|:: the beautiful buds of spring reaching for the sky ::|
It feels like coming home to continue my vegan story. It fills me with a bubbly feeling of excitement. It is the final piece of the puzzle for me to fully live according to my convictions and values.
The six month break from veganism was necessary for me, for sure. As I wrote in this post back in November... I did have some things that I needed to let go. There were issues to work through and overcome. Long-term issues that had nothing to do with being vegan.
But I was tired and it was simply too much to be the only vegan in my large family at that time. I hoped back then that I might one day resume my plant-based lifestyle, but I didn't yet know how I would eventually be.
Those months of my plant-based hiatus were lovely and I'm glad I had them. Eating anything and everything without rules or restrictions was just what I needed to break my disordered habits and make new healthy ones. I needed that freedom from food labels and ingredient lists and nutrition information overload.
All glory to the Lord... I am in a wonderful place of peace and joy and happiness now. Spiritually, physically, and mentally. It is amazing and wonderful and I am thankful.
And I have been once again living a plant-based vegan lifestyle.
It has been natural and easy to return to it as I have learned to listen to my body and discern what makes me feel good physically... for me, that is real foods that are plant foods. And it does *not* feel like rules or restrictions because plant-based vegan food is what I *want* and what I prefer... I don't like eating animals, personally.
My family is happy for me and ever-supportive and proud of my courage to live according to my convictions... and while none of them is choosing to become fully vegan with me, all of them are happy about the abundance of plant-based goodness that is once again an everyday option for any who wish to partake!
My personal goal in this? To live a joyful and authentic life. To take care of myself so I can best care for my dear hubby and our beautiful family that I love with all my heart. To make choices that are kind for animals and creation. For me, being plant-based vegan is part of all of those things.
And I want to live a life that glorifies God... perhaps that is the reason for this ongoing journey of mine?? I hope so.
Thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers and encouragement, friends, they are a blessing to me!
Update: Blog posts published prior to November 20, 2017 reflect the plant-based vegan lifestyle I was practicing at that time. I had a six month hiatus from it and then resumed the plant-based vegan lifestyle in May 2018 until August 1, 2018 when my vegan story came to its final end. I have great respect for the lifestyle, but I am no longer vegan.