Becoming a parents bring change. New responsibilities, new schedule, and of course new worries. The biggest change is deciding and putting in fruition the type of role model that you want to be for your child. Becoming a mother has made me become more focused on my vegan lifestyle. Working towards animals rights and living a cruelty free lifestyle has become the 3rd most important thing to me (behind God and family) since his birth. I know that one day my son will ask me about my vegan lifestyle and he will question me about the behaviors that I do that do not line up with what I told him my beliefs are. Because of this I want to be the most perfect vegan that I can be so that my son can trust me, believe in me, and know that when he believes that some thing is right he should work passionately towards it.
Of course this is easier said that done. In a society where animals are used from everything from food, clothes, medicine, and in entertainment it can sometimes become overwhelming to be the "odd ball". To be the person who does not use certain makeup products because they contain animal ingredients, to be the one always reading labels to see if there are any hidden animal ingredients, to have to constantly ask yourself if the protection that vaccines offer you and your family worth the animal suffering that it toke to produce it, and to worry about how much you should "push" your veganism on your son can sometimes make you wonder is it worth it?
For a long time I was the quite vegan. I did not yell my beliefs from the roof tops . I smiled when people made rude comments about my veganism. I did not rock the boat. I will no longer do that anymore. Steve Job's said during his Commencement address at Stanford in 2005, "Don't be trapped by dogma-which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary"
So what does this have to do with crunchyandhappy? I made this blog/Youtube channel in an effort to reach out to people regarding a lifestyle that I believe is a better one for people, animals, and the environment. But I labeled this site as a "green" site instead of a vegan one, because I did not want to alienate people. I felt that if I focused on veganism, than some people would be turned off before they would even give it a chance. The result of this thinking is that I was not as interested in CrunchyandHappy as I should be.
So now for the change. My YouTube channel will now focus more on vegan beauty products. It will include hauls, product reviews, OOTD (outfit of the day), tutorials, and anything else that I feel is represented better on video instead of in print. My blog will include current events, parenting stories, insights, and things that I feel are better expressed in print. All vegan, all green, all the time.
I hope that you will continue to follow me on this journey to make our world a more compassionate one.
VIVA La Crunch!!
***7/12/13 update-I no longer have my YouTube channel, but in the future if/when I begin one again, you will be the first one to know ;-)
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