I read this article about How Millenials Became The Burnout Generation recently and parts of it hit me kind of hard. As an Asian kid, I have been prepping for “my future” since I was young. I excelled at school, but as I grew older the naive thought that school could lead to my “dream job” led me in random directions. I finished post-secondary school with a Bachelors of Music Degree and then went on to do a diploma in Entertainment Management. While I regret neither of those decisions (the latter led me to my husband), it was a life in the early 20s that wasn’t easy, required a lot of working for free and long hours. I’m doing okay today, but it’s nowhere where my parents were when they were my age.
I’ve been living online, “optimizing” my presence on the internet since I was 12 or 13. I became fluent in the online world wherever I went. I taught myself to code my own websites and blogs at 12 (hello Geocities), mastered the economy of Neopets, sold a popular Ragnarok Online account and had a lot of Asian Avenue/MySpace/ICQ friends. By the time smartphones and Twitter/Facebook came around, I was ready. I had been building a personal brand and online content for more than half my life without thinking about it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love social media and appreciate what I have in life right now, but I’m starting to step back a little on my own channels. Life doesn’t always have to be content. Not everything I do has to be productive. I started to feel the burnout for real last year after years of blogging every day. I loved sharing all the products that I had used up every month until it started to feel like a chore writing it all down that I stopped trying to use up stuff altogether. I even haven’t finished building the set of Nintendo Labo because I kept thinking I was “too exhausted” to document the steps.
Despite my dog having a fast-growing Instagram account, he’s the one that has taught me that life can be slowed down, not everything has to be documented and that sometimes you miss laughing at the best moments when you’re behind a screen.
This year, I’m making a conscious effort to do more of nothing. It’s hard because sometimes you can accidentally “optimize” the nothing, which makes it again feel like work (like when I tried to do self-care Sundays). I want to do more of truly nothing, staring into space, cuddling and taking more naps with the dog and going on more walks. I don’t know if that’s really a resolution. Can I make a resolution to “do nothing”?
It’s been a while, but I’ve been so busy with August, I almost forgot about my July post for the things I used up. Luckily, I haven’t been accumulating too many lately as I’ve slowed down the shopping for myself. I think I shop way more for the dog now!
In July I ended up giving away a few products that I thought would benefit the receiver more than I:
- Lamella doll eyeliner
- Mini Poni Miniso Magic Candy Lip Tint – Raspberry
- Benefit 15 hour primer sample
- Body Shop Mango Soap
- Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Charcoal Mask
- Hello Kitty Cherry Blossom Mask
- Body Shop Vegetarian Expert Face Mask
- L’Oreal Hydra Genius Essence Sample
And Here are the things I used up:
Another month, another Things I Used Up post. June was a bit hectic in terms of work so the list is a bit smaller, as I didn’t have time for many masks or trying new samples. There was a lot of quickly getting ready to head out somewhere, so I reached for my versatile palettes. I didn’t pan anything though.
Here’s what I used up:
- Pixi Glow Tonic – This lasted me more than a year, so I’m proud to have finished it.
- Face Shop x The Solution Brightening Face Mask
- Tony Moly x Bart Simpson Jeju volcanic lava nose strip
- The Face Shop x The Solution Radiance Face Mask
- SNP Fruits Gelato Brightening Mask
February was a short month, so I didn’t really get to use up too much stuff. However, it did encourage me to use up more samples and minis just so I would have things to write down in this list.
Products I used up:
- Ciaté Fierce Flicks eyeliner
- Tarte Drink of h20 mini
- The Face Shop Silky and Soft Cotton Pads
- Racine Delicare Soothing Mask
- Sephora Instant Moisture + Cream (sample) x 2
- Homer Simpson x The Face Shop Mask
- Shiseido Senka Perfect Essence Silky (sample)
- SNP Grapefruit Gelato Brightening Mask x 2
- Tony Moly Master Lab Intense Hydrating Mask
I didn’t pan anything this month, but I’ve been trying to find every excuse to switch looks for every occasion, especially if I’m going out after work.
I’m sure March will have a fuller list as I get ready for my wedding!
Happy New Year! Last year was a blast, and I learnt a lot from it. This year, I decided that I will not make any resolutions or set any strange time-sensitive challenges. Last year on my birthday I wrote a list of 25 Things to Do Before I’m 25 but they were completely unrealistic goals in a year that has proven to be one of my busiest. Most of those things individually would have probably taken a year to do so and being completely unemployed in the process. Attempting to plow through them made things seem like a must-do task, a chore, rather than something meant to be enjoyable.
This year will be focused on just exploring new adventures as they come. Books are meant to be read and absorbed in their own time. New food experiences stumbled upon sometimes accidentally. Life should not be rushed and that will be the theme for this year. I do promise to share all these things with you and write more posts here!