Today is my one-year veganiversary. What a crazy, unpredictable, amazing 365 days it’s been – I went vegan, got a full-time job, moved to Madison, and essentially started a totally new chapter in this little life of mine. I feel so much more centered than I did a year ago, so much more comfortable with who I am and what makes me tick. I might not know exactly what I want to do with my life or what I want to be when I grow up or where I’ll be in 5, 10, 15 years, but hey – I’m enjoying the ride. And, as I’ve said before, being vegan is an essential part of that.
It can be difficult, I think, to really grasp how much one seemingly simple dietary decision might affect you and your life. But when it’s tied to something in which you believe so strongly – that nobody and nothing should suffer for your sake – how can it not make a huge difference? I’ve never been one to put too much stock in the idea of good energy or bad vibes or anything, but who knows – maybe eating a cruelty-free diet really does have some unintended, unquantifiable results. I can’t disprove that, so maybe I should give the idea a little more credence.
Anyway, how did I celebrate this special day? Well, I smeared myself with tofu and nutritional yeast and ran around naked, yelling about factory farms and how easy it is to get plant-based protein! …no, that’s a lie. Really I went to work, came home, ate some sweet potatoes, watched a Russian version of Anna Karenina, and am contemplating an early bedtime. Yeah, boring. I didn’t even bake myself a cake. But I did get my first raise at work! And yesterday I ate one of my favorite veggies EVER.
I’m not quite sure I can express how ecstatic I was to get Brussels sprouts in our CSA share this week. And my wonderful roomie grabbed an extra bag, so I can enjoy double the sprouty goodness! I know they look a little burnt, but trust me – they’re just crisped to perfection, roasted with a little extra virgin olive oil, garlic, sea salt, and a dash of pepper. Perfection, I tell you.
Anyway, I’m spent. Time to crack open American Gods and then get some shut-eye. Tune in tomorrow or Sunday for a super-exciting GIVEAWAY POST!
P.S. Pardon the lame/cliché RENT quote in the title of this post. It’s 11:00 PM; give a girl a break!