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When was the last time you took a holiday? I don’t mean having the day off from work to run errands or even a week off to stay home and organise your wardrobe (although that is essential!). Are you counting school holidays? Forget it, that isn’t relaxing for anyone! I know this because I am also guilty of working too hard for too long and never really stopping to re-energise. I have been lucky to travel to a few of my favourite places over the past few years but I went for work related duties and that means the main objective of a holiday had been removed. This year I am taking a stand and giving myself a holiday, and I am hoping I can inspire you to do the same.

I would say my last real holiday was in August 2010 when I went to New York. Even back then I said it would be an annual thing so I could create a special section on this blog called Beautiful Cities. I failed miserably as I let work take over my life. Then, a few weeks ago I addressed the issue again in my Wellbeing Checklist post. The difference this year as opposed to back in 2010 is that I am now in a completely different mindset and an entirely different body as well. I went to New York depressed, needing some time away and dramatically underweight (but man, I looked hot!). Now, I am healthy on the inside and extremely happy but I know I need a break and I am not happy with how my body looks. I need to exercise and I need some motivation to get moving, and I also need my mind and body to rest so I can continue to work as hard as I do. The answer? A health retreat!  Continue Reading

Getting Personal Wellbeing Checklist

I love to-do lists. Actually, I only love crossing things off them and not so much actually writing things on them. All my to-do lists consist of business related reminders. If something personal does pop on the list it’s usually something along the lines of buying dog food or paying a bill. This has got me thinking that I should possibly have a personal to-do list as well. Something to remind me that I need to take care of myself.

Despite being relatively healthy, there is a lot of things I avoid when it comes to looking after myself. I will only go to the doctor when I am so sick I think I’m  dying. If I am stressed or sore I will book a spa treatment (which is a good thing) but I won’t look further into what may be causing the problem. And I am a natural-born procrastinator, so I haven’t had a dental or eye check-up in I don’t know how long. This is why I have decided I need a Wellbeing Checklist. And you do too!

Writing a checklist is important because the act of writing down what needs to be down has a strange way of implanting itself in your memory, more so than just trying to remember it without writing a note. Placing the checklist in a location you will constantly see it, such as on your fridge or next to your computer, will make you see the reminder and eventually you will do what you need to do just so you can cross it off. Today I am sharing my checklist with you so that you will hopefully feel inspired to create your own. I will also need some help from you on a few of my items, so I hope you will join in. Continue Reading

I loveeeee travel. Even more than travel, I love hotels. Hotels are the best. All my life I have wanted to live in a hotel, and at one stage it was my life long dream to open a global chain of world-class hotels called Madison Hotels. I may have stolen the name from my favourite movie at the time, Billy Madison, but I found out you need a lot of money to do that so I went back to just dreaming about living in one. The point of that is, I love hotels. And while I am no travel writer, I want to start incorporating more of my travel loves and loathes with you. So here from here on in, let us welcome “Travel Time”. The name sucks so I may ditch having a title at all!  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout advice and tips.

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was blown apart. In Part 2, I shared with you the work I put in to learning some big lessons. Now, in Part 3, I’m going to share what happened as a result of my blogger burnout and absence, and what the future may hold for The Plastic Diaries. I have some important blogger burnout advice and let’s not forget, like all trilogies, the third instalment is the best, right?  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout recovery story and experience

This articles is Part 1 of a three part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

In Part 1 of my Blogger Burnout story I shared about how my 5+ year blogging career was run into the ground. In this post, Part 2, I’m going share with you what took place after burning out. I’ll share the journey of my blogger burnout recovery and how rebuilding a life meant destroying it a little more first.  Continue Reading

Professional beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries shares her personal blogger burnout story and experience

This article is Part 1 of a three-part series about my personal experience with Blogger Burnout – My Demise + My Recovery + My Future

I started The Plastic Diaries in 2008, became a full-time blogger in 2010 and vanished from the blogging universe in 2015. Where did I go? Why? What happened to me? These are questions that have been asked of me during my 18+ month disappearance. The short answer was blogger burnout – a rarely spoken of condition that is fast becoming a serious concern amongst the influencer industry. Have you ever followed a blogger and notice that one day they have just disappeared? Their blog stopped posting new content, their social media went untouched – it happens often. In my almost 9 years of blogging I have lost count of the bloggers that have come and gone, most of which I have no idea why or where they went.

Upon my return to blogging at the end of last year I’ve put off explaining what exactly occurred in my life. I confided in a few select friends and trusted individuals about my story but I’ve brushed over it with the wider community by saying the cause was “personal stuff”. I don’t believe bloggers owe anyone an explanation when they disappear but I know that when my favourites have gone AWOL I’ve missed them and been concerned for their wellbeing. I didn’t want to be another blogger who vanished without a trace and leave you wondering. I also believe Continue Reading

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