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Why? Well,. as I mentioned in my first blog post (here, in case you missed it), I never ever imagined that I would become a vegan! So I think my decision took people by surprise- even myself. I also realised that being vegan was surrounded by stereotypes and glamourised Instagram pages that made it look kind of difficult! 

Naturally, the first place I turned to for inspiration, information and ideas was the internet.

I had a look at some of the vegan food pages on Instagram and they made it look complex! I do not have time to be making avocado roses at every meal and ‘unicorn’ everything! Between working full time, trying to keep my (albeit small) household running smoothly, going to the gym and trying to take care of myself, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for messing around in the kitchen!

One of the reasons that I never thought I would become a vegan was because I thought it would be difficult to make ‘vegan food’ and some pages did not help with that assumption!

Having said that, I do find cooking to be quite cathartic and sometimes bake when I am feeling stressed.

I also noticed that a lot of the vegan Instagram pages were just re-posting other people’s content, and sometimes not even crediting the person who owned the photo, hence making it look as though the photo was their own, which I don’t really understand?!

I wanted to show people that being vegan isn’t difficult or complicated, and you do not have to eat avocado roses, ‘unicorn’ cakes or elaborately decorated smoothie bowls! It is perfectly fine for your food to be ugly as long as it is tasty and nourishing. I love and enjoy putting effort into making my food look insta-worthy but definitely do not have time to do that for every meal.

So my photos may not always be beautiful but they are real! This blog and my Instagram are my honest account of my vegan lifestyle.

I also wanted to help get rid of some of the stigma associated with being vegan. People are always so surprised when I tell them that I am a vegan. I am not sure if it’s because I’m not skinny & pale, or because I shave my underarms and wear deodorant and makeup, or just because I don’t look like someone that people would normally associate with a ‘vegan’. Either way, I am enjoying breaking the stereotype! 

Save your f*cks!

*Language warning*

A friend shared this quote on Facebook last week and of some reason it really resonated with me! It got me thinking- how often do we give a fuck about things that don’t set our soul on fire?

I saw this one evening as I was walking through the door, coming home from the gym after work.

Waiting for me in the kitchen sink was our muffin pan- I had used it to make something over the weekend and my cooking had got stuck in the pan and didn’t come off in the dishwasher, so I had left it soaking in the sink during the day. The last thing that I felt like doing was scrubbing that damn pan to get the remnants of my baking out of it! So with this quote in mind, I threw the pan in the bin….. it was old anyway and starting to rust on the bottom. I can get a new one from Kmart for all of about $7 and save my fucks for something magical! This is a really small example of what the quote meant to me, and I have been thinking about it a lot since.

We spend a lot of out time focussing on things that aren’t that important- things that don’t set our souls on fire; things that in the future we won’t look back and remember as being super-important to us, things that we won’t even remember or care about in the future, things that we will look back on and wonder why we even gave so much of a fuck.

So save your fucks for something magical! Save your fucks for yourself and what matters to you. Save them and give a fuck about yourself, your health and wellbeing, your hobbies; your family and loved ones; your job; your pet, or whatever else sets your soul on fire and means the world to you. Save your fucks for that and don’t waste them on trivial shit!