I love animals of all kinds. It is crazy how much I do. When I was little I loved my stuffed animals so much and cared for them like they were my little friends. In some ways, I suppose they were. I am a highly sensitive person and I feel things on a deep level. Especially when it comes to animals.
Growing up we would go out to dinner on Sundays when my dad got paid. It was a big deal because we didn’t have a lot of money so dinner was a splurge. But my parents always wanted to go to Ponderosa Steak House. I never wanted to eat the meat. I wanted the side dishes- the potatoes, green beans, corn. When I begged to make my dinner just the salad bar, my parents wouldn’t hear me. I remember it causing me terrible anxiety and I would work out a plan that would result in my eating the least possible amount of steak.
I was young and really clear that I didn’t want to eat animals. But it would be age 22 before I called myself a vegetarian.
I also learned early on that I am not the activist type. I am more of the hold-the-space-of-love type. I tried volunteering for animal rights organizations and spreading the word about factory farms. But I generally avoid conflict so this was super stressful for me! I also do not believe it is my job in this life to tell others how or what to eat. But I am so very clear on what is right for me to eat.
Having a plant based diet continues to be one of the most wonderful things about my life. It is an act of self-love.
One of the other ways I help animals is to donate. The profit from this pack of cards goes entirely to the Farm Sanctuary, a beautiful sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY for rescued farm animals. I love the work of Farm Sanctuary so much that I made Gene Baur, the founder, a painting for my Hundred Thank Yous project (painting is above.)
In other news, I am very grateful to be in a magazine (other than a Stampington Magazine) for the first time! Kris Carr added my Self-Love Prayer Flags to her list of Top Kitchen Picks for healthy living in Organic Spa Magazine.
Have a beautiful weekend! xoxo