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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Let’s Talk...

On my nails Avon | Red Bombshell
This post is soo late, but here I go. I have been typing out this post and deleting it so many times during July, but I think that you deserve an explanation for my absence from the blog and basically everywhere else…. Stick around till the end cause I’m also going in a rant there…

THE BAD
July is such a bad month for me as a lot of my loved ones passed on during this month, so most of the time (should I have a job at that particular moment I choose to be on leave and just take time to bond with family and friends). This July was not very easy for me as well, cause someone very close to me lost a parent so yet again we had to grieve and I just decided to spend every moment at home close to the people that I love.

THE UGLY
The sad part really is I haven’t been creating content for the blog and everywhere else, and when companies send me stuff I’m not really keen on taking out my camera and snapping about the goodies that I have received on that particular day and (this act might have blacklisted me from a few companies “””side note”””” I saw the unfollowing’s on social ***wink***.  The ugly also is that I wasn’t able to attend some events that I really did want to go to and then again most probably on the blacklist now.

THE GOOD
As you read this it will be my last day today from my 9-5 due to some unfortunate circumstances that were beyond everyone’s control and I think that the universe is speaking to me to actually focus on writing and creating content (while searching for another job – wish me luck guys), although it will be difficult for me to blog and create content for YouTube (cause blogging and YouTubing is so expensive), I’m letting it all out there and will be doing it either way. 

THE DUMB
I have been stalking some Instagram/YouTube pages while I was off and dammmn I think that I need a theme for my page aswell, and a blurry background for YouTube (**sulking**), PUN is intended on my statement but I have seen that companies do gravitate more toward pages that are themed but where is the fun in seeing pictures that are brown and black, what happened to individuality?!

THE DUMBER
Speaking of Instagram its algorithms are just something else, so I need to sponsor every post now for me to be able to get the people that follow me to see it *right*. I used to be part of the like4like, follow4follow  crews and I’m not ashamed to say that and that’s how I got to the follow count that I’m at today, but I’m getting tired of the follow4follow game (so this weekend I worked on minimizing my following count so that I can actually see post from brands, “”although that might be depressing at times but I need to so that I can create posts that are relevant for that particular time””.)
I will also be sponsoring some posts on Instagram cause I need likes and all LOL  and Instagram you are killing me, but a girl has got to do what she needs to do.

CONCLUSION
This post really was not to make you sad I just wanted to let it all out there so that when I do blog soon you will see that I do actually care for my blog. The family is okay, we just have to learn to deal with the pain and treat each day as if it was our last.

Thanks for making it this far and thank you so much for the LOVE
.
See You Soon

xoxo


Zanny

Monday, July 3, 2017

Manicure Monday | Why I began blogging

Happy July guys, I can't believe we are in the second half of the year already, where has the time gone to? But the true question really is What is Time? LOL sorry been watching a lot of GENIUS on NatGeo channel 181.

For most of May/June I could say that I lost my blogging mojo and honestly it couldn't have come at a better time, because I was also just tired. My mind went on a mental lock and couldn’t bear typing out anything I just slept went to work and slept again.

Was the rest worth it? I don't know yet however I am writing again which is good. On top of that I also did a mini vlog yesterday it was random but I just felt like doing it. Blogging allows one to share their thoughts it is such a beautiful thing, so in the Winter of 2014 my colleague/friend Charity who has the blog JustKutloano was working on her blog header during our weekend shift and I asked her what she was doing, she said Blogging. I was shocked cause I thought it was impossible and she was like all you need really is a Gmail account and you are good to go.

The first blog name I thought of was so long - In Out and Around Soweto with Zanele Mondi LOL what was I thinking. The second one, which is the current one In Out & Around Soweto which I still love. Why In Out & Around Soweto, well I have an explanation on that HERE
However, the passion behind it really was to share the love that I have for my home town Soweto, which has been lost lately cause all I blog about really these days is eyebrow pencil review, mascara, eyeliner, lipliner….etc. Don't get me wrong that is good however something is missing from the blog and I plan on rectifying that going forward.

If you don't re-evaluate your past, someone else will. I have seen alot of blogs lose their plot because they want to focus on the in thing, and I'm not saying that is bad however I can't for example be reviewing a very expensive under-eye cream if I have never mentioned any affordable eye creams to begin with. I'm not saying that only reviewing expensive things is bad, all I'm saying is know your readers.

In the same time I won't and will never short-sell my readers just because something is affordable and won't work... I will just tell it like it is... The nailpolish I have on today is one of the Essence Autumn/Winter colors, which is deep and dark and I love it.
June was a time for me to rest and reflect. I would like to thank you all for your kind words during my hibernation I really do appreciate it.

That's it for today's post I hope that you have a great productive week.

See you soon.

xx

Zanele

Monday, June 12, 2017

Update | On A Mini Break

Hey guys, hope all is well and okay on your side, 
Well I'm not okay I have been working non-stop on the blog and on my 9 to 5 for a while now, 
which I have been loving. 
Certain issues in my personal life have just popped up and I just thought that 
I should deal with them for the next two weeks or so. 

I really wanted to do this post so it won't look like I went out of action for no reason. 

If it was possible for me to create content during this period I would 
however I just need to be with the family. 

Thank you so much for the continued support I really do appreciate it, as the blog 
In Out & Around Soweto wouldn't be anywhere without it. 

So I'm taking just a mini-break and will be back soon. 

Much love. 

Zanele
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