Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Big Future Life Decision To Be Tiny

Recently my husband and I came across a documentary on the Tiny Home movement. We are now hooked. 

If you are not familiar, it's homes that are small. Real small. Like, usually under 300 SF small. Many are on wheels. So, it's like a combination between a cottage and camper. And it's the ones on wheels that we are interested in. No permits to buy and the only rules to follow are road rules for towing. Working lights on the back, under the required towing weight rated for your vehicle and under 13.5 feet tall. 



We now have a 10-year plan. We have a decade and a bit before our daughter finishes school to purge and use up our excess 'stuff', to enjoy our furry family (2 out of 3 furries and all feathered will be gone in that 10-year span) to focus on our daughter, build a tiny home and find and buy land, while reducing debt to enable us to buy said land. 

This is a retirement plan, a minimalist plan, a plan to get back to nature and really figure out what our true passions are. Which brings me to my question and next blog post....what will we DO when we are living in our tiny home on forested land, all alone?? 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

To Wear It Or Not To Wear It: Vegans wearing animal products



Yes, my husband and I continue to wear our pre-vegan clothing that isn't vegan. Apparently, we aren't 'advertising' for vegans, I've been told. 

I don't live my life for advertising or other people's opinion of me. MY life is about love. It's about intention. It's about the energy of those things. 

If someone was to ask me about my down-filled coat I would tell them how ashamed I am of that coat. And why. I believe it would be a learning experience. I might feel different about a fur or leather coat but I am still vegan and still a good person. Not to mention, there's the cost factor. I can't afford two brand new winter coats, willy nilly. 

We considered ourselves vegan from the moment we decided NOT to vote for cruelty, torture, rape and murder of our animal friends, with our money. But, we still ate the animal products we had in the fridge. 

Same with clothing. Although I am ashamed that I contributed to it ever, I did. But, it's too late now and wearing it or not isn't going to change that. 

It is my opinion that nobody can be 100% vegan. Drywall isn't vegan. Vehicle tires aren't vegan. Many plastic bags aren't vegan. Vaccinations.... I'm sure I could go on and on. 

According to vegan nazi logic we should give up the Lab we bought from a breeder before we were vegan and the birds from a pet store. For the sake of 'vegan advertising'?? No thanks!! 

It is the attempt that matters (to me).

As long as you aren't hurting anyone NOW what you decide to do is your own business and we won't take your 'vegan card' away. The vegan police/nazis can leave the vegans alone who are in it for the right reason. 



Peace ~ Love ~ Vegan
Many blessings,
Kim

Vegans Hating Vegans

Yesterday, I was on a facebook vegan group and a few others and I were getting bashed. By other vegans! That's right, it seems that some vegans are into it for the animals and some to feel superior to others.

My position is that as long as you are making a conscious effort to NOT harm animals in any way then you are vegan. I still wear my non-vegan clothing from pre-vegan times. The damage has already been done. I voted with my dollars to Hearn animals back when I didn't know better but wearing them NOW doesn't hurt animals NOW. 

Some choose to give away or sell the items and that is their choice. It makes no difference to the already harmed animal. They get points for doing their BEST in the moment. 

Needless to say, it didn't make me feel any better that holier than thou vegans were against me. Maybe because I thought they were good people and now I was disappointed in them..? Maybe I felt less than..? Who knows but I also had an awful lot of supportive people by my side. People who said they couldn't afford to replace all their vegan items. People who said it was personal choice/opinion. 

Then, I watched a YouTube video of one of my favourite vegans, 'Durian Rider'. What would he say, "fuck em". He and 'Freelee the banana girl' have a lot of haters. Great people always do. The photo below was at the end of the video, seemingly just for me. Now, I feel better. All I needed was a different perspective. 


From a 'Durian Rider' YouTube video
Found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W5_11u4Xwg

^^ Me getting a different perspective. ^^

“It's a pretty amazing to wake up every morning, knowing that every decision I make is to cause as little harm as possible. It's a pretty fantastic way to live.” ― Colleen Patrick-Goudreau 

Guest Post!! My Husband's Vegan Story


I am excited to announce my first guest post, my husband!! We get asked all the time to tell our story. I posted the quick version earlier tonight but here is his story...


My story

Yes, I spent over 20 years in the farming industry (mainly dairy) , I was born and raised in it. I also was raised a trapper in my early years and was an avid hunter as well for about 30 years. 
I married a vegetarian 5 years ago, she never forced her views on me just gave insight every now and then. A few years ago I saw a picture of pigs being hauled out of Toronto and people (activists) were giving them water through the holes in the trailer at the Toronto livestock exchange. It was that picture that started it all for me. 
I am a heavy construction worker and I mainly work on the highway 401 (longest highway in Ontario). The same day the picture was taken  there was a bad accident just up from our job site, it was -34c and the traffic was getting backed up to us.
I was running a machine that day and I had the heat cranked and was still bundled up, the traffic had come to a complete stop, I looked beside me on the highway and there way a tractor trailer hauling pigs to Quebec. That was the day I made the connection. These poor animals are being sent to their deaths, it -34 and they are freezing! My heart sank , I told myself that was it and I never looked back.  
My wife, daughter and I are vegan for life. (Vegan since March 1, 2014)
~Chris Mills



Our Vegan Story (short version)


People have often asked for the story of how my family and I went vegan... here is the quick version. 

I ate only fish for 13 yrs and no other flesh when I met and married Chris. He hunted when I met him (about 30 yrs) and (dairy) farmed (for 20 years) before meeting me. 

I was always in awe of vegans but learned more about the reasons to be vegan through my 13 yrs of being one step from vegetarian, where I originally stopped eating flesh because of the hormones and bleach involved. 

Chris stopped eating all flesh,except fish, about 2 yrs ago and all 3 of us have been vegan for 7 mths as of Nov 1st. And will be forever now. For the animals.  


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Response to 'The Dangers of Neglecting Time Alone'

I agree with this post wholeheartedly and admit that I am addicted to be connected. Anyone, who knows me at all, could tell you that I love having an online presence, however, I must add that it IS possible to have a balance. 


I journal alone every morning, getting up at least an hour earlier to do so. I also do yoga and meditate, although not nearly as much as I would like to. 


For me, in a place where I have never 'fit in' it's a necessity to have online friends around the world. I feel more accepted and less depressed. It's not like I was ever able to go out into my local area and find like-minded friends. And ya, there's an abundance of support online when I find out my Aunt died but thank the gods for that since I am bound to home with a wee child and pets and my spouse is working away from home. 


Balance is hard to find. It's rare. It's a minute to minute work in progress. But, that's life. The never-ending attempt at joyful balance. 


The post to which I am responding to is here, please read and consider disconnecting to the digital world to do yoga, meditate, journal, walk in nature... and find your balance. 

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/the-danger-of-neglecting-time-alone/

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Intuititive Abilities


A friend was participating in a Facebook game, which was a certain number (someone else gave her the number) of things about yourself that others may not know. I got 5 and this was my 5th thing:

5. I could 'feel' energies and see/communicate with 'entities' most can't see, since as far back as I can remember. I don't normally talk about it though.

I was honoured and blessed to have people make lovely comments and even send me personal messages about this. It was encouraging and I thought I would so some blog posts about it. My intention is to maybe open some eyes about what it's like and help others who have caught a glimpse of their intuitive abilities but either didn't know where to go from there or feel it fading away and would like to keep it 'open'. 

First, let me tell you of my first memories of my intuitive abilities. I was maybe 5, living in Cold Lake, Alberta and it had to do with 'imaginary friends' that I could feel, see and hear. But, not in the way you do with 'real' people. 

'Seeing' them is like remembering a movie playing out in front of you. Only, you know you aren't seeing it with your eyes. I don't know how else to explain it, other than that. A memory but it didn't happen, it's happening now. 

I could also 'feel' the woods, like it was alive. The denser the woods the higher the vibration there is. I guess it's the same with people. Only, the affects are quite the opposite. With a great amount of people I feel overwhelmed but with a great forest I feel hugely grounded. 

I always thought it was being an only child that these intuitive skills developed but, after my Facebook post and the messages I received, I now think maybe it was from living in such a magical, heavily wooded place. Others who lived there are also more connected to the earth and interested in metaphysical things than others who have not lived there. 

Those who have felt similar things, please continue to spend time feeling and focusing on them. In this day and age, what do we need more??

Be blessed ~Kim