It’s resolution time again!

I know some people think resolutions are cheesy and not realistic, but, when the first of January is a Monday, you just have to go with the urge to organize and plan, right?

I enjoy taking resolutions because it’s a time to reflect on my priorities and realign my every day habits with my objectives. It can be a bit intimidating at first, but I try to stick to concrete objectives that can easily be broken down into smaller goals. For example, one of my goals last year was to have a more active lifestyle. All year long I tracked how many times I went to the gym and how many times we went for hikes or walks. It’s nice to see how I progressed and how much more active I am now after a year. I usually keep a monthly tracker in my planner where I can check things off every day. That way I get to think about my priorities every day which keeps me accountable and on track.

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If you are not sure where to start, may I suggest looking at my planner (I know, shameless!). I’ve included detailed sections to help you figure out your priorities and create meaningful goals. You’ll also have everything you need to track your habits monthly and weekly. Plus you get a beautiful planner. Plus you get to download it, so you can print out the sections as you go. Really, you should check it out 😉

One other thing that is fun to do at the beginning of the year is a bucket list. This year is the first time I’m doing this, but I’m looking forward to adding and checking out things as I go, year after year. It’s also fun to have a bucket list because you get to include experiences that are not linked to practice or that are not processes. Writing down your list can also help you see what recuring patterns caracterize your wishes and that can help you see what your priorities should be. For example, I realized that many items on my bucket list were travels. As a New Year’s resolution, I’ve therefore decided to open up a savings account for future travels, something I’ve wanted to do for a while but hadn’t gotten to do yet.

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I really hope you’ll take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished so far and what you want to do this new year. Good luck and enjoy the process!

Vegan Story Time: Elizabeth from Enough Elizabeth

Another Tuesday is here! I’m really enjoying receiving and sharing all of your amazing vegan stories, so keep them coming! If you want to be featured here in a future Tuesday, you can contact me and check the guidelines. I can’t wait to read your story!

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Today, I’m sharing Elizabeth’s story. If you haven’t been over to her amazing blog, Enough Elizabeth, head over there now if you enjoy yummy vegan recipes, beautiful photographs, and fun reads. Her blog is so positive and pretty, and her story is truly inspiring. Here it is!

It all began when I was sitting on my balcony one summer morning, and came across a vegan “what-I-eat-in-a-day” vlog. I was intrigued by the video because the vlogger was a girl about my age at the time (16), yet seemed so aware of her eating habits and the impact they have on the world.

            At the time, I was struggling with an eating disorder and was looking for any loophole that might lead to recovery. I was already following a bunch of vegans on social media and noticed that a lot of them had gone vegan either during, or right after recovery. I read recovery stories that told of people leaving calorie counting, restrictive diets, and unhappiness behind for unrestricted amounts of beautiful, nutritious foods on which they thrived. Right then and there, I decided to see where a vegan diet would take me.

            For a while after going vegan, my eating disorder persisted. This was truthfully because I was not ready to recover.  I did not yet understand that I had to heal my mind before I could transition to the diet I had been dreaming of. However, I continued to practice veganism because I immediately noticed amazing changes in my body that resulted from eliminating harmful animal by-products. My skin had a novel glow, my thoughts became far clearer, and everything seemed to taste a bit better. After becoming aware of the intense and vital ethical and environmental aspects of veganism, I began to wonder why I hadn’t made the decision earlier!

Then, after several significant life changes, I found myself prepared to embark on the journey that is recovery. That is when veganism came to play a larger role in my life than I ever could have imagined. When I began to recover, I started thinking about veganism instead of my eating disorder. I began to see that veganism isn’t just a diet; it’s a lifestyle that calls for loving both your own body and that of the earth. The most exciting part of recovery has been finally enjoying my own recipes and trying new vegan foods at restaurants. I can now focus on the aspects of veganism that matter, and freely embrace the health and joy that come with them. My world has evolved from a sphere of frustration to one filled with tahini, brightly colored breakfast bowls and an endless stream of recipe inspiration that  I get to share on my blog!

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Thanks for letting me share!

Wow! I can’t believe how healing it can be to transition to a vegan diet. I’ve stumbled upon stories where amazing recoveries, like Elizabeth’s, are empowered through a diet change, but also stories of mental healing and changed mindsets. Thank you so much, Elizabeth, for sharing your story, being inspiring and bringing such beautiful recipes and posts to the world! Speaking of amazing recipes, you should clearly check out her recipe for her molasses muffins with cape gooseberries. Seriously beautiful!

Again, if you’d like to share you favourite vegan recipe or story, contact me! Until next time, take care!

Vegan resolutions

Following our very expensive visit to the grocery store, the duo has decided that it would be nice to have some cooking resolutions.

We like to keep it simple.

1) Make our own hummus: we have tried a couple of recipes, which were good but not exceptional. Still working on our own, but we will keep you updated when we get to a golden one!

2) Make our own bread: we recently acquired a retired bread machine that is very big and takes a lot of space on our kitchen counter. It is time we have her come back into the working force and make so yummy bread!

3) Make our own soy yogurt: Before we took the vegan turn, she loved to make her own yogurt and kefir. Indeed, sitting next to the bread machine, there is the yogurt machine (which is basically an electric thermos). We think this machine must be missing all the TLC we used to give her.

We will keep you update on these resolutions and will, of course, share our recipes with the world! Because sharing is better!

What are some of your resolutions?

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You know it!