National Dog Day With Puppy Spot!

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_o75PsIV_400x400Bio: Hello, It’s Ellie, also known as Essentially Ellie, I live in the miserable and cold U.K, lol.  I have my own blog (https://essentiallyelliex.wordpress.com/), YouTube channel, and then Instagram  (Instagram)and Twitter. All based on beauty and Lifestyle. I’ve joined The Mindfulness Mission Magazine as I feel I have a lot to share and write quality articles for you to read through with a cup of tea in your hand (or coffee, or maybe water, whatever your preference, just enjoy)! Feel free to check out my links (listed above)! Fancy a chat with me or have blog post suggestions? Email me at: essentiallyelliex@gmail.com

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Woof, woof!

So in aid of National Dog Day which happens to be on August 26th 2017, I decided to write a post all about how amazing puppies and dogs are!

I have two Australian Labradoodles, a girl, named Molly and a boy, named Eric. Yes, my Dad and my brother named Eric after Cantona (he was a famous Manchester United football player).

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We all absolutely adore and love our dogs! None of us could imagine life without them. Getting a puppy/dog literally changes your entire life.

Dogs are known to bring an overwhelming sense of happiness and joy to their new families, however, it is important to acknowledge that raising a dog properly requires a great deal of commitment and responsibility. For example, adding this new member to your family can change your daily routine from making sure that your lovely pet is taken care of during the hours when you may be at work, or even the times when you are on vacation. For many people, rearranging their daily schedule can become a chore and they therefore find dogs to be very hard to keep up with and look after.

In addition to considering the time management skills that are required to be dog owner, one must also consider the financial aspects of this additional family member as well. Everything from leashes, puppy food, and doctors appointments must considered when it comes to finances. This is why I always say that in order to have a gorgeous, well-behaved, dog that’s also in good health; you have to be a good owner! 🙂

For this post, I’m working with a company called PuppySpot (do check them out, all their links will be at the end), PuppySpot is committed to helping responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families. They always take strong pride in their No Puppy Mill Promise. You can read all about that here:  No Puppy Mill Promise. Puppy Spot Clearly states, “PuppySpot has a zero tolerance policy for puppy mills or substandard breeding practices of any kind”. 

The puppies from Puppy Spot will come from three types of locations. These are rescues, shelters, and pet stores. Considering that these puppies may not find loving homes otherwise, Puppy Spot makes sure that the puppies that are already born in these locations have a safe and loving home.

Also watch this brilliant video to see how PuppySpot deal with breeders, dogs and owners! So amazing to see the process:

PuppySpot have created a wonderful graphic to truly so how wonderful dogs are (below I have inserted it):

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If you live in The USA, PuppySpot can help you find a dog through a great breeder, they’ll also support you along the way as a dog owner! Happy Puppy Finding!
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Harmony and Love in a Divided Relationship

meganBio: Megan (a.k.a. The “Crunchy Vegan Gal”) has been veg since 2002. As a passionate advocate for animal welfare, social justice, and environmental protection and restoration, she created the Crunchy Vegan website and online community to be a resource about veganism. When she’s not snapping photos of her food, spending time with her “vegan fam,” or writing about veganism, she’s exploring, she’s creating, and she’s working with residents and communities to collectively plan the future of our towns and cities. At the end of each day, her heart is kept full with the love of her husband and partner-in-crime, Shane, and their fur-baby, Nudge. Stay connected with her online: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter or contact her at crunchyvegangal@gmail.com 


Reflections on a journey to maintain love and find acceptance in a mismatched relationship.

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I was a vegetarian when I met him. And even though they say you shouldn’t expect to change someone in a relationship, the thought remained somewhere in my mind that, one day, he’d be a vegetarian like me.

Seven years later and we were engaged. He was still eating meat, and I was still a vegetarian. Our engagement was only a few months before I would ultimately go vegan. And I would find myself planning a wedding menu that was half vegan, half omnivorous.

To understand our relationship, you must first understand us.

My husband and I are extreme opposites—in every way possible. You name it, and we stand on far ends of the spectrum, counter to one another. Interestingly, our opposite qualities are typically what unite us. These differences make our relationship exciting and fulfilling. With respect to my vegan journey, however, it feels as though there’s a deep divide, and it’s difficult to reconcile.

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I love him.

I fell in love with my husband because I know he is a kind person. He likes to convince his friends that he’s got machismo, but he’s a softie deep down—if only his friends and family knew how his knees weaken at the sight of animals! He’s compassionate, yet stubborn with a hint of selfish tendencies.

And I love him.

I try to be patient.

I very much wish my husband would go vegan—for his health, for the animals, for the planet—and I feel as though he has the information to make the change, but it hasn’t happened yet. He has watched Forks Over Knives (which prompted him to stop drinking milk). He knows about the devastating environmental impact of the meat industry, but can’t grapple with the magnitude. He understands that his eating habits are not in the least bit healthy, yet he persists with his lifestyle. He’s heard me explain the pain and suffering of animals raised for meat, and I can almost hear his heart breaking. It nearly kills me.

Because I love him.

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It’s not easy to understand his decision. In fact, it’s quite painful for me to know that he’s completely aware of the realities, yet feels removed enough to go about life as he always has. It doesn’t seem to affect him that his health, the animals, and the planet are all in jeopardy because of his decision to continue consuming meat.

He doesn’t seem aware that I am so saddened by this.

Yet I love him.

It’s not that he doesn’t care. I love him precisely because he is a kind and loving person. It pains me so to hear him justify, “I understand, and I hate that I’m a part of this—I don’t want to hurt animals—but I’m weak.” He’s so strong-willed in many ways, yet he calls himself “weak.”

My husband is an animal lover. And not just a pet-lover, but an honest-to-goodness animal lover. He has visited animal sanctuaries with me. Oh, I wish I could have captured the smile on his face as we walked over to the pigs and reflect that image to him as a mirror, allowing him to look within…then, maybe, something would click.

Still, I love him.

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Over the years, I’ve become ‘that’ vegan: the one who is so invested in their veganism that they can hardly utter a sentence that doesn’t include the word “vegan.” This is my lifestyle, my ethics, my hobby, and my passion. My veganism is so important to me, and it’s devastating that I can’t share that with the one I love.

But I love him.

This week, we’ll celebrate five years of marriage. We’ve been together for 12 years, and all that time ago, I fell in love with my husband for who he was, and I continue to love him for who he is. I love him regardless of where he is in his journey. While our lifestyle differences create wakes, together, we manage the waves.

Because we love each other.

Every relationship experiences ebb and flow; but how well a couple endures depends on their ability to jointly sacrifice and compromise. There’s a careful balance required to create a lasting partnerships among counterparts. Pairings with intense contrasts, especially, demand careful attention to this balance. Despite all our differences, we share one key mutual interest: we love and deeply respect one another, and are committed to building our foundation stronger each day.

 

Exploring Vegan: The Transition of Facing the Daily Challenges of Becoming Plant Based

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BIO: Chantal, also known as Pixie, is an upcoming blogger and life long writer. Born and raised in the Coachella Valley, she is inspired by the sunsets and sunrises of the open desert landscape and surrounding mountains. She is a student of Philosophy at College of the Desert, aiming towards her BA in Ethics Philosophy. Pixie became a vegan in 2015, after being full vegetarian since 2011. She believes that baby steps each day are important to recognize not only in the journey of becoming plant based, but with any lifestyle changes that are planned. When she isn’t writing, she loves exploring nature and abandoned places, people watching, coffee shops, reading, and most importantly, her partner Charlie. Follow her adventures on IG at #pixietravels |IG: Kanufee|Wordpress: Kanufee.blog |Twitter: @kanufee|

Whenever I introduce myself as a vegan, I have noticed that besides protein deficiency comments, there is the common assumption that my daily food choices are limited.

It almost feels as if people picture me eating a salad and a broccoli head everyday for every meal. Or, I get the “I wish I could do that” comment.

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Food is something we are confronted with everyday, everywhere, all the time! It’s an emotional connection to our past and to who we are, so I can see where changing a daily habit automatically brings doubt and a vision of all of your favorite things being taken away from you.

Well, I just want to mention that there has never been a better time to go vegan than now! There are more meat, dairy, and egg substitutions in grocery shelves than there have ever been. There are more resources outside of your circle to turn to for advice online, and apps (or a Google search) that will locate vegan friendly restaurants nearby any area!

Being Vegan is no longer underground, so why do so many people feel that they can’t do it or eventually give up?

Throughout my transition to vegan these past 2 years, I have been most commonly confronted with these Three challenges.

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What your loved ones that have known you as an omnivore, or even as a vegetarian, throughout your relationship have to say, will be one of the first obstacles that you will have to endure. This is because as mentioned earlier, food is an emotional connection with memories attached to it. And this change may make your loved ones feel as if you can’t share that with them anymore; as if you’re taking those times away from them.

Being Mexican, I was faced with a cultural challenge. Mexican food is known for carne asada, mariscos (seafood), tamales, and posole. Even the majority of rice and beans contain lard or chicken stock! And rejecting a family meal or abuelita’s (grandma’s) cooking can be taken seriously offensively.

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I finally came to the solution that you just have to let your loved ones know that emotional connection over the table doesn’t have to end. I have found that they need to see that you’re still eating familiar foods, and aren’t necessarily cutting foods out of your diet but rather adding different ingredients to your daily meals. So, show up at that family party with loaded vegan nachos, or invite them over for a stack of vegan pancakes with coconut butter for breakfast!

With some patience and sincerity about your decision to transition to vegan, your loved ones can become more open to learn about what your food actually is. Just as you want them to be supportive of you, keep in mind that you also need to be supportive to them; acceptance and cooperation is necessary on both ends.

For some people the transition to vegan was literally over night. It was decided one day, and they never looked back. But  since we all approach situations differently, going vegan in one singular moment won’t always happen. Aiming for perfection on the first try commonly discourages people when they make a mistake and “cheat”. Personally, I cut out meat in increments.

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I began with removing all red meat, then continued with removing all seafood, and I eventually removed white meat last. IT WAS A PROCESS. I used the same method when I transitioned to vegan. I began with replacing milk in my cereal and coffee to soy and dairy cheese to Daiya cheese, followed by eggs, and eventually pastries and desserts. The method was repeated with make-up and self care products; piece by piece. It was a year long process, but nonetheless there was daily progress that led to the big picture. Small daily habits compound into your big picture.

Vegan is about doing less harm, whether it be less harm to the animals, the environment, or to your body, the idea behind it is to harm less, and not about perfection.

Focus on the things that you have changed and be proud of yourself for persisting and going at your own pace! Persistence is progress, and progress is what gets you to your goal.

I finally want to add that, your body is going to go through changes to adjust to your change of diet, and every body is different! It’s easy to get caught up in other people’s assumptions about whatever effects the transformations in your body will be, but it’s most important that you listen to what your body needs. Remember that removing these ingredients is cleansing your body, and like many with many juice and pill cleanses, there is a possibility of some uneasiness. Your body is removing toxins and changing its composition, and it’s an opportunity to observe what your body is asking for.

I can recall a week when I was only eating a few raw carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes with hummus for lunch, only to be getting headaches after a couple of days in doing so. I quickly learned that my body was burning the vegetables calories extremely fast, and I wasn’t replenishing my vitamins quickly enough because I waited to have my meals as long as I would wait when I was a vegetarian.

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My body was letting me know through a headache that I was going to need more than just a few veggies, so I doubled the amount and ate within’ the next two hours. I never experienced that headache again, and I continue to eat that meal someday for lunch. It’s truly about figuring out what your body needs in accordance to your activity, which is also helps you to figure more about your self.

Becoming vegan has been a non stop journey of self improvement and mindfulness. This is because I began to practice persistence and self control on a daily basis. This journey helped me become patient with myself, knowing that a single step at a time is just as much progress as taking the full leap. And even though the vegan jokes from others never stop, you influence more people to make some kind of change in their lives too. You never know what the example of your determination and commitment can do to change not only your life, but also whosever else is admiring your change.

Accepting The Things You Can’t Change

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Meg is a fun loving wife and mother while maintaining her career as a nurse.  She is a life-time journaler, yogi, and self-proclaimed vegan chef.  She also loves to escape and find hemailrself lost in her own thoughts on a morning run or scenic walk.  Water is her element and as a little girl, she wanted to be a mermaid, spending her days  frolicking in the ocean.  She understands that the best things in life are also usually the most challenging.  She lives by her motto, “be present, be brave”. Follow her on Instagram @megsgershon.


Accepting the things you cannot change… doesn’t mean you have to roll over like a dog, but it may mean you have to make some difficult decisions, like

“should I stay or should I go?” 

Or may have you putting the Frozen sound track on repeat in your head singing,

“Let it go, let it go!!…”

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So much I’ve loved and lost in life because I thought it was supposed to follow a certain script, often trying to fit a square peg in a round hole due to my people pleasing nature, or because my spirit and my psyche weren’t on the same page.

Watch any patch of sea, and it’s never completely still.  Even when the winds are calm, the deep undercurrents remain invisible to the naked eye until they reach the surface. Here lies the great mysteries of life- the faith that you have what it takes to weather any storm.

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We are all reflections of each other in some way, and the only way to change a reflection, is to change yourself.

Ours is a journey all our own.  And if the picture isn’t what you were wanting or hoping to see, here is how to accept it.

Take a deep breath and connect to the earth.  I suggest taking a walk in the night sky, observing how small you are by looking at the stars above.  Or stand next to a tree and feel it’s strength rooted into the ground.  Do whatever it takes to center yourself.

Admit your ignorance of what to do instead of offering advice.

When someone comes to you in pain, be there to soak it in, not to empty your pockets of all you think you know.  Allow space for the feelings to come through and show empathy by reflecting it back.

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Choose your battles wisely.

Is this about them, or is it really about you?

Answer this question often and honestly.  Sometimes accepting the things we cannot change, means we have to move on because the pain is too repetitious and too deep.  When this happens, the only way to let it go, is to remove yourself from the situation.  This may be permanent, or temporary, but anything that’s meant to be will come back.

Love  completely.  As a human being, I have weathered many storms in life.  When people ask me how I knew J was “the one”- I would reply “He was the first person who accepted ALL of me and additionally, there is not a single thing I would change about him.”  We reflected each other by our similar experiences.  Admittedly, there were times I threatened to leave him, but they were foolish.  I knew this the minute he admitted his wrongdoing or shortcomings and I found myself just wanting to be there, without judgement as I knew he would do the same for me.

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As  a nurse, I have seen life’s difficulties bring people together in ways they never thought possible, to live their fullest, richest life.  I have also seen people fall apart and have to walk away and sometimes, this provides the freedom needed to weather their own battle.

Accepting the things YOU cannot change, means you must accept yourself.  Be happy with your own existence.  Be still your heart.

Do Not Look For Love

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Author Bio: Preeti Singh is an Indian French Interpreter and Media Professional who is engag
ed in writing scripts. In her free time she loves to play sundry characters for television series and feature films.
You can get in touch with her at:

 How searching for ‘Love and Acceptance’ could make our lives ‘Miserable’:

At some point of time, nearly all of us have experienced the feeling of rejection – when love is not reciprocated.  Every one of us wishes to feel valued, cherished, and taken care of. It boosts our self esteem and makes us feel good about ourselves. But, lets say, if love is not returned back- what should we do at such moments? Should we dig more, or stop looking for?
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The answer is never easy and not always the one that we like to hear. But if something is making us miserable and not a happy person that we deserve to be – then we should opt out of it and stop looking for love and acceptance. If something is making our lives miserable then its time to stop looking for it, specially – love and affection.
‘We should not look for love – not just at the wrong places, but – not at any place at all’.

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Reasons why we should not look for love:

Expectation make us unhappy and worn out; when they are not fulfilled .
Running after something is tiresome, and exhausting and viciously draining.
 Wanderer and searchers are never at rest-  as they are always wanting.
To be at peace – we have to stop searching, running after, and expecting.
The moment we stop looking for love, we become relaxed and calmer.

‘Not everything exists, as it is supposed to exist. Not for all of us, at least’

>> A mother should love her child. But, if she does not – let it be, do not look for love!
>> A spouse should be a loving partner, but if they are not – let it be, do not look for love!
>> A father should be a protector, but, if he is not- let it be, do not look for love!
>> A sibling should be a good friend, but if they are not- let it be, do not look for love!
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How to end the vicious cycle-

 The dos:
1) Either we should accept the situation for what it is or leave it – as it is.
2) Expecting love will make our lives more miserable than – it actually is.
3) The moment we start accepting the reality and stop expecting it to change – we are at peace.
 4) Thats what we are all looking for, and thats what we destroying ourselves – by running after.
5) If something is meant to be, it will be. If not – let it be.

The don’ts:

1) Wait around.
2) Expect always.
3) Pray continuously.
4) Look for change.
5) Search for something better.
All of the above, triggers negative energy and does the complete opposite of what we are looking for.
It makes us more miserable  and in return and sends us back to the place that we were initially trying to escape from – being unloved.

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Alter perception:

>> There is a difference in ‘being alone’ and  feeling lonely.
>>  If we are lonely we could  instead chose to be – alone and aloof.
>> By changing our perspectives we could magically change the outlook.
>> The shortcomings could be viewed as uniqueness and used as an advantage.
>> Loneliness is destined but aloofness is a choice. If we are lonely we could chose to be inspiring and alone and not – lonely and miserable.

Few facts to be accepted:

>> We never had control over other persons emotions – and will never have.
>> We cannot force anyone to feel a certain way for us – period.
>> The only person we have a control over – is our own selves.
The moment we accept our situations, we can find a fix to it or learn to live with it; rather than sitting around and waiting around for a better tomorrow to come. Which may or may not come or come very late in life. Till then we cannot sit and wait.  It would increase the misery and pain – nothing more.
If we indulge into self pity, we will give an open invitation to ‘desperation which is often companied by its sister emotion ‘frustration.
Desperation and frustration goes hand in hand.  It fuels the negative energy and our aura becomes that of a needy, clingy person that everyone wishes to avoid.
There are two ways to look at the single status.
Single and miserable.
Single and desirable.
What happens when we stop looking for love:
>> When we stop looking, we make peace with our current status.
>> Unknowingly, we start to radiate positivity around us and become more desirable.
 >> Ironically, we become an inspiration for other people around us not even knowing it.
The situation is  the same – we were alone, but the treatment was different. Cribbing has never been helpful, and will never be. Asking questions like why me? Will never give the answers we are looking for.
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We all are different:

>> The problems that a beautiful girl living at the other end of the road faces on a daily basis – we are not aware of!
>> The problems that famous celebrities whom we watch on television face in their lives behind the camera – we are not aware of!
>> The problems that our superiors at work face back home – we are not aware of!
>> The problems that a seemingly happy family hides behind the closed doors –  we are not aware of!
When our sufferings could not be the same – why  do we expect our happiness to be the same? Comparison is an open invitation to feel miserable.
Our outlook decides – if we are going to end up being miserable or being inspirational.  Every  challenging situation is a call to step out of our comfort zones. Great stories stem from challenging lives.

I Do- The Promise That is Tested

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Meg is a fun loving wife and mother while maintaining her career as a nurse.  She is a life-time journaler, yogi, and self-proclaimed vegan chef.  She also loves to escape and find hemailrself lost in her own thoughts on a morning run or scenic walk.  Water is her element and as a little girl, she wanted to be a mermaid, spending her days  frolicking in the ocean.  She understands that the best things in life are also usually the most challenging.  She lives by her motto, “be present, be brave”. Follow her on Instagram @megsgershon.


People make promises and then break them all the time.

To keep a promise, you must understand, that it’s not just to someone else, but also to yourself.

“I’ll accompany you, and you’ll accompany me”

is the promise my husband and I repeated to each other on our wedding day over 5 years ago.  A day we stood in front of our closest family and friends as we committed to spending the rest of our lives together.

Little did I know that a wrecking ball was going to come crashing in the window 10 days later, that would test us in so many, many ways. But my husband saved our marriage, by saving himself first.  Huh, you ask?

Remember I said the promise is 2 fold, and lucky for me, he realized he had to start with the man in the mirror.

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Long story (to be told another day) short-  the man I married just admitted he was an alcoholic, and not only needed, but wanted help. At that moment, he didn’t want to be alone for a second, not even in the shower, like he was afraid the world was going to swallow him up.  I was kind of wishing it would swallow me up.

I felt like everything was surreal, like I was watching a movie. Watching someone face their demons head on is certainly scary.  But surely as the sun rises each morning, we found light in our love.  It was as easy, and as hard, as getting up each day and asking, “What can I do to help?”.

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Over the next days, weeks, and months, people asked how I managed to continue living life as usual (as opposed to lying on the couch feeling sorry for myself ).  When you love someone, I mean , really love someone- you love all of them.  I believe that we find reflections of ourselves in those around us.

We’re not all that different from each other after all, and realizing that makes life a little easier. I put myself in his shoes everyday. We became better versions of ourselves and grew in ways that only comes from the hard times.

My husband has become the partner, son, brother, and father that he was destined to be because he started with the man in the mirror.  I am so glad I get to look into that mirror and see myself next to him, as the spouse, daughter, sister and mom I was destined to become by keeping my promise.

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If you’re lucky, you will let go of those that you know you will not be able to hold true to your promises.  If you are even luckier, you will find the one that lets you make a promise to be your best self every day by being together.

How To Cope With Not Fitting In As A Vegan

photoAuthor Bio: Rebecca Sykes is a recent college graduate who obtained a  bachelor degree in communications. She is a writer, who hopes to influence people to change what is on their lifestyle to a vegan one. She is a passionate vegan who educates others on this wonderful lifestyle, whether that be posting articles written by PETA or Mercy For Animals on Facebook or just having a discussion with others on how important a vegan lifestyle  is. You can follow her on her vegan Instagram blog @Got_Vegan.


All my life I have always fit in with others. I’ve always had a big group of friends; I constantly hung out with people, and had plans every weekend. Throughout my time in school from elementary to college I felt as if I belong.

That was until I became vegan.

When I first became vegan the only vegans I knew were my mom and my boyfriend. I was lucky to even have my mom and my boyfriend on my side because I am sure there are people out in this world who are vegetarian or vegan who do not know others who live the same lifestyle.

Feeling as if you are an outsider is completely understandable. However regretting being a vegan or telling others you are vegan should not be the case. I can admit I regret telling others that I am vegan because you can feel the sense of judgment coming from them. I have gotten questions like “what do you eat,” “do you miss meat,” “would you throw up when you are around meat,” and “how could you do that.” Now these weren’t hurtful, the hurtful comments included “I could never do that, I don’t understand how you could,” “God gave us animals” “leather bags are already made might as well just buy it.”

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Not to mention I have gotten many strange looks from people shocked that I went vegan for animals. Most people assume I stopped consuming animal products for my health but I always correct people because I am proud for who I am and you should too!

Coping with not fitting in as a vegan can be hard but there are many alternatives to feel as if you fit in with others including non-vegans.

1.) Take your non-vegan friends to your favorite vegan restaurant. This can show them why you love being vegan and give them a taste of your favorite vegan food. There are many vegan restaurants that have food so similar to animal product food. For example, many vegan joints have burgers that are similar to a Big Mac from McDonalds. Have your friends try this and show them you don’t need animal products to enjoy food.

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2.) Take your non-vegan friends to a farm sanctuary. Not only is this a fun outing but a great way to show your friends why you are vegan. Who doesn’t love animals? Your friend’s eyes might open and this will give them a chance to critically think about their actions. Also your friends can have the opportunity to speak to the people who saved the animals and speaking to strangers about animal welfare and rights gives them the chance to really engage in conversation about animal welfare.

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3.) Cook your friends a vegan meal and show them how easy it is to make simple vegan meals. Prove to your friends that going vegan doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. I always hear this myth from many people that being vegan is expensive. It can be if you buy too much products you don’t need. Planning your meals for the week and only buying what is necessary can help you save money. Personally I don’t buy a lot of sweets and snacks because that can be very expensive. Show your friends what you buy in a week and let them know that you are willing to help them buy vegan food.

Now if your friends are not willing to try any of these things and you still feel as if you don’t fit in as a vegan, do not fret, there are many options to feel as if you belong. And what better way to feel as if you belong than finding vegan friends!

This might sound as if I am telling you to find new friends. No! You can still be friends with people who don’t have the same beliefs as you. Though this can be hard, you can find yourself vegan friends to feel as if you belong.

Unfortunately this is easier said than done. But there are ways and you must not forget there are vegans near you you just have to look!

1.) Use social media to find vegans nearby! Whether that means making an Instagram that is solely used to post your vegan findings or whatever people do search for other vegans. My Instagram bio states I am vegan and I have a lot of people requesting to be friends with me that are vegan. Same goes with me, if I see people who say they are vegan I enjoy following them. I feel a sense of fitting in when I see others who share the same lifestyle.

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2.) Looking for that special vegetarian/vegan someone? There are online dating websites that target vegetarian/vegans. This is an excellent was to find someone you want to date that has the same values at you including Greensingles.com, Vegandating.org, and veggieconnection.com. These are the perfect sites to find someone that you could potentially see yourself with for the rest of your lives.

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3.) Not a social media or online person? Look no further than vegan festivals! There are many vegan festivals that happen throughout the world. This can be the perfect way to meet others that are veg and you can feel as if you belong. I know when I start to feel down about myself, not knowing a lot of vegans, I go to vegan festivals and I feel happy, as if I belong. There are so many wonderful people that attend vegan festivals and the perfect opportunity to make friends because you know most of the people attending live in the area.

Now if nothing I have written has helped at all with you feeling as if you fit it, do not feel down. You are contributing to the world and we need more people like you more than ever before. The animals, the planet and your health are thanking you for your lifestyle you have chosen.

I have felt down plenty of times before, I felt as if I didn’t fit in especially the people I have known my whole life.

Then I started meeting vegans on Instagram and at vegan events, I felt reassured that I do fit in and that there are many people who feel the same way. So do not give up and keep vegging!

How To Conquer A Vegan Festival

photoAuthor Bio: Rebecca Sykes is a recent college graduate who obtained a  bachelor degree in communications. She is a writer, who hopes to influence people to change what is on their lifestyle to a vegan one. She is a passionate vegan who educates others on this wonderful lifestyle, whether that be posting articles written by PETA or Mercy For Animals on Facebook or just having a discussion with others on how important a vegan lifestyle  is. You can follow her on her vegan Instagram blog @Got_Vegan.


It is that time of year again with vegan festivals in full swing! Vegan festivals are the perfect opportunity to be your vegan self, meet other vegans and try incredible vegan food.

However, if you have never been to a vegan festival they can be overwhelming due to the large amount of people and the many different food and merchandise vendors.

That is why I am giving you five steps on how to conquer a vegan festival.

1. Arrive early!

I cannot stress this enough. Arriving early is key to mapping out your game plan.Recently I went to Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood and I arrived two hours early. My family and I walked the street to see where everything was, where the merchandise we wanted to snag was and then we knew where to go once the event started. Even some vendors were open before the event started. I got shirts before the lines got long, saw where food vendors were and arrived to food vendors we wanted to try first before the lines got too long.

Vegan festivals/street fairs tend to get overwhelmingly crowded around two, once the event starts the crowds are not too bad. Near the end of the afternoon, we were in one line for an hour. Knowing we got there early was an ease to our mind while waiting for food knowing the merchandise we wanted wasn’t gone due to the large amounts of people. Having fun is definitely key to any vegan festival but arriving early is how you will accomplish the fun.

2. When you see something you want, get it!

After the recent street fair I went to, I look back and regret certain items of food Idid not get. You never know when you will come across certain, unique vegan food again. That is why when you see something you want, get it! Whether that be food, makeup, lotion, clothes, jewelry, bags, don’t question it, if you like it get it, especially if whatever you are interested in is unique.

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For example, don’t get pizza if you can easily make pizza yourself at home. Now a sushi burrito, that sounds difficult to make and this is something I regret not getting at the Vegan Street Fair. I did not regret not purchasing any merchandise when I was there because one, you didn’t have to pay for shipping like when you do online, two most items at these festivals are priced better than they are online and lastly the merchandise at these events are usually unique. I got the cutest bag with cute pigs all over it, adorable vegan shirts and a necklace with vegan engraved on it.

Trust me when you see something you are interested in, get it because you don’t want to regret it after the event is over.

3. Meet new people

This is the one time and opportunity that you can surround yourself with people who have the same passion and devotion to the vegan lifestyle as you do. These events are the perfect opportunity to meet new people, make friends and even meet someone that you could potentially date. When I was at the Vegan Street Fair in North Hollywood, I had such a blast talking to people on what they have enjoyed so far, seeing people with their vegan shirts on and just having lovely conversations with others about veganism.

I feel so alive when I am with others that are vegan because knowing and meeting others who have the same values and beliefs, feels so refreshing.

I feel accepted at these events and even if I go to a vegan restaurant, being around vegans makes me happy.

This is why I urge you to meet new people because honestly not everyone is lucky to have a group of vegan friends, if you do I am jealous and if you don’t take these festivals as an opportunity to meet new friends or meet that vegan love of your life.

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4. Stay the night at a hotel

If you can get a hotel near the event I would advise this especially if you do not live close to the event. I drove two hours to attend the recent Vegan Street Fair and after the event I was exhausted driving home. Traffic does not make driving home after a long day any easier, especially walking all day, standing in long lines and being in the sun can really drain the energy out of you. You do not have to purchase an expensive hotel; a cheap hotel can make your life a lot easier rather than driving home after the event.

5. Have fun!

This is corny but remember to have fun! Do not stress about the large amounts of people or whether or not you should buy that cute, expensive vegan shirt, remember most people that are there believe in the same values as you and that is pretty incredible. Especially since the vegan community is very small, being around people who believe in animal rights and saving the environment is pretty refreshing.

Remember to have fun, enjoy yourself because time does go by fast and soon it will be the workweek and you’ll be wishing you were back at that vegan festival. So enjoy yourself and bring Tupperware so you can enjoy the yummy food and brag to your coworkers about the amazing experience you had at a Vegan Festival.

What Yoga Is Really All About

unnamed-1.jpgAuthor Bio: Everything began with a iron deficiency. Saskia got ill through her lifestyle and bad eating habits. So she got vegan and is now a girl compassionate for vegan food, animals and body positivity.She thinks that you can live great without eating animal products and that you can truly experience happiness through it.She can be found on her Instagram account @vegmitdemfleisch and her blog www.vegmitdemfleisch.blogspot.de.


When did yoga become a trend sport?

I can still remember when I went to the “small yoga garden” with 6 or 7 years and had no expectations.The course of a maximum of 15 small children, who were hopping around and were quite fidgety, found themselves every Tuesday afternoon and did yoga. It was children yoga, so the asanas were a little simplified and it was playfully brought to us to look at us even at a young age and also to pause times.

Five years later, I switched to the youth course, as I slowly became too old for the other course. The asanas were taken more and more seriously and we could tell at any hour how we are. It was really nice, because at that moment, you realized that it might not be as good as you seem to be.

Exactly This Is Yoga: Mindfulness, thoughtfulness, and love towards one’s own self.

Particularly in women’s and girls’ magazines there are always such articles. 

“You want a slim body with firm muscles? – Try yoga!”

Thereupon, all the young girls run to fitness and yogastudios, and they have shown the expectation of a body as in the same magazines. If I weren’t a yogi, I would do the same for sure.

The sad thing is, and what I want to give you on the way: Yoga is not a sport!

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Yoga has a thousand-year tradition and served the buddhist monks and nuns many years ago to experience mindfulness, gratitude and happiness and to get into nirvana. In the 21st century, we use it for our purposes: to be fit and to look good.

This is not what yoga wants to convey. In our hectic everyday life and by dealing with stressful situations we are tense, tired and energy-less. The huge amount of asanas and what you personally make of it, regular meditation and pranayamas (breathing exercises) are the beginning of a great journey to yourself. By the way you may lose weight and get tight muscles.

But the path you are on shows strength, discipline and courage.

 These qualities are what you really need in life, the muscles are just the clue that you own them.

What Is Eco Fashion?

Processed with VSCO with t1 presetAuthor Bio: Hiya, my name is Ines. I am a sport and exercise science university student and personal trainer. I am very passionate about all things wellness, health and fitness related. I am always on the hunt for a good coffee shop and sunshine! My blog is my happy place where I share all my thoughts and passions, where I get freaky and inspired! Join me @ines_castro_blog for vegan and lifestyle inspo.


We can not deny the impact of the fashion industry on the environment.

The revolution of ‘fast fashion’ caused a demand for cheaper products which lead to the use of synthetic materials which are present in pretty much all clothes nowadays.

ECO FASHION is a broader term used for all clothing, fabrics and accessories that have been manufactured in an environmentally conscious way.”

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Common Synthetic materials:

Nylon and Polyester: these are the two most common materials used to make clothes nowadays. They are made from petrochemicals which not only damage the environment when they are being manufactured by releasing chemicals into the atmosphere but they are also non-biodegradable meaning they don’t breakdown easily and are really hard to dispose of.

Viscose: this is a type of artificial fibre made from wood pulp. In order to get the fibre, the wood pulp is treated with toxic chemicals including caustic soda and sulphuric acid.

Non-organic Cotton: non-organic cotton uses an enormous amount of pesticides per plant. This effects the farmers’ health as they are being exposed to the chemicals daily, leading to illness and even death. Also pesticides cause harm to eco-systems by killing the surrounding plants and animals.

Dyes: some dyes contain toxic chemicals which have lead to illnesses amongst the workers and are drained into sewers and rivers contaminating the waters and damaging eco-systems.

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*Photo by our contributing writer Ines and her shirt is from the eco-friendly brand Raw Apparel!

Eco – Materials

Hemp: hemp is a sustainable plant as it is grows easily without any pesticides. It has a high-yield crop which produces significantly more fibre per acre when compared with cotton for example. Hemp fibers can be blended with organic cotton or wild silk to obtain different types of fabrics. It creates very long lasting and weather resisting clothes that do not harm the planet.

Others: other eco-materials include linen, organic wool and cotton and wild silk.

Eco – Friendly Brands

Nowadays there are a lot of sustainable brands and websites selling exclusively eco-friendly clothes. Here are some suggestions of brands you definitely want to check out:

RawApparel: I personally love supporting independent brands, and RawApparel is definitely one of my all time favourites! Their designs are minimalistic but have a powerful messages making outfits simple yet trendy . Their “Vegan” tee made of organic cotton is one of my faves, however they have plenty of jumpers, tanks and t-shirts with a variety of designs.

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I definitely recommend you check out this beautiful brand and follow them on social media (@rawapparel) for vegan and fashion inspo.

People Tree: People Tree is a website dedicated to promoting and supporting fair trade and sustainable brands. Their product standards include organic cotton, organic dyes and minimal environmental damage during production, therefore you can be assured that you would be getting a beautiful product that does not cost the earth.

PatagoniaI thought I would finish off with a sustainable sports brand. Patagonia’s mission is to “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”. It is great to see such a big company caring about environmental issues and making an effort to be as sustainable as possible. They have been using organic cotton to make their products for 20 years and continue to try to find ways to constantly increase the sustainability of their products. Definitely recommend!

Thank you so much for reading this article. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on eco-fashion and if you have any recommendations of sustainable brands, that is something I definitely want to explore more. Lots of love.