Stepping Away...

Today is the two year mark from when I published my first blog post and Rays of Purple was born. And with that, I've made the decision to step away. At the end of January I wrote this post and committed to posting every Tuesday and Thursday. I was hoping that the consistency might ignite that spark in me again. From the date of that post and today, I have kept that commitment. But, that spark just isn't there anymore. I don't have the patience or desire to play the social media game that blogging requires. I also feel like blogging isn't the community it once was.. With technology and social media constantly changing, I do feel like blog land has lost some of the true connections we used to make with each other. Don't get me wrong, I have connected with some amazing, beautiful, women who I do plan to keep in touch with. The thought of writing and posting used to excite me, now it almost feels like a burden.. and that's not what I want Rays of Purple to be.

I don't think I'm stepping away forever, and I will still post if I feel like sharing a new recipe, or want to share something.. I just know I can't make the commitment anymore to consistently post.. And I'm okay with that. Pinterest has changed the game a little bit for me because I know I can still upload things there and share them. We're also planning to buy a house later this year and maybe I'll come back and post things about that. But, as of now, I'm just ready to step away from feeling like I have to post and build my numbers. I thank each and every one of you who have ever read a post, commented on a post, pinned a post to Pinterest, or supporting me in some way. I love you all.

The best way to keep in touch with me is definitely Instagram (username: Tybabess), so feel free to follow me there! I'm also on Pinterest a little more than I probably should be, so check that out as well.

Until next time my loves, whenever that may be.


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Target Haul

I picked up a Complexion Brush from E.L.F. Cosmetics, and a No 205-Crease Brush and No 110-Concealer Brush from Sonia Kashuk. I think I'm pretty much stocked up on makeup brushes now ;)
I wanted to try a new powder as well, so I went with Neutrogena Skin Clearing Mineral Powder in the color 50 - Soft Beige. It's supposed to have microclear technology to help combat breakouts, and it actually seems to be helping. I've been looking for a new concealer to try, so I grabbed this CoverGirl Fresh Complexion Concealer in the color 640 - Natural Beige. I actually am loving this stuff so far.

Have you guys tried any new products you love lately? Let me know! :)


A House Without Books is Like a Room Without Windows

*Title quote from: Horace Mann

When I was younger I used to leave Arizona and spend the summers with my Dad in Park City, Utah. Park City is a fairly small town, world famous for it's ski resorts and of course, Sundance. But as a kid, there wasn't a whole lot there for me. I used to love to read... As in, I'd ride my skateboard to the library, pick out like ten books to read, and ride home to read them. Those ten books would last me around a week, then I'd go back and get more. Yes, I was that kid... But, hey, at least I was doing something productive ;)
Once I got to high school, besides required reading, I didn't really read a whole lot. I just never really thought about.. Then I decided to read The Hunger Games trilogy (you can read more about that here). Once I finished that, I started the Divergent series... and I haven't really stopped reading since. I guess that little book nerd is still in me somewhere. When I was done with those books I started looking for ideas on what to read next..
Enter GoodReads.  I recently started using it, and I'm still trying to figure it out; so if you have any tips let me know in the comments..  Also, let me know if you have a goodreads account and let's be friends! :) It's been helpful, and this past weekend I read two books that I found, Saving June and The Survival Kit, loved them both!   Thanks to goodreads I went from no list to having a "to-read" list a mile long...  hmmph. It might be awhile before I find a good middle ground.. ;)

Here's to more reading coming soon! :) Don't forget to follow along with me.. 
I hope everyone is having a great weekend! :)