Life’s Journey 139

Day 2667-

Life has its ups and downs. Things have been going okay. Depression comes and goes, anxiety looms over me every day. I need a change. I feel healthier since I changed to a vegan diet. I’ve been more conscious about the things I use and do as far as animals go. I didn’t even think about that when I changed my diet, I just wanted to be healthier.

Another thing that I have recently changed is the fact that things don’t make me happy. I have been getting rid of more and more stuff lately. Have I used this recently? Will I use this in the near future or am I holding onto it… just in case? Does this cause me long term happiness? Does this contribute to my health? Those are the things that I ask myself when I am either buying something or thinking about throwing stuff out/donating/selling. Letting go of things is really starting to feel good. It feels freeing! I am enjoying the fact that I can appreciate the things that I do keep even more. This also gives me more time with my family and less things that I have to clean up. I recently threw out about 60% of my clothes and a bunch of books that I wasn’t using, I gave to the church across the street. I still have a long way to go, but I think that I am off to a good start. I’ve been doing the same thing with my thoughts. If it’s not that important, let it go. If it is important, say something after you actually thought out the situation. This has been making life so much easier.

I have also been re-evaluating my relationships lately as well. Who is helping me and who is holding me back? I just celebrated 8 years being married to my husband. I can say that, right now, we have a better relationship than we ever had. Communication is the best thing that I can say has changed everything that we look at. We talk about everything now, we make time for each other, we go out of our way for each other. It is so nice. I know that when he comes home from work, I get a good morning kiss and when I wake up, I make him breakfast. It’s the little things that we do for each other that count and really make a difference. i can tell that he is going out of his way to make me happy every day and I do the same for him. It feels so good all around. Something as simple as a nice hot cup of coffee and video games together before I have to go to work or our family dinner and game night on Wednesdays. I make sure that I have off on Wednesday every week because I know he does too and that gives us at least 1 day to spend together from wake up to sleep. He really is my everything and I am so lucky to have a guy as great as he is.

Then… there are the terrible relationships…

I had someone that I was friends with for 7 years. We were military wives together. She found herself homeless with her 16 year old son. We took them in for Christmas so that they didn’t have to spend Christmas and New Years in a shelter. She ended up being a nightmare. So condescending and awful. When no one else was around, she would just talk down to me and psychoanalyze everything that I did. When I told her something that she was doing in my home bothered me, instead of saying “oh, I’m sorry” she would say, “why does that bother you? What are you insecure about?” What a scumbag way to talk to someone who is trying to help you. She pretty much told me that my house was messy… I have 2 kids and my husband and I both have full time jobs… with more hours during the holidays. She was just being an asshole pretty much. I didn’t trust her very much from the first day that she was there because she waited until we pulled up in front of my house to tell me that she had a boyfriend in prison here… after I drove for almost 6 hours both ways to go and pick them up and bring them here. Right after that, all she did was talk shit on the lady that took them in before us. Ungrateful. When my husband asked her to leave, she tried to guilt him and I into letting them stay. She took my work sneakers with her that I let her use since she had to walk to a lot of places and didn’t have sneakers. $65 work sneakers gone. Then she had the nerve to say that she didn’t take them, but she is a liar and doesn’t lie well, so I already know that wasn’t true. I also found my stamp holder, which holds 100 stamps, empty and in my door organizer… I used about 10 stamps out of the whole thing. I gave her $75 out of my paycheck to use for things that they needed that they couldn’t get with food stamps (socks, gloves, hats, sneakers) but instead she put $25 of it on her boyfriend’s phone account and the other $50 on his commissary. Way to take care of your child first… that’s a shitty person. She had the nerve to tell me that she was going to call Social Services on my husband and I because we neglect our children and don’t take care of them. Riiiiigggghhhtttt. We both have full-time jobs, the kids are fed (and healthy food with barely any processed crap), they have more than what they need and never want for anything, and they are happy. My kids are taken care of. I don’t know where someone that tells their 16 year old son that he should “drop out of school and get a job because 2 incomes are better than one” gets off on saying anything bad about the people that took them in since she can’t take care of her own obviously. People like her make me loose faith in humanity. She is teaching her son that living as a mediocre person is okay to do in life and she is giving him a shitty start to his adult life. It really is sad because it is a cycle that she is starting, not ending. Truly sad.

All-in-all, things have been really good lately. Even the bad stuff doesn’t seem as bad because I have been changing the way that I have been thinking about things. I feel like I am more at peace with a lot of things and hopefully, as I continue to work on myself more, it will only keep getting better. Today, whether I am happy or depressed, I am still good with myself, and that is what is important.


Life’s Journey 138

Day 2583:

Soooooo, I’m super excited! I’m down 15 lbs and 2.8% body fat! I have more energy, I’m happier, less anxious, just overall better. My cravings for fast food and other stuff have gone away. I didn’t even know that that was a thing.

So, I’ve heard so many things that ignorant people have said since I went vegan. Here is some of the list:

  1. Oh so you hate your life?  What???? I love my life, duh, that’s why I did it! I want to be healthier and live a longer, better, more enjoyable life!
  2. hmmmm bacon is soooo good though! kk, enjoy it! I’m not stopping you, I promise.
  3. But vegan food has no flavor! ummm… no. You are so wrong if you actually believing that mess. I can make anything delicious and flavorful. I have so much variety and amazingness to my meals. It’s not all celery and carrot sticks people!’
  4. Tofu is gross though, you’re nasty. I mean, that’s your opinion. I think it’s funny though that some of the people that say that… haven’t actually TRIED tofu. Crispy buffalo tofu bites…. *drool*
  5. But protein!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, no offense or anything, but if you think that meat is the only way that you get protein, you are a complete and total idiot. 100 calories of ground beef has 4 grams of protein, 100 calories of spinach has 13 grams.
    1. black beans
    2. tofu
    3. nuts
    4. tempeh
    5. garbanzos
    6. broccoli
    7. quinoa
    8. lentils
    9. potatoes
    10. Mushrooms
  6. So I should just give you my lawn clippings, right? Sure dude, because I live off of salad. I think I’ve had 3-4 salads in the past month.
  7. There are so many things that you can’t eat anymore. Aren’t you going to miss it? No. Anything you can make, I can make vegan. That’s just how it is.
  8. Being vegan is soooooo expensive. I couldn’t imagine doing that. The most expensive things that most people buy as far as groceries go are meat, cheese, and eggs. Since I went vegan, I spend less at the grocery store.
  9. How long are you going to do that? Well, depends on how long I want to live healthy I guess.
  10. Vegans are weaker because they don’t eat meat.


So, next time you think you are being cute or funny by saying any of these things, 1. your opinion means nothing to me 2. you’re talking out of your ass 3. I didn’t become vegan without doing any research. 4. Not all vegans are all about save the animals, I know that my clothes are made from animal products and I don’t plan on eating my pants.  5. My decision to become vegan doesn’t have any effect on  you at all so don’t worry about me.

Just because I decided to do something for myself that is much healthier doesn’t mean you have to try and put me down because you don’t agree with it. Do some research before you open your mouth. You do you and I’ll do me.

Bring each other up, don’t put each other down. Know better, do better.

Life’s Journey 136

Day 2526:


So tired. Only 2 more days until vacation… and I need it! My brain is just D O N E. Between juggling our schedules, Morgan’s appointments, work, and just life, I’m tired.

This week has been…. ugh. That’s all I can say about that.

I got hungry 3 nights ago. Not knowing what I wanted, I threw something together. Tofu sauteed in sesame oil with sweet, heat, chili sauce, green and wax beans, green onion, and sesame seeds. Turned out to be phenomenal!! Totally making this again!


2 nights ago we had Japanese curry. The hubs and the kids had theirs with panko crusted chicken and onions and I had mine with crispy tofu, onions, green onions, steamed broccoli, and garbanzo beans.

So yesterday for lunch… leftovers!!!!!!!!


I didn’t think that I could find much at the Chinese buffet if I went with my family… but that happened too!


I can’t wait until next week. I like spending time in Lancaster, PA because I get some super yummy fruits and veggies so dinners will be exceptionally good next week. Fresh and local is definitely the way to go.

Life’s Journey 135

Day 2522:

Sorry that I missed the last few days. Morgan had a surgery Thursday (nothing crazy), spent a few days at my sister’s house, worked, and got to see some friends that I haven’t seen in a while/met for the first time.

So I made a breakfast scramble yesterday that was sooooo good. I tweaked the “egg” recipe to add extra garlic. It made them so much better.


“Eggs”. green and red bell peppers, onions (lots), and fresh and powdered garlic. Recipe for “eggs”:

1 block (15 ounces) of firm or extra firm (I prefer extra firm) tofu

1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder (add more if you love garlic)

1/4 sea salt

1/4 turmeric powder

3 Tbsp.vegetable broth (I don’t use this, but I guess you can)

vegan butter

actual recipe here

So there ya go!

The kids love it too!

For lunch I made buffalo tofu bites, rosemary and olive oil quinoa, and garlic asparagus sauteed in coconut oil.


Press the tofu to get all the liquid out, coat in flour and dust off the excess, pan fry with peanut oil, and toss in your favorite buffalo wing sauce. If you like ranch 617xtUsfF+L._SY355_

This is what I use because it’s the only one I can find in this area but there are other brands, and you can also make your own. Either way, this was a yummy lunch!

Dinner was easy…


Yesterday, I went to dinner with friends… Red Robin. Probably the best place to eat vegan. So glad that they have so many vegan choices, and they serve Boca burgers!


Life’s Journey 134

Day 2518:

Twice in one day! I had to share this. My sister made taco lasagna for dinner… So I made some too!

1 pack of extra firm tofu, 1 packet of taco seasoning (or mix your own), 1 bag of shredded “cheese” (I used pepper jack shown above), and lasagna noodles (I learned my lesson, don’t use the no boil noodles). Make your tofu up with the taco seasoning and then layer like you would regular lasagna. Bake until done and then top with your favorite taco toppings!!!!

The kids both loved it and so did I.

For dessert, dark chocolate truffle ice cream. Yummy!


Life’s Journey 133

Day 2518:

Food is getting more and more yummy. I am thankful that something like Pintrest exists! I can type in “vegan buffalo bites” and it shows be a ton of recipes with all different ingredients. My friend sent me this awesome article this morning:

Veg News

So that’s awesome! Also, I really want to try jack fruit!

Heading to  my sister’s house today for 2 days. Packing some yummies with me. Avocado, my “fake” chicken, and some roasted garlic that I made. yum yum!