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Hope you have all had an amazing Christmas, New Years and Australia Day !!!

The last time you would have heard from me was quite sometime ago, around last year in November to be exact and since then I’ve gone completely AWOL.
Well, I came to a realisation about the blog and my writing, which made me take a few steps back and reassess my situation.

Usually when I travel overseas I always come to some form of mind-altering decision to progress and move forward, one of which was starting the blog almost 3 years ago. However, this time things were different, I found that I was making any excuse under the sun to avoid blogging. I was either too busy, too tired or simply had no time, which, due to my crazy schedule was actually true lol. Although this time, the difference was; I was no longer MAKING time for it. I found myself in a predicament that I was ignoring for far too long and it was my trip to the Philippines in November where I finally confronted my inner demons. I realised that something that I use to love doing, I no longer enjoyed. I had lost confidence in myself, my ability, I had lost the passion and reluctant to admit it…..I had lost my blog!
Somewhere along the busy schedule of working, studying full time, blogging; going to events, photoshoots and writing. I had lost the drive, passion and instead, I was overwhelmed with endless tasks. In denial I tried pushing past it but it was easily seen through the reflection of my once, “3 times a week” blog updates to my then “once in a while” posts. What I had started as my own creation, my own enjoyable hobby; turned into a heavy burden with expectations, deadlines and the want to please others rather than myself.
Truthfully though, I was the only one to blame; I took on too much too quickly and had lost it all along the way.

So… I decided to take some time out of blogging, completely remove myself from social media and reassessed my life with a clearer mind. For the first time ever I decided to take a risk and make some changes that were undoubtably holding me back. Gone are the “what if” days and the “maybe I should (but secretly won’t)”. I made the brave decision to change my field of work and focus on completing my Bachelor degree in Fashion Marketing. As well as spending more time on how I would like the Fashiondiction to be rather than what I thought was expected. This year I decided to turn over a new leaf and follow through with some changes for no one other than me.

So moving forward, what does that mean for Fashiondiction?

Well, I’m just adding a bit more spice to it. With my job out of the way, I’ll be diving in and exploring more of my creative side applied with fashion, styling and blog posts.
It’s just I new chapter within the progression of fashion and life that I’d like to explore.

Well, that’s me in a nutshell, I have to admit, sharing this with you is a weight of my shoulders. Personally, not being able to keep up with what I had taken on felt like I had failed in some degree. But after looking at the bigger picture, I realised that it was just a step of progression into a new beginning. Now with the right direction in mind I’ve never been more excited to start the new year!

Hope you guys stay tuned and I’ll see you soon with my first official blog post of 2015.

“Be sure what you want and be sure about yourself. Fashion is not just beauty, it’s about good attitude. You have to believe in yourself and be strong.”
Adriana Lima

New outlook, New direction, New year!Fashion blogger Ethel Manalo Melbourne 12 apostles