Monday, September 26, 2016

Why I Sometimes Cheat at Being Vegan


If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you know it can be hard to avoid all items without animal products. 

I have been a vegan for several years. I try to avoid animal products as much as possible, but sometimes I cheat. 

When I went vegetarian, I wanted to do things correctly. I tried to avoid all meat products and other animal products like gelatin. If I ate something that was not vegetarian, I would feel really bad.

It is too hard.

Sometimes, it can be too hard to avoid animal products. As a vegan, you have to avoid meat, fish, eggs, dairy, leather, fur and all products with animal products or byproducts in then. You can get lists of all animal ingredients, but sometimes it is just too hard to avoid every single animal product since they are used in so many different things. Animal products show up in food, makeup and even car parts. I try to do the best I can to avoid as many animal products as possible. If you are a new vegan, start with avoiding the big stuff like meat and dairy. Move on to avoiding smaller animal products like honey or makeup products that use animal products. 

Sometimes, you just can't tell if something is vegan.

If you are going out to eat in a place without a lot of vegan options, you can ask for something vegan. You can't always tell 100% if something is vegan or always know if something will have an animal product in. I try to do the best I can when I go out to eat or at an event without vegan options, but sometimes I am okay if something is not 100% vegan or I will just bring my own food. 

Sometimes, the rules change.

Is sugar vegan? Is honey vegan? Can you keep items that are leather or fur if you bought them before you were vegan? It is not always clear what did vegan and what is not. You can choose which rules for your beliefs the best. For example, I try to avoid all animal products, but will sometimes have items with sugar in them. 

It is not about being perfect.

Vegan is not about being perfect or following strict rules just to follow them. Vegan is a lifestyle choice and sometimes life gets in the way. Being vegan is not a contest and it is okay to mess up sometimes if you try to be vegan as much as you can.

What do you think? Do you think it is okay to cheat a little when you are vegan? 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Waldeinsamkeit: Forest Solitude

Did you know the word waldeinsamkeit is a German word that means the feeling of being alone in the words? It describes the feeling of being alone and also connected with nature. These are some images inspired by the word and defintion.


Have you had the feeling of waldeinsamkeit? Let me know what words inspire you in the comments. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

How I Went Vegan

I have been as vegan for several years. A vegan avoids all animal products for health, animal rights or environmental reasons.

My interest and love for animals started when I was little. I had lots of pets growing up and I loved horse back riding. I thought animals were just like people.

I became interested in animal rights in junior high. I discovered the PETA website and started learning about animal rights. I also read the book Fast Food Nation which talks about the fast food industry. I became cegetarian. 


In college, I volunteered for Mercy for Animals in New York City. I also worked at a local farm near my campus. I made a switch to a full vegan shortly after. I also read the book Skinny Bitch and became interested in veganism for health reasons as well as animal rights. 

I love being vegan because it benefits animals, my health and the environment. I also like experimenting with different vegan foods and recipes. 

You can check out my eBook, Vegan Made Easy  all about going vegan here. It contains recipes, nutrition tips and more. I think I am going to write another eBook about living.a vegan lifestyle. It will have more tips about going vegan such as where to find vegan beauty products, how to deal with social situations and more.  

If you are vegetarian or vegan, let me know in the comments. 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New Custom Moleskine Journals and Gift Sets

Have you ever used Moleskine journals? Ijust listed a bunch of new custom altered Moleskines in my shop, Move the Needle. You can choose the paper yourself for the cover and inside pages. I have some options available, but I am flexible about you choosing your own paper. These are some of the Moleskines available:
  • 12-Month Weekly 2017 Planner - If you want to start planning for the new year, I offer a variety of Moleskine planners. 
  • Sketchbook Journal - This is my favorite Moleskine. It includes top quality heavy paper and is good for drawing or painting. 
  • Storyboard Moleskine - This journal is great for advertising creatives, graphic designers, filmmakers and cartoonists. Each page consists of a sequence of storyboard frames for creating. 
I also listed some gift sets. Each gift set will include a large journal, mini journal and greeting card that matches the theme of the gift set.

All of these items are custom and made to order so if there is something you want that is not listed, I am flexible. 

What do you like to buy on Etsy? 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Universe Inspiration



These are some photos of the universe I liked. I love how abstract the universe looks and I think it is interesting to see all that is out there. What images interest you? 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

What Goals Do You Have for September?


What goals do you have for this month? I love setting goals at the start of the month so I can see what I accomplish. I think it is a good idea to set monthly goals to get an overall focus on what you want to accomplish. Here are a couple of my goals for my business (as well as one personal one): 
  • Promote my new eBook, 
  • Make enough money to pay off my debt 
  • Move my blog over to WordPress 
  • Grow my mailing list
  • Wake up earlier 
Let me know in the comments or use the hashtag #myseptgoals on social media. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

How to Write a Letter to Yourself

Have you ever written a letter to yourself? I will sometimes write letters to myself and read them in the future. Writing a letter to yourself in the past or future can help you reflect on your life.

  • Art journal
  • Piece of paper
  • Pen or writing supplies
  • Watercolor paint (optional)
  • Decorations such as stickers or glitter (optional)
  • Envelope (optional)


1. If you wish, decorate the background of your page with watercolor or other decorations. I like using a layer of watercolor paint in a few different colors as a background.

2. Once the background is dry, write your letter. You can write to your past or future self. Date the letter and use the format of a traditional letter. Here are some ideas on what to write about:
  • Write about what you are doing in your life now and what problems you are having. Writing can help you work through problems. 
  • Ask your future self questions. See how you answer the questions when you open the letter in the future.
  • If you are writing to your past self, write what you would have changed or done differently. Give advice to your younger self.
  • Write what goals you have for the future. See if you have completed these goals. 
  • Write what your current interests are, who your friends are and other details of your life you might not remember.

3.  You may choose to or your note in an envelope. You can gue in an envelope in your art journal or have the envelope separately. Address the letter to yourself and decorate and stamp the envelope. This is an envelope a decorate with gold letters. 

Have you ever written a letter to yourself?