This year has been a bit out of the ordinary. The picture up there is pretty representative of my 2015, which has consisted in large part of building projects and moving to a new address – simultaneously.
I've learned all kinds of new and exciting things and gotten real up-close-and-personal with sandpaper, spackling equipment, drill bits, power tools, bricks, mortar, wallpaper, and paint.
Needless to say, my skincare routine also changed quite drastically this year.
Tip: sandpaper is great for wood – but total overkill for skin. If you don't love the rough and ready look of a woodworkers hands dangling at the ends of your arms, wear some kind of protective gloves when using sandpaper for any length of time.
During this years building 'fun', my regular product development has taken a back seat. The focus has been turned to testing raw ingredients in depth and experimenting with back-to-the-roots skin and hair care routines.
To my pleasant surprise, a lot of these have been more successful and pleasurable than anticipated.
But with the holidays fast approaching, it's time to put down the tools and look to more relaxing activities now.
Suddenly realizes ALL Christmas shopping and other elf-related activities still on the to-do list.
Please do excuse me – the aforementioned relaxing activities have just become a matter of some urgency...