I’ve been alive 8,104 days. I’ve smelled countless flowers, and heard countless songs. I’ve cried, and I’ve laughed, and I’ve smiled and I’ve sung. I’ve lived a good life – or so I thought until recently. All of these mornings that I have complained about getting out of bed, and all of these nights that I fought sleep for hours upon hours – was I really living, or merely existing?
To Live Is To Feel Purpose
Since the day I got my first job at the grocery store, I’ve been paying taxes. Since the day I was born into this world, I’ve been slowly dying. They say there are two things in this world that are inevitable – paying taxes and dying. But I for one refuse to let them be the only two things I do with my life. Living your life doesn’t mean getting up to go to your day job every day, while simultaneously cursing yourself for sticking in a job you hate. It’s 2017 – you don’t have to live a traditional life anymore. You’re allowed to quit the job you hate, and travel the world on your savings account. When you run out of funds, get a job wherever you are. Don’t limit yourself to opportunities, because you are afraid of the unknown.
I don’t want to be 60 years old, and wish I had lived my life differently. It’s time to make some changes around here.
My ‘New Life’s Resolution’
Who says you need to wait until December 31st to make a resolution? You can make a change whenever you want. Today just happened to be my day. I made the conscious decision that I was no longer happy with the way I was living my life. My body is a breeding ground for beautiful and inspiring things, and I could be using it to create a world of wonder – but instead I’m filling it with toxic waste, and as such I am only contributing the same to the world around me. I need to treat my body better, because it is the only home I will ever have that I can not move out of when the roof caves in, or I no longer like my neighbours. It’s here to stay, so I decided that maybe I should hang paintings on the walls, and put patio stones out back – let’s make this place a home!
1. Minimalism For Beginners
Beginners – A.K.A Me. I’m a low key hoarder, and I’ve accepted this of myself! I’ve also realized that I often have desires for things that I 100% do not require (clothing, mostly). I’ve instated “no spend days” on myself, and I basically just keeping pushing the limits on that one. If I make it through one day without spending money (aside from the obvious necessities), I push myself to do the same the next day, and so on. Not only is this allowing me to spend my hard earned money, but I am eliminating clutter in my home and my life.
I decided that I will challenge myself to spend money on things that are less temporary. Things like traveling, going out with friends, tattoos, and education/cultural events. Making memories are far more important than a sweater that I will love for 2 months and then forget about.
So, when me and my boyfriend first started dating I was a vegetarian and I felt amazing when I was doing it! For about a month I also tried to go vegan but quickly learned that it was very difficult. I ended up working a job that required me to constantly be travelling, and staying in hotels and college dorm rooms that had tiny kitchens. I also had little to no energy after working all day with kids, and when I got home I just wanted something easy. Since I was never in one location for too long, I didn’t do very good grocery trips either, and therefore my veganism fell to the dogs. Within a few weeks, I wasn’t only back to eating dairy and other animal by-products, but I was actually eating meat again. I became quite ill because my diet wasn’t well rounded (due to my laziness, and lack of time), and unfortunately had to return to a regular diet of meat and other animal products.
While I have been eating meat for 2 years now, I can’t seem to shake the feeling that I never felt better than when I was eating a plant based diet. There is countless research to back up my reasons for going vegan/vegetarian but none of it really matters because to be completely honest, I’m doing it because it is what feels right for me. My body likes plant based foods, so I am choosing to not neglect her any longer.
In the future I will surely write a full blog post about my reasons for going vegan, but for today I just wanted to share my lifestyle changes with you! I will also surely write a blog post with my favourite documentaries that discuss the food industry and animal products, because the definitely had a big part in this decision as well!
3. Hitting The Gym
So, if you follow me on Instagram you have likely seen my fitness posts! It has officially been 1 year since I started going to the gym, and I’m pretty proud of myself. While my diet – well, it sucked, I still pushed myself to get to the gym a couple of times a week.
Now that I will be eating a healthy plant based diet, I expect my fitness journey to really take off! I plan to just keep at my gym schedule, and no longer have excuses as to why I don’t want to go. There’s no excuse – if you wanna get fit, you will push yourself everyday.