Searching for stars amongst the dust
The star becomes my object of lust
Lost my path coz my heart didn’t see
The star was now, one of need
Fate brought me back to walk my path
And the star I lost, is found at last
Vegan or Vegetarian?
While I was thinking about my answer, I had a bit of a chuckle because it sounded very much like the answer I would give if ever asked what religion I followed.
You see, I don’t really identify with either one and I don’t want to say that I’m exclusively one or another because, well, you know I don’t know if I can resist dairy and cheese. One thing I do know, it’s that I want to reduce (not ready to ‘eliminate’) meat and animal products in my diet.
My inspiration to even consider either comes from ‘Ralph Smart’ (one of my favourite YouTubers) and what he calls the 7 Day Vegan Challenge. Ralph is a very inspirational speaker and a beautiful soul as well. In fact, I can actually credit him as being ‘the last motivational kick up the bum that broke the blogger’s block’. 😛
Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters) speaks often about his choice to eat a vegan diet and his reasons for doing so. A vegan diet was not really anything of a priority for me, all my life I had been naturally thin and had never needed to watch what I ate. Diet was never an issue for me until recently when I entered my forties. First of all, my eyesight started to deteriorate, then arthritis started to knock loudly on my joints reminding me that I’m not a spring chicken anymore and although healthy, I became concerned about stuff like Diabetes and Heart Disease.
For me, there was a definite moment in life when I finally realised, ‘f*ck I’m old. I’m closer to 50 than I am 40… WTF? Now, I’m not sure if this happens to everyone or whether I’m the only one that feels that way. For instance, I love to walk, especially out in nature, breathing in that good arse prana’ (one for the Deep Divers) and almost everyday for the past 6-7 years, you would find me out walking or hiking with my dogs. One day, I developed a twinging pain in my knee and thought ‘Gee, wonder what I did to my knee’. After a moment or two, I corrected myself;
‘darling, you haven’t done anything to you’re knee, it’s just old-age, dummy’
And now, I have found a really important reason to start looking after my health and that reason is love. Meeting the man of my dreams in 2015 had a profound effect on my desire for a long healthy life. The longer I’m alive, the more time we will have to share during this lifetime. There is much we have to learn, countless memories to create and a love story that’s aching to exist.
So, when it comes to Vegan or Vegetarian? Well, I’m still not going to commit to either one but I will commit to eating more plant-based foods, more fresh fruits and vegetables and less meats and animal products.
Ralph from Infinite Waters has more information about the 7 Day Vegan Challenge and I will be using this as the starting point in my vegan journey. Perhaps you’d like to join me? If so. please leave a comment and keep me updated with your progress.
I have included links to the ‘Infinite Waters’ website and Ralph’s YouTube channel. I positively encourage you to watch some of his videos or subscribe to his channel. The linked videos are the actual videos mentioned, the one with the spiritual kick and one that prompted an A-HA moment about veganism.
Just for your own amusement, see if you can identify the moment in this video, when I felt like Ralph was ‘literally’ (and I literally mean literally) talking through the screen, to me personally.
Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…
via Daily Prompt: Tender
Tender perfectly describes how I feel right now; tender in heart, mind and spirit.
The last two weeks of May was the final curtain call in the drama that apparently was my life for the past 4 years. Even now, counting out the years on my fingers, I just can’t believe how much time that has passed and how much (crappy) stuff I’ve dealt with – or perhaps not dealt with.
The events of these years played out with a domino effect, you could say it was like an avalanche that started with a quiet rumble and just got bigger and more out of control until it was unfathomable and unavoidable.
They hit me in every corner and effected every part of my being. I am no longer the same person that I was before this ordeal started. For better or for worse? Well, I guess that remains to be seen.
I’ve suffered loss, humility, disrespect, dishonesty, betrayal, isolation, abuse and separation, my ego was hit with a huge blow.
But if this wasn’t enough, the final blow, the last nail to be driven into the coffin was when the system that’s meant to protect me ended up being a complete failure.
I like to think that truth will always prevail in the end and yeah yeah, I know, the judge and jury don’t ‘KNOW’ anything for sure and they can only go by the evidence that is before them.
But I DO KNOW the truth about the events in Feb 2015. I waited two and a half years to finally have my day in court, and every little bit of strength that I had built within since that night was once again, stripped from me when the system failed grandly.
Well, fuck the system, I never had much faith in it anyway.
The only thing that will save me and restore some of that faith is if the system could repay me in kind by sending my man home at the end of June. It’s torture being apart however, I won’t allow myself to hope (not yet anyway) because I fear the disappointment that comes with him not being released.
But come on now, fair’s fair – I think the system owes me one, don’t you?
Besides, it’s time for us to move on from our past and start to create our future.
This morning turned into one of those mornings when you wake up to ‘no milk’, which means ‘no coffee’ but you’re ‘too lazy’ to walk to the shop.
So you do the next-best thing and you ask your daughter if she would drive to the shop for you…? but of course, she’s way too busy.
Alas, I looked in the fridge once again, knowing too well that the only thing I was going to find, the only thing that even came close as a substitute for my usual coffee creamer, was a carton of Vitasoy Unsweetened Almond Milk.
So, Almond Milk it was.
Under normal circumstances, this would be classified as ‘last-resort’ actions so to soften the blow to my taste-buds, I decided to heat the Almond Milk and use honey for flavour rather than try to perfect my morning coffee.
I used an EXPRESSI Electric Automatic Milk Frother & Warmer to heat the milk, however, I wasn’t sure if the Almond Milk would froth so I removed the ‘frothing’ attachment and just used it to heat the milk.
I have since learnt that Vitasoy do have a product called Café for Baristas Almond Milk that has been specifically formulated for barista-made coffee.
Taking my first sip, I must say, the taste was a pleasant surprise; I mean, I could tell that it wasn’t dairy milk but I genuinely enjoyed my ‘unusual’ morning cuppa. Not only did I finish the entire drink in only a few gulps, I even went back for seconds.
Overall, Almond Milk tasted much better than I thought it would and I’d definitely buy it again.
Apologies for the long delay between posts, however I’m sure many many of you will understand exactly what I mean when I say “my daughter turned 18 last week and had her party on Saturday night. So as you can imagine, the past couple of weeks have been rather hectic to say the least.
Of course, I wouldn’t be me if i didn’t completely miss the whole Easter weekend thing. That’s right, I didn’t realise until I started trying to book appointments for Friday only to be told it was a public holiday and the store wouldn’t be open. There’s nothing like a bit of pressure. In the end, the party went well and everyone enjoyed the night.
On Sunday, I celebrated my own birthday, quietly and with less people. So I’m another year closer to 50, which got me thinking… from now on, in every way, i’m doing everything ‘my way’.
When feeling stressed, I will often turn to creative outlets and I’ve recently discovered the mindful art of Zentangle. It’s an effective way that I found to relax my mind and clear my thoughts. I’ve been learning some of the basic patterns from a book I found at
Riot Art & Craft in Woden. The book is called Zentangle: The inspiring and mindful drawing method by Jane Marbaix.
The patterns I’ve used in the following image are very natural and probably some of my favourites (so far).