Hi friends! First off, let me say that I am terribly sorry for the two month absence from my blog. A LOT has been going on in my life and I intend to explain in this post because it is the least I can do to connect with you all again. If you haven’t seen on my Instagram page recently, I announced that I am ready to come back to the blogging world. I unexpectedly took a two month break but in the end it was absolutely necessary. I think it’s fair of me to say that this year has not been easy for me with my blog. I got too sensitive and I allowed people in the community to get to me in a negative way. I lost sight of what my blog really meant to me and what I wanted to use my platform for. This wasn’t the direct reason why I took a two month break but I think it is a big part of why it was so easy to do because my heart wasn’t in it at the time.
The real reason why I took a break was because my boyfriend and I bought a house, which I announced on my social media. The whole process of finding, negotiating, buying, and then moving to a new house was emotionally draining for me. My anxiety was through the roof and I just wasn’t in a good mental space during that time. I struggled with getting excited about owning my own home and moving to a new space more than I wanted to admit. Funny how mental illness works in those ways, isn’t it? I’m just really horrible when it comes to change. Then two weeks after we moved in, we were hit by Hurricane Irma. Our new home suffered minor damage but we lost a ton of money on food, repairs, and having to stay elsewhere for the 10 days we were without power. Not to mention we were both sick with a nasty cold as this was happening and it was my birthday. I know there were others that were far worse off than us so in retrospect we were very lucky. Having just come off of moving expenses, it wasn’t easy, but I am thankful that we were lucky enough to make it through without anything really serious happening.
After the hurricane passed, we dealt with the aftermath of cleanup and repairs. Mind you, our house was still full of moving boxes and stuff everywhere. I am not sure about you, but I can’t stand clutter. I felt (and still feel) like the boxes were never-ending. Every day was dedicated to house stuff. Joys of being a homeowner I guess! Little by little I unpacked and got furniture and finally the house is starting to come together now. I knew that I couldn’t work on my blog until I felt some clarity at home and in my head. Things are still very much undone but I really miss writing and spreading awareness about vegan and cruelty-free products. There are days where I am not sure if I want to continue with this venture but then I hear about animal abuse and it reminds me that this isn’t about me. It’s about them. My voice and platform is for them and for that reason I choose to come back and make a difference.
Thank you for those that have silently stuck with me through this all. You mean more to me than you know. For those that have left, I completely understand and do not blame you for that decision. My goal for my blog for the remainder of the year is to write about products that excite me and brands that are making a difference in the world. I hope to become more personal with you all and let you see inside my vegan lifestyle too which is something I avoided before. I hope to eventually make it back on my YouTube Channel as well and get that going again. If you have any special requests, please let me know! I already have some exciting reviews drafted for the coming weeks that I can’t wait to share. Thank you to those that read my thoughts today. I missed you and I’m happy to be back. <3