In case I ever need a reminder on why I do what I do or why I lead this lifestyle I can (and you can too!) look at these pictures and see the grace, kindness and pure peace that these animals are now experiencing–so clearly I might add– every day at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary where they live every day in a safe and happy environment and where they are no longer in danger or have any fear.
Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the monotony of daily life (and Mondays–blegh) and the sad things that surround us every day. It is imperative to take a second to look around once in a while and realize just how incredible every little ting around us is.
If we sit down and think about it, we can all find something for which we are thankful, but it is these things that we sometimes take for granted. I know there are going to be a million and one posts and articles between today and tomorrow that you come across on this topic but I want to express with you, all my wonderful followers, just how thankful I am. I am thankful that you take time out of your busy day to read my words, I am thankful for your comments, your suggestions, your emotions. I am thankful that I have the ability to write coherent sentences and the fact that (I think) my posts are enjoyable to read. I am thankful for my parents who encourage every positive whim of mine. I am thankful for my incredibly talented sister who is becoming more beautiful, brilliant and more herself every single day. Kel, I have never envied someone’s self-confidence more than I have yours. I am thankful for my angel of a sister-in-law who I know watches over us and protects us every day. I am thankful for all of my angels who work together to guide me through life. I am thankful to have such a close family who is always there when I need them. I am thankful for my amazingly strong, tiny puppy who is sleeping on my lap at the moment and has been loyal to me and by my side since the day I brought her home. I am thankful for the emotions I have, because they mean I have the ability to feel. I am thankful for my husband who has never once doubted me in anything and who has shown me nothing but absolute love. I am thankful for the unconditional love I have received from my friends no matter how far away I have been, no matter our circumstances. I am thankful for my in-laws and my new grandparents who have welcomed me with the warmest open arms a girl could ask for. I am thankful for the fact that when my feet hit the floor every morning it is a new day and I have all new chances to change my life in any way I choose. I am thankful for every ability I possess. I am thankful for the fact that I am here on this Earth with the people who have been chosen to be a part of this incredible life with me.
Being thankful comes from the heart and writing this all down has been an extremely emotional experience but also an incredibly grounding one. I wholeheartedly encourage you to do the same today or tomorrow or this weekend or whenever you get the chance— write a gratitude note to yourself or a letter to a friend or family member. There’s no right way to write this all out, write it in Pig Latin if you have to. Just write it. Be thankful.
XO Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
So, Chris, Miss Wednesday and I just made the car trip from New York to Columbus, Georgia. We (as you know) were previously in South Korea, we we have had some crazy stress going on the past few months, but we manage thanks to family and friends. Another added stress when traveling that is unique to vegans is the fact that we sometimes have trouble finding vegan food on the road. This can be quite the challenge even when you invest (which I wholeheartedly suggest you do) in apps like the Happy Cow vegan and vegetarian restaurant finder app and search the growing database of Vegan Restaurant Finder. I have listed vegan options below at common chain restaurants you may find along the interstate. Of course each franchise location is different so you have to ask which procedures they use when cooking the fried food, for example, but these are some solid base options:
- Black Bean Soup
- Plain and Blueberry Bagels
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich on Plain Focaccia Bread
- Plain Baked Potato
- Deluxe Garden Salad with NO cheese
- Chips and Guacamole
- Cilantro Rice
- Black Beans
- Mexican Rice
- Regular Bean Burrito with NO cheese
- Sesame noodle dish
- Starbucks plain dark chocolate
- Dough and sauce are vegan–have any pizza made vegan by omitting the cheese and meat toppings
Happy Trails! Be safe out there!
Photo Credit: Int.org
So my awesome sister Kelli alerted me to the VEGAN CANNOLI DELIVERY SERVICE (mmmhmmm!) that Vegan Treats bakery is now offering! This little bakery that could, out of Bethlehem, Pa. creates the most gorgeous cakes and desserts you can imagine and now they are offering to bring them to my door?!?!?! My heart and stomach are saying “Yes, cannolis are the best thing to ever happen to the world. Eat up my Italian delicacy loving human,” but my marathon-training brain is saying “What on Earth are you thinking, girl? Get you booty on that treadmill!”
7 cups fresh, roughly chopped basil leaves
1/2 cup pine nuts
3 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch sea salt
pinch black pepper
Chop basil in food processor on low and slowly add in pine nuts and garlic and continue until all chopped and mixed throughout
Add oil a teaspoon at a time and continue to process on the “puree” setting
Add salt and pepper and process on low
Remove from food processor and enjoy on crackers, veggie burgers, tacos, pizza, sandwiches etc. etc. etc.
Happy Wednesday all! XO
Rice Cakes– So good and so simple. They make a great breakfast with some peanut butter and natural preserves too!
Smoothies! There are so many variations on this old favorite! Try this awesome blueberry one from Gluten Free Goddess.
Chips and party dip! Try my awesome broccoli and onion dip recipe published on Peaceful Dumpling!