You’ve probably noticed Product Girl hasn’t been updated in a really, really, really long time. Well, that’s going to change soon but in the meantime, I want to tell you a little bit of what has been going on with me and why I stayed away.
You may remember a post from October 2011 where I said my goodbye and that I was off to a job with a major retailer working in social media for cosmetics. It was a dream come true and an opportunity Product Girl helped me obtain. When I started that job, I was lead to believe I could still do my thing but I soon found out that it wouldn’t be possible, hence the reason the goodbye.
Unfortunately that didn’t work out and only four months into it, I chose to walk away from my dream job. I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t cut out for corporate life but there were aspects of it that I did not like and felt as though were a little unfair. Although, while it lasted, I had some wonderful experiences and had the chance to work with some women who were amazing and truly inspirational.
When I walked away from the job, I was a mess for a very long time…for more than a year. Until I found a new job eight months later, I spent my days sleeping and ignoring the world around me. I was in a deep depression and all I could think about was I how regretted my decision. Instead of standing up for myself, I let myself turn my back on something I had wanted at the first bump in the road. Even though I could technically blog again, I couldn’t bring myself to get out of bed most days. I was all tears and no hope. I got myself into a hole I’m still working on climbing out of.
For the first few months at my new job, I spent every break looking for something new and seeing what my old team was up to. I wanted to be back in social media and didn’t want to stay in the role I was in. I couldn’t sleep still thinking about what could have been. Then magically one day, I told myself to snap out of it. "It is what is, make the best of it." Once I told myself that, I started to accept what I had done and slowly, things got better and started falling into place. I don’t think about the old job anymore and can even shop there without a pang of regret. Once I let go of the pain I was holding on to, I started becoming a happier person. I’ve even managed to start losing weight, I’ve lost 50lbs. since late November, and I’m dating…something I didn’t do before.
You may have also noticed Laurie is no longer writing for Product Girl. After writing for Product Girl for years, she decided to make the leap and start her own blog 312 Beauty, a beauty blog with a Chicago point of view. While I miss her tremendously, she is doing big things with her new blog. She has a wonderful voice and it would be a crime to not follow her…so do it now!
So that’s what has been going on with me and Product Girl. A new design is in the works, the logo was finished in November, and I’m starting to implement it. Until that happens, hang tight, new posts are coming on Monday. I hope you’ll come back and visit again once posting gets back to the old-normal.