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User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 19, 2017 5:01 PM (UTC)
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Turkeys are really amazing creatures. I first got to spend time with them when I was interning @_animalplace. They are very intelligent animals that are highly social and create lasting social bonds with each other (similar to dogs). They also are very affectionate. The first turkey I met at Animal Place was Molko and she would come sit next to me and loved being stroked, she would drift off to sleep as long as you were stroking her feathers. Each turkey is different, they have very distinct personalities. This year about 45 million of these individuals will be brutally killed so that people can celebrate a racist holiday and “give thanks.” If you still eat turkey please recognize that they deserve to live a life free from fear, pain, and harm. Don’t invite animal cruelty to your table this holiday. Give thanks with compassion. Choose to go meatless and eat one of the many amazing vegan roasts from companies like @fieldroast, @the_tofurky_company, or @gardein. Or skip roast all together and eat all of the amazing sides. Remember that there is no difference between that turkey in the supermarket and peaceful sleeping Molko.
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 17, 2017 7:01 PM (UTC)
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Life moves way too fast. Suddenly I’m 23 and graduated from college and I’m not that teenager covering my bedroom walls in band posters and scribbling with sharpie on my converse anymore. And I feel this immense pressure of adulthood all the time now, but at the same time I don’t feel like an adult. Being 23 feels foreign to me, and it makes me really nostalgic for the days when I felt like I was allowed to be silly and mess up and spend whole days watching YouTube videos or reading Harry Potter and not worry about whether or not I was being “productive.” I’m learning to balance those feelings out and I’m really trying not to be overwhelmed by the stress of growing up and moving away from my youth, but some days it’s just really difficult.
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 15, 2017 5:16 PM (UTC)
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Here’s to a year of doing all the things my teen self always wanted to do. 💜 Suddenly I’m 23 and screaming along to songs I used to listen to when I was sad in middle school/high school and everything feels different but everything also feels so much better. Thank you @falloutboy for an amazing show and letting me indulge in nostalgia for a night. 💜
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 12, 2017 8:45 PM (UTC)
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Vegan sushi feasting at Shizen Vegan Sushi Bar in SF with the parents. 🌱👌🏼 I love how creative and delicious everything here is. No sad cucumber rolls in sight 🙅🏻
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 10, 2017 7:12 PM (UTC)
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"Everyone was so busy teaching me how to take up as little space as possible, no one thought to teach me how to love the space I do take up."
– // you’re allowed to take up space; you’re allowed to exist
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 10, 2017 5:06 AM (UTC)
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I was listening to the Harry Potter and the Sacred Text podcast this morning and at the end of the 1st podcast they ask themselves what action they will take based on the portion of text they focused on and one of the hosts said something that really resonated with me. She talked about how she often asks herself “Am I making the best choices?” And how the fact is she’ll never know but it doesn’t matter because she made them and she made them rationally. So she’s going to recommit herself to her life choices and get better at them, rather than constantly spending all this time thinking about all the other things she could have chosen, and focused on really growing those parts of her life. I really connected with that because I spend so much of my time thinking about all the other things I could be doing or focusing on the really awesome things other people are doing and wishing I was doing something that cool, especially at this time in my life trying to figure out post-grad life and the job world. I spend a lot of time wishing I had done things differently in the past or wishing that I had chosen to spend my time in a different way (and part of that comes from the fact that we have a finite amount of time on this earth in this life), but that doesn’t do me any good. So I’m going to try to recommit myself to my life decisions right now and try to make them the best they can be. Also I’m going to try to stop thinking and believing that other people are so cool and that I’m somehow less then, because that is the asshole part of my brain that wants to keep me insecure about my life. (Now I’ve put this out into the world so I have to follow through and actually try to practice this.)
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 7, 2017 4:56 AM (UTC)
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“When I saw the break of day
I wished that I could fly away...” 🕊🍂 @norahjones getting me through this disorienting time change and the darkening evenings.
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 5, 2017 11:16 PM (UTC)
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Throwback to when my friends made me and @ava.simone.donovan this beautiful Vegan Caramel Fig Vanilla Layer Cake (recipe from @veganyackattack) for our joint birthday party. 🎂✨🌱
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 3, 2017 7:20 PM (UTC)
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One of my favorite parts about being vegan is how fun food is now. Cheese made from cashews? Milk made from oats? Nutritional yeast?! Nice cream? I’ve eaten better, tastier, more creative food in the past 5 years then I ate the first 16 years of my life. Food is exciting and fun. Veganism is not limiting me in the slightest. If anything it’s only expanded my food world. 🌱✨🥕🍌🍒🥔🥑🍍🥒🌶
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Nov 2, 2017 2:44 AM (UTC)
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Happy World Vegan Day! Over 5 years ago I made the decision to stop paying for and contributing to animal exploitation and it will forever be the best decision I‘ve made. Living vegan is the best thing you can do (and you can decide to do it right now!) for the planet. Animal agriculture is the #1 contributor to most of the environmental destruction happening right now. As an animal lover it’s an ease on my conscience knowing no animals suffered and died for me to eat (they all suffer no matter the label of humane, cage free, etc...it’s just marketing people). It’s made me feel empowered and driven, given me an amazing community of kind and caring friends, and provided me with so many opportunities to make a direct positive impact on the world. If you are wondering how to go vegan or have any questions at all please message me or comment below! I also recommend watching these three documentaries: @cowspiracy, @wthfilm, and @earthlingsfilm. There’s is nothing I miss about my life before I was vegan (not even cheese!). No food is worth the environmental impact and suffering of animals. And anything you can eat I can eat vegan 🌱✌🏼
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Oct 31, 2017 4:39 PM (UTC)
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“I don’t want to be your fool, I just want to be uncool.” It’s Halloween y’all! 🕷🖤🕸🔮⚡️🎃👻💀 This was from a couple years ago and it’s still my fav face paint I’ve had done.
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Oct 29, 2017 11:47 PM (UTC)
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Happy International Cat Day to this one who I was told is the worst patient the vet has ever had yesterday 🐱🖤✨😂 Eloise is my favorite to hang out with. She’s so tough and she will defend herself without a second thought, but when she curls up next to me under the blankets at night she is so sweet and content. I love every part of her even when she scratches me for carrying her back inside when she escapes out the door. I have so much respect for her fiery, adorable, sassy personality. She’s taught me a lot about doing exactly what I want to do and standing up for myself.
“I wanna know, wanna know how to leave my soul behind for you to take.
It's getting late, and don't you hate it how the clock moves fast when your heart's been racing?” @swmrs ✨🖤 📸@__elliebellie #drivenorth
Life is so weird. My last week has been full of pumpkin patch trips, poetry readings, 21st birthday celebrations, concerts, brunches, and improv comedy shows. And I still have so many things planned for the next 4 days. Even though I’m drinking a gallon of coffee to get my energy up for the @swmrs show tonight I’m so happy. Last night we saw @theregrettesband and I moshed for the first time and we left soaked in sweat and good vibes. Life is full of so many opportunities (reminder to myself when I’m feeling low or questioning what I’m doing with my life). I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. ✨
#vegansofig #vegan #theregrettes #swmrs #selflove #embracinglife #santacruz #danceitout
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Oct 24, 2017 3:58 PM (UTC)
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Yesterday I was making vegan enchiladas in the kitchen and listening to love songs and @__elliebellie said, “Do you ever listen to love songs like they're about yourself instead of other people.” And wow, I had never thought about that before—I didn’t expect it to be difficult. It’s a mix of bittersweet because I don’t know why it’s so hard to love myself, but at the same time when I feel that self love creeping in it’s the best feeling, imagining those cheesy love-y lyrics are me talking to myself, deciding to celebrate the person I am/becoming. We put so much emphasis on our relationships to other people but the most important relationship I’ll ever have is the one I have with myself. So all of this is to say that you should try it. Try to really feel those words and feelings directed at yourself. 🌸✨ It’s not selfish to be happy with who you are!
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Oct 23, 2017 4:16 PM (UTC)
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Vegan enchiladas, steamed garlicky kale, and beans @graciasmadresf. 💚🌱 Yesterday I took a trip to SF to see @rupikaur_ speak and read her poetry and it was such a beautiful experience. 🌻
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Oct 22, 2017 5:08 PM (UTC)
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User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Oct 21, 2017 11:05 PM (UTC)
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There used to be a time where I wouldn’t touch a single thing on this plate because “it wasn’t healthy” and I was so freaked out about consuming things like this. But what’s not healthy is stressing about food and restricting food and avoiding social situations where food is involved. Been there, done that, got extremely sick. Eating some vegan chocolate chip pancakes will not hurt you. No one should feel guilty for just eating food and enjoying their life. Food should only bring you joy and energy! (Note that veganism is completely different and unrelated because it’s about justice.) .
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#vegansofig #saturncafe #vegan #plantbased #veganpancakes #veganbrunch #veganbreakfast #whatveganseat #tofuscramble
User Image sarahmclaughlin Posted: Oct 18, 2017 3:22 PM (UTC)
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