Friday, May 24, 2013
So I've been thinking for several months about getting another tattoo. After six months of being vegan, I celebrated my veganniversary with an herbivore tattoo, and now it's been another nine months since my last inking. I felt like the time was right to get another and it's been long enough for me to forget the pain. I've booked the same artist that did my elephant, and instead of one, I'm going to get two new tattoos tonight: the word "Unless!" and the birds on a wire as an homage to The Little Red Journal. First, let me explain a few things.
The word "Unless!" is from The Lorax movie. I know what you're thinking. A Dr. Seuss quote?! The actual quote is, "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing will get better. It's not." I feel like I'm always the outsider in the things I've been doing lately. The whole veganism thing was a little left-field for me, but it's turned out to be a great change. We're also focusing on our debt like never before. Most people don't understand that and the choice we've made to hold off on starting our little vegan family. I'm proud to say that we're focused on our goals and have been making great progress. Don't even get me started on the minimalism... That's not quite the norm, either.
I created this blog as a way to escape my daily work life in July 2010, which included zero writing. Since that job, I've had a couple more, and luckily now I am writing much more than I ever have before professionally. The original Little Red Journal kept me sane in high school, and even now into my late 20s, the digital version has been a saving grace. I've also evolved over the last few years and this blog has, too. It's been great to write and know that people are reading it, enjoying it, discussing it, and that I'm truly having an impact, no matter how big or small. That's my goal here, and I am proud of what this blog has been and is becoming.
With our strict budget, I obviously was worried about scheduling two tattoos in one sitting. The cost for these tattoos will be roughly $150. One of the first posts of the months for May discussed a chair that almost blew our budget for the same price. So why tattoos and not the cute new chair that would match my couch? I have shifted my focus away from material possessions and onto more life experiences. Getting a third and fourth tattoo are definitely one of those life experiences for me. While adorable living room chairs make me drool, tattoos last a lifetime and are more than worth it.
These tattoos are not technically in the budget, but I am excited to have this done tonight. I never thought I would ever see myself having a tattoo, let alone four, or let's be honest, a dozen by the time I get through. I've continually surprised myself in the person that I'm becoming and I don't think that's a bad thing. These tattoos all represent a part of my bigger story, and I am definitely one for documenting everything, either through the written word or in another form, and this is just another way to tell my story.
Wish me luck. I'm going under the needle tonight at 9 p.m. And yes, I'll be instragramming the whole thing and blogging about it later.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Joshua Becker has been a great inspiration to me as I ventured into the world of minimalism. He's a father who found himself cleaning out the garage and having an epiphany as he realized he was wasting time with things he didn't even need. Here he gives a quick talk about owning less and living more, which is what minimalism means to me. I personally have found myself more calm and relaxed with our clean little apartment rather than stressed out worrying about, well, cleaning it. He has a blog, Becoming Minimalist, where he discusses all of these things and what minimalism means to him. Check it out and let me know what you think about owning less!
Monday, May 20, 2013
It's no secret that we, as in most countries, have a problem with weight. Heck, even I was carrying around some extra pounds, and I didn't even realize it until a doctor's appointment. I used to tell myself that their scale was off by 10 lbs., but after weighing myself at home that night, it was quite a blow to my self-esteem. Call it "letting yourself go" or just not caring anymore, but if you took a look at your plate, you may find the answer to this crisis. It's quite a big problem (no pun intended), but there's a solution.
Eating plant-based is a great way to shed some weight, and I'm proud to be living proof of that. Several of my friends have dropped a few pounds, and you can, too. I know there are people out there who say "everything in moderation" and to just cut portion sizes, but plant-based eating requires no extra work other than cooking up some healthy meals. It's not difficult, although it may be mentally challenging, and it's great for you waistline, cholesterol, blood pressure, and many other chronic illnesses that no doubt are paired with obesity. Check out my Vegan Resources page to start on a path to better health to either prevent or reverse weight gain.