I’ve been an animal lover since the day I could walk & talk! I have always felt a very special bond with them. Coming from a complicated family situation, I turned to animals for comfort. I spent hours sitting outside in a lawn chair with a cat curled up in my lap while my friends played. My mom helped us rescue & build homes for the outdoor neighborhood cats. I felt truly loved & at home when I was with them. We had cats growing up & lived in a big city.
At age 17, I got a flier in the mail from an animal rights group about the horrors of the meat & fur industry. My eyes were opened for the first time. I was devastated! Horrified! I bawled my eyes out in the bathroom, sliding down the wall to the floor in a crumpled, sobbing heap. I became vegetarian immediately. I only kept it up for about 6 months at the time because I was eating so poorly. I spent the next 20+ years eating meat…and LOTS of it.
In my early 40s, that guilt pang that was always there with me, finally became too loud to ignore. Slowly, I started getting skeeved by meat. It just started tasting weird…the texture started to gross me out…pulling chicken off the bone just didn’t look right. Then one day, I was cooking in my kitchen & noticed the blood on my counter & cutting board. I said out loud, “Why am I eating something that is bleeding on my counter?” It was an a-ha moment. I have been ovo-vegetarian since then.
I still eat eggs but know that they are not good for my health & contribute to cruelty. I strive to be vegan but know that I am quite “imperfect”. I do better when I don’t judge myself. I try to share my beliefs with my friends, family, coworkers, etc. always trying to be careful to praise them for any positive changes they make & avoid shaming them. That is why I created this website & blog that I hope leads me to my ultimate dream…to carry this message around the world. We can all strive to be better together…celebrating our wins & dusting ourselves off & starting over after our not-so-great choices.
Welcome to my site! Welcome to my life! I look forward to the journey together!
The Imperfect Vegan