My Decision To Become A Vegetarian


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I have been a vegetarian for nearly three years, now. I initially decided to give up all meat with the exception of fish and other seafood. After reading a book entitled, “By Any Greens Necessary,” by Tracye McQuirter, I decided to give up all meat and lead a vegetable based diet. I must make mention that Ms. McQuirter is a vegan advocate; however, the book is a great starting point for anyone interested in transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet.

I grew up in a household where fried chicken, pork chops, and bacon were staples. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the food that my mother prepared. Heck, I still love the smell of hot wings! But, with the consumption of those foods brought on a host of ailments that I observed not only from my mom; but, from many of the members in my family as well. Enough was enough when at the age of 33, I was diagnosed with hypertension and had the highest weight I had been in my entire life. All I could think of was taking pills and loosing my “good” health. I don’t care what anyone says, you don’t have anything if you don’t have your health. The richest person in the world can not buy his health back. And that is what made me change not just for me but for my family as a whole. I had to show my children that there was a better way. Not saying that vegetarianism is the key for everyone; but, I have not seen anyone die from increasing their fruit and vegetable intake.

I knew something in my life had to change, so one day I woke up and just decided to become a pescetarian. My friends and family could not believe that I had made such a rash decision. My daughter told me, “momma you won’t last a week,” my best friend told me she would give me a few days, and my mom thought I had lost my mind. But, if you really knew me and understood how much I adored food, you too would have felt the same way.

You can not tell me what I can’t do. I started reading books and doing research, which led to my belief in the absence of meat from my diet. Once I believed in the idea of pescetarianism and later vegetarianism, it was a done deal and a vegetarian was ultimately born.

I am not the fanatical type that believes all people should be vegetarian, I think everyone comes to their own glory in their own time. I am just here as an example for my family, to show them that their past does not determine their future. My greatest hope is that more people see the benefit in a vegetable-based diet and eat more fruits and vegetables.

My decision to become a vegetarian has impacted other areas of my life as well. I feel more awakened from a spiritual aspect, I consume less processed foods, and I love love love natural skin care products; not there yet with my lipsticks; but, I’m getting there.

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Whatever That “Thing” Is, Just Do It!


IMG_0467 Whatever that dream you have, do it.  Start right now with what you have.  Let no one stop you from pursuing or even having dreams that may seem unattainable at the moment.  I think everyone should have dreams.  What is the purpose of going through life and playing it safe?  Who wants to look back on their lives and wonder what could have been?

I am a very private person and I do not readily share my struggles, dreams, or personal story with anyone.  However, I feel compelled to share my story, not to brag or for anyone’s pity.  In fact, I will not share anything while I am going through it.  I am not a seeker of empathy or compassion.  My chief purpose is to Empower, Inspire and Uplift!  I am strong and I know how to endure in the most difficult of times, which I am sure many of us have seen.  Adversity is something that binds human-kind together, everyone in this life will go through something that will challenge their very existence. 

The purpose of this blog is to Empower, Inspire, and Uplift mankind, through my personal story.  I believe the things that you go through are not just for you.  You never know who needs to hear your story and I am finally willing to share, after much internal resistance.  You see, if I can inspire just one person to have dreams and know that it is possible, well, that makes my writing worthwhile.

Where shall I begin?  Well, I had my first child at the age of 15; I was pregnant again my senior year of high school.  By the time I was 19-years-old, I was a single-teenage-mother of three small children, with all the negative connotations that go along with that. I did not want to adhere to what society or statistics said that I would become.  But, that in and of itself was not my motivator to achieve.  I always wanted more and nothing in this world could stop me.  My life as it was or what people thought of me could not contain my inner desire for something far better than what I could see. 

 I went on to graduate high school, earn a bachelor’s degree, and two master’s degrees, while working a full-time job and raising three children, by myself.  So, you can not tell me what can’t be done, Just Do It!  The key to achieving anything in life is to first decide what you want, believe that you can achieve it, and Just Do It! There will be many challenges to achieving your goals, but you must remain diligent and push through when you don’t even know how things will fall together.  You must have faith.

I am still not where I want to be by my standards; but, I am not where I used to be and I will never give up!  I don’t care if it takes me until I am 80-years old to achieve my goals, I will achieve them and that is the mindset you must have, in order to realize your dreams.  

Many people wonder in this economy, is education worth it?  I can tell you from someone who developed herself from the ground up, that Yes, education is worth it.  I may not have seen a big ROI (yet), from a business perspective, but education is priceless.  Albert Einstein said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.”  The beauty of education is that it gives you an open-mind, curiosity, and the ability to think for yourself.  Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Once the mind is expanded, it can never return to its previous state. It is important to educate yourself, have dreams, pursue your dreams, and whatever that “thing” is at this very moment, just do it!  Start right now with what you have.

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION


ImageI have been on a personal journey towards self-discovery. Socrates said, “Know thyself.” I can finally say that, I know myself. I will use this blog as a creative outlet to share my story and some of my unique passions. My greatest desire is for human-kind to dream big and know that everything is POSSIBLE!!!