It’s good to be back.

No pressure, right?

If you think I’m batshit crazy for reviving a blog in 2020, you’re absolutely right. But I’m the good kind of crazy, so we’re ok.

Thank you for coming back after all this time. If you’re a new reader, hello and a very warm welcome to you too. Literally – I’m visiting my family in Australia and aside from the average temps being in the high 30s to mid 40s, large parts of the country is on fire. We’re helping where we can, and we’re not in immediate danger.

I’ve had a busy three-odd years – like I’m sure you’ve had too – so let’s do a quick catch up and then move on to future plans? Cool. You’re very welcome to update us with your personal highlights package too (Apologies in advance but if you reflect on the past decade I’ll just never approve the comment and it will gather dust in a little comment box foreverrrrr. No wait, I’m not sorry. I’m apparently not that evolved).

This is what I look like these days. On the good days, anyway.

On y va! That means ‘let’s go!’ in French*, and I know that because I took some French lessons** at the pharmaceutical company I worked for just over three years. I can’t start to explain the experience and skills I gained working as a product manager and eventually running a small division. I will always be grateful for everything I learnt and everyone who was there to guide and help me along the way. Most things are temporary though, so here I am fending for myself in the marketing/PR/copywriting/content creation space.

I’m equal parts terrified and excited, but I know I will hate myself if I don’t at least try to do my own thing. I believe choosing who you want to work with and choosing how you work are up there with some of the greatest privileges around, and I’m determined to give it my best shot. I fit in pretty easily but deep down, I’m a free bird. It’s time to spread my wings. On that note – if you need any of the above services, please get in touch!

In other news I’ve been suffering from a fairly serious case of travelitis, so I try see as much as I can. Most of my traveling started as a job perk – I attended marketing conferences in France at least once a year, and then piggybacked holidays onto that. So far my favourite destination by far has been the Scottish Highlands, and I would love to see Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and New York (among others) in the near future. Aside from this visit to my family it feels irresponsible to spend money on travel right now, so it’s on the back burner for a little bit.

I know it’s hard to believe but this is not a scene from The Fog circa 2005, but a shot from my mom’s back door. The haziness is smoke from the bushfires all over South-East Australia – the closest one is about 100km away. We’ve had orange skies on other days. And don’t let the haziness fool you – it was a scorcher of a day.

I take better care of myself physically, mentally and emotionally. I’m doing pretty well and I’m happy.

But enough about me, on to this blog. I really missed it but I just didn’t have the capacity when I had a corporate job. I also had a serious case of analysis paralysis with the new school of insta-influencers – to the point that I kind of forgot that I’ve never really tried to be one of the flock. I’m very happy to make writing here part of my weekly routine again (and I didn’t allow myself to hit publish on this post before I had a month’s worth of content scheduled – it was rough).

This can no longer be a beauty blog only, as my passions and interests are now much more diverse. It will absolutely have beauty things (and a lot of it), but you can also expect travel content, food and recipes (mostly healthy but my mom’s brownie recipe deserves to be shared with the world), home/decor and work.

We both know that for this to work, I have to do it in my own voice.

You can read a brief summary on my background here, and you can find my disclosure policy here.

C xx

*Give or take. Don’t quote me.

**I had weekly lessons for 6 months and I still can’t speak a full sentence. I can read and understand a bit more than that. It’s not you, Eric, it’s me.

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14 Comments

  1. Wilna Venter
    Jan 10, 2020 / 10:36 AM

    welcome back. man ek het jou blog en nuus en updates oor beauty products so gemis. Jy lyk goed en ek bly jy is terug!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Jan 10, 2020 / 10:46 AM

      Baie dankie Wilna, ek het julle ook gemis!

  2. Anye Jansen van Rensburg
    Jan 10, 2020 / 1:46 PM

    Welcome back. Missed you.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Jan 10, 2020 / 1:55 PM

      Thanks Anye 🙂 Missed you guys too!

    • Karin
      Jan 10, 2020 / 2:59 PM

      Finally.. Dis AL wat ek gaan sê.. Sien uit na dit wat voorlê❤️

      • Chantelle Bester
        Author
        Jan 10, 2020 / 9:21 PM

        Haha ek sal daai een vat, it’s been a while 😋Dankie Karin!

  3. Marné
    Jan 10, 2020 / 3:00 PM

    Flippit ek is bly jy is terug! Jy lyk stunning xx

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Jan 10, 2020 / 9:21 PM

      Ek ook! Baie dankie 😘

  4. Hanneri
    Jan 10, 2020 / 5:05 PM

    You look lovely and it is so good to have you back!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Jan 10, 2020 / 9:22 PM

      Thank you Hanneri xx

  5. Celeste Booysen
    Jan 16, 2020 / 10:05 AM

    I am thrilled you are back. One of my best blogs. I am even more thrilled that you are widening your content too. Yay!

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Jan 16, 2020 / 11:15 AM

      Thank you for the vote of confidence, Celeste 😄

  6. Azima Patel
    Jan 26, 2020 / 5:13 PM

    Welcome back! I’d been wondering where my favorite blogger had gone off to.
    I can’t wait to read more

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Jan 28, 2020 / 8:32 AM

      Thanks Azima! Feeling very rusty but I’m slowly getting into the swing of things again 🙂

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