Today is my official blog-o-versary! So, be prepared for a long sappy post.
First off I have the opportunity to meet with some other nail bloggers and nail lovers yesterday. I met up with Libby's Pink Vanity, Once Bitten, Cult Nails, and 2 other lovely ladies. We had a blast! Everyone was so wonderful and nice. I really enjoyed all of their company. It's definitely nice to meet with some other nail polish lovers. It was really a genuinely great time, and all these women are wonderful. I was a dodo brain and forgot to bring my camera, but there were pictures taken. I'm sure someone will post them soon. We also had massive swap fest! I'll show you what I came home with later!
Back to this blog. I know I'll probably say a lot of cliche things, but they're true. I would of never been able to guess I could keep up with this blog for so long. I'm the type of person to start a journal one day and completely forget about it. I was unsure of blogging for the longest time. I probably debated it for over a year, assuming that since they're were so many nail blogs out there, who would read mine?
I started it on a whim, and it's been one of favorite things in my life ever since. I really appreciate and love this community. I think that is the most valuable thing I've gotten out of this. Nail polish is fun and we all enjoy it here, but it's the people behind this fun hobby that make it extra special. Nail polish + good people is a great combination.
It has not all been perfect. There are times when this stuff gets to me. I think in all honesty it gets to all of us. There are times I feel insecure about my blog. Are my swatches ugly? Are my cuticles too dry? Should I try to get PR stuff? What do other bloggers think about me? Am I too chatty in my posts? Why did I only get 1 comment today? Why did I get no comments today? I think that's par for the course when it comes to something we love.
I think this has all been a part of my "imperfect" journey. As I've mentioned before briefly, I've definitely struggled with perfectionism in my real life. I don't open up much,but I am very hard on myself. I had people hard on me growing up and have been deeply hurt. I always have felt a need to prove to people I'm worthy. This causes me to have a lot of anxiety and depression at times, and Imperfectly Painted has been my escape. Though, I've been challenged with "perfectionist" thoughts on my blog, I think in the long run I've really created something that is genuinely me...flaws and all. You know what, I'm OK with that. It seems like you all are OK with it too, and I so appreciate it! Though it's just a nail polish blog, I've definitely had some personal growth through this.
I think that's enough blabber for now. I'm sure I've bored you all. I just really appreciate all of you who take the time to read this blog. Yesterdays meet-up was icing on the cake and reassurance of how wonderful this community is. It is also Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes blog-o-versary too! We've become great friends from starting our blog on the same day!
Here are the swap goodies I got yesterday!
Remember to enter my 1 year Blog-o-versary Giveaway!
Also if you dare to read my first blog post you can find it here.
Thank you all for sharing in this fun journey with me! Of course there will be more to come!
P.S. Thanks for all of your well wishes and good vibes. I did not get sick! :) <3