Posts in Journal Entry
My Top 5 Excuses for Not Being Vegan (and the no b.s. truth behind them)

A vegan diet can be super expensive, just like any other diet. If you’re out buying steak and lobster every night, your non-vegan diet doesn’t work for broke folks either. But I can have a fairly healthy vegan diet for less than the cost of the Hamburger Helper and Ramen Noodles diet I grew up on with a single addict mother- so that whole it’s-too-expensive myth is garbage.

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My Journey to Vegan ~ The Unfiltered Truth

Story time, especially if you’re feeling inadequate, overwhelmed, or uncertain with where to start or how to continue sustaining a lifestyle that aligns with your values. Here’s what it looks like for me. (Hint: It’s not what you expect!!!)

I’m making this decision for my health, for my soul, for the animals, and for the beautiful planet I don’t want to continue destroying. It’s not about perfection, it’s about doing the best that I can in each moment.

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What to Do When You Witness Animal Cruelty

I’ve lived in a roommate situation for over a year now, watching this guy not care about his animals and assuming it was because he knew I’d do it. Ultimately though, I learned that it’s just not a big deal to him if the animals go a while without food and water. In fact, he’s really proud because his massive dobermanns can go 2 full days without food and will still be complacent and obedient, and not aggressive toward him. Yeah, he thinks that’s a cool status thing. We’re talking about a real jerk here.

Something I’ve been struggling with though, is how can I make sure the animals are cared for when I’m gone. Here’s what I’ve learned to do after witnessing animal cruelty.

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A Conversation About Boundaries

Setting a boundary might feel mean or impolite, but it can actually be done from a place of love. Never setting boundaries leads to toxic relationships, bitterness, resentment, exhaustion, overwhelm, frustration, and a massive feeling of being stuck or moving in circles in your life.

If you’re someone who genuinely loves to give and be of service, but you’re feeling exhausted and any sort of resentment, you probably haven’t been setting fair boundaries with yourself or others. So let’s talk about setting boundaries from a space of love…

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Journal Entry: WTF am I doing with my life? (& how to answer that question for yourself)

Life has thrown me a few curve balls and my mindset and attitude have really faltered along the way. Today I caught myself asking what to do when your attitude and energy just aren’t working together, and I decided to reflect back on this post and take my own advice. So from me to me (and you), here’s a little advice and insight from the wise and abundantly joyful, brilliant Jessica of early 2016!

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Where’s the line? | Living in the moment while preparing for the future

Obviously we all have goals, hopes, and dreams, and we should probably know things like how we are going to pay our bills and when they come due, when our car is due for an oil change, our best friend’s birthday, and have some sort of plan for retirement or at least a basic savings account… but there’s a line. So let’s talk about drawing and dancing along that line and what makes it worth the effort!

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Journal Entry: Confidence

I haven’t always been confident, and I didn’t even really notice that I’d gotten more confident until this kind lady pointed it out. In the past five years, my confidence has exploded. It’s been rocky at points, and the end of 2018 was an adventure in insecurity land… but overall I’m confident in who I am and who I aim to be and the decisions I make.

That feels amazing! I’m sure some of it just has to do with life experience, but I can think of a few things I’ve done or realized that probably had a lot to do with the sudden change:

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