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Welcome beautiful people! I am Laura, a beauty lover and chocolate addict. I love to share my thoughts on the best (and of course the worst) of all things beauty related.

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What blogging has taught me

So if you missed it over on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or even read my newsletter you'll know that TLOL is turning 2! Naturally, it's time to celebrate!

It's kind of surreal to think about. In some ways I can't believe it's only been two years, it feels like I've been doing this for much longer, but it's also crazy to think I've made it to the 2 year mark! I have been reflecting on what I have learned over the last two years and thought it would be nice to share it with you. So here's what blogging has taught me:

1. Who I am

We are starting big and deep. Blogging has taught me SO much about myself. I've come to realise so many things about myself that I didn't know. I have become more confident and comfortable in myself and who I am. I've discovered what I like and found a way to express myself that I never knew existed. It has helped with my social anxiety and introvertness (I was actually thinking of doing a post about being an introvert soon if you guys were interested). I'm slowly becoming better at expressing emotions and communicating how I feel and know the best method to do that, and also know that it's ok that I am not necessarily great at expressing myself verbally, because there is more then one way to express yourself). Blogging has just taught me a confidence I didn't know I had.

2. Hard work is everything

I always knew that hard work paid off, but I've definitely had that solidified with my blog. From day 1 I knew that my blog was something that I wanted to pursue and that it was something I really enjoyed, so even if nothing came from it, it was still something I enjoyed. Looking back, I have worked with some AMAZING brands and companies and people and I am forever grateful for that. I can't begin to say have thankful I am to everyone who believed, and still believes in. Blogging is hard work, and I never realised how hard it would be until I started, but it is also very rewarding...not just in products I received, but in the people I've met and the things it's taught me.

3. There are beautiful, caring and supportive people everywhere

Being a massive introvert I really struggle to make friends in real life. It's something that makes me really anxious and while I always wish I had more close friends, it's something I find really hard. I was terrified when I started blogging because it seemed like there were lots of close people and I wanted to be part of that, but I didn't know how. What I quickly discovered is, for the most part, the blogging is a really supportive place. I have made friends with people around Australia, and even the world and I can't believe how many beautiful people there are out there. 

4. How to pick myself up

The online world can be cruel. That was something I learned in my very first year of blogging. There was an incident that almost broke me in my first year. I was upset, hurt and ready to quit. But, I didn't want to give up something that I absolutely loved. So I got back on my feet and kept going and here I am today. To that person, I thank you. You taught me how to pick myself up, put myself back together and get on with it. You made me stronger and I am forever grateful for that. Yes I still get the occasional comment or message that leaves me feeling a bit upset or funny, but then I realise how many amazing people there are around me that cancel that comment out, and that that persons comment is everything. It's definitely helped with my real life too. I am now stronger, and for lack of a better work, tougher. I am better at picking myself up when I am down and pushing through the negative. 

5. You should always have fun

This is probably the biggest lesson blogging has taught me. It is so easy to get caught up in numbers or negativity, but in the end that isn't why I started blogging. I started blogging because I loved it. It was fun and a great way to take a break from the real world. In everything that you do, you should be able to find some fun in it. Yes, it will always be challenging (if it's not do we really learn from it?), but it's important that you always find the fun in things. I don't think I could get through each and every day if I didn't. 

These few things might seem simple and insignificant to some of you, but they were big lessons for me. Before I started blogging I was much quieter, and unsure of myself. I was in a very different place to wear I am now and I am forever grateful for the things I have learned through this experience. 

I want to thank each and everyone of you that stops by. Those that read my posts, who give my photos a like, who leave supportive comments day in and day out, those who come to me for help or just to have a laugh. Thank you, every single one of you. It is each of you that has made me absolutely love doing this. I can't wait to see what the next year has to hold!

Oh and did I mention, I am running a giveaway to celebrate! I am giving away a Huda Beauty Obessions Palette of your choice. It is open internationally (anywhere that Cult Beauty ships to). There are a couple of ways you can enter: Head over to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and follow the instructions, or you can sign up to my newsletter. The giveaway is running until Feb 28th, so there's still time to get in on the action! 


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