Hi everyone! Happy October 1st and for me, blog relaunch day. YAY!

A little over three years ago (three years and 25 days to be exact), I started this blog as a casual hobby during college. It allowed me to work my creative mind and stretched my sense of style, from my 2013 big hair and preppy style, to present day I don’t care hair and whatever is most comfortable attire. When I was younger my parents told me to not talk to strangers on the internet, but here we are in 2017 and I can’t even begin to explain how many sweet and genuine people I have met through my blog the past couple years. This platform has provided not only an outlet to make new friends, but to express my love for fashion and creativity.

I would have so much fun styling outfits for my posts, but I always felt like they were lacking depth. Clothes were the main focus and I told myself I always needed to buy the latest trends just to keep up with the over saturated blogging industry. It finally got to the point to where I could no longer justify a self-serving hobby that shined glorification on materialism. I didn’t want to be controlled by it and didn’t want my followers to feel as if I was pushing that on them as well.

I do have to say there are a lot of hard-working fashion bloggers I follow that do a great job of sharing fashion related posts along with being authentic and talking about real/important issues. For me it was hard refocusing my intentions at the time, so I stopped writing completely. I took time to rest and prayerfully rethink the purpose of my platform. Let me say, it was so great not to have to stress about what my next Instagram post would be or the 8 must-have fall sweaters my readers needed to know about.

This past year has been a year of change and growth for me spiritually, mentally and physically. Earlier this year I felt God leading me to relaunch my blog. I said no numerous times and He kept prompting. I hate feelings, I hate vulnerability and tend to lack emotions at times. (sorry mom, I know hate is a strong word). I’m working on it. A month ago I quit ignoring His voice and finally had motivation for the first time in a long time. I started brainstorming content ideas and praying about the direction in which God wants to take my blog relaunch and He made it abundantly clear. *see next paragraph*

If you know me personally or follow me on social media, then you’ve seen my obnoxious amount of food posts on my Instagram story or Snapchat. I genuinely love cooking and food and they are both a huge part of my story and I want to share that passion with you all.  I’ve dealt with food allergies for the past eight years and am not fond of eating meat, so I follow a plant-based lifestyle. Since I have a great passion for cooking and living a healthy lifestyle, I am going to start incorporating that into my blog through a section called Joyful Eats. I’ll be sharing my favorite recipes through pictures and videos *yay* (check out the latest video)!

One of my favorite quotes is, “great things never came from a comfort zone.” So here I am stepping out of my comfort zone once again back into the wonderful world of blogging. My excited/terrified/anxious heart is wide open asking you to join me on this new venture! Make sure you subscribe to my blog to be notified every time I post and while you’re at it, subscribe to my YouTube page!

Stay Lovely,

Hannah Shanae

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