An interview with Jemma Jet @jemmajet[Read more…] about Away with the Fairies…
Despite what many have said, I have found it incredibly easy to be vegan here in Vietnam!
It’s true you wont find your vegan speciality items like back in the states, but the options are pretty endless if you have an open mind. Here are my favorite restaurants in Hanoi Vietnam, and a little information about my favorite street markets![Read more…] about Vegan in Vietnam
Life continuously amazes me. I don’t want to say that bad things never happen to me, because ‘bad’ things happen to me all the time, but I have taught myself how to react to these situations. Good things happen to me more because I constantly project positive vibes, all the time, even when I don’t feel like it.
There are many times when I feel the weight of my past or the frustrations of the world around me. I do think it’s important not to ignore these instances, but to recognize them and push through those feelings. I had a conversation with a guy I met the other night, and it made me further realize how happy I am to be me, and how happy I am to be here, to be so present in these moments.
We were talking about traveling and how some people have many negative experiences. I can honestly say upon being here (Vietnam), I have yet to have one negative experience. I have met the most amazing people; locals and expats. I have not had anything stolen from me nor have I felt uncomfortable or threatened in anyway. I am constantly encountered with people who go above and beyond for me, and I barely know them. When I first started to ponder my thoughts about this, I thought “maybe I’m just lucky,” but I am not lucky.
I can always relate my ability to be extremely disciplined, courageous and committed to fitness. People, every now and then, tell me how ‘lucky’ I am to look the way I do, or what I tend to get a lot is “I would do that (diet, exercise, etc…) BUT (insert excuse).” I used to have a lot of excuses too, but they got me no where. Besides, I think excuses are one of the most unattractive qualities anyone can hold.
Everything I have now I have worked very hard for. I get up when I am hung over, tired, or when I simply just don’t have the motivation, and I work out anyways. I say no to certain foods and activities because I firmly believe in something and refuse to fall off just because it would be easier. It took me a long time to develop this frame of thinking, but now it is so ingrained in me, it’s just who I am now. I am so glad I started this fixed way of thinking when I was young, because I can relate this to everything in my life now. It carries with me in so many aspects.
I know now the reason so many great people walk into my life is because I project positivity and greatness. I will not make time for negative energy because all I want to be is positive energy. It’s like I don’t even see negative people, so it would be impossible for me to acknowledge them. I choose to be a good person everyday, and I choose to go above and beyond for others, and without me having to ask, I constantly receive it back.
I still get in ruts. This morning and this past week I have felt a little lost. I’m in the middle of finally becoming comfortable teaching, I’m still getting settled with my finances, and still doing my best to learn the culture here. I haven’t even tried learning Vietnamese yet. There are moments when I start to feel negative, but these are just moments. I am in prime condition to think past these thoughts.
I moved to Vietnam for a challenge, because back home I was unhappy and no longer challenged in my everyday life. I felt like I didn’t have a purpose and I didn’t know what to do. I remember the feeling of it almost being my 26th birthday, and I was in tears because I felt so incomplete. I knew I didn’t want children, marriage, a boyfriend, or at this point I didn’t even care about the competitions I worked so hard for over the years. I felt like I was so much bigger than all of these things. I knew I could truly make a difference in life if somehow, I just created the opportunity for myself.
Teaching has absolutely opened up the freedom I needed to express myself to try and make a better world. Moving to Asia, alone, has forced me out of my comfort zone. I feel like I have silently changed so many lives around me just by being me, and maybe thats my purpose. All I know now is that if I can do all this, and overcome what I have in the past, I can do anything. This life I have started to build is just the beginning, and I am so grateful. I know what I want, and if I just keep what I want in mind, I truly believe my higher self will continue to show me the right path.
I stay 100% committed by constantly educating myself on the health and ethical aspects of this lifestyle. It works.
In the beginning you have to just do it, and not look back. I wish I could say that this lifestyle was a walk in the park, but just like any change in life, it took some conscious effort and at times was difficult. I remember sitting in my hotel room in Mexico early January debating wether or not I should buy a plant based ebook. [Read more…] about Taking the Leap and Staying Committed
I guess I feel obligated to write this post.
When I made the choice to go plant based vegan, I already had my tattoos and my breast implants (surprise). It’s not like I was born vegan, guys. For some reason, people (who’s lives I’m sure are not even close to perfect either) like to point out my wrongs and what I’m not doing right. [Read more…] about Tits and Tats