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Why I’ve Been Away + Changing Things Up In 2018

Hi! How are you? I hope 2017 has been a good year for you too.

I’m mainly writing this post because I’ve been MIA these past few months. I want to tell you why, and what’s going on.

I’ve shared bits and bobs of personal information here before, but I always only scratch the surface. I won’t be going into much detail today either (typical) but I’ll do my best!

In 2016 I shared that I was having a rough time and I was overall in a dark state of mind. I’m happy to share that in 2017 I’ve turned everything around, and I’m doing a million times better.

Getting out of my funk wasn’t easy. One scary decision I took was to travel. It started out as a roadtrip in the Canadian east coast with my boyfriend, and in July, we booked a one-way ticket to Berlin.

Long story short, I’m now writing this from the Canary Islands and I’m so glad I went out of my comfort zone!

These days, I’ve been waking up early-ish (I’m a total night owl so this is pretty good), working, going to the beach, and working some more.

All my traveling was made possible because I work from home as a blogger, and I’m incredibly grateful for that.

I also want to say that running this blog gives me a purpose and has been such a blessing. Cruelty-Free Kitty has brought positive energy to my life and I hope I can pass on the positive vibes.

I’m really big on following your dreams and seeing where your creativity takes you. Whatever you do, don’t let fear stop you. We have the power to change reality. Be it our individual lives, or whatever we don’t agree with in the world. We really do.

The big site relaunch!

Back up. I’ve been working on this blog, yet I’ve been away? YES!

I’ve been working on exciting new things behind the scenes. There’s going to be a big site relaunch in February if everything goes according to plan! I’m really excited to show you. I’m still working on the design right now and figuring out how to implement some cool new features I hope you’ll like too.

Here’s a sneak peak of the main features I’m working on:

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01. A searchable list of cruelty-free brands. You’ll be able to search by category, price range, etc. This is huuuuge!

02. A community where you can ask questions and have them answered by myself or other members. This is also where you’ll be able to suggest brands to investigate and add to the list.

The look of the blog will be similar but more modern and easier to read. Also, I’m not giving up on the Duplicats — the 2 cats in the logo!

I hope you have a wonderful 2018 filled with love and everything you wish for! Thanks for sticking around and fighting the good fight along with me.

Progress is always happening. We’re on our way to a global ban on animal testing. It won’t be tomorrow, but it’s coming. Even China is slowly shaking up their (very unnecessary) regulations. In 2017, several countries have banned animal testing or introduced bills to ban it.

In 2018, let’s make our lives better and make the world a little bit of a better place. We can change our reality. 🙂

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  • I really want to thank you for all of the hard work you put into this blog. I recently decided to shop cruelty-free 100% of the time, and your blog has been so helpful to me in making that goal a reality. And fun to read 🙂 I’ll be really excited to see the relaunch! Thank you!
    I’m glad 2017 brought you some happy adventures, and best wishes in the new year!

    • Thank you Jacqueline, I’m glad to hear that and I wish you allll the best! Hope you like the new site. 🙂

  • Thanks so much for the update, Suzi! I read your blog regularly (though I usually don’t comment) and I’ve missed you, so I’m glad you’re coming back! I’m also glad things are going well for you and are looking up in 2018! The new features sound great…can’t wait for them to roll out! Thanks for all you do to help make the world a better place for animals…you’re fighting the good fight and are so very appreciated by so many of us! 🙂

  • I’m so glad you’ve been able to come back ! This website is so thorough and helpful. I recommend this site to everyone who wants the real story. I wonder why companies continue to spend money on animal research that is always unnecessary. Haven’t all the chemicals been tested already? Do we need all these chemicals?

    • Thank you, I’m so glad you find everything helpful! And yes, 100% unnecessary. I’m glad more people are started to realize this.

  • I, myself, struggle with funks so I know how hard they are to get out of. I’m glad to read you’re doing well now ?. I love this site and I’m super excited for the new changes!

    • Thank you Jessi, I hope you stay strong and have a kickass 2018! I looked at your Instagram and I’m blown away by your makeup skills. Beautiful. 🙂

  • Glad to hear your life has turned around! Now…. big changes for the site. Do search on what brands are cruelty free. Along that line… how about products that are cruelty free for SENIORS, like me! What to look and use products that are cruelty free too.

    • Thank you Nancy! Please let me know what types of products you’re looking for and I’ll be on it. 🙂

  • Very much looking forward to your February launch! So glad you’re feeling better! It’s important to have a support system. No pressure but we count on you to keep us informed!

  • Hey Girl,
    You sound marvelous. I’m no stranger to dark times and they can be detrimental . Glad you found your way out. Keep journaling but most of all Keep fighting the good Fight of Faith! Remember we got your back?

  • So exciting for you, I’m glad your happy in what your doing and your doing a great job from what I’ve seen? I’ve also gone cruelty free thanks to you and your blog. So keep up the good work?

  • Hey Suzi
    I am from western Canada sometimes we just need to think about ourselves so we can heal our minds our bodies we need to step out of our daily routine and just go wherever and I am glad for you I hope everything has worked out for you thanks for sharing all the best for you and you boyfriend

  • As a cruelty free MUA I rely on your site heavily to assist me in making CF choices for my clients’ makeup and my own. I love it so really looking forward to the new improvements too!

    Well done for turning things around mentally. That’s not hard to do and it sounds like you really pushed yourself to achieve some amazing things. Very inspirational. Jen x

  • So glad for you.
    And I’m so happy also, that you are not giving up on the duplicats, even if you are relaunching your site ?
    As a newer reader (from Finland) I also would like to know, where are you from :)?
    In 2018 (hopefully!!) I’m so looking forward to global ban on animal testing?!
    And looking forward to your new site as well!
    I really appreciate your hard work with beautiful content ?

    • Mari, thank you for giving the duplicats some love and for your super kind words!! I would love to visit Finland. I’m from Canada. 🙂

  • This blog has been the most useful in my quest to go cruelty free. Very excited to hear about your new developments and also very happy to hear that you are experiencing some good times. Thanks and keep up the good work!

  • Ms. Kitty, you are my FAVORITE blog site. I often do cruelty-free reviews, and send my viewers your way (as well as leaping bunny’s site) to double check my accuracy…not to mention share your amazing writing skills and passion for animals with my readers. Thank you for being such a great inspiration for a fellow animal lover! I don’t know you, but I think you are WONDERFUL!

    • Aw thank you Stacey for being so kind!! And thank you so much for sharing the love. Your blog is awesome and just reding the title made me smile!

  • I’ve never actually been an active part of the discussion aspect of your blog but this post made me genuinely so happy. I am so glad that you are doing so well in your life and that things are becoming more enthusiastic altogether! Can I just say how truly awe-inspiring it is to see that there are still people in the world who (like myself) believe that we are capable of making REAL WORTHY POSITIVE change just by believing in your own endeavors. Thank you so much for being that amazing type of person that the world needs more of and I wish you sincere luck with all the up coming events in your life and blog. I look forward to all you have to come <3

    • Kiara, thank YOU so much! Your comment made me so happy and I’m super pumped again! Best of luck to you too in 2018 and keep being amazing. 😀

  • Hi Suzi! I started my cruelty free journey a couple of weeks ago, when I discovered your blog. I’m really happy you’re coming back, because the information you share here is so helpful!

    If I can make a suggestion, it would help if you start a list of cruelty free household and hygiene products as well.

    Thank you for your wonderful work and good luck <3

  • The past couple years have been hard on me too, so I can totally relate. Happy to hear you are feeling better and experiencing new places! I love your blog and am thankful for the research and info you provide us 🙂

    • Francesca, I really hope things get better for you as well. Beautiful photography by the way. I checked out your site. 🙂

  • As someone who deals with PTSD, BPD, GAD, and a whole list of other acronyms I can understand that darkness. I am thrilled that you found your way out and I’m ridiculously happy for you. So so happy that you found your sunshine, peace and are finding that a way to make your soul a good quiet place. I’m super excited to see what the New Year brings for CFK. Much love to you!! ♥

    • Lisa, I can’t imagine what you have to go through. I was having similar problems and it was terrifying. Please take care of yourself and I hope you focus on the positive! Lots of love.

  • Good for you for taking some risks! Life is too short to always play it safe. I’ve already signed up for your focus group and can’t wait to see what’s coming this year. Happy 2018 to all of us!!

  • Suzi thank you so much for sharing yourself with us; it takes courage! I found your site in early 2017 and as a result have become more aware on how to be cruelty-free. A personal goal in 2018 is to move to as many cruelty-free brands/products as I can. This started with purchasing a new skincare collection from Paula’s Choice – VERY EXCITED!! I’m very much looking forward to your new site improvements and I thank you so much for all your hard work; your efforts make this a better world for animals AND all us humans;) Take good good care of yourself and wish you all the best in 2018!!!

    • Thanks so much! Wasn’t it painless to transition?!? I hope it was, and I hope you love your new Paula’s Choice products (it’s one of the best skincare brands IMO). Happy 2018! 🙂

  • Congratulations! Not only for being in such a positive place but on the soon to be relaunch of your site. I have only just started my cruelty free journey but your website was such an important research tool which I came back to time and time again so I cannot wait to see what you have next. Thank you x

  • I am pretty new to your blog but I’m so glad that I found it! I think it’s amazing that you recognized your need to get away and jump outside your comfort zone. Your encouraging words and positive attitude are inspiring. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us all this year!!!!

  • This is wonderful news! I wasn’t aware of your rough times, but it brings such joy to my heart to know things are looking up and are much better! I’m newer to this site, but I’m so excited for you and to see the changes! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • Thank you for this kind of private post. I’m looking forward to your relaunch although I already like your blog a lot. Enjoy your travels

  • How. lovely o hear from you Suzi. Hope you are feeling fantastically proud of all you have acheived, despite all the dark times, been there myself and know just how hard it can be, to become animated, let alone motivated. So looking forward to the unveiling of updated site. Happy travels, from me and the Furpack Crew.x

  • I did wonder why you had been away and hope that all is now well with you and that your path ahead is clear, also, welcome to Europe!

    You’re the first I stumbled across when I made my decision last year to move to cruelty free as much as possible. I did not appreciate how much there is out there and I had to make some changes to the (then favourite) companies I used, and living in England, I have discovered companies here to add to my list, including my favourite perfume company, that I adore.

    The coming changes to your site sound brilliant and I look forward to discovering them in due course.

    All the best to you both.

    • Thank you Marie-Anne, best wishes to you too! I’m glad you discovered new replacement brands. What’s your favorite perfume company, if I may ask?

      • Hi Suzi,

        My favourite perfume company is called Eden Perfumes and are based in Brighton on the SE coast of England. They can try to match perfumes to brand if you have a favourite and have done to CK1 and Jo Malone’s Lime, Basil and Mandarin, for example.

        I could gush for hours but I will let you discover them in your own good time!

  • This is super exciting Suzi and i’m very happy that you took time for yourself when you needed it, it’s super important and as a person who struggle with anxiety every day, i know i need to focus more and me as well like you did, so congrats! It’s not easy but you did it and it’s amazing! Also i cannot wait to see all the changes you have for us this year, you can always count me in! 🙂 xo
    Melodie |

  • I absolutely love your website and social media pages! I love all that you do for the animals and I find you an inspiration. I’m glad 2017 was a better year for you ❤️

  • This is WONDERFUL!!! I was actually thinking about asking you if there was a way you could have a “forum” like set up so I could ask others when I need help looking for a particular cruelty free item. Your relaunch is going to be a HIT!!!!
    Thanks for sharing about your personal journey. I’m so glad things are going well for you!!!!

    • Thanks so much Katrina, I’m so excited!!! I hope you signed up for the “focus group” so you can share more of your awesome feedback! 😀

  • So glad you’re having an amazing time travelling and especially happy to hear you’re out of your dark place. Keep fighting, you’ve got this!
    CRAZY excited about the site relaunch; roll on February!
    I’ve introduced my fiancée, Mum, stepmum, sister and her girlfriend to your site and they love it as much as I do! So a mahoosive thumbs up to you for being awesome
    Thank you for all the work you put into ensuring we’re up to date with the best cruelty free brands, good luck with the relaunch (can’t wait!) and I hope your 2018 continues to be wonderful!

    • Wow, thank you Liv!! Wishing you allll the best for 2018, and the same goes for your wonderful family! Lots of love!

  • Happy New Year Suzi. I just started following you since last year so I’m still a newbie in your blog. It started with me wanting to know more about cruelty free products and stumbled upon your blog. Yes, I wish the world will be a better place to live in and human will stop being cruel to animals. Like you said, slowly but surely.
    I wish you a good year of 2018 and I’ll stick around to see the transformation for Cruelty-Free Kitty =)

  • Nice to hear 2017 was good to you. Here’s to an awesome 2018! I’ve found your blog to be really helpful, and I’m looking forward to seeing the changes.

  • WOW!! braver than I – although if there is anyone that could get me to book a one way ticket it would be my Partner 🙂 You sound so happy and I am glad for you! Cant wait for the new things to come 🙂

  • Hi Suzi, welcome back ! SO GlAD YOU ARE BACK AT IT ! You are very inspiring. It is so important to keep our collective efforts to wipe out animal cruelty going- keep it coming, you site is so helpful, and my favorite!

  • Thank you for being so vulnerable and sharing your personal challenges and progress with us! I think sometimes “funks” are inevitable for caring and sensitive people like you seem to be.
    Thank you for helping us be a force of change with your blog. Companies change their policies so quickly and I love having an up to date reliable source! Dream on!

  • So glad to hear how great you are doing now! Love your site and I’m looking forward to the remake.

    Keep up the good work. 2018 promises a better year for all of us…two legged and four-legged creatures ^^ ~~~

  • Great to hear you are following your dream of travel! I enjoy your site (and realize how hard you work on it and refer to your lists since I am an avid vegetarian and want to shop cruelty free! I also have followed my dream and changed careers (to working with animals) in the past 2 years and could not be happier…

  • I pray 2018 will be better than 2017. Last year was my worst year of my life and that’s even after I survived a brain hemorrhage a few years ago!! So that’s how bad 2017 was. I just joined because I am going vegan and want to go all the way. Thanks

  • Grandly appreciate the updates and knowing the heart behind the blogs! 2018 has had a rough start, focusing on the communities that care is a hopeful way to face. Happy to read all this good news and excited to see what is in store for February!

  • Hello! I’m quite new into cruelty free makeup world and I love your blog! First of all, Happy New Year and I’m very happy to read, that you’re feeling better and got out of your comfort zone. Also, I’m looking forward for new site as well! I just want to ask, if there is any possibility to make lists of cruelty free makeup and all that stuff located in (Central) Europe? Because most of the products which are cruelty free cannot be found in Europe or they don’t ship where i live (It’s Prague, Czech Republic). Could it be possible in nearly future to make it happen? I’d really appreciate it, but of course, it’s up to you and how you decide <3
    Thank you for your response and wishing you all the best <3

    • Thanks Alex for your lovely words! It’s tricky, because I’m based in North America and I’m familiar with the market here, but not so much in other parts of the world. I’ll see what I can do though, and I hope you can still find enough cruelty-free brands in Prague. I know it’s hard. My suggestion is to support the smaller, local brands and ask them about their animal testing policy first to be sure.

  • An amazing blog – and one that makes a huge difference!

    Can anyone help with clarifying why Elemis does not appear on the lists when it claims to not test on animals and has a vegan range?

  • So I just discovered your site (this is the second blog i read – the Schmidt deodorant post was the first one), and i am so glad you are still engaged on this site 🙂 I cant wait to read all your other posts. Btw, do you have an app? You should get one.. as a noob to the Cruelty-Free world i would appreciate having the information you offer on-the-go. Welcome back!

  • As someone who also suffers chronic pain and deals with the ups and downs of depression, I’m very glad to hear you are doing better. Travelling is good for the soul and funny you should mention the Canary Islands, my husband and I are thinking of relocating there in a few years! I fell madly in love with Lanzarote and felt a peace inside of me there that I hadn’t felt in quite some time, like I was home despite being away if that makes sense?
    Anyway, very glad to hear you are going to keep up the blogging as I check in here religiously before trying a new brand! Can’t wait to see the re-launch!

  • Thank you so much for working so hard & also taking the time to travel & expand your mind & happiness. I eagerly await any new input you have. Happy travels, Happy blogging!! (I do not have a website, I have a group: #SomethingHappywithlove on Facebook.

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