Productive Stillness


Hi everyone! 
Welcome to my blog. If you haven't been here in awhile, don't feel bad... neither have I! I'm majorly guilty of overthinking what I should blog about, not finding the perfect time to get it done, and then it just doesn't happen. But I think the blog is absolutely perfect for moments like this... where I've stumbled upon a useful thought that I just want to put out there. But it takes a little longer to explain than Twitter allows.

Who has a long to-do list for themselves? A lot of stuff on your plate, and when one thing gets done, something else is always waiting. This seems to be me with everyday life, but also with my videos. I look around my room at boxes with products spilling out of them and I think- great! Content for days. The video ideas are just sitting here. Review this, review that, review these other things. And then review some more. 

And honey, I LOVE reviews. I built my channel on reviews. But as I slowly start burying myself with the 2017 holiday palettes and gift sets... I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel a little overwhelmed. Maybe a lot overwhelmed. Every single morning that there's time to put on makeup could be a time for me to shoot a video on something, and since I'm in this continuous rotation of product testing, there's almost always something I'm technically "ready" to talk about.

Today I was in a place were I was caught up on the videos I wanted to shoot and edit for this week. And I just went upstairs with my cup of coffee (babies still asleep), and I turned on a podcast featuring Brene Brown, and did my makeup (for me makeup is practically meditative and soul-filling) and let my thoughts wander in that stillness. And I reminded myself that this is where the real inspiration and creativity is born. 

Make gaps in those jam-packed to-do lists for a little stillness. It's not being lazy and it's not abandoning your duties. Recharging is actually productive! It sometimes feels risky for me, since I have two little kids and my morning work time has to be managed SO carefully.  But today I left my mess-covered makeup desk feeling so content. Honestly, maybe it was the coffee, the Brene Brown motivation, or just discovering a really cool new eyeshadow palette... but I felt recharged. 

Basically folks, it's playtime. My "stillness" is just playing with makeup and letting my mind wander. Nothing HAS to come from moments like this, but often these times of freely not following your to-do list actually let some really good ideas creep in. Have a GREAT day, everyone! Love you all!

Emily

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  1. Emily, you write so eloquently! Great blog post! Whenever your able to write, I’m happy to read it!

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  2. Good morning Emily This is the first time I have done this so hopefully in writing this comment it gets to you I am so inspired by your beauty channel on YouTube I had to set down in the middle of getting 3 grandchildren ready for school this morning with a cup of coffee, back to my thought on YouTube and being inspired by your beauty channel and inspiration have led me to start a beauty channel myself thank you so much for being you!

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  3. Oh my god, yes!!! Yes to everything you said. I couldn't agree with you more. It's so strange to say but playing with makeup truly is like calming and meditative for me. No matter what's going on in my life, good or bad, when I sit down at my makeup table I just get a sense of ease and calmness, it's like 'me' time where I get to just play like a little kid and let the creative juices fly. I like to put on some spa music while I do my makeup and it is so relaxing! I'm so glad I'm not the only one lol!

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  4. Em, I just love you!! With my own busy schedule (work, junior in college, etc), I also have felt overwhelmed at times. And this post brought me so much peace this morning as I sit here trying to plan my day out with productive things: videos to shoot for my beauty channel (way behind on that!), I take joy in just being able to sit. My day starts at 4am and doesn't stop until at least 10pm, so just being able to sit and be with reading your post, has helped me this morning! 💗 Have a great day my friend!

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  5. As an avid viewer of your channel, and in-general Emily fan, I can say that we'd watch you do just about anything, doesn't have to just be reviews! You can turn on the camera next time you're wanting to just play with your make-up like this morning. I love your make-up playtime and GRWM videos the best!

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  6. Emily: I only started viewing your YouTube videos in the last year. I had never viewed any beauty blogs before. I am like a 50 year old lady but as soon as I viewed your video, I felt an instant connection and appreciated your helpful, honest , professional and warm delivery. I have been a huge fan ever since. I have tried watching other beauty bloggers, but either my inner old lady had difficulty relating to the age gaps or it seemed they lacked your professional delivery and attitudes or cohesiveness. In other words, I greatly appreciate you for all of the above qualities and so enjoy hearing about your lovely family and/or challenges of a having young children and keeping up a blog. I am not on any other social media by choice but I do enjoy reading blogs and You Tube videos. Thanks for your work!

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  7. My problem is that productive stillness turns into unproductive stillness. You're amazing (blog or no blog) and we all love you! Stacie xo

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  8. What a great post. I totally know what you mean about that to do list. It seems no matter how many tasks I am able to cross off....there are always more waiting for me. There is no such thing as getting ahead, it seems! So moments of stillness are absolutely essential. Thank you for the reminder.
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  9. I love this post, and I love your channel, and I love your videos, and I love YOU. Thank you for this reminder. I'm a second-grade teacher, transcriptionist, caregiver for my chronically ill husband, and a new YouTuber. Today in the 12 minutes I have to shovel in my lunch, I just sat at my desk and breathed. I felt so overwhelmed. Now, every chance I get (which are in short supply these days) I film myself getting ready, or unboxing, and I absolutely LOVE the creative ways I can express myself there, but I have to get a lot better and being still, and breathing, and remembering to take some time for me. I, too, find doing my makeup very relaxing and therapeutic, so sometime this weekend, I'm going to sit down and do it just for me, and see where my mind will go, when I don't have my route predetermined, and timed. Thanks so much for being you. You are still, after many years, my favorite YouTuber!

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  10. Totally reminds me that Brene Brown emphasizes on play time is important for both children and adults! I also think Youtube now is too consumption and reviewing heavy. Review a product is still largely consumption of what is already produced in my opinion. I would love to see more creation based content, like your eye memorize theory etc. Sending love!

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  11. What podcast were you listening to?

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  13. Emily~ you're right, I haven't been here for awhile and with work & stuff swarming me, I'm still catching up on your YouTube vids ya know? Hahaha, I make it a point to watch every vid that you upload! It's great to know that you feel therapeutic when putting on your makeup! Many times just the act of putting makeup on motivates me a lot more to be ready for the day! Have a great weekend!

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  16. Hi, Emily. I missed your blog, esp. the Daily Nuggets feature. Here's hoping time might be kind to you and you can sneak in a blog post every month or so. And, for the record, I'm always a little suspicious of people whose work spaces are in perfect order or whose desks are clear not only of work-related items, but dust-free as well. They are not to be trusted! Leave your space as haphazard as you like. That way, you always have a starting point when you return...

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