I've had a few light bulb moments lately - sometimes you do learn the truth the hard way and sometimes criticism isn't all that bad, as long as its constructive and doesn't put someone else down for trying! I've been blogging for more than a year now and I started this blog because I've always been drawn and interested in everything related to beauty, elegance, looking elegant and sophisticated! Some posts I've been very proud of, others, I look back and think "I could have done better"! Recently, I recieved a comment about one of my recent posts that really hurt my feelings. In fact, I was 'fuming mad' when I read it and didn't even post the comment. However, since then I've had time to think, I've realized that by me even having a blog, I'm opening myself up hearing everyone's opinions - some that are awesome and some that are meant to be constructive criticism. I've always know that I have a very sensitive side, especially when it comes to taking criticism, but in the end, its actually a benefit to me to stop and 'learn' from what others have to say. I've been using this blog as a 'journey' into better-ing myself - journeying into my personal colour analysis, the looks I've been working on in my makeup course, style and fashion I really like etc etc. I've never claimed to be the best 'anything' - I'm just a person, blogging, sharing my journey - I'm sure I will create looks that others hate, I'm sure that some people will dislike some of my makeup looks that I create on others, but in the end, this is me just posting my journey and having fun. Do I appreciate peoples feedback and contructive criticism - Absolutely!!! Do I appreciate people being mean or voicing their opinion in a harsh, hurtful manner? No!!! However, this is the internet and I have to respect everyone's right to voice their opinion, especially when I have a public blog. I just wanted to say that yes, perhaps the comment I recieved was hurtful when I first read it, but could I learn from it? Was the 'meat of the comment' something I could take constructively and learn from? Yes! Part of the Journey is being open to 'hear' what others are saying to me, requesting for me to post and learning from the advice given. The only thing I ask, is to remember that I'm just being 'me' - I never claimed to be an amazing makeup artist or stylist or anything else - I'm just delivering a part of myself to those who are interested to hear what I have to say - I'd love to continue to hear you comments and get your feedback - It would just be nice to get constructive criticism that is 'constructive' - I'm more than willing to listen to what you have to say!!! On that note, I found a photo where I created a look months ago that I wanted to post and 'completely' forgot about - I don't even remember what makeup I used, but I do remember that the lipstick I used in 'Stength' by MAC and thats 'exactly' what I need in this point of my journey - Strenth to continue my passion and gain more knowedge and experience with makeup, Strength to continue to write about things that I feel represent what this blog is about, Strength to deal with the constuctive criticism and Strength to have confidence in myself in learn from each mistake I make and become a better person as a result, so here's to STRENGTH!!!