Finding My Balance Again

As you may know, the past two years have been incredibly difficult for me. I have been struggling with what I now know to be interstitial cystitis, or painful bladder syndrome, which has been misdiagnosed over and over. I also have some endometriosis, but the painful bladder is what has reigned supreme over my life. It only took four surgeries, 6 hospitalizations and two internal bladder scans to figure it out. Sigh.

It's been a rough road, and often times, my blog took a backseat. And although it's been rough on friendships and my relationship, we've all made it through.

During this time, I think I became a bit disenchanted with blogging. I tried to keep it up, but I often felt frustrated. It became an endless stream of companies gifting me random crap to try out that I didn't have much interest in. I knew I liked to blog about beauty and fashion, but only blogging about that really felt shallow and ultimately, a little silly. I mean, if that's your thing, that's fantastic, but as much as I tried, it wasn't MY thing...and least solely.

Right now I'm easing myself back into blogging, trying to find a happy medium between saying no to people and only accepting products and services I'm going to really need or love. I'm also looking for ways to incorporate fun and frilly posts into more serious things that go on in my life and that I care about without alienating my audience. I don't want to make this blog exclusively about veganism, but it can't be completely left out. I don't want to make it only about beauty, but that can't be ignored either.

We'll see how this all goes, but I'm looking forward to my new journey, one where I'm a little more relaxed about blogging and excited to see where it takes me!

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Hamsa Happiness Boutique and 10% Off

Happiness Boutique in Berlin recently gifted me this gorgeous Hamsa necklace that I can't wait to wear out. The reason why I picked this, out of all of the others, is that the Hamsa is one of my favorite symbols. It reflects my Jewish/Sephardic heritage, as the Hamsa is a symbol of warding off the evil eye. It is also popular in both Jewish and Muslim art, which to me, adds much needed unity to two groups who are often at odds.

Happiness Boutique has been kind enough to gift my readers 10% off by using the code annainwonderland on their site until July 18! Go grab yourself something pretty!

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