Be Right Back

Sorry for the lack of posts. I’ve been under the weather since Sunday with a nasty flu! First time in a very long time I’ve been this sick. You win some you lose some. I’m really looking forward to getting my brain back and creating a video to summarize how this Social Media Cleanse changed (or not) my perspective.

See you all soonish!  Check out my silly video making light of how non-vegans love to tell us vegans that our diet sucks anytime we are sick.


Breaking Angry

There was a book published recently that received a lot of media attention. The author has been interviewed on The Doctors and major news networks. I am not even sure I want to mention the name of the book as might induce an episode of passionate anger in my fellow Vegans. Besides, do I really want to give this book more attention?

I’ll give you a hint, the author blames her eating disorder on the Vegan “diet”. Apparently labelling herself vegan made it difficult to overcome orthorexia. The fact that she titled her book (sigh, I’ll say it) Breaking Vegan and not Breaking Orthorexia has the Vegan community up in arms. We’re angry!

First off Veganism is not a diet, it’s a way of life. You don’t simply fast on juice and call yourself a vegan. I’ll cut her some slack though, I wasn’t truly a vegan until 3 years into eating a plant based diet but I still called myself a vegan as it was easier to explain how I ate.

Instead of making another rant video I decided to make light of the situation and do a comedic parody video starring me, as Banana Blondie. If you don’t know who she is you can find her on Instagram and YouTube. Hopefully you’ll still enjoy this video even if you don’t know her!

Day 14 Already?

I’m amazed how fast this month is going, considering I was prepared for a rough time not being on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Tumblr).  I’m very happy with how it’s going!

I think YouTube is starting to become a problem area for me. I’m checking my video stats way too often. I want to NOT care but those stats are vital to knowing what type of videos to continue making.

When I make daily videos I get less views per video because (I’m guessing) most of my subscribers are not loyal fans and most subscribers don’t have time to watch every single video.  I knew going into this ‘cleanse’ that it would not be a hot topic, I mean, how exciting can a social media cleanse be?

Note to myself: when you upload 1 video per week you average 100-200 views per video. So lets be very generous and say you get 200 views for every weekly video, that’s 800 views in four weeks.  When you upload daily videos you average 50 views per video which is 1400 views in 4 weeks. So stop feeling bad when your daily videos don’t get many views!

But seriously, watch THIS video, it was such a great day and I had a lot of fun making it.  Who doesn’t want to see me fail miserably during singing lessons or see a cute 4 month old puppy? Enjoy and don’t forget to comment, like and subscribe!



What Vegans Can Eat

But what CAN you eat??

I get this question all the time from non vegans, followed by “but where do you get your protein?”. I’m thinking I should come up with a handout we can all keep in our wallets to give to people who ask those questions.  Actually, even better: a really long list, like longer than your weekly grocery receipt. We can reply “there’s so much I can’t even remember, which is why I keep this list in my wallet, here let me show you!”.  YES! An idea was just born, right here on my blog.  Writing is a good thing, it does stuff to my brain. Squee!! This is going to be epic. Okay, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to design this so you can print it out on 8.5 x 11, cut it into strips, tape together to make the list very long. Or perhaps I’ll make it foldable.  Either way the end result will be credit card sized. I’ll make sure to highlight high protein items.

I guess I should get to the main reason why I wrote this post, to share one of my latest (messy and rough) doodles with you. Here’s a small sampling of what vegans can eat.


Social Media Cleanse Day 10

Well, I can safely say that this has gotten very easy. So much that I don’t have a lot to talk about in regards to how this cleanse is affecting me. My focus has shifted more towards creating and coming up with ideas. I have a lot of new video ideas for YouTube!  Today I share how to make a blueberry “milkshake” using only dates, water and frozen blueberries.  Oh and there may be some bad horrible singing.

Social Media Cleanse: Day 9

Today’s theme is all about tapping into childhood memories to find my passion. The other I was watching Grace Smith when she said to a viewer “If you want to figure out your passion think about what you enjoyed the most as a kid, it’s as simple as that.”  So it got me thinking about my childhood.  I realized I have a lot of sadness attached to my childhood memories. It’s not that I grew up in a broken home or had abusive parents but I was a sensitive child and I was really good at storing those negative feelings in my memory more than the positive ones.

I remember clearly all the times I got in trouble from my friends parents (okay it was only twice). Mostly I remember at various times feeling left out, ugly, fat, stupid and average. I remember being made fun of for being a bed wetter – and being sent home from a sleepover party before the sleeping part. Another time I went to a huge sleepover party, the lights were out and we were all in our sleeping bags on the floor, I overheard “she’s probably peeing herself right now, hahaha”.  Another time I was devastated that I actually wet the bed while staying at a friends house, not one of my best friends but a sort of newish friend. After that I was known as the “pee princess”, well for maybe a couple of weeks.

Anyway, what I’m trying to say is that those negative times seemed to have pushed out the positive memories. So I asked my mom for some help in remembering what I actually enjoyed as a kid.  Watch the video to find out more and I would love to hear what you enjoyed the most as a child.

Social Media Cleanse Days 6, 7 & 8

Whoops! I got a little busy on the weekend and forgot to post some updates.

On day six I spent some time on my Intuitive Readings page on here and worked up the courage to invite my YouTube subscribers to be my test subjects.  Day seven I share what I learned from Ted Carr on overconsumption in this digital age. And day eight is short and sweet, I share what I would have posted on Instagram.

Here’s videos from days 6, 7 and 8 for those wanting to catch up.

Social Media Cleanse Day 4

It does seem a little odd that I’m taking a social media break around the same time Essena Oneill announced that she’s quitting social media.  However our reasons are completely different. Essena had an awakening. A realization that she did not feel right about the perfect persona she created for popularity.

I needed to take a break because I feel as though I have an addiction or reliance on social media. I rely too much on social media to keep me distracted, make me laugh, make me feel validated (via likes, comments, thumbs up, etc) and feel like part of a community. Social media actually makes me feel, social!  It’s a safe place for an introvert to let loose because I can retreat anytime.

But too often I would go to my computer for a simple task such as googling an address only to find myself Facebooking for an hour. One click on my bookmarks bar and I’m sucked into a social media vortex completely forgetting to look up that address.

I’m finding though that I am replacing social media with other digital distractions. More time on Simpson’s Tapped Out, checking YouTube video stats and comments, writing in forums, emails, etc.  Today I realize that I’m actually addicted to distractions.

What really would break me of these bad habits is to be completely off the grid. Now that is a scary thought!

Check out today’s video and comment:

I’m not a writer. I’m a thinker. Sometimes my thoughts take over the keyboard and they might not always make sense. With that said, thank you so much for taking the time to read my ramblings.