Hello! Thank you for visiting. My name is Natalie and I have been called many things over the years — sister, daughter, lover, friend, Canadian, drama queen, goofball, animal lover –, and, the newest addition to that list: transitioning vegan. The term *transitioning vegan* is not a label designed to define who I am as an individual. Rather, it is a term that describes how I am trying to live my life – with love, with compassion, and with respect for all living things.
I consider myself an average person. I work a normal, Monday to Friday 9-5 job; I take public transit; I have a boyfriend I love and a dog I love even more (but don’t tell the boyfriend that); I like reading, watching TV, and taking naps; I love junk food and am a self-proclaimed carbohydrate addict; and, I have struggled my whole life with my weight. See? Pretty average. Except, at the start of this year, I followed my heart and decided to completely change my life. Since January 2014, I have gradually been eliminating animal-derived products from my diet. My goal? 100% veganism. Am I there yet? Not by a long shot! But every day I get a little closer.
But hey, don’t panic! This blog is not going to be filled with pictures of starving and abused factory-farmed animals – there are enough places to see those images on the internet without me adding to the mass of misery currently in circulation. This blog is also not going to include solicitations for donations, sermons about what I do or do not believe in, or the hate mongering of those whom some hard-nosed vegans call “carnists”. What this blog WILL be is a treasure box for my thoughts, the things I learn, plant-based recipes that I try, pictures of things I love, hints on living a more ecologically friendly life, and an overall happy place to visit. So stay awhile! Join me on my journey and let’s see where this road takes us.