A Letter To Vegans

The few paragraphs I have written aren’t nessacerily from my personal point of view. I believe that being a vegan is about not taking things from other’s that belong on our planet, and about equalising the world. Being a human is a curse at the moment, but if we all pull together maybe we can make it a blessing.

I don’t care who you are, just be what you want to be and do whatever you think is right.

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To Vegans,

If you knew where your products were coming from such as eggs and milk would you use them? For example, I know this option isn’t available to all of us but if you had a hens or a friend/relative did would you use their eggs because you know where they’re coming from? Or would you still not because it’s shameful that those eggs aren’t fertilized and a child could’ve been born. If I were vegan, I would eat these eggs. I know that they have been forced out of the hen and that these chickens can roam around and have enjoyed their life. ‘Free Range’ on the label is just a way of making the brand look kinder, often this is not the case.

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Milk. If you had locally sourced milk, knowing it’s whereabouts would you still not drink it? Cows give birth 2-3 times in their lifetime (or less) before they are sent to market. Calves grow quickly, and need their mother’s milk only in the first couple of months (or less). So, when the cows are producing throughout the year with no intention would you buy and consume the milk? Humans are the most dangerous animals on Earth. We are not challenged to give up our milk to other species – and to be honest I think that no other animal can consume it (poisonous). Knowing that the cows aren’t forced to produce this milk – would you buy it?

Leather. I’ve done no real research but if a cow is killed for meat (which it is, the majority of people are not vegetarian/vegan) the leather can be used. If a cow is killed surely we can make the best of that loss of life and use as much of it as possible. Would you wear the leather? If it is produced in justice…

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Wool. This is a bit different, not all vegans give up wool as such. A sheep is sheared to keep it healthy, its body not overheated. And the sheep doesn’t have to be killed for this.

The few paragraphs I have written aren’t nessacerily from my personal point of view. I believe that being a vegan is about not taking things from other’s that belong on our planet, and about equalising the world. Being a human is a curse at the moment, but if we all pull together maybe we can make it a blessing. 

I don’t care who you are, just be what you want to be and do whatever you think is right. 

Sometimes, I Hate My Blog. *haha totally not clickbait ;)*

My blog has been a big goal of mine for 2018; however, after taking ‘time off’ the fact that it’s not up to standards has been a daunting task. So I begin, setting minimalistic goals and telling you all about why I haven’t been interacting with you as much in the last month or so.

Firstly, I would like to discuss why I haven’t been with you for the past couple of months. Everyday I try and give myself enough time to read through your new posts and write good responses – but there are so many of you to catch up with (I’m not complaining about the amont of talent my readers have by the way). You spend as much time as I do on your blog – maybe more – and I know the effort… well, no buts, umm, I guess I just haven’t had the time to do so.

img_1796I limit my screen-time, I hate being on screens for too long because it kinda makes me sick and fed up. So I do 20 minutes in the morning, 40 in the aftrenoon/evening and on a weekend enough time to watch YouTube (Zoella vlogs can go on for nearly an hour and I’m not missing that!)

I will try to get at least ten posts read and responded to everyday. I cannot read every single post you guys make, which is unfortunate. Some posts are lovely and long – and those I save for when I have extra time, and I can properly read through them and make an essay of a response XD (Happens naturally) because after all the time and effort going into your long post it’s not a case of just writing ‘Great” in the comment section – it’s really worth a lot more. And so are the short ones, and the simple but describing picture ones, every single one is in need of a lot more praise than I give. And I’m truly sorry.

Secondly, I would like to discuss what I have so far achieved on this blog, and what’s to come.

Things I need to improve/goals from now forth:

  • Variety. I have a lot of variety here, I guess. But usually all of the ‘same thing’ is clogged together. I just started my poetry hobby and all you’ve seen here, is that. I’ve also got some future posts coming up – diary kind of things –  but yet again they are all in one place. At the start of the year I had a ‘variety” planner for my blog. And I should really get that back. All that basically is, is a rough idea of what’s on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday (the days I post). What I should do is a diary entry on Monday, re-capping my week, a short poem or similar paragraph on Wednesday, and a good old ramble on Friday etc.

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  • Photos and incorporating them into my posts and website design. For some posts, I have had no relavant images. but for some I need them. All my photos are the ones of the outside. But I sometimes need go to Pexels for relavant images if that is not of my photography ‘taste’ 
  • Promotion. It’s easier said than done. I will have a whole other post on this in the near future, and telling you why my promotion is not up to it’s uppermost.

They seem pretty achievable for the rest of the year?

What I’ve achieved:

  • An uplevel. I now pay for the WordPress ‘Personal’ plan to remove weird advertisments and lift my domain name plus adding more proffessional features to my website in general. This helps boost my motivation here a lot!
  • A lot more follower support. When I started blogging in early 2017 I was not very ‘up there’, if you see where I’m coming from. I now have gained more support and started putting myself out there with better content than what I began with.

With my hiatius I haven’t exactly been the most productive but I have certainly found myself in the blogging world.

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I have never revealed my age here – and to avoid confusion I am not going to. But dare I ask you, my readers, from my writing, how old do you think I am? *this will be amusing XD*

You guys have been the best this year, supporting me through my presence and absensce. I love you all.

Good luck with your 2018! Have a great time with what’s left (hasn’t it flown by?)!

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Thinking | Poem By Kitty Jade

“You’re planning an adventure on a map,

Knowing what’s to come as you sit it on your lap.

You know when he falls, and she stands,

You know it all because you wrote with your hands.

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Random Acts Of Kindness | Key Ingredients To Living

Random acts of kindness: “…a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual… There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier.”

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Can you remember when I first started this blog and my catch line was “Here To Share A Smile”? Well, it has been one year since then I hope that I can continue to spread acts of kindness to each and every one of you.

“…Random acts of kindness are important to our sense of wellbeing. The discourage selfishness and encourage our loving and sharing nature.

Giving something without expectation of receiving anything in return is a powerful act of generosity.

Try to carry out one random act of kindness each day, and make it part of your life.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU REPEATEDLY DO.”

Kindness is sometimes overlooked. Sometimes, we carry on through our lives and are so held up that our business controls us. We shall try, every day, to remember that one little thing can bring on a smile, and as they say, a smile is contagious.

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‘…Friendship isn’t this big boulder, it’s a series of events that mirror kindness.’

Every day is a fresh start for you and your mind. Every day, is a new opportunity for spreading kindness. I would just like to say though, that forcing happiness isn’t a way forward. Smile like you mean it, if you don’t – someone will be there smiling already. Because if everyone spreads these little random acts of kindness, smiles will be there.

Here’s a list of little acts you can do: 

  • Make someone a cup of tea
  • Send someone a card
  • Call a relative/friend 
  • Buy someone a coffee
  • Pay someone a compliment
  • Help someone see the positive
  • Bring treats to work or school (handmade things are extra special)
  • Cook a meal for a friend
  • Donate to charity, donate something someone else would appreciate more than you
  • Let someone in your lane

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  • Make someone a playlist
  • Give someone a hug
  • Include everyone in the conversation
  • Listen intently
  • Smile at someone 😉
  • Encourage someone
  • Car share
  • Help someone with heavy bags

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  • Ignore negative voices in your head, you deserve kindness too (I know it’s hard)
  • Do the dishes when it isn’t your turn
  • Say thank you, and mean it
  • Forgive someone
  • Compliment someone to their boss/teacher
  • Hang out with someone new

There are many more random acts for you to conduct, but I would like you to know how easy it is to spread a bit of kindness.

‘Wherever you go, always leave happiness behind.’

Thank you for all the support over this first year of blogging, and many more to come!

I leave you with smiles, hugs and all the kindness…

10 Things I’ve Learnt From 2017

Hello Internet!

Firstly, I’m really sorry that I don’t post with a schedule, I know most of you have one but really can’t help my self sometimes. If I have lots that I want to say I will post one after another but if I don’t, I don’t.

I’m editing and posting from my iPad at the moment so sorry for the *bad* quality!

Today I want to talk about 10 things I’ve learnt from 2017. I’ve seen a collaboration on this with 17 things and I’ve learnt a lot but there’s only going to be ten today!

Don’t live in someone else’s shadow.
What I mean by that is don’t live your life for someone else. For example: my boyfriend is on tour and wants me to come with him, even though I won’t be blogging or taking photographs. It’s not his fault, but I’m not doing what I want and sometimes being a bit selfish is helpful. (Only an example though!, it’s actually from ‘Girl Online’ by Zoe Sugg)

2. Always experiment
Can’t find something you’re passionate about? Try different hobbies in your free time and pick five you like, then you’ll find one that you LOVE after enough time.

3. Enjoy
Don’t stand back because you don’t want to be embarrassed (I know what it feels like! Especially with panic attack prone person AKA me!). Just go out there a do what you want, party with your friends even though you’ve had too much food beforehand!

4. Be yourself
I shouldn’t swear on this blog but I believe in this quote by my brothers favourite band ‘Mouses’:
“F*ck gender stereotypes, be who you wanna be.” I wear my brothers old clothes and men’s t-shirts and I don’t care, most of it looks better.

5. You can say ‘no’
But no apology! My mum always says I say ‘sorry’ too much when it isn’t my fault but it is polite! But we have rights to say “NO!” and you shouldn’t let anything pressure you, and if something is going wrong talk to a trusted adult, or a friend who can tell an adult.

6. Feel free to let go
If you need to let go of ‘friends’ that are letting you down or not letting you be who you want or maybe your outgrowing them (that can happen, don’t worry!) then let go, you’re better of without them and it will make you better in the long run. It takes me AGES to pluck up the courage to do so because I feel mean, but it isn’t you, it’s them.

7. Time is just a measurement
Carrying on from no. 6: “It doesn’t matter about who’s been there the longest, it’s about the one’s who came and never left you side.” that’s one of my all time favourite quotes, I have spoken about this before and it’s just so true!

8. You can’t just ‘get on with it.”
Suffer from stage fright? Suffer from anxiety and it’s stopping you from doing what you want?
You can’t just get on with it, it takes time, effort and courage. It’s really hard to face up to your fears and your mental health is one of them. Talk to someone, preferably an adult or counsellor and say everything. Basically, talk AT them and they will help you.

9. New starts aren’t new
The past is always going to come back and haunt you but that’s OK because we can’t forget either, it’s not easy to start again with a growing mind (unless you have a transplant!) and new beginnings are hard so take a while to get it right.

10. You’re not a loser
They’re just jealous.

 

Sorry that some of these aren’t that motivating! A lot if references to books and quotes here so acknowledgements to the writers and professionals!

Best Christmas wishes and for the new year,
Erin, xx 🎄