Ten years ago I was a tired, exhausted worn out single mama of a yet-to-be diagnosed special needs child. I had an idea. And pressed the publish button. And, long story short, that’s how the Painted Ladies beauty blog came to be.
Ten years is longer than any job I’ve had, any relationship I’ve had, and while the online beauty community has changed in epic ways since the very first days (as has my own personal life), this blog is an anchor.
I’m thankful for so many things I’ve experienced in this decade-long blogging journey, and since I believe in the power of gratitude, I wanted to share 10 things I’m thankful about after 10 years of blogging.
1 – You
I’ve had the pleasure of coming across and forming friendships with amazing fellow beauty bloggers and readers both here and on other social media platforms. And not just about beauty! The posts I write about my son’s Autism diagnosis have formed valuable connections that I treasure.
2 – The People Who Made This Blog Possible
Painted Ladies was once a collaborative blog and though things changed, I am forever grateful for the people who helped get Painted Ladies off the ground and rolling.
3 – Being Able To Indulge In My Creative Side
What a long, interesting story I have. It’s kinda too long to share in full, so in a nutshell I’ll tell you that although I was once heavily involved in the beauty industry as a makeup artist, I’m not in that career path anymore. What I do is actually legions away and so I’m thankful to have this blog as my creative outlet. From taking and editing photos, creating videos, doing makeup and writing, I’ve learned so much!
4 – The Opportunity To Hone And Develop My Creative Skills
Back in the early days of this blog my lighting and camera situations were … lacking. I’ve been in the process of cleaning out some photos and the cringe factor is high! It took blood, sweat and tears (literally sometimes) but I’ve come a long way and really am very thankful I’ve been able to grow in a areas I truly love and gain marketable creative skills.
5 – Working With Brands
As I mentioned yesterday, the glory days of being on sooooo many PR lists has really diminished. I’m not upset about it and, as I mentioned, it’s a bit of a relief. Still, I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to work with and represent beauty brands I’ve loved for years.
6 – Interviewing And Meeting Makeup Artist Super Stars
In the early days of blogging here on Painted Ladies I had a feature where I interviewed professional beauty bloggers, many of whom I pursued and was so thrilled when the answer was “yes!” I’ve also had the chance to meet a few in person when I visit shows like The Makeup Show and it’s always a pleasure to chat with them. To be honest, there’s nothing more I enjoy than watching other makeup artists at work. There’s always a new technique to be learned!
7 – Growing In Self-Confidence
I can do hard things! Maybe one day I’ll talk about it at length, but suffice it to say that when Painted Ladies started my confidence level was in tatters. Over the past 10 years I’ve negotiated contracts, dealt with behind-the-scenes design and platform issues, and have grown from every challenging situation.
8 – Seeing The Beauty Industry Grow
So much has changed over even the past 5 years and it’s a bit interesting to have seen it all. While sometimes I’m frustrated over how brands have changed in negative ways, overall it’s exciting to see formulas improving and products becoming available in ways they never were. Back in them olden days when I was first learning about makeup, drugstore makeup was a joke! Today many drugstore products are on par and sometimes better than higher priced versions.
9 – Social Media
There was no Pinterest, no Instagram and YouTube was still very much in its infancy a decade ago. Crazy! While I believe it’s very important to have a blog (you own a blog, and only “rent” space on social media), the ways we can connect and share on social media is exponential.
10 – Future Goals
After all this time of being a beauty blogger, I still have hopes to accomplish. I’ve had a dream in my heart for many years that hasn’t quite come about, but perhaps this time and place is one of preparation for when they come to fruition.
Here’s to the future and thank you very much for being part of the Painted Ladies family though the years!