The Power Of Changing Your Life

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.

2. Veganism

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.¬†
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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.

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