Hi friends – spent some time on the last day of 2016 by getting my third tattoo – and I’m still swooning.
Ever since I could remember, I’ve felt a strong connection to the whale. To be honest, I think it was the movie Free Willy that did it. I was obsessed as a kid, and ever since then, it was orca and whale everything. I had a whale themed bedroom, a ton of books, went whale watching as often as time and money allowed, and wanted to be a marine biologist. While the marine biologist bit didn’t stick, my connection never faded. I’ve been wanting a tattoo on my forearm for a while now, and I knew that a whale friend would be the perfect addition. I love tattoos, but I am picky and very cautious. But with the whale, I just knew that every time I look at it, I’ll smile. That will never change. They make me so happy.
So friends, meet my spirit animal, Luna. Of course I had to name her. Symbolism is a large part of what I do for a living, so I wrote a quick excerpt of what she means to me.
New year! Wee!
I know 2017 is going to be a year for the books already – will it top 2016? Yeah, I think so. Life has been uber good to me.
I love kicking off the year with a post like this, because I know a lot of people decide to “reset” and going vegetarian/vegan/plant-based is usually at the top of the resolution’s list (which makes me very happy). I’m here to help if that is the case for you… because everyone that knows me knows that I love nothing more than giving all the plant-based and vegan diet tips that I have. I am very passionate about this!
I know that transitioning is not easy, and I know that it can be extremely frustrating when you are face-to-face with a weak moment or day. Please – never get frustrated with yourself. It is never about being perfect – it is about doing the very best you can to feel the very best you can. Falling off the wagon is all a part of the process. Instead of feeling defeated, you should feel proud for revamping your lifestyle in the first place – no matter what your reasons are for doing so (weight, animals, planet, health – whatever!)
When all else fails, you’ll always have a place to go for motivation and inspiration… because I am all about that here! So today, I wanted to share some of my favorite tips for any omnivores out there looking to transition to a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet. These goals are attainable – especially if you try tackling them one at a time. It doesn’t matter if it takes you a whole ‘nother year to get to where you want to be – what matters is that you are on this road NOW, and you are going to do great things!
Taking a little break from all the recipes I have been posting lately and reflecting on the things that have my heart at the moment – from music, food, television, and beyond.
Also, I just have to say… devastated over Carrie Fisher. She was one of my very first heroes to look up to as a little girl. She was a badass woman, and I’ll miss her presence. RIP, my fierce princess. What an inspiration. xx
Winter is officially here. Living in New England, we get a pretty cold winter… and I am anticipating a lot of snow this season. I actually don’t mind it much during the holidays, but I do tend to get the seasonal depression/winter blues once the middle of January/February comes around. I’m going to try my very best to embrace the cold (but also toasty!) months ahead. There’s a lot of good in winter, too. New beginnings, the month of love, my birthday. I have a lot to be grateful for, and I am going to try to remember that when those blues start to creep in.
I’d like to start a new seasonal series where I take time to reflect on the season and all the things that I love about it. I think it will help me to see and appreciate all that the time of year has to offer.
Winter is a time to cozy up with loved ones, read a book that you’ve been trying to make time for, wear your warmest flannel pajamas and fuzziest socks, drink hot beverages in bed, breathe in the chill of the air, catch up on your favorite tv shows or rewatch the classics with a loved one, bake something delicious, write down your thoughts, or simply take the time to sit still and reflect.
I love giving gifts. I know that everyone says that, but I reallyyyyyy really love it! I always tend to go overboard, because I can’t help myself. If I see something that someone will love, I have to grab it. Sometimes I will grab something months and months in advance and just hang onto it until a holiday or birthday.
I don’t have too many other vegans in my life (my mom!) but I think it’s fun to think about all the cool stocking stuffers that I’d appreciate as a vegan. A lot of people may not know where to begin when gift shopping for a vegan or vegetarian, so hey… here are some awesome ideas from on veg-head to another. Last minute shoppers, enjoy!
Random facts about myself after the cut – thought this would be a cool way to share some personal and quirky things about myself. I want to get to know you, too… so please share some facts about yourself in the comments. xx
Inspiration overload right here. Another round-up of all the belly-filling, nutritious bowls of food that I have been eating. And you know… vegan donuts. Have you noticed a trend yet? Basically… throw a bunch of veggies, grains, and whatever-else-is-in-the-fridge into a bowl and call it a meal. Works for me!
Also – I have been sharing my meal photos much more now that I finally created a separate Instagram account for the blog! If you haven’t already, please please follow along… lots of plant-based foodie love. My handle is @thefriendlyfig. xx
Hi friends :)
I follow a ton of bloggers (big shock, right?) and alway feel inspired by what I read. Most recently, I fell in love with Carrots ‘N’ Cake’s idea of a “coffee date” blog post. Tina basically just shares her coffee order and then discusses life’s happenings. It’s such a cool concept, and I wanted to give it a go – it could be fun, right? I probably won’t do this all the time, but every once in a while may be nice… I like slowing down and just talking outloud about the things weighing on my mind. I hope you guys don’t mind, and hope you’ll jump in and share what is going on in your life in the comment section below.
So here we are – our first internet coffee date. I’m drinking a soy latte! Old picture, but this is my usual order from Mokka Cofeehouse in Newport ;)
Happy Friday! Lots going on lately – Joe’s birthday was yesterday (love!) We’ve also started browsing the market for a new house… in no rush to move, but it is definitely exciting to look around! My brother is coming home SO soon for Thanksgiving. Like I said… lots of things – lots of awesome things. Here’s life lately. xx
Celebrating my husband’s birthday today with a dark chocolate espresso cake. He makes every day brighter.
Dinner at our favorite spot tonight. I’m so looking forward to celebrating this magical human.
I love you, Joe! xx