Shut Out That Negativity

So, I’d say I’m officially back from my internet break. I really missed blogging, and now that I’m back, I have so many fresh ideas to blog about.

After being offline for a while (no WordPress, Tumblr, Twitter, etc) I learned to do other things that I loved like photography/videography, cooking, meditating, enjoying nature, and being positive.

I noticed this only when I got back, but the internet can be so negative. YouTube is stuffed full with hate comments, everybody is complaining about the celebrity they hate, people are being murdered left and right on the news and I must say, the internet has been a really depressing place.

After learning this, I wanted to reach out to you. Make the internet a better place. Radiate positive vibes. Talk about things that make you smile. Encourage people to live in the moment and to enjoy life. Just go outside and breathe. There are so many things in life to love. This world that we live in is a beautiful thing. We humans just need to realize that. I know that humans will never get along, but can’t we just try? If you do, then you know that at least YOU aren’t the one contributing to hatred and negativity.

I’m proud of my sudden maturity these last few months, and some of the posts in the past that I have written are just so… negative. I won’t delete them, because they are memories and they show me growing as a person, but I will continue to grow. I hope you are with me on this. I hope we can work together.

So, I decided to write a post of a simple 10 things that make me happy. I highly encourage you to do the same, and if you read this, comment below (or even write a post) about 10 things that make you happy. I’d absolutely LOVE to read them. 🙂

 

  1. Nature. This one is a no brainer if you know me. When I’m in nature, I’m truly myself. I don’t feel the stress and negativity of modern city life. I feel serene and in the moment.
  2. Animals. Animals never cease to make me smile. They make me love the earth and all that it holds. They show me that life can be innocent and beautiful.
  3. Video games. They let me fill a role in a fantasy world where I can just escape. Whether I am kicking butt while being the intelligent Lara Croft or talking to Cortana in Halo, I am having fun.
  4. Anime. I have been an anime lover for only 2 years but it feels like a long time. When I watch anime I feel like I’m being immersed into a whole new culture. I learn a lot and laugh a lot as well.
  5. Sunny days. Now that it’s summer, I’m going to see a lot of these, which is so great.
  6. Chai tea. Simple, but magical.
  7. Cooking. Making things with my own two hands and then enjoying them is such a great feeling.
  8. YouTube. There are so many YouTubers that radiate so much positivity, and they make me smile.
  9. Hiking. Where I live, it is so beautiful and full of forests.
  10. Helping others. These aren’t in order, but helping others and seeing them thrive just makes me know my purpose in this world.

Thank you very much for reading. I can’t wait to read yours. 🙂

Happiness

Thought of the day: I noticed quite recently that I have been a lot more mindful, positive, and happy. I tried to figure out, why? My friends are almost nonexistent, at least, I never have the time to hang out with them, and I am in my house/library/coffee shop all day, so I don’t really socialize.

I noticed that through meditation, mindfulness, and my spiritual awakening, I have realized the true beauties and meanings in life. I have realized how shallow I was living. I have finally woken up, broke out of my “social media and shallow ideals” bubble, and enjoyed the true gifts of life.

 

And man does it feel great.

My Thoughts on Veganism

I became vegan only two months ago, although it seems like I’ve been vegan forever. The researching and watching documentaries has been endless. I found so much about the world that I was so ignorant about before. Veganism really changed my perception on things. It made me more sympathetic and it also made me more environmentally aware. So today, I wanted to tell you everything that has been on my mind on veganism.

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Also, before I start, this post is mainly meant for vegans, so read at your own risk. I don’t mean to offend anybody at all. In fact, I would love to answer any questions you might have about veganism. Let’s begin!

Health

If you research the benefits of veganism, you will obviously see that it’s very good for your body. There are an incredible amount of pros but a few cons as well. One of them is planning. If you are vegan, you should always try to plan your meals the day before, so that you know what to eat and to make sure you get enough nutrients.

Another con is travelling. If you’re a picky vegan like me and you don’t like to share the same pan/grill with meat, you’ll know that it’s hard to eat out and travel. I’m lucky that I have a lot of vegan restaurants in my area, but when I travel… not so much. I try to only eat in vegan restaurants because I know that everything is 100% vegan. Then I know that there are no hidden animal products like gelatin, bone char, etc.

Lastly, another problem could be the excessive amount of soy products that vegans seem to eat. I say COULD because it is a actually a myth that has been debunked by scientists. I only consider this a maybe con because I’m still not 100% sure. But for the most part, I try to have protein from a variety of different plant sources.

Daily Life and Socializing

Since I’m a new vegan, not many people know that I am. One person that knows for sure though are my parents. Ever since I became vegan, the jokes from my dad have been endless. *sigh* I hope one day he will learn the truth. Most people are usually very accepting and very impressed actually.

Food

But, I think that the best part of veganism is the food. It’s undeniably amazing, and even most meat-eaters agree. If you have one in your area, I highly recommend you go to Native Foods Cafe. It was the first vegan restaurant that I ever went to, and the my most visited one too. A lot of people usually wonder what vegans eat, but the truth is, we eat everything you do, just with replacements and healthier versions. Also, despite what most people think, I don’t actually eat a lot of salads.. I eat pizza, lasagna, burritos, tacos, soups, sandwiches, sausage, bacon, cheese, etc. I also have to admit that daiya cheese is the best. The resemblance to cow cheese is amazing.

My Connection to Animals

Seeing the horrors of the industry has really opened my eyes to the world. It has made me realize that life is not sugarplums and fairies. The positive outcome though, was that I felt like I could truly love animals without feeling hypocritical. I could love them before, don’t get me wrong, but I feel more connected and loving to them now. I feel like I am finally on their side. I know the horrors that they go through, and I am willing to fight for them.

Going vegan has changed my life. Going vegan has broadened my views on this country, and the world. Going vegan has made me realize that I am an animal’s right activist.