I've been blogging here for just over 5 years, i started at 26 and I am now 31.
Between the ages of 26 and now I have changed and developed and altered in many different ways (and shapes and sizes!) over the past half decade, and i have no doubt I will continue to alter as the years go on.
I am happier than I've ever been, I am growing as a person and developing empathy and skills in different areas and thinking about things I have never previously considered.
There have been two big changing points for me over the past year:
Firstly, my Capsule Wardrobe.
By carrying out the 'less is more attitude' and productively working towards a slow fashion mindset, rather than fast-fashion which i have been drawn to previously, I have taken a major step back from Fashion. And when i say Fashion i mean the latest trends, styles, must-have pieces, that all adorn the magazines and fashion blogs around the world.
RTH has never been a high fashion blog (as you've probably noticed) but i have dabbled and bought in-to certain trends, then presented them here on the blog for fashion lovers to ooh and ahhh over.
Click bait possibly, but also me trying to be something I'm not.
I will never be a high flying Fashion blogger.
And I am totally ok with that.
At heart I am a jeans and tee girl.
Again, totally ok with that too.
The capsule wardrobe has made me see who I am, what I like and what I want more clearly. Yes its just clothes, but when you've obsessed over them as much as I have over the years, its actually a relief to suddenly not.
My head-space has been freed up to think of other things, which has felt fantastic.
And that leads me nicely on to my other changing point.
Vegetarian/Plant Based/Gluten free lifestyle
I gave up eating meat 9 months ago and have not looked back.
Over the past 2 months I have also given up artificial sweeteners (evil aspartame I'm looking at you!) and switched to soya based dairy alternatives.
It wasn't even a struggle, once i got my head in gear that i had actually been putting all these bad products in to my body and had the realisation that I was doing myself more bad then good, it was easy. It became fun to search out new recipes, try new meals and actually enjoy food.
No calorie counting, no strict diet plan. Just good clean eating.
Lets go back 9 months ago. Giving up meat to begin was a natural stage for me. I knew i no longer wanted to consume poor, defenceless animals, which felt ethically wrong to me being an animal lover (I wouldn't eat my dog, so why eat a beautiful cow?).
Then came giving up Gluten, which was tough but now looking back i can't believe i didn't do it sooner. And then the final stage of leading a full plant based lifestyle.
I have honestly never felt better.
I felt like once I had broken down one pre-conditioned compartment all the others came tumbling down like a domino effect. Things such as, where your clothes comes from, organic, fairtrade, vegan materials, cruelty free products and so on.
Recently I have been researching fairtrade clothing, cruelty free cosmetics and so on, I can't wait to share with you some amazing products.
What I guess I'm trying to say is, things are going to start to look a bit different around here.
I am going to start producing content that I would want to read. It will be varied and (hopefully) interesting. I'm going to start including new food recipes, cruelty free cosmetics and how they fair, ethical fashion choices, hiking, reading and anything else I may be contemplating on that day.
New content is what i need right now. Its how my brain is working and I would love to share it here on this space of the world wide web.
My Passion4Fashion linkups every Friday will stay the same, as even though I love jeans and a tee (she says sat wearing exactly that), but i do still enjoy sharing my capsule snippets with you. And my capsule is something that i still enjoy(even though the summer capsule is proving to be a pain in the butt)
I really hope you'll stick around and maybe even enjoy some of the new subjects. If you like eating food, or finding new cosmetics then hopefully you will like some of the posts I will be presenting.
As always, thank you so much for supporting and reading Rachel The Hat..
Here's to the next 5 years and where it may take us
All my Love