I usually don't do this type of post but February 2015 is truly a month to remember for me. A lot has happened personal-wise and web-wise and I have decided to write a quick post to share some of the memorable moments with you. :)
Post-Doc: done and over with! The most rewarding part has to be when I learned of my work being accepted for publication in Virology. It wasn't an easy ride. There were times when I thought I wasn't going to make it but I kept reminding myself that I can do this! Hard work, determination, and positivity *will* get you far. Trust me on this. :)
Engagement. After 11 years, he finally proposed! The proposal was sweet and memorable. I thought I was going to cry (you know, like in movies) but surprisingly I didn't. I couldn't stop smiling, though! :D The ring is beautiful and exactly “my” style but I had to have it re-sized twice (I don't wear rings so he didn't know what my ring size was, lol).
New gear. I received this as a Valentine's Day gift. I love everything about it so far — the white body and matching lens, ease of use, performance, and portability (it's much lighter than I thought!). I haven't had time to play with it much yet because I'm waiting for Spring. Right now it's just too cold and there's really nothing but white snow outside.
Beauty Influencer's Sunday Column. BISC has finally launched! BISC is a network of beauty influencers that come together on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month to share their opinions on beauty- and blogging-related topics. See example here and here. If you would like to join us, please leave your name and email below and I'll get back to you when we have available spots!
Facebook fanpage hits 1k. Thanks everyone who liked Hello Jaa on Facebook! I didn't think I'd ever hit a thousand followers on any of my social media so this is a big milestone for me. I was going to capture a screen shot when it hit 1000 but it happened when I was sleeping. LOL Next to hit 1k would probably be my Instagram. Seriously, thank you so much for your support! :)
Mentioned by Urban Decay. For the first time I experienced what it was like to have too many people coming to your site at once. My server went down within minutes of Urban Decay sharing my Naked Concealer review on their Facebook and Twitter page. Good thing my host was able to bring my site back online quickly! Pheew! Thanks for the memorable event, Urban Decay!
The big announcement
After much deliberation, I have decided to move back to Thailand. The idea is both exciting and terrifying because there will be a lot of uncertainty. I have zero plans of what I'm going to do or where I'm going to live. But as terrifying as it sounds, I have to admit that it's quite liberating to have a chance to “reset” my life again. I'm looking forward to it actually!
I'm in the process of packing my stuff and my goodness, the amount of things you accumulate in 5 years! I don't know if I will be able to bring all my makeup with me so I might be doing a blog sale within the next week or so (if I have time). Not sure if anyone of you would be interested?
Also, I might not be able to update Hello Jaa and return comments as often as I'd like for the month of March but I'll try my best to drop by when I can! Regular posting will resume in April — promise! :)
And that's a wrap! Thank you for reading this far! If you have any moving tips or blogging-while-you-are-moving tips, please leave them in the comment section below! ♥