{ Let’s Chat } Life Update + Wedding Update

Life Update + Wedding Update _00

Today I just felt like talking to you guys on a more personal level – and I have thought about sharing many more of these chatting post updates. So much has been going on in my life lately and not all good, it’s been really tough to stay motivated when it feels like my blog has just reached a plateau.

What’s been going on in life? Well, work has been insanely busy – I have been taking on quite a bit of activity and it’s just been a draining process. I do enjoy learning new things in the company I am working, but some days it gets really tough, I am sure many of you guys feel the same way in your jobs as well. I guess I shouldn’t be complaining find a job is hard enough in South Africa

Wedding update? As many of you guys know Justin and I recently got engaged, it has taken our relationship to the next level and as if I couldn’t be more in love with him I am. Wedding planning has actually not become a major concern for us now, we both have agreed to extend the date of a wedding because we are paying for everything ourselves it just makes sense to not rush things. We have a few major costs that firsts need to be settled before we can plan our wedding but we have agreed that 2 and a half years from now should be a sufficient time frame for us to save our asses off so that I can get the wedding I want, which honestly is as minimal a few close friends, parents and that’s it. If it was up to me I would be happy with going to the court house, but it is a wedding and I guess we want to spend the day with loved ones and special people so a small wedding will be good enough.

I have never been that type of person who envisioned a big wedding, with long flowy dress and tons of flowers – by nature I am a minimalist person and care more about what that day really represents on an emotional level. Well at least we have more a less a year in mind and we do plan on checking out some venues, which I am so excited about I have my heart set on this beautiful place on the beach which would make for a beautiful setting.

And then there are the thoughts of just completely taking a back seat and some time out from blogging which has invaded my thoughts. I have been blogging for three and a half years and just feel like the blogging industry mainly in South Africa is just not the kind of industry I have envied. With so much drama, fakers out there it has become a struggle to keep up and stay true to who I am. It feels as if my blog does not get recognized by others, I just feel like with all the hard work I have been putting it I am just not noticed as I would like. But, I have decided to push through all the drama and just work harder in growing my brand. No one said being a South African beauty blogger would be easy…

Blogging has become a choice of living for me and I can’t imagine a life not being able to share my thoughts online, no matter all of the hate happening all around me. I might take some time away and gather my thoughts and figure out where I want to take Beautycandyloves next whether it’s a total rebrand or name change I have yet to decide, but for now, I will still be sharing content I love. I could probably ramble on and on, but I think I will keep that for the next Let’s Chat post.

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  • Ellie Adams

    Ahh I loved this update Candice, huge congrats on your engagement, such lovely news! Definitely keep pushing through with blogging, it’ll always be worth it and I love your blog!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • Aw thank you Elle, it means the world to me! Thank you for the well wishes about our engagement as well – I am so excited about the entire wedding planning.

  • Amy

    I’m glad you’ve decided to keep blogging, it can get disheartening at times but I’m sure all your hard work will continue to pay off! Enjoy your wedding planning over the coming years, as you say there’s no need to rush X

    Amy – https://amyevans.co.uk

    • Thank you Amy, I am really excited about the wedding! Yeah we not going to rush it at all rather enjoy spending time together and planning our life.

  • I’m pleased to hear you decided to keep blogging too. You have a great blog and show some amazing products hun. I look forward to see what you do in the future. Hope you week is off to a good start. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • Hi Gemma, thank you so much for the support! My week has started good thank you – hope yours is too xxx

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  • sweetlavanda

    I love your blog dear!!
    I’ll follow you

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    Marina

    http://www.sweetlavanda.it

  • I’m new to your blog. I didn’t have the huge wedding either, and 8+ years later- I’m still happy with the choice we made. Congratulations on the engagement! I hope you keep blogging. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

  • Wildfire Charm

    Good luck with wedding planning! Your idea of a minimalist wedding sounds amazing..

    Pallavi
    http://www.wildfirecharm.com

  • Wedding planning is so exciting! Congrats!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

    • Yeah I am super excited, just not really a fan of having a big wedding want things small and intimate.

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    I am with you with the whole going to the court house to get married, if I were to ever get married I feel I would do that I am not a fan of a big wedding either. It’s great that you guys aren’t rushing things with your wedding and planning it on how you want it to be.
    Blogging can take up a lot of time and patience, it really is up to you if you want to step back for a bit, a little break couldn’t hurt. Maybe when you come back you will feel refreshed. All the best wishes in what you do x

    Florals&Smiles

    • I totally agree! Thank you so glad there are others who aren’t into the big wedding vibes

  • AngeliePangilinan

    Congratulations on the wedding! I feel so happy for you!

    Angelie // Hortaleza Sunblock Review

  • Kerona Ledgister

    Congrats on getting engaged, just take things one day at a time and you both work together and compromise as best as possible
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  • Huge congratulations on your engagement!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago, and I love your content so far! Don’t ever feel discouraged! 🙂

    MacyxMakeup.com

  • Candice, don’t worry about anyone else. Plan the wedding YOU want! It’s all about you and your fiance. It will be beautiful.
    Blogging can get frustrating. I bet especially where you are. Have you thought about starting a blog group for your area? Maybe connect with others and as a group, companies may send things to you guys. Desle of Desle Diva Blog is a South African Blogger. You may want to connect with her to get started. You can always transition your blog to beauty, lifestyle etc. Where you talk about different topics. Would love to keep up with you.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

  • Melissa Javan

    Have you been to some blogger meet ups?

  • Hey Candice,

    Work gets tough I can imagine, but I guess we need to remind ourselves that we indeed have a job at least. Re wedding, honestly you should do more of what you actually want. It’d be great to invite friends and all, but you do not have to stretch yourself too thin for that. I can relate to you on blogging as well – but again keep doing your best and creating content that you love! Xx

    KacheeTee.com