Things on my mind lately
I'm sorry for not blogging more my friends! I'm planning this book tour and getting ready for the release of Blissful Bites, along with planning the Texas State Veggie Fair AND training for my first triathlon. So things are crazy! How are you doing?
First, I would like to share the good news with you that my dad had his blood work done a few weeks ago and he is no longer anemic! He got his hemoglobin in the healthy range all on plants. Take that doctors! He is also off his blood pressure medicine. He has been keeping with the vegan diet and I really hope he continues. Thanks for all your love and support during this time with my dad!
Second, I'm SO freaking excited to be going to Vida Vegan Con and traveling around the west coast for a few weeks. The miserable 42 straight days of 100+ degree weather is taking a toll on me! I can't wait to see all your beautiful vegan faces! For those of you on the west coast I hope to see you at one of my book signing events! Even if you aren't going to buy a book please come out and see me! I just love meeting new people, sharing stories, feeding you delicious food, and showing you my beautiful cookbook in person!
Many things have been on my mind lately other than the exciting mentions above. Those kind of things that consume your thoughts and make you feel icky, and leave you feeling like is there anything you can do. Can you make a difference? I went to another Ringling Brothers Circus protest and had even more one on one conversations with parents, kids, and teenagers. I almost convinced 5 families not to purchase tickets, but they did anyways. This left me feeling defeated and really bummed that people will continue to support cruelty when they know it is wrong. Even when their gut tells them they shouldn't support this and they just go through with it because it's what everyone does. I would like to have higher hopes for humanity, but it's really hard when you are constantly surrounded by all the death, violence, and cruelty.
I had one women yell at me and another man get really angry, saying to not talk to his children, but overall I felt like my tactics of starting conversations with people was the best way to get them the information they needed to halt them from purchasing a ticket next year. But this circus has been going on for 200 years!!! We keep protesting and we hope that next year will be the year that the circus stops and it doesn't. But I do remain hopeful. We will see change in our lifetime. I chatted with many teens and gave them a wonderful "you are the future" talk. Many said they had no idea about the cruelty behind the curtain and they would tell their friends. We must influence and educate young people because they are the future. The choices they make will determine if circuses, factory farms, animal testing, etc. will continue.
Another thing that has really been bothering me is witnessing vegans supporting businesses that are corrupt, mistreat people and their employees, are just out to make a quick buck, and in general are not aligned with their values. I know that I am far from perfect. But I do the best I can with what I've got. If I can make the choice, I'm going to support businesses that are aligned with my values. If I am made aware of some shady business practices that I don't agree with then I'm not going to support that business just because everyone else does. I can thank my punk rock friend Jade for making this clear for me. Your choices do matter, and where you put your money shows the kind of things, businesses and people you support. And that is a direct reflection of yourself.
So my friends, has anything been consuming your thoughts lately? Do you feel it's important to support businesses that are aligned with your values?