Changes for CDB Nails | Please Read!

10:20 AM

Hey Sweeties! So I'm sure most of you have noticed a drop off in my posts lately and I figured it was time to explain why this has been happening and what it means for CDB Nails.

There has been a lot of changes happening in my personal life which has made swatching and reviewing kind of take a bit of a back seat and I apologize for this. 

For those who don't know, I suffer from a Generalized Anxiety Disorder as well as Depression and I have for over 14 years. These past 14 years I have struggled to find any relief from these disorders and finding the nail community almost 5 years ago helped tremendously in keeping my brain busy and making me feel like I was a part of something fun and special. I am so very grateful for this but as of late, I feel like I am losing that passion that once made me feel better. 

After almost 5 years of doing this I have come to a point where I am overwhelming myself with swatching responsibilities and I have been pushing myself for over a year now. I still enjoy swatching, but only in moderation. Having to swatch or test nail art products for 6-9 hours almost every single day to keep up is becoming too much. It has unfortunately taken over my life and time with my family. I don't get paid to do this, and as much as I am so very grateful for all the polishes and nail art products I receive in return for my swatches and reviews, it doesn't pay the bills and because of this I feel I shouldn't be allowing it to take up so much of my time with not only my family but myself. I mean let's face it, as much as we all love polish, sitting on my butt for 6+ hours and inhaling polish fumes all day isn't good for anyone's health lol! I already have respiratory issues and this does no help in the slightest lol All of this leads into the main reason I have been so MIA. 

For almost 2 months I have been making a lot of changes in my lifestyle. I have changed my diet dramatically and exercise daily and this has been doing amazing things for me not only physically but mentally. I have more energy then I have in 14 years and I feel more alive so to speak. I have not felt this genuinely happy in a very long time. So, sitting around, not being active, swatching for 6+ hours every day has actually become hard to do. It's hard to sit still for that long now haha! 

Secondly, Around this time last year my family started fostering my new born nephew, Mathew. He is my little sunshine and I love this child like he is my own. He is thankfully back with his mother but she is a single mom who needs help and support from her family which means I take him for numerous days at a time, usually unexpectedly, which unfortunately disrupts my swatching/posting schedule. When I take him I have to care for him 100% by myself. My husband works 14+ hours a day(even most weekends) so he is unable to help me much when I have him. For those who are parents I'm sure you understand how this becomes difficult lol. Getting a break when you have a toddler isn't very common! haha He is a 1.5 year old who is constantly on the go, getting into everything and fights naps lol so all that leads to me not really getting the time to get nail work done. And by the time he falls asleep at night I am too exhausted from trying to keep up with him all day that I just can't find the energy to do nail stuff.

And lastly, I own an etsy shop that makes planner stickers and this is my small form of income and contribution to my house hold. Aside from spending more time with my family, focusing on my etsy shop needs to be more of a priority and due to trying to keep up with nail work I am not spending nearly enough time on my business. That needs to change.

So what does all this mean for CDB Nails. As I stated above I still enjoy all things nail polish so I have no intention of quitting swatching/reviewing. But I do need to slow down and get my priorities straight. This means I will only be posting a few days a week rather than every single day. It means I will have to unfortunately decline some swatch/review opportunities. Which will be very hard, I struggle to say no, but I have to do this. I have to do this for not only my family, but for myself. I need to continue to focus more on my health and my family and this is the only way I will be able to do so.

I want to make sure everyone I review for knows just how grateful I am for being able to work with all of you. I have enjoyed getting to know so many of you awesome ladies and I hope this doesn't change any of our friendships. Again, this doesn't mean I am no longer reviewing, I am just slowing down.

I also want to thank all my readers for taking the time out of your day to read my blog posts and showing the love! It means more than you know!

I really hope you all understand and still stick around! Again Thank You!!
XO-Cheyenne

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2 comments

  1. Wow, congrats on the wonderful addition to your family! It sounds like having your nephew in your life is tremendously rewarding, even if challenging at times. I totally understand the drain blogging can have on one's life. Even if it takes only a couple minutes to read a post, many people do not understand that 8-12 hours may have gone into each post. You have always done an amazing job in every aspect of your blog and I can understand cutting it back to the point where it is rewarding, but no longer preventing yourself from doing the other things you need to do. Good luck with all the time rearrangements!

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