I wanted to share with y’all my inspiration and motivation for creating this blog. There are three reasons, but the first one is my main inspiration!
Why I Created This Nerdy Beauty Blog. Engineer ≠ Beauty Blogger?
1. I was a nerd, geek, outcast, dweeb, dork, weirdo, freak, whatever you want to call it in middle and high school. As a teenager, I was not into beauty, makeup, skin care (other than what I could find a the drug store to keep my acne to a dull roar), fashion or hair. I hated shopping, did not wear makeup and had two hairstyles (up or down). Oh how things change. I still consider myself a nerd, but in college I learned to use makeup, figured out shopping wasn’t all that terrible and even recently developed a love for lipstick!
As you may or may not have noticed from the pictures I’ve posted on this blog, I am not really the stereotypical fan girl – geek – nerd. If you haven’t been able to tell, maybe take a peek at my Instagram? Fairly, normal, right? I do consider myself a nerd, it kinda comes with the territory being an engineer, but do not think that I epitomize the stereotype. I could keep rambling, but I couldn’t have said it better than someone who I admire, Stacey Delveccio.
“I wish people would stop being impressed by the fact that I’m a woman engineer. We want it to be normal to see beautiful, social, intelligent women out there that are engineers.” – Stacey Delveccio – Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Past President.
This is my wish too. In the early years of my career, I downplayed my age and femininity to fit in with my 95% male co-workers. Looking back, I wish I would have embraced my femininity a bit more. There’s no reason to change who you are, you should embrace it! I hope that one day, women engineers will not feel out of place or that they need to modify their personality or dress at work.
Frighteningly, the percent of women earning engineering degrees is in decline AND roughly 40% of women who responded to this National Science Foundation survey no longer work in engineering.
So here’s to breaking the mold, to inspire cultural shift, one blog post at a time! <end rant>
2. Birchbloggers. I’ve already mentioned Birchbox and Birchbloggers in previous posts. I’d been posting my birchbox contents on instagram, but once I jointed the birchblogger facebook group, I thought blogging maybe a good outlet for my creativity! I’ve had blogs on and off for since middle school (when I taught myself HTML, thank goodness for wordpress, no coding necessary, but it does help) and have deleted most of those over the years. I’m now attempting again and hope I can stick with it!
3. After years of suffering from acne, unruly hair and skin sensitivity from trying new products, I finally decided that I needed to get out of my comfort zone, do some research to figure out what products I can and cannot use! This blog will hopefully help me keep a record of fails, grails and everything in between!
As for what to expect from my blog going forward. I’m not going to promise to post at any certain time or stick a certain number of posts a week, etc, because that will just stress me out. I do intent to review all my Birchboxes, so look for those, I still need to review my April box! Eeek! I will be sharing my skincare and beauty journey, so far it has been a struggle, so please comment if I am do something completely wrong! And let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see more (or less) of!