trip-long story. The point is in my tizzy before I left, I’ve forgotten where I put it). That being said, if you need some nice eyeshadow with a pretty shine, I would suggest this, I’m actually a big fan.

Final Thoughts-

I’m honestly disappointed with this bag. Nothing was as exciting as I’d liked it to have been. I’m just…yes there were some good parts (the eyeshadow), and Murad, and then two products that I don’t care about, and the one I loathe. I don’t know, I give this one 5 out of 10 ginchies. I feel like they missed the mark with these products, at least for me. But I want to know, what are your thoughts on this month’s Ipsy bag? Are you subscribed to Ipsy? What were your favorite parts of the bag? I’d love to know!

Let me know down below!

Stay Ginchy,

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LifeStylist at her Finnnnest

Well, hello there.

I just know you’ve been lurking around the corner, wondering. Will she actually make a lifestyle post?

SUCKERS.

But I will be making a schedule.

And a story time.

Like one right now!

I was sitting on my bed after a stressful day of realizing a multitude of things, right down to having a full on freak out answering the door to get my lunch. Watching a documentary, preparing for my shower, I had a defining moment in my life:

I HADN’T PREPARED A LIFE STYLE POST.

Seriously, though, when do I ever.

This led me down a series of thoughts and theories (I used the word because it rhymed, don’t judge me), coming to the sudden realization that I, did in fact need a schedule, and you, my dear readers, needed to be a scheduled. I mean, how else will you know what to bring when you read the blog post. I mean, I’m sorry but the beef jerky just isn’t going to fly for some of these weeks.

I digress.

It occurred to me that I was not a make-up blogger (like I still wish to be), and I was in fact, the type of life style blogger to do life with a different kind of style.

A challenge blogger.

Now, this may confuse you, however, I assure you what I’m doing is completely insane, and makes for one hex of a story.

More specifically, let’s just roll into the upcoming events.

March 20th, 2019- Ten Dollar Outfit Challenge (That’s right, all you ‘let’s make an outfit for under one hundred dollars’ are going to be crying, I’m doing it under ten dollars).

March 27th, 2019-  Trying everything people have suggested to me for cystic acne

April 3rd, 2019- Eating on a dollar for a day

April 10th, 2019- I ate Vegan for a week

April 17th-Misfit Story Award Winners (Wattpad Story Competition)

April 24th- No Posts (Break Week)

So what are your thoughts. I’m working to start planning the next cycle of posts, so do you have any lifestyle posts you’d like to see? What are your thoughts on these posts? I’d love to hear!

Stay Ginchy!

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