Today is my 4 year #veganniversary
! I originally decided to go vegan for ONE MONTH as a birthday present for @vegan_supergirl
. We had only known each other a few months, but she was so passionate about animal rights and I knew it would make her happy. I kind of knew about the animal cruelty, but like most people, I chose not to care or think about it. I knew nothing of the health or environmental benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. All I wanted was to put a smile on her face. It wasn’t supposed to mean anything, or become a big deal. .
Once the month was up, I realized that I felt pretty good and I was losing weight, so I figured I might as well just stick to it. For the first few months, that’s all it was to me: I felt good, I looked good, and it was making Steph happy. I still didn’t really care about what was happening to the animals, but I stopped eating them nonetheless. .
I honestly don’t remember when things clicked for me. It could have been after watching a documentary, it could have been watching undercover footage of factory farms, or after one of @chefloghancall
’s awesome plant-based pop ups. Somewhere in that first year or so, this “vegan thing” I was doing became less of a diet and more of a passion, which was something I never thought I’d find in my life. .
Obviously, being vegan has changed that for me. I don’t do it for myself, but I can’t deny the sense of purpose that it has brought to my life. I’ve become a foodie, (which is INSANE because if you knew me before I was vegan, I just never understood how people could get excited about food. Eating was something you did when you were hungry and because you had to. It wasn’t exciting, it was tedious). I get to travel and go to vegan festivals and restaurants. I’ve met awesome people in the vegan community from social media platforms. I’m combining my talent for event planning with my passion for veganism with @everlastingveganevents
. And I have the most amazing vegan inspiration by my side to do life with every day. *continued in comments*