It’s already September? Where has the year gone? I cannot believe there are only 120 days left to the year.
The next couple of months are traditionally the busiest in our household – the SO’s birthday, our wedding anniversary, Christmas and a lot of work travel. Things are going to get CRAY-zee and time is about to fly a lot faster around here!
I am also heading to my first Problogger conference next week. I am so excited – and terribly nervous. Blogging has been a part of my life since 2001, so it is time to take it to the next level. Let’s hope these guides by Harvard Business Review and The Muse to networking for introverts help. If you’re going to the conference too, please say hi!
While there is so much to look forward to, here is a look at my month in review – August 2016.
1. Bullet journaling
Have you heard of bullet journaling? I decided to give it a go in June after a friend mentioned it on Facebook.
My bullet journal is a notebook I picked up at a conference – it’s not fancy, but it was free. While I still do loads digitally, I am finding bullet journaling a useful way to track tasks and deadlines. My bullet journal just tracks work and home activities, but there may be a time when it expands to other areas (here’s inspiration for pregnancy).
We’ll see. Afterall, there is something therapeutic about putting pen to paper.
2. Photo editing apps
I swore I would never be that person, so karma has bitten me in the ass. My iPhone is now my go-to camera, and while it has a better camera than my past phones, it isn’t as powerful as a traditional camera and the photos it takes still needs help.
Vscocam (thanks for the recommendation, Ainead) and Airbrush (GooglePlay and iTunes) are now my preferred photo editing apps. Do you have a favourite photo editing app? Or do you still use a traditional camera?
3. Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks
Sephora finally opened an outlet in Queensland! It’s not in Brisbane, but in the revitalized Pacific Fair on the Gold Coast though. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for my wallet.
I have been impatiently waiting a couple of weeks for the initial shopping madness to die down before checking it out a few weeks ago. We finally drove down and I snagged myself two of Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. These are long-lasting and highly pigmented matte finish lipsticks. Application is different from traditional tube lipsticks, but the wand applicator isn’t difficult to get used to. These shades are Double Dare and Bachelorette.
Best of all, I can kiss Bubby as much as I want without worrying about covering him in lipstick marks!
4. Singapore Buzz series with Nuffnang Mr Cheo Ming Shen
Although I have been in Australia the last 9 years, I only recently updated my contact details with the Singapore government. It triggered my membership with the Overseas Singaporean Unit and I’ve been receiving newsletters about their various events held across Australia. They have clashed with other functions and work commitments, but I have finally attended my very first function with them in August.
As much as I enjoyed the Q&A style session with Mr Cheo, it was meeting some members of the Singapore Club of Queensland that made my night. They were warm and unassuming, yet proudly Singaporean. I am still undecided about whether to join them.
Have or would you join your motherland’s club in your adopted country?