Today, instead of my usual 'monthly catch-up' post (I wasn't all that diligent with blogging during the month of July so there's not a whole lot to 'catch up' with really), I thought I would go with something a little bit different. This day exactly one year ago marks the day that I finally bit the bullet and did something that I had been dreaming about doing for a long time, I started my very own little blog. So I guess you could call it a one year blogiversary of sorts! Even though it was something that I had been thinking about for a while (college, exams and work had always seemed to get in the way beforehand), in the end it was a bit of a spontaneous decision, and I had created my own little Blogger space on the internet and uploaded my first post within a few hours of making the decision. If my memory serves me correctly, it was a blog written by a fellow Irish blogger that I had come across for the first time that day that gave me the final push into starting my own - reading through hers made me think, 'yes, that is totally something I could do' and so Overdose De Maquillage was born. Like most other beauty bloggers, I have always had what some might call a bit of an unhealthy obsession with make-up and beauty, and this obsession was only to be fuelled on even further when I discovered the YouTube and beauty blogging community. When I began my blog, it was so nice to finally be able to discuss my love of all things beauty with other like minded people who actually had an interest in what I had to say, and who understood the excitement of, for example, the latest Nars release. Yes, my family and friends (the females anyway!) do wear and have an interest in make-up, just not to the same extent as I do, and so I needed an outlet where I could write away to my hearts content and chat with fellow make-up enthusiasts, even if it spelled disaster for my bank balance, and starting this blog has given me just that opportunity. I am so grateful for that.
Today, I wanted to thank everyone who has supported my blog over the past year. It is so nice to know that there are people out there who enjoy reading what I have to say - nearly a thousand of you now, blimey! - and knowing that really makes it all worthwhile. Trying to keep up and maintain a blog is not simple and definitely involves a lot of hard work and dedication, especially when you are trying to run it alongside work and other life commitments, but it is something that has been so so rewarding for me and I have really reaped the benefits of it over the last twelve months. Discovering a hobby that I truly love has been incredible, and here's to another year of incredible-ness! Once again, thank you all so much for reading, following and commenting on my blog - you're amazing!
Lots of love, Rachael