Dear Readers: Goodbye, For Now *READ ME*

Just because I liked something at one point in time doesn’t mean I’ll always like it, or that I have to go on liking it at all points in time as an unthinking act of loyalty to who I am as a person, based solely on who I was as a person. To be loyal to myself is to allow myself to grow and change, and challenge who I am and what I think. The only thing I am for sure is unsure, and this means I’m growing, and not stagnant or shrinking.” ― Jarod Kintz

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The time has come. If you’ve been reading my blog for some time now, at this point you’ve probably suspected this post was coming. While I had intended on maintaining this blog forever, or selling it off at some point in the future, that is no longer the case. I haven’t been active on here for a couple months now. It’s funny how once you have everything you thought you wanted, things still change and your desires become different. I’ve decided it’s time to take a break, for an unknown amount of time.

This blog has been a very important part of my life for the past 6+ years. I began this blog (back when it was MaeGal’s Fashion) when I was 17 year old. I’m sure those of you who are older than me can relate to how much change occurs between 17 and 24. It was an outlet for me in the beginning, a distraction from school when I needed a break, a fun way to keep connected with family (my friends didn’t know about this blog until many years later). I’ve enjoyed interacting with my readers, companies and writing reviews. I’ve enjoyed mail days, photographing new items for review, preparing and being organized in what needed to be done.

I’ve reached a point in my life where this blog no longer brings me the joy it use to. I didn’t want to make this decision too soon after I moved, fearing it was just my anxiety and depression acting up, but I’ve now determined that’s not the case. (I currently have 300 unread emails in my work inbox — UNHEARD of for me, I thought 50 was far too many). I don’t get pleasure out of the writing of reviews like I once did, and I don’t think that’s fair to the companies I work with nor my readers who expect quality reviews from me. Plus, it seems silly to be forcing myself to write when it use to bring me pleasure. I recently moved away from my small hometown to the big city of Seattle, WA. With that move came a new job, a change in my current job, a change in my relationship, and the adjustment that comes with city living and living with roommates again (5 of them!). For the past three months, I’ve been working three jobs, which is why my blog took a serious downfall. Now I’m back to just working the two jobs (full time together), but I’ve realized it’s just too much for me to keep blogging. Right now, I want to focus on my job and moving up the ladder. I really enjoy the two companies I work for and the work I’ve been doing (docketing/ paralegal work at a law firm).

I’m not selling my blog/website at this time, not am I officially closing it down, either. I’m just going to leave it here for the time being, pending on the interwebs. When the renewal for my domain and hosting comes up next year, I’ll decide then if I want to sell, renew the domain and keep the blog here, or possibly revert back to the .blogspot.com free domain. I still think there is a chance I will want to come back to this blog in the future, perhaps as far into the future as when I have children and can review things for them. But I’m just not sure what the future brings right now.

As for my social media accounts, I’m going to keep them all open, but will only be maintaining the FaceBook fan page. (This is your best way to contact me/ stay in touch.) I won’t be posting reviews, etc. there anymore, obviously, but I’ll still post some fun social media type things, and perhaps try to share some giveaways from fellow bloggers. I’d like to keep interacting with you all on some level, and I think FaceBook is a good way to do that.

Thank you for all your support throughout the years. For those of you who have read my blog since the beginning, a special thank you to you for sticking around through so much. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching me grow up some? 🙂 If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ask them below or contact me via my FaceBook Fan Page.

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P.S. No promises yet, but it’s possible I’ll just go back to my very original idea of just having a blog to share my thoughts, strong opinions and other controversial topics. We shall see…

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An Overdue Update

Greetings, MaeGal Readers!

If you follow me on Facebook you already know briefly what’s going on, if you follow me in Instagram I just now posted a brief update. I thought it was time for an update here on my actual blog, due to the nature and possible changes that this update brings.

You may have noticed that in the past three weeks this blog and most of my social media accounts have taken a serious dive in activity. That is due to a few things; 1) first a fore most, I moved to Seattle, Washington (about 3 hours from where I lived previously), 2) I moved with my job, but am now working remotely from home, 3) I started another job related to this first job of mine that is also remote, 4) I have a lot of changes and struggles going on with my relationship right now, and 5) I’m experiencing a lot of emotions I had been suppressing for some months on account of this change and being alone with my thoughts.

I do plan to continue to post review and keep MaeGal alive. (I was briefly considering moving on from this blog, but I don’t think I should make any big decisions like that right now.) I will continue to post reviews here, but I think I’m going to try and be more selective for a time and maybe try blogging only a couple times a week versus everyday. I think it’s time to focus less on the numbers and growing my blog, and just focus on maintaining right now.

So I hope you’ll stick around with my through yet another change. Thank you to all of those who read. I know there are still some of you who do, and I so appreciate you!

 

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Updates, and #Coupon for a FREE Pair of Darcus Tori Earrings

Good morning, Readers! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was pretty sunny here this weekend, so we were able to get a lot of things done around the house/ yard. Put up our gardens fence (so the pesky deer don’t eat our vegetables), mowed the law, cleaned out our cats outdoor enclosure, cleaned the house, and so forth!

I know I haven’t been particularly active in the past few weeks. One of these days I’ll make a blog post explaining a bit more about how my brain works, etc. and why there are often weeks when nothing gets posted. Unfortunately, that does mean that my blog takes a hit and you all don’t get to read as many posts. Keep posted for two dog-related product reviews being published later this evening.

But I’m back for now! And while I don’t have the energy to post all the coupons and sales for today, I did want to share with you all this one- because I’ve purchased earrings from them before, too!

 

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Updates, Computer-Love is Back, Things to Look For

Just a short post to say I have my computer back. =D
I was right, I fried the HD. I now have a new one, with more memory, an updated operating system, and I now can use Google Chrome. Yay! Haha. And all for about a third of what I figured I’d end up paying, so hooray for that.

Things to look forward to in the somewhat near future:

  • BlogMania 2012 Giveaway Event starts Wednesday, April 25th (I plan on getting posted my spotlight posts for the event before then. It’ll be a small prize package, but worth it.)
  • Review and giveaway for MyFreshWaterPearls.com (Check them out, very nice.)
  • I think I’m going to remake my blog a bit, again. I may change my hosting to WordPress (the URL would stay the same but I’ll lose PR rank and what not, any thoughts? Should I do this?)
  • I’m also thinking of starting to post more personal blog type posts. My opinions and what not. I realize I’ll lose so followers, but that’s okay. And if my views do differ from yours, I understand if you don’t really feel the need to stick around, but I’d love to hear your (polite) side of the argument in the comment sections. 
…and now back to studying for THREE exams on the same day. I feel rather unprepared. Eeek.
(I think I’m going to use this fella, maybe. ^ What do you think?)

RIP Computer

So my computer died. =/
I’m taking it to something on Friday to see if it can be fixed. I’m fairly sure I fried the hard drive, so I may just get a new one, but then again my laptop is pretty old and not in that good of shape aesthetically, so I may just go ahead and buy a new one (which kind of sucks as I’m a Mac person and MacBookPros, which is what I would get, are like $1500 after taxes and extras and such).
In other words, I will be far less active until this all gets sorted out.

  • I’m going to try and remember to end the current giveaway tomorrow after work (when I can get to a computer lab on campus).
  • I have a review and giveaway for MyFreshWaterPearls.com that I’m going to try and get going as soon as I can for their sake, and yours. Yay for giveaways.
  • I’m participating in BlogMania 2012 and already have sponsors, so I can’t really back out now. That starts on the 25th of April and I really will try to get that up (as I can be letting sponsors down). Mind you my prize package won’t be huge or anything, but it’s something.

So, yeah. BUMMER.
Plus my computer is kind of like my child and I have a slight internet addiction. It’s only day two, but I’m already starting to feel it.

And on top of it all, I have three exams Monday and a paper and presentation Friday, so this is super awesome timing to not have constant access to a computer. I write papers at night at home! I’m not sure how to write them during the day at school. Haha.

-Sarah