Sights and Feelings

About all I see and all I feel
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil 
(Photo taken by me last October)

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
(Photo taken by me last October)

It’s not ‘giving up’

A lot of people have been questioning me about the changes I’m making in my diet, and surprisingly, most of them still act surprised when I say “I’m not eating meat anymore”.

My decision was made based in a lot of different aspects: (i) I love animals, and I never placed them in categories like “this can be eaten” and “this can’t be eaten”. (ii)  Animal cruelty have become more evident, and I’ve been trying to do my part in protecting not only animals (cats, dogs, etc), but all biodiversity, that’s currently at risk - we depend on nature to survive, I hate it when so-called humans destroy it, in the name of “progress”… I’ve always questioned that “progress”, because, from what I’ve studied, it brings more harm than good… it’s proven that preserving nature is more profitable than destroying it, so why keep treating it like that? That hurts me so, so bad, I sometimes lose my strength… (iii) My personality is stronger and and I feel more confident about a lot of traces of it that were not clear to me before, and it’s hard to ignore what’s in your core. I felt, deep down, that I don’t need anymore (never did need, actually) to kill an animal to survive, and I began transitioning last semester, with the help of my dear nutritionist, Ana Luiza.

 I decided to take it slow, so I can balance nutrients, etc (my blood test was not that great last time I took it, so I’m taking vitamins), and combine it with my life resolutions. It seems only fair with me to stay true and focused on what I feel is best for my body and soul, regardless of what anymore might thing of it.

So whenever someone asks me “why I’m giving it up” I say I’m not giving anything up, I’m simply changing. 

Tell everyone you know: “My happiness depends on me, so you’re off the hook.” And then demonstrate it. Be happy, no matter what they’re doing. Practice feeling good, no matter what. And before you know it, you will not give anyone else responsibility for the way you feel-and then, you’ll love them all. Because the only reason you don’t love them, is because you’re using them as your excuse to not feel good.

Esther Hicks (via spiritnaturephotography)

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If anyone’s just starting out vegan it may be tough but you can do it. It makes such a huge difference for every animal product you don’t consume and you are being a part of a movement and hopefully your influence will spread to others. If you slip up it’s not the end of the world just keep trying its a big change but you can do it. For every vegan choice you make I’m proud of you

(via spiritnaturephotography)

New Years Resolution

Infamous list of what to change and what to keep in the new year.

My new year begun last December 5th - I turned 26 and decided to effectively change a lot of things about myself. None of which I can accomplish alone. I need my friends, family, love and my baby cats to help me through this.

Numbering items seems like a good way to go, so once the item is accomplished, I can cross is off the list. I hope I can cross them all off by the end of the year, so I can come up wih new ones for the next year.

So, here it goes:

I - Go back to meditating (I used to love it, but work took it out of me)

II - Be more true to myself and do not procrastinate anything over fear

III - Start going regularly to the gym

IV - Learn how to save money

V - Use my spare time wisely - for fun and activities that will help me grow

VI - Find a career path - discover what I really love doing

VII - Take good care of my body and try to find alternative ways to heal it, other than prescription medication

VIII - Stay focused on changing my diet - meat is gone, but sugar and so many others I want to quit are still a part of my diet

IX - Travel more

X - Spend more quality time with those I love

It doesn’t seem all that hard, with the right push (I believe I already got it)  I’ll accomplish them all.

Let’s just celebrate more :)

Happy New Year, my friends!

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Most important new years resolution of all: love myself more and more, ‘cause I’m the most important person in the world.
Love each other, but love yourself eaqually.

Most important new years resolution of all: love myself more and more, ‘cause I’m the most important person in the world.

Love each other, but love yourself eaqually.

God put a smile upon my face

God put a smile upon my face