Wednesday, 17 November 2010
So I've finally finished uni. It's such a strange time and I have such mixed feelings. Part of me is glad it's all over and another part of me is sad - like I didn't make the most of it. This is what I've been working to for the part three years - a little BA to put at the end of my name. I did a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in linguistics and art history. Above all, I'm looking forward to having time to just do whatever I feel like, without feeling guilty.
These are the things I'm most looking forward to:
Of course, doing a Bachelor of Arts, I've spent a huge part of the last three years reading. I often felt like it was impossible to keep up to date with all the weekly readings. When I did read books for my own pleasure, I usually felt guilty, like I should be doing my recomended readings instead. As a result, I haven't read nearly as much as I would have liked to over the past few years. I have a huge list of classics that i can't wait to get into!
So I've been vegan for quite some time now. I'm really lucky to have a family who supports me in my choices. Everyone is always happy to make a special vegan alternative for me. But as a result of this, I haven't done nearly as much cooking as I should have. I get home from uni/work late and someone has usually already made dinner. But now that i have more time on my hands, I'm really looking forward to having time to improve my cooking skills, both savoury meals and yummy cakes and desserts!
I loveee to draw. I find it so relaxing and rewarding. I draw a bit, but not nearly as much as I’d like to. I’m really hoping to improve my painting skills as well.
I’ve decided that I am really going to commit to this blog. I really like the idea of having a little online journal and I really want to keep writing. What I write may not be of the best quality, and it may not be read by anyone, but I think it is so important to keep writing.
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Yippee I finally tracked down a copy of Peppermint Magazine issue 6! I know it’s been out for a few weeks now, but none of the newsagents in my area seem to have it. It would kind of defeat the purpose if I was to drive out of my way to get it, so I decided to wait until I was going into the city anyway. I love it. It’s almost replaced Frankie as my favourite magazine! I think it’s so important that we live our day to day lives with the environment in mind. The best part is that it inspires us to live ethical and environmentally friendly lives, without compromising on looking lovely. Very important for us narcissists with a conscience!
I really enjoyed the article about Mark Boyle, a man who has been living for the last 18 months without any money! So inspirational. I was thinking about joining his freeconomy, but I don’t really have any skills, or things people would want to borrow. I guess it would be good to join anyway. I’m definitely going to buy his book, The Moneyless Man, though.
Friday, 25 June 2010
A few days ago, I was sitting, having lunch, with a girl from my art history class. She is a bit of a fundamentalist vegan. She knew I was a vegan too. She complemented me on my boots, saying how hard it is to find nice fake leather shoes. I was like “ooh thankyou. I know, it’s impossible. These are actually leather, I bought them in an op-shop.” She looked aghast. “Oh I thought you were a vegan,” she said. “Well I eat a vegan diet, but I do wear wool and leather if I buy them second hand.” She clearly didn’t agree.
I’ve always been a bit hesitant to call myself a vegan. I tend to say things such as “I’m on a vegan diet,” or “oh I don’t eat eggs or dairy.” But recently, I’ve just started saying “vegan” because it’s so much easier. I’ve been a vegetarian all my life, but for the last year or so, I very, very rarely ate eggs or dairy. I think I was just too scared to label myself.
My thirteen-year-old sister doesn’t eat meat, dairy or honey. She will, however, eat the eggs that some from our chooks. Our chickens are ex-battery hens. My mum got them from a battery farm that will let people take their hens when they are considered too old. If someone doesn’t adopt them, they are killed. So my mum go these yucky, featherless chickens with their beaks chopped and their feathers clipped a few years ago. While they were considered too old to lay eggs then, three years later, they are the happiest, healthiest chickens I ever saw and each lay an egg every day. Siena knows that they have a good life, and if it wasn’t for us they would have been killed, so she doesn’t have a problem with eating their eggs.
I think that it is more important that we tailor our diets and lifestyles around our individual beliefs, rather than adhering to a strict vegan lifestyle. I don’t want to support the leather or wool industry, so I would never buy new wool or leather. But If my money is going to charity, and I am making use of something that someone else is throwing away, I think that it is better to buy second hand leather than new plastic boots.