Thursday, 4 January 2018

Wanting a Vegan Partner

It’s been a long time since I wrote anything about veganism on here, and I want to address a question that I often get asked by my friends. Do I want my future partner to be vegan?
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It’s a simple question, with a simple answer: yes. And to me it makes perfect sense why. But my answer always confuses the other person and leaves them quite puzzled.
When I reply that I wouldn’t want to be with anyone long-term who isn’t vegan, they think I’m this horrible girlfriend who will dictate my partner’s life. I would never want to forcefully make my partner vegan, there’s nothing nice or beautiful about it! In the long-run it wouldn’t work anyways. And it’s just not me, I want my partner to be vegan by choice. I am more than happy to play an important role in their transition, but of course they need to want to make the change.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Life Update - Erasmus

I really haven’t taken any time for blogging lately, and quite frankly I miss it. I really enjoy writing and sharing things with you, so I felt like something was missing this past month. I moved to Bologna in Italy for my Erasmus, so big changes have been going on and I’ve had to accommodate.
Bologna is such an extraordinary city; it’s extremely beautiful, the weather is amazing and the people are wonderful. I am really happy that I chose this city, I feel like I belong here and it truly suits me.
For the first couple of weeks I found it difficult to make friends; I felt so detached from everyone, I couldn’t seem to meet people similar to me, or with whom I clicked. Anxiety made me feel quite overwhelmed on several occasions but I’ve managed to power through and eventually meet a lovely group of international people. That’s what I love the most about the Erasmus experience: we come from different countries, but we’re all together in this same city for similar purposes.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

The Liebster Award

Something I love about the blogging community is being able to discover new blogs about any topic and finding like-minded writers. The people I’ve come across have all been very supportive, and it’s especially helpful when you’re a still a newbie! I want to thank Anjo for nominating me for the Liebster award, you can find her helpful and colourful blog over HERE. It covers topics from travelling to food, with motivational posts as well. 
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Here are The Official Rules of the Liebster Award

Write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

1.      Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.

2.      Display the award on your blog – by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”.

3.      Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Living with Social Anxiety

As soon as I started blogging, I wanted to address social anxiety. It’s apparently one of the most common mental disorders, but like for a majority of mental illnesses, it is often misunderstood. Many people think social anxiety is just another term for ‘shyness’, but there’s so much more to it than just feeling a little uncomfortable in social situations.

It’s difficult to explain what it really is, and for people who don’t experience it to fully understand, because in some cases the thoughts that go through our head aren’t rational. What may seem like the easiest thing for you, is actually extremely difficult for us. Everyone experiences social anxiety differently; a situation that makes me very anxious can be easy to deal with for someone else, and vice versa. 

Monday, 28 August 2017

My First Tattoo

I got my first (and only) tattoo last year at the beginning of September with one of my best friends, Helene. We had gotten some fake ones together before, but this time they were real. I’ll share our thought process, all the various decisions we made and why; it might help you if you’re still deciding whether you’d want one or not!
1.       Reasons
Helene and I love tattoos (she probably a bit more than me, she’s obsessed), and it was her idea to get one together. Last summer we travelled in Central Europe for 3 weeks, just the two of us, and so we thought it would be a good idea to get it then. It was our first time backpacking so we wanted to make it special. 
2.       Concerns
I’m not gonna lie, I was very scared of getting the tattoo. I was scared I would regret it, that I wouldn’t like it after a while, or that Helene and I would stop being friends and then I’d be left with a tattoo constantly reminding me of her (which will hopefully never happen). I was also terrified of the pain: I have a low tolerance for pain, I’m the type who

Friday, 18 August 2017

Washable Period Pad Review

As you can understand from the title, this post is about periods and period pads. So if you’re squeamish or have any related phobias, I suggest you stop reading as the content may be triggering. 
I want to review my washable period pad (yes, it does exist!!), and who knows maybe you’ll decide to give it a go. For quite a while I was concerned by the amount of waste we create every time we’re on our period. Especially me, as I don’t use tampons and only use pads, so the bin gets full pretty quickly. I’d heard of the OrganiCup, but honestly I didn’t really feel like trying it out, but figured I might have to if I didn’t find an alternative.
Then I went to Veggie World Paris (aka Vegan paradise) last April and there it was: washable period pads. There were all sorts of sizes and colours to choose from, depending on your
flow and your taste.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Veganism on TV

When I decided to go vegan, I became very aware of vegans’ portrayal on television. Especially in the beginning, every time I heard the word ‘vegan’ in a film or a tv series, my eyes would open wide and I would pay close attention to what was said with excitement. I was often disappointed.
I knew veganism was not exactly well perceived by many, and by watching tv I understood why. It’s often the subject of a mockery, and it’s not taken seriously. Even with vegetarianism; we get to see several vegetarian characters on tv, but they are often questioned on their reasons behind it and it ends up being mocked or misunderstood. Characters use the word ‘vegan’ to describe a type of person that they don’t want their friends to become, therefore having a negative connotation attached to it. We can find examples in ‘How I met your Mother’ or ‘Gossip Girl’, where Robin and Serena (respectively) are accused of changing for the worst.
One example that stuck with me, though, and that slightly

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