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Scrolling back through my old Tumblr posts from two+ years ago and just being like wow I am much happier now than I was then. Self love is a journey. I still have days where my anxiety makes it hard to breathe, where I feel like I’m standing on the outside looking in at my friends, where I don’t really feel at home or secure anywhere, where I feel uncomfortable in my own skin. Luckily I don’t feel it as often as I used to but on the days I do I remember: “Some days are like this. And the only way to get through them is to remember that they are only one day, and that every day ends.”
- David Levithan
Missing quiet mornings in the woods away from the rush of life. 🌲☀️
Sending all my love and support to @_animalplace right now! They do amazing work and I’ve had incredible experiences interning and volunteering with them. They are currently trying to save the lives of 7 calves and need donations to help with their care. They also recently evacuated 1000+ animals from one of their shelters due to the terrible CA wildfires. Please give them some support and love ❤️❤️❤️
If struggling with my mental health for the better part of my life has taught me anything it’s that compassion for ourselves is key. Learning to forgive ourselves over and over. Knowing deep in our core that even on bad days when it feels like it will never get better, it does. Knowing that as lonely and debilitating as struggling with anxiety and an eating disorder can be I am never alone and I am not the only one who feels this way. By talking about our struggles we help break the stigma. #worldmentalhealthday @rupikaur_ thank you for the poetry. 🌻❤️
I want to sit here forever. Wrapped in a blanket, sipping hot chocolate, watching a deer graze across the yard, reading about feminism. The only sounds around me are of a woodpecker and the breeze through the trees. I need another month in my forest oasis.
Our family dinners have started up again at VegHouse 🌱 Wednesday we did a pumpkin-themed dinner! Everything had to have 🎃 in it. So Pumpkin Sage Biscuits from @minimalistbaker, zoodles with roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin Mac and cheese, pumpkin quesadillas, kale and chard salad with roasted pumpkin. (We also had pumpkin Rice Krispies, chocolate chip sweet potato cookies, and pumpkin milkshakes.) Welcome fall 2017 🍂
In two days I’ll be back in one of my favorite places in the world. My grandparents property in Idaho. It’s really strange to go up there now and not have my grandparents there, my grandpa pulling up to the house on his 4-wheeler, my gram in the armchair watching CNN in her cut-off jean shorts. The complete peace and quiet of 160 acres of woods and trails just for us, wild turkeys and deer wandering through the yard, the creek trickling, no sounds of traffic. It makes me emotional just to think about this place. I can’t wait to be cut-off from social media and the world for a bit and fully recharge in a place that is full of childhood memories. ❤️
"Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other."
-Veronica Roth
Making vegan scones is how I wish I started every Sunday 🌱super delicious. ☀️
Just chillin' by the ocean ☀️🌊 This week has been so stressful, dealing with lots of emotions about all of my friends starting the school year at UCSC while I'm not living that undergrad life anymore and have been feeling really anti-social and unmotivated. But yesterday my friends surprised me with flowers after work, we made watermelon juice at 9 pm in our kitchen, laughed way too hard at our own jokes, and talked about our feelings. Everything might not always be okay, but I'm lucky to have people in my life that remind me it does get better.
Lucky to live near the Bay Area because that means I'm close to @timelesscoffee 💜🙌🏼 All the vegan baked goods I could ever want/need. This is their Peach Almond Scone. ✨
"Hold onto hope if you got it
Don't let it go for nobody
And they say that dreaming is free But I wouldn't care what it cost me..." @paramore 💜
I started listening to @paramore in 2006 when I was 12. Their Riot album was released shortly after that and it fueled me through my angsty teen years. I started college with their self-titled album and when my mental health was on a serious decline I would go on walks and pretend that @yelyahwilliams was singing straight to me through my headphones. I can't separate those songs from the way I felt at that time, like life would never get better. And this year I started my post-college life with After Laughter. I was having a really hard time adjusting to post-grad life and this concert was pulling me through this year and gave me something to look forward to when I just wanted to hit pause on life for awhile. Last night Hayley sat down on stage and got real about mental health before singing "26." And I felt like she was talking/singing straight to me. I'm so grateful for this band, growing up with them, and their music. I'm feeling the post-concert blues pretty hard right now, but I'm so grateful to have been in this room at this moment experiencing this little piece of time in my life with a room full of people who can relate.
23. 23 years on this planet experiencing this weird and wonderful ride of life. Birthdays are a funny thing, for me kind of stress inducing, but surprisingly this year I got through it with minimal crying (😂). It's scary to be moving farther and farther away from childhood because I still am figuring out this whole self-reliant, adulting thing. But this year has been so good for me and I've grown so much as a person and have had truly amazing experiences. Just this month I got to help interview Evanna Lynch (Luna lovegood from Harry Potter) and tomorrow I see @paramore in concert. A band I've been absolutely in love with since I was 12 years old. This birthday I thought a lot about how I've spent my 23 years up to this point and I've spent far too much time hating myself and trying to change myself to meet society's expectations and from now on I'm going to practice self love every single day because life is too short to be my own biggest critic. #selflove #selfcare #birthdays #vegansofig #vegan #plantbased #23years #whatveganslooklike
Celebrating my birthday a day early at the office ✨ I have the cutest coworkers and working for VegNews these past 9 months has been so much fun. Tomorrow I will have officially called this earth home for 23 years and that is just too hard to believe. But so lucky to be where I am in my life right now and I fully appreciate all of the people who fill my life with love. ❤️ #vegan #vegancake #vegansofig #buttercupcakes #santacruz #veganbirthday #plantbased #veganfoodshare #grateful
Goodbye summer ☀️ Thank you for your sunshine, good fruit, and long warm summer nights. This was my first summer not having a summer break from school but I still got to go on so many adventures including a Yosemite trip with good friends and I saw @jackjohnson and @norahjones in concert with my mom 💜 and so many beach trips and evenings spent gardening and eating copious amounts of avocado toast and fresh fruit 🥑🍓 So this is my reminder to myself that I still have so many adventures ahead and to be careful about living in nostalgia because life has so many possibilities still waiting for me. #vegansofig #vegan #summerfruit #goodbyesummer #eatplants #animalsarefriends #friendsnotfood #farmersmarket #boycottdriscolls #choosevegan #plantbased
The sky was so beautiful last night I couldn't find words to even begin to describe it. I tried to capture it here but of course it's only a fraction of what it looked like in person. So beautiful. So lucky to live in this small little California beach town. #santacruz #vegansofig #vegan #sunset #beachtown #oceansunset #california
Self care is making yourself get up and get out of the house on a Saturday morning after a long stressful week when you really just want to lay under your blankets all day. I knew as soon as I was in the forest I would feel better and it's so true. I wish I could start every morning in the Santa Cruz redwoods, breathing in that forest air, exhaling the stress, focusing on myself, and feeling present in that moment. I'm trying to carry that way I feel in the redwoods with me everyday because the perpetual stress I feel is often overwhelming. #selfcare #selflove #santacruz #redwoods #vegansofig #scredwoods #ucsc #ucsantacruz