1. The urge to blog again
2. Traveling home is coming soon
3. Summer Break!
4. New creative outlet - my New YT Channel :)
I think it is funny how months can go by and then all of a sudden I get the urge to blog. I guess that is because I don't feel like I absolutely, must do this at all times. I guess not working might also have something to do with that since we are in the midst of a glorious, humid, deathly hot summer here in the UAE. Yep, that little thing called down time might have something to do with my recent creative juice overload. I love summer - I'd love summer more if we were traveling but I am actually really content with being home and enjoying our space. Traveling is such an adventure but there is nothing more annoying than needing the proverbial vacation from the vacation.
I have not been back to the U.S. in 8 months. There are parts of me that terribly miss home yet there are parts of me that don't even give it a second thought sometimes. Of course, my #1 is family. Watching my nephew grow up from 9,000 miles away is hard. It is really hard, actually. His 1st birthday is rapidly approaching and I know I won't be there. Piece of shit, party of 1...your table is now available! Luckily, we WILL be making it home for Christmas this year. My first Christmas in 2 years... is it bad that I can only think about the sausage, gravy, and biscuits that I will completely stuff myself with on Christmas morning? Aside from obviously the cutest nephew in the world, I miss my mom and dad and of course my sisters. Lots of situations have happened that I really felt like I needed to be there for but I wasn't. The guilt of moving overseas sometimes is heavy - too heavy for most to understand unless you do it and experience it. Yet, I am lucky that I get the advances of technology to help. Snapchat is the real MVP because it really helps on days when I feel like I miss so damn much. I do love a good Snapchat story. So the moral of this tangent is I am 1,000% looking forward to visiting home after being away for over a year.
Life here in the UAE has been great - ungodly hot - but on the up and up. Of course, with summer time break all life is good since I am off the grind for about 8 weeks. My night owl tendencies have come back into full effect and I am really okay with it since it has been well above 100 everyday so we stay up super late and wake up pretty late as well. No use in getting up way early when you can't leave the house. There is minimal relief at night but it is nice to be able to hit the mall late (they are open until midnight) and not have to be in the direct blazing sun.
I've also (FINALLY) started a YouTube Channel for beauty. I have wanted to do it for such a long time. I love make up and everything make up related; I always have now that I think back. I have honestly just been to self-conscious because after being a stalker of my favorite Beauty guru's channels, I know that the YouTube beauty community can be a tank full of sharks ready to strike at any time pointing out flaws, giving crappy criticism, and just being plan out mean. Yet, I really want to explore this interest/talent/obsession and see what happens. Right now, I am all about making the videos for me and perfecting things. I know they are not the best thing in the entire world but I think I am doing okay for teaching myself. Plus, it makes me happy. An additional plus - I get to buy makeup, lots of it. So I am finding my stride and gaining confidence in being in front of the camera more and more. It definitely gets easier as you practice. I have also had a few really good friends, who are already on YouTube, give pointers, advice, and serve as sounding boards which I appreciate! I will link my channel down below and feel free to check it out. I think I am going to develop a place here on the blog to mesh everything together but keeping this as a personal place with a side of make up. You can find my YT stuff here:
JCMS Beauty YouTube Channel
So I kept the JCMS branding because I really feel like it is me. I did want a clear delineation between the two so I just added Beauty so my follower on Instagram (a lot are male) would have a choice to follow my personal or my beauty account. Feel free to check out my first few videos, subscribe if you dig it, if not - no judgement here.
Happy summer - stay cool.