Mhen! The past 30 days have really been something. I have to admit, when I started #30Llippiesfor30Days, I wsn’t entirely certain I would finish it. Like, I knew I had 30 lipsticks. I just wasn’t sure I would wake up every day and rub lipstick just because of one lipstick challenge.
Lo and behold, 30 days have come and gone, and I did it. *releases streamers*. It wasn’t easy. And yes, those days did come when I felt like not putting on any lipstick, but I pushed through. Thanks are definitely owed to some people who would pull me aside and be like “where is today’s lipstick?”. lol.
Anyway, I know it seems like just a silly thing I did, but doing #30Lippiesfor30Day actually made me realise a few things, I’m going to speak on them briefly, and I promise not to bore you.
Lessons Learned from the #30Lippiesfor30Days Lipstick Challenge
You will never have enough, so don’t wait until you do
I didn’t do this challenge earlier because I thought I didn’t have enough lipsticks. I counted my lipsticks one day and realized I was only three short of 30. Even while I was doing this challenge, I still felt like I didn’t have enough lipsticks. I still feel like I need more colours and stuff, and I’m glad I didn’t let these thoughts stop me halfway through the challenge. I’ve learned it’s best to use what you have to achieve its greatest potential. Do that, and more will follow.
When you feel discouraged, find strength in yourself
Of course, God first. But don’t form the habit of depending on someone for validation or emotional support. Remind yourself why you are doing something and don’t wait for your encouragement to come from someone else. I’m not saying don’t have friends, or seek their advice or things like that, but be careful when you do so. There may be times when they will say somethings that are not in line with your plan and you may be swayed and lose hope.
Turn your negative feelings to fuel
I dealt with a lot of emotional challenges this month. I was faced with situations where I wanted some lipstick someone had or the opportunities that some other people had. I was tempted to just let myself wallow in jealousy. But I decided it would be better to convert that energy to pushing myself to get to the point where those people are. Everyone starts at the same place when you think about it, and I have to remind myself this is only the beginning for me.
Try. You won’t always get what you want, and things won’t always go your way. But try, anyway.
I knew this already of course, but I can be a bit of a brat sometimes. It was hard reaching out to brands for support and not getting any replies back. Or, even worse, getting turned down. Hardest was actually sending out the emails requesting stuff to giveaway. I pouted for a little while, but decided that cancelling the giveaway was childish. I’m happy I did try because I gained a little more insight into Nigeria’s beauty industry. Insight I will probably talk about another day.
July was an awesome month for me, and I’m excited because it’s taught me a lesson in consistency. Still taking baby steps, but I’m confident I’m getting better. Thanks to everyone who supported me in even the littlest way as I did this lipstick challenge. Your comments and messages gave me life. You’re all super awesome and I hope your month was as incredible as you are. The giveaway is open until 11:50pm (Nigerian time) today, so don’t forget to enter if you haven’t already.
Pictures Taken By: Adaora
Edited By: My Humble Self
Kimono by: Fiber Rose