This past weekend I was lucky enough to meet The Minimalists. They spoke at a local bookstore and I got to meet them afterwards. They were ridiculously nice and delivered a great message.
I figured I would start documenting all of the excess things that I donate/throw away/sell. Maybe one day I’ll get to the point where I only have what I need and “What I Got Rid of Wednesdays” will no longer exist. Simplifying is a continuous process, so who know what will happen.
Today, I got rid of my old vacuum. For some reason, I still had it in one of the closets. I wasn’t holding onto it for reason except that I’m lazy and didn’t want to take it to Goodwill. Wow. I’m lazy.
I initially became interested with the idea of becoming vegan when I was doing research about the causes of cancer. I had cancer at the ages of 16 and 23 and was attempting to prevent it from happening a third time, rather than having more surgeries and other awful things down the road. I truly believe that almost all diseases and conditions can be cured with food. Nutrition Facts has great videos explaining how a plant-based diet impacts the human body. I am living proof that some/all cancers are not caused by what most doctors claim.
I had been thinking of becoming vegan for a couple of years before I went full vegan. It was kind of like a switch went off in my brain one day. Doing it for my own health seemed to be very difficult for me. I craved cheese and coffee creamer constantly. What surprised me was that it was the animal cruelty that made me go full vegan. Maybe I’m just getting older, but when you see baby cows being taken away from their mothers to be slaughtered and seeing the reaction the mothers have, you cannot continue thinking that animals don’t have emotions or attachments. Simply put, I want to have absolutely no part in what is done to these animals. I don’t want to get all “PETA video” on you, but I do genuinely believe that humans were not meant to consume animal products. The science is definitely there.
Do people think I’m weird? Yes. Am I a hippie that has dreds and smells like a dumpster behind an Indian restaurant? No. I’m trying to make people realize that veganism isn’t something that radical, socialist, commune-loving people do. It is a simple choice based on your values. It’s like choosing to not have sex until marriage or choosing to not do drugs.
I guess the best way to start off the new year is by posting your new year’s resolutions. These are mine. Some of them kind of go together, but you’ll get the point. There aren’t many that are tangible (lose 20 lbs, run 5 days per week etc). Maybe I’ll think of a few more as the week progresses, who knows.
1. Stand up for myself without being a b-word. I tend to let people walk all over me at work mainly but also in everyday interactions. I want to be sure that people don’t take advantage of me but I don’t want to be rude or hurtful in the process.
2. Don’t be so hard on myself. I’m very critical of everything I do and that is not a healthy way to live.
3. Donate an item of clothing whenever I buy a new item of clothing. I still rarely buy clothing that is not for running/exercise purposes. But I would like to ensure that I don’t start collecting a bunch of clothes that I don’t wear.
4. Stop speaking and thinking negatively about myself. Especially my body. I will start with not verbalizing any negative thoughts towards myself and I think this will help the negative thoughts go away as well.
5. Start doing work that makes me happy. Even if it’s just volunteer work once a week or putting videos on youtube. I want to start something that I enjoy that could potentially become a form of income.
6. Be kind to strangers and don’t judge them. Because I’m so hard on myself, I’m very hard on other people. I need to not be that way and just let things go.
7. Forgive myself and others. I think it’s pretty common for women to hang on to grudges and things for loooooong periods of time. In the end, it’s a waste of time and energy. I could be using that time and energy to focus on something productive.
8. Stop complaining and be grateful. I tend to complain a lot about work. I probably shouldn’t.
9. Take better care of my teeth. I just get lazy with the regimen sometimes and I don’t want to have dentures when I’m older. Also, I won’t have to lie about flossing when I go to the dentist.
10. Make more time for writing and creating. I’ve really gotten into drawing things on my chalkboard wall and I’ve started crafting more recently. I realized that I’m very content when I’m doing these things, so I should probably keep doing them.
11. Meditate. I’ve started doing research on meditation and it seems like something that could improve multiple areas my life.