Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Follow your Passion

Have you ever done something for so long that you just burn out?
The thought of doing something one more time is just unbearable?
Well, that was me 6 months ago. After doing bridal makeup for close to 12 years, I had to just walk away. I couldn't imagine packing my kit one more time, or cleaning my brushes, or dealing with one more small cramped hotel room with poor lighting.

It felt great - no wonderful - to have my weekends back, but something has been missing. I started getting depressed and unmotivated to style my hair (the ponytail became my new best friend) and only wore makeup when I had to. This was and is not me.

I love makeup. Makeup is my passion.

I recently spent 2 whole weeks home with my son for the holidays and spent more time than I care to admit on the computer. Tweeting. Pinning. Googling. Writing. You name it and I did it. However, one thing I realized a few days ago is that all of this activity seemed to be focused around one thing - Beauty.

I was drawn to it. Makeup, skincare, beauty articles, and fashion magazines seemed to fill my days and nights. Is this just a coincidence? No. It's my passion - and I'm good at it. Beauty is what I know. I can pick apart a photo in a magazine and tell you what is real and what is airbrushed. I can take that photo and recreate the look. I can tell you which ingredients are good for your skin and which ones you should stay away from.

So I started asking myself why did I leave? Why did I give up on my passion?

The answer was really quite simple. I just needed a break.
Rather than quit, I should have scaled back. Less weddings and more photo shoots. More variety.

Sometimes it's good to take a break, but even better to know you still have a passion for something and just needed some time away to realize it. Michelle Fryer, Makeup Artist never left - I was just hiding out for a little bit - but now I'm back and ready to make 2012 amazing. One beauty article and one face at a time.

The Facebook fan page is back, Beautyisms is new and the website will be getting a makeover soon. Now it's time to hit the beauty stores and start revamping my kit!

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