If you’re wondering why you’re suddenly looking at Gothic Green Mama instead of Hello Beautiful Bear then here is the explanation you’ve been waiting for. It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while and there’s a few reasons for the change which I’ve outlined below.
The name: Hello Beautiful Bear will always hold a special place in my heart because it’s one of the first things we said to our baby girl when she was born back in 2015. She is still our ‘bear’ and to us, beautiful describes more than just what’s on the surface but how somebody is as a person. Their morals, their views, their actions and attitude. But still, there is so much more to Lily than ‘beautiful’ and my writing has evolved to include issues beyond motherhood.
I want readers and new followers to know that I’m about as soon as they land on my website. I’ve been really into the gothic subculture since I was a teenager (and heavy metal) and it wasn’t just a phase, it’s an important part of my life and it’s something I want to share with you. I’ve also been a bit of a green queen since school when we first learned about renewable energy sources and I was like ‘Why? Why aren’t we using these?’ and my teacher replied ‘Money, sadly…’ I’m not perfect but if you followed my other blog then you’ll know I’ve been trying for a few years now and I’m continuing to make small steps as and when I can to reduce our family’s negative impact on the environment. Lastly, I will still be talking and writing about motherhood and being Lily’s mum is the pleasure I devote most of my time and energy to, especially now that we’re officially a home-educating family as we’ve not applied for Lily to start school in September.
The sacredness: When I didn’t return to my job and moved up North when my maternity leave ended things were TIGHT. Things still are TIGHT. I needed money to contribute towards bills, food and my household and so I took advantage of opportunities (read between the lines here, I’m talking about follow links and prewritten posts) that I won’t be continuing with here on Gothic Green Mama (but my other blog is another story, groceries don’t buy themselves y’all). No judgment, ever.
The ethics: I’ve always been honest and truthful with my reviews so when I speak about ethics, I’m not saying that I’ve been unethical. I’m simply saying that my ethics have changed since I started Hello Beautiful Bear and there’s content on there that I’m bound to keep up that I’m not happy with because the brands in question aren’t ethical. Maybe they test on animals. Maybe they’re not very diverse with their advertising campaigns. Maybe they’re not very environmentally-friendly or promote/cash in on diet culture. You get the gist.
Hello Beautiful Bear will remain live and you can always pop over there and read my old blog posts if you wish. I may repurpose some of them to come across to Gothic Green Mama but nevertheless, they’re there if you fancy a read.
I need blogging professionally but I also want it personally which may come as a surprise to some of you who have witnessed my ‘soul searching’ across the years. But if I’m going to do this, it needs to be on my terms and I wanted to take a step back and learn from my previous mistakes. So, if you’re still interested, please stick with me as I create this new space to call my own.
FYI I’m now @gothicgreenmama on Instagram and I’ve also set up a small account for Lily’s day-to-day childhood and home education photos — @lily_homeed — where nothing is edited or fancy or even hashtagged!