The wonderful thing about individuals is just that, we are individual. We all have different and unique talents, hopes, and goals. Throughout the year, this blog will discuss goals in general as well as a variety of specific goals. This will be done by myself as well as by guest bloggers. Today I am pleased to share from our first guest blogger. Her name is Marcie. Let's listen to what she has to say:
Have you ever decided to do something that seems totally crazy, downright impossible and even unattainable? Well, on January 8th 2010, I did just that! I changed my entire lifestyle and started eating a vegan diet. It has been a year with my new life and I would like to share some of the highlights.
The original decision to do this came out of some health issues and the age-old problem of a few extra pounds. But currently, my new lifestyle is the basis of how I will lead my life forever. I started to research vegan diet plans, factory farming and the benefits for our planet of eating a plant based diet. Everything I read brought more knowledge that this is what I was supposed to do to make a difference in myself, but more over our planet.
Making the decision to not eat meat and all dairy was only the beginning; I also stopped eating refined sugar and flour and started eating all whole grain. I stopped drinking coffee (and I was a coffee junkie, I used to think about my morning coffee when I went to bed at night). Now vegans do drink coffee, but I stopped coffee because I didn’t want to be addicted to anything anymore. All of this sounds like it would have been excruciating, but it wasn’t. I started feeling better after about a week to 10 days and I began to lose the cravings that used to haunt me. I started exercising more, my energy increased and naturally I started to lose weight. I had a new sense of calmness, kindness and awareness that I hadn’t experienced before.
In the beginning, I think I was thinking more about myself, how will this help me, what is in it for me. Now, I am vegan for my family, our future, for the animals, for the water ways, for the air and for the truth of what the Government and Meat Producers do not want you to know. I know this sounds slightly like an activist rant, but that is not me at all. I am just excited about how this has made such a difference in all aspects of my life.
I feel there is a new awareness of better food choices and how they impact our world. There are so many ways to make small changes in your life, but the easiest is to be informed. Search the web and see for yourself or read a book, knowledge is power.
Some good reading material-This Crazy Vegan Life by Christina Pirello; Eating Animals by Jonathon Safron Foer;
http://www.vegsource.com/ great recipes- www.goveg.com
It is always exciting for me to hear about how somebody comes to set a goal for themselves and then bring it to fruition. I want to thank Marcie for her willingness to share her story with all of us. I also want to share something else about Marcie with you. She has a lovely shop where she sells beautiful handmade jewelry that she creates herself. You can take a look for yourself at www.marciejanedesigns.etsy.com.
Your goals may be different than Marcie’s, but I hope you will look at the steps she took in making her goal. Then you can see how those same steps might be applied in helping you achieve your goals. Here are some of the steps Marcie mentioned that stood out to me:
~ choose a goal
~ think about your reasons
~ do research
~ think about the benefits
~ decide what small steps you can take toward your goal
If you have a topic in mind that involves goals that you would like to learn more about, or that you would like to share with all of us, please feel free to let me know. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more about goals HERE.