If life is like a highway, I was motoring along until I decided the road was getting far too busy and I needed to pull over. I parked on the side of the road for quite a while, watched the world go by (more specifically I binge watched all three seasons of the Spanish TV series Gran Hotel on Netflix…), and then I noticed a much quieter road and decided to take a detour. By the way, I also highly recommend Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries which I have developed quite the addiction to. The 1920s makeup and her glowy highlighted cheekbones made me re-think my total lack of interest in makeup in the last few months.
The reason I’ve been away for so long was that I needed a break from the beauty world. Makeup wasn’t holding much appeal any more and I was feeling pretty uninspired.
And then all of a sudden I found inspiration in something completely different when I watched Michael Pollan’s series Cooked and started really thinking about how over-processed and over-complicated everything in life has become, just to make things more convenient or for instant gratification. Sometimes the best things are the simplest things, or things that take time and love to achieve, or things that embrace what nature has given us. Instead of arranging makeup for Instagram photos I’ve been growing my own tomatoes, and weirdly haven’t died from lack of contouring, lipstick or neutral eyeshadow palettes.
I used to think of cooking as a chore that needed to be done quickly, but I’ve really fallen in love with it. I’ve been baking my own sourdough bread instead of buying commercial bread. I just found it fascinating how wild yeast floating around in the air can turn flour and water into an amazing loaf of healthy, crusty bread! If anyone wants to know how I made my starter and the recipe I use please let me know in the comments.
I’ve become excited by ingredients and fresh produce and how they can turn into something not only healthy but tasty too. Life in the slow lane has been really good for me in the last months and I finally feel a bit inspired. I have tried new beauty-related things too while I’ve been away and now I really feel like sharing my loves and loathes again.
So yes, I have been ignoring my blog due to work and ignoring social media for quite a long time because nothing I’ve been doing has been Instagram worthy. But so what? It has been delicious, inspiring, quiet and most importantly real life, #NoFilter.