Happy 8th Anniversary TMG!! Here we go again!! Can you believe it has been 8 years? I certainly can’t. It seems like only yesterday that I started this little blog. There have been so many rewarding experiences that I am 100% grateful for. This past year, I started working for a cosmetics company (kind of full circle right??) I’m doing that part time and still work on the blog day-to day.
For those of you that don’t know, I started my blog while I was working in a cubicle at BearingPoint Consulting Services. A job that I was very good at, but that I didn’t really like all that much. I had previously been in the beauty business for YEARS working for brands like Borghese, Lancome. Clarins and Prescriptives (where I was a custom blender). Then one day, I was at a point in my life where I craved stability (who likes living paycheck to paycheck – right??) and getting what I dubbed a “real job” gave me that. A steady paycheck, health insurance…you know the American dream. Problem is, I was MISERABLE. I was still a beauty junkie through and through, still trolled the drugstores, department stores and Sephora, still gave advice to friends and family. So I started doing makeup on the side for portraits and bridal parties which was a good side gig, I won’t lie. One day, a client suggested I start a blog (which I had NO idea how or what that was) and she told me about Julia’s blog AATP (Julia is now one of my very good friends!) So I checked her blog out, contacted her, and then became obsessed with beauty blogs. I searched on the internet, looked high and low and found many just like me starting out like Shake Your Beauty, Beauty Blogging Junkie, A Girls Gotta Spa, Makeup Bag, Beautiful Makeup Search and so many more….and the rest is history! In my first post, I was talking about how I was addicted to lip balm and how my Nana gave me my first Rosebud Salve. I blogged so much from my office job, that the web filters eventually blocked my site altogether (ooops…LOL)
Now 8 years later, I have covered 14 seasons of New York Fashion Week (which I am not sure I will continue but we shall see), I have made on air network television appearances, developed and promoted an eyeshadow for MAC Cosmetics, became a brand ambassador for Avon RoC Skincare and Aveeno and I speak nationally about social media and the beauty industry.
This past year I also wrote a book, I’ve increased my speaking engagements and I started working for Hourglass Cosmetics part time…WOW right? What a year. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. I have met TRUE FRIENDS that I love and care about, had amazing experiences, business opportunities, all because of TMG. I am in awe and humbled by how many of you actually read what I write and care what I have to say! It’s a true joy for me to be able to bring you what I feel are the latest and greatest in beauty to your computer screen everyday. I feel like reaching an audience in this way is so much more rewarding (for me and you) because I feel like I am just sitting down talking with you. If you ever meet me, you will realize that I am a hugger, and I have met readers and done just that HUG! I am so thankful for you that you let me into your life everyday! I also hope that I can continue to be a source of advice and encourage all of you to achieve your personal beauty goals whatever they may be!
Who knows what the future holds but I am here for the ride wherever it takes me! If you will be in NYC for The Makeup Show next month, I will be speaking in their brand new Focus Series on Saturday May 3rd from 11-12pm called Marketing Me: Strategies for Success in the Freelance Career. If you miss me there, I am also doing my first ever keynote at The Makeup Show in Chicago in June! So come see me!!! Also, make sure you reach out to me on Twitter and we can meet up have a drink and a HUG! Thank you from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART for 7 years of readership. It means so much…