Well, hello! It’s been a while, innit?
After a long Christmas break devouring my weight in bottles of red wine and platters of fine stinky cheese, I realised that I needed a work shake-up. I’ve found the balancing-act of being both a decent mum and a decent self-employed worker hard. And even after we moved down to West Sussex last summer and my boyfriend temporarily became a stay-at-home dad to support me and my career, I still couldn’t get into the swing of things the way I wanted to. I felt trapped by my own guilt and my own expectations of myself, but more than that, I felt trapped by the idea of what other people would think about the decisions I made and the way I chose to live my life.
I realised I needed to find a way through that suffocating fog, and a way to live in the way that made me feel most satisfied, inspired and… well, happy.
And so this fresh new blog design is the first step in getting closer to the version of Hannah Gale I want to be, and I hope you like it.
It’s my first re-design in about four years – since the time I got aggressively into tarot cards (following a stint in New Orleans on a Trek America trip), and pulled the ‘Death’ card and decided to take a six-week blogging hiatus in order to come back fresher, better and with a clearer-vision than ever.
I’ve kind of done the same thing here. I’ve stepped back from writing and pushing myself into the content I think I should be creating, and I’ve thought more about what I want to see, what I want to read and what I enjoy writing about. I’ve also thought about the kinds of posts and articles that have fallen through the cracks with the demise of magazines and online websites aimed at brilliant twenty and thirty-something women.
I want this space to be what it always has been – a safe destination to share personal stories about everything from mental health to motherhood, but also a place for high street fashion, bloody excellent beauty buys, easy recipes, travel and affordable interiors.
But I also want it to be more than that, I want it to be a space where I now share other stories too – stories from powerful, strong, incredible women. Those that are mothers with fascinating journeys, those that work in blow-your-mind-careers, and those that are living through moments in their existences that need to be documented.
I hope that the blog posts you see over the coming weeks and months make you laugh, give you ideas, inspire you, but mostly I hope they make you feel at home. I hope they bring you comfort in the idea that you are never truly alone, not in life, and not in the whispers that float through your inner monologue as you’re trying to fall asleep at night.
I’ve also added my weekly Instagram stories feature ‘The HG Ten’ to my homepage to make it easily shoppable every week from your desktop.
Oh, and I’ve also added a feature you might remember from my 2017 newsletter – every week I will update the homepage to share which book I’m reading, which TV show I’m watching and whatever I’m currently buying, be it a dress, a cleanser, a cushion cover or a bit of toddler tat.
Thanks for supporting me and sticking around, you guys are the reason I’m still here, tapping away at my laptop whilst listening to Ashanti and wondering what to have for lunch.
(And big, big thanks to the wonderful Cat and the Gatto team for working with me on my new design and making it feel the most me it ever has – you’re awesome.)