2019 So Far…

Hello!! Remember me? I have been up to so much these past couple of months and my blog has definitely been taking a back seat (tbh my blog isn’t even in the same vehicle as me at this point..), but for the first time, I don’t feel bad about it! I’ve been doing a lot of growing and learning and I’ve been feeling so full, yet still so hungry to do more. Without further ado, here is a little run down of my year thus far:

January

I turned 24 and I got to celebrate it with my closest friends and family. I also got my nose pierced as a birthday gift to myself, which to me, symbolizes so much more than having a piece of jewelry on my face (if you know how much my mom disapproves of piercings, you would understand too LOL). In order to step out of my comfort zone, I applied to be a social media volunteer for a women’s conference. To overcome some fears, I got my first Brazilian and it hurt like a bitch, but hey, at least I proved to myself that I could do it. We celebrate ALL victories here, regardless of how small they seem. (PS I got sugared! If anyone is interested in my experience, I’ll definitely write about it because I am super happy with the results). I wanted to make more money and become more financially literate, so I got a part-time job as a tutor, which is great experience working 1-on-1 with someone. And the universe must have been on my side because I also got a promotion at my full-time job, which means more hours and more pay. Ask (and work hard), and you shall receive! I had a big wake-up call when my dad had a stroke in November and I realized that health really is wealth. So I started slowly going back to the gym, and doing HIIT workouts at home on the days when I felt lazy to go out. A bish also finally got around to getting a physical! Is that TMI? Idk, some people don’t go to the doctor, myself included, but going to the doctor once a year is really not that bad (and also v important!)

February

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A blah month, mainly because of the cold weather. Like I feel like every day this month was -25 or lower, but it was a great month for quality time. Spent a lot of time hanging out with my girls, and my man. Started a wine night tradition with my dad. I tried macrame with my aunt, and I’ve come to the realization that I am really good with crafts/activities that involve string and repetitive movements. Probably because I can get into flow so easily. Also really good at critical thinking and knowledge games. Worked and worked out some more.

March

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I went to my first rave, just to say I’ve gone to one. I had a lot of fun (granted, it was for an artist I actually like and listen to which definitely helps LOL), and I think everyone should go to a rave at least once in their life. You can’t knock it til you try it 😉 The women’s conference was this month, and it was a life changing experience. I’m not gonna lie, the night before, I was trying to talk myself out of going because I didn’t know anyone, and I felt so scared. But like I said, I’m trying to train myself to walk in the direction my fear leads me in… Being surrounded by a bunch of like-minded individuals was amazing, and the energy from everyone was infectious. I learned so much from each workshop, and I felt like I proved so much to myself. As someone who felt like she could never do things on her own, and who got anxiety attacks from starting conversations with strangers this was a big thing for me. I also finally got a car! After driving a minivan for months, it was about damn time. I’m so proud of it, I bought it in cash and it’s got everything I need to get me from point A to point B in comfort and style… somewhat. Also we celebrated my sister’s birthday for like two weeks, which was very fun and also made me realize how much closer I’ve gotten with my siblings as we’ve gotten older. My first best friends forever and ever.

April

I feel like I hit a wall this month. I have no one to blame, I’ve just been feeling super lazy and uninspired. Life ain’t all rainbows and butterflies and cliché quotes. Also, this month felt like it went by super fast. Started (and finished) GoT. Bought tickets for a Japan trip with my girls and I’m SO excited!!! My friends are having a BABY!! A little boy!! Went on a relaxing trip with my friends (relaxing is an understatement, because we really did nothing at all, but it was just fun to be all together 🙂 )


Aaaaand that pretty much catches you up with everything I’ve been up to. I’m not going to lie, lately I’ve been getting those feelings where it’s like “WHAT AM I DOING WITH MY LIFE!!! WHAT IS MY PURPOSE!!”. I’m trying to not be so hard on myself, but at the same time, I need to be realistic. I’m not going to find my life’s meaning by whining about how I haven’t found it yet, and by living my life exactly as I have the past 24 years. But while it’s been a rollercoaster of a year, I’m happy to report that it’s mostly been all good. I just want to give a shoutout to my support system. Y’all make this life worth living, and I have been extremely blessed to have been able to spend so much quality time with the people who mean the absolute most to me.

I also wanted to share my favourite IG accounts at the moment, for anyone who wants some inspiration for your own blogs or feeds. I’ve been using these accounts like free, valuable resources, and I think a lot of you would also benefit from following them as well!

  • @thegreylayers – my favourite IGer. I love her style and she is just a big inspiration. Always makes me feel like I can do anything (which is true, I can), and I love that she is so interactive with her audience, despite her large follower count
  • @thecontentplanner – I plan on using her free resources to help me pick back up with my blog, and I want to order a content planner of my own (but I’m going to wait until the 2020 one comes out in October)
  • @theaceclass_ – the organizers of the women’s conference I volunteered at. Again, great resources for people and their events are an awesome way to meet local women.
  • @vanessalau.co – she’s my age, and is a successful life coach and mentor (we’re talking six figures here people!!). I admire her drive and all the valuable content she puts out. Regardless of whether or not you are trying to make a name for yourself in this digital space, I think anyone can learn a thing or two from her.

And that’s it. Usually I’d write a big spiel here but I feel like I’ve been typing for forever, so I’m just going to say bye LOL and see you next time.

💖, B

Identity.

“Tell me about yourself.”

For some reason I have always dreaded being asked this question. Which is stupid, because it’s the one question that every person should have the answer to. 24 years on this earth, and all that ever seems to leave my mouth is “Ummmm, well…. My name is Brittney.”

Who am I? Beyond other people’s ideas of who I am…  Beyond the person I show to others… Who am I? I feel like I have hidden behind labels or roles, using them to define who I am (“I am a student”, “I am a woman”, “I’m a Canadian citizen” etc.), maybe to avoid the fact that I haven’t quite figured it out yet. Although, I realize it is silly of me to expect myself to be able to sum up who I am in one sentence.

Anyways, I’ve realized that I really need to take time to discover who I am, and what makes me, me. I’ve always hated making New Years Resolutions, and I always rolled my eyes when people say things like “I hope this year is good to me”, because I know that the deciding factor to whether or not you follow through with your resolutions, or the cause of having a good year is yourself. BUT. I really want to use this year to dive deeper into myself, and find out who I want to be, and become the person I want to become.

One thing I would really like to explore is my Filipino heritage, and learning more about the Philippines, and it’s history. I was born and raised in Canada, English is my first language and I don’t understand much Tagalog. I’m as whitewashed as they come. Most of what I know from the Philippines was passed down from my mom, and even then, most of her stories are about struggle and hardships, and are tainted with bias because of the fact that she doesn’t ever want to go back (DISCLAIMER: I’m not trying to drag my mom, and I don’t mean to take away from her experiences. I know that’s all the memories she has of the Philippines, but she did spend her teen years and the rest of her adult life here, so I never got to learn much about the beauty of the country or the culture from her). I would really like to learn more about the Philippines, and understand my roots better.

And mostly, I just want to learn more about myself. By doing what feels right, acting in the pursuit of self-interest, and being as fearlessly me as possible. A quote that has been resonating through my mind as of late is “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.” I’m going to be unapologetically myself, because it’s what I owe to myself, and I don’t need to ask for permission, or think about others in the process (K, that sounds really intense. Like I’m not trying to be a selfish bitch, but I’m just trying to get at the point that I’m going to stop looking to others for approval or permission to do what I want to do.) (Life is too short to not do what you want to do. Basically.)

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and although this blog is called ALittleBrittOfEverything, I’ve realized that my own self-development and discovery has become way more interesting, fun and easier to write about than MOTD and Review posts. Not to say that I’m going to stop writing about these things, because I’m not, but you will be seeing a lot more personal posts. I’m growing and changing as a person, and my interests reflect that. I really want this to become a tool used for documenting my journey and statistically speaking, my readers are way more interested in personal posts than in beauty related posts. (AKA I see that y’all are nosy, but I’m not judging because I’m putting this all out there, and I’m like that myself 😉 LOL). Even if only one person takes something away from what I write, that’s enough gratification for me.


I want to take this time to thank you all for sticking with me throughout my blogging journey. I genuinely get so flustered when you compliment my posts, or ask about how I’m doing, or just talk about my blog in general. It lets me know that I’m on the right track, and that I will always have people supporting something that I love doing, and that sparks joy in my life (where my fellow KonMari fans at?!) I’ve come far from where I was when I started, and I still have so long to go. Happy New Year everyone!

I’m going to leave this selfie here because why the heck not.

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💖, B

P.S. And for those who still care, Vlogmas Week 4 will be up!!! I don’t know when, but it will!!! mark my words!!!

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Hey everyone! I’m sorry I haven’t posted at all last week, it has been a busy week and I didn’t have a lot of time to devote to writing posts. Like I’ve said before, I want to stick to my Tuesday & Friday posting schedule as much as possible, but if I don’t like the posts I’ve come up with, or if I don’t have enough time to devote to posting, I won’t. I’m sure you all understand! Quality over quantity, right? Rest assured, I will be back to my normal posting days starting now. Anyways, I just wanted to come on here and tell you guys about a few things I’ve been up to while I’ve been away.

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9:00 PM Update

Reading break has pretty much just started, but I feel like I don’t have time to take a break. I’ve picked up a bunch of extra shifts this week because I’m still saving for my Mexico trip with my friends (and it makes me not feel so bad for buying a few things for the VIB sale that starts tomorrow!!) and any time that I’m not at work, I either need to be working on a paper, finishing an assignment or studying for midterms. Conveniently, said paper, assignment and midterm are all on the same day! I also have a presentation that I need to be working on but haven’t touched. Help me.

snapchat-1777902061Anyways, I just wanted to write a little update since the last time I posted was a little over a week ago and tbh I just needed a break from all the work haha. As I write this, my cat is laying in his favourite spot… my lap. I have a habit of keeping my feet on my chair whenever I’m sitting at my desk, and he’s gotten used to sticking his body in the space between my legs and chest. He always lays in the world’s most awkward positions, but he always looks so comfortable!

This past week has not been very kind to my wallet. And you’re probably rolling your eyes because I just said I was saving up for a trip. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT. I can treat myself if I want to!!!! H&M finally launched their online store in Canada and as a special deal for staff members, we got an extra 20% off of our 25% staff discount. I bought things that I had alway been meaning to buy, but never did because I couldn’t justify the purchase (remember, I HATE spending money on clothes. I’d rather spend it on food or makeup). I bought some basics as well as a new duvet cover which I was actually so pumped about. I also bought a planner for next year because my life always just seems so put together when I write fill out important days and write down things I need to do. (The planner was not from H&M by the way. Just throwing that out there.)

ALSO. Like I previously mentioned (although I’m sure everyone reading this is probably already aware) the VIB sale starts tomorrow. I’ve seen a loooot of people doing “Whats In My Sephora Basket” posts and I’ve always thought it was kind of weird because I always have tons of things in my Sephora basket but I never actually buy them. Like I feel like it doesn’t matter what’s in your basket, people fake flex all the time, it matters what you actually buy. Which is why I only pay attention to VIB haul posts/videos. No hate intended, it’s just my opinion. BUT. I’m gonna be a hypocrite and show yall whats in my basket anyways.

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I’m buying the Smashbox Light It Up primer set because hello!!!! You get a FULL SIZE Photofinish primer (which is $45 CAD by itself) AND a travel size Photofinish primer water (which is $20 CAD). So I pretty much get a free primer water! Wow! Also because I ran out of the samples I got and this was a perfect opprtunity to restock.

Then I’m just getting the full sized De-Slick setting spray because I ran out of the 1oz bottle I bought and I really notice a difference in how my makeup looks when I use this (it looks better) and I don’t want to go back to being a greasy ray of sunshine at the end of these cold, dark winter nights. Why am I so dramatic.

Oh yeah! I noticed I have 50 followers now! Which isn’t a lot in comparison to others of course, but it’s still mind blowing to me that there are at least 50 people on this planet who read my posts and interact with me and show me love. I’m imaginging 50 people in one room and it looks like a lot in my head. Celebrating the small victories is just as important! So thank you 🙂

Okay this was enough of a distraction. I need to finish this paper. Hope you guys have a good rest of your night, and if you’re on reading break as well I hope you’re able to make the most of it! (Whatever that might be for you hehe)

💖, B