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I'm Lauren - a 22 year old beauty, fitness and porridge-loving #YoPro (young professional) from London.

Why I didn't post anything over Christmas

Why I didn't post anything over Christmas

Hadn't you given up on The #YoPro Edit?

BOO! I know what you're thinking...'hadn't you given up on The #YoPro Edit'? The answer - loud and resounding - is no, no I have not! December 2016 was an incredibly hectic month. I went under the knife (not for cosmetic reasons), lived out of a suitcase, got promoted and, in truth, hit bloggers brick wall. My lowest moment was drafting an opinion piece about the soullessness of colour co-ordinated Christmas trees; until I decided that I couldn't give a sh*t about this topic and neither could you.

I thought being a blogger at Christmas would provide reels of content. I even toyed with the idea of 'blogmas' (writing a blogpost every day until December 25th). Instead, I was stuck with a big-fat-blank-nothing every time I went to write. Not one bone in my body could muster up a 'What to buy your boyfriend for Christmas' gift guide or a Christmas gift wrapping haul. In the end, I realised that I needed inspiration to write; a quirky idea, a unique opinion, a funny story or an opportunity to travel. I didn't want to cluster together a load of meaningless blogposts covered in sparkle, copper baubles and fake Christmas spirit, when, in reality, I felt exhausted. Ultimately, this bloggers brick wall has further emphasised the direction I wish to take The #YoPro Edit in. This is a space for me to write and explore; not to conform to the pressures of audience generation.

With that little monologue in mind, here are my goals for 2017:

For goodness sake, blog!

My first goal is to continue throwing lots of my surplus energy into The #YoPro Edit. This means writing, designing and creating content that I wish to curate - regardless of the pressures of 'mainstream' blogging/Instafame/Instalife/Instagoalz. I'm aiming to blog on a weekly basis and although this will be a challenge considering my new promotion, blogging is an amazing way to unwind.

Explore your entrepreneurial spirit!

I've always had entrepreneurial spirit. Ever since I was little I've dreamed of owning my own shop and used to beg my parents to buy me cash registers, little receipt books and money tins. This year, I would really like to explore my entrepreneurial drive. Whether that's generating a business model or setting up my own (VERY) small business...watch this space!

Don't give a f*ck!

I've been reading Sarah Knight's The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and although it was thoroughly disappointing, I want to start making decisions for me - not my next door neighbour, someone I barely know, someone I don't like or something I feel obliged to do. I'm a YoPro - I have limited time and limited money. If I don't want to go out clubbing - I won't. If I'm too tired to go out after work - I won't. If I don't want to see someone I haven't seen in years who I never really liked anyway - I won't. That will leave more space to do all the wonderful things in life I love doing!

One last rant...

If anything - and I mean anything - 2016 has been the year of Brexit, Trump and beauty advent calendars. These post-apocalyptic, moneymaking-gimmicks-in-calendar-form are everywhere. From Marks and Spencer to Charlotte Tilbury, the beauty retail world has gone mad for them and I just don't get it. From my understanding, retailers are charging a shocking amount of money (between £30 and £300) for a collection of microscopic sample-sized beauty products that sit behind colourful cardboard doors. Who actually needs 24 different nail varnishes in one month? Maybe I'm just bitter because I didn't receive a free one in the post...anyone with me?

What are your goals for 2017? Leave me a comment below!

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Planet Earth made me do it!

Planet Earth made me do it!

Damning reviews, psychological problems and attracting a cult: Revealing my three old blogs

Damning reviews, psychological problems and attracting a cult: Revealing my three old blogs