Hi! Welcome to The Sweet Life, my ALL VEGAN food blog. Thanks for stopping by.
After one and a half years of running this blog I’ve decided it’s time to have a proper “About Me” page, something I have avoided until now because I find it much easier to write about food, veganism, my kid, my dog, Portland, really anything other than myself. And then there’s the issue of pictures. I love taking photos – hate being on the other side of the camera. I had to dig deep (like into friend’s Facebook pages) to find some pictures of me. However, I had some mild success, so here goes…
That’s me and my family. We are all here, even the baby growing inside me although you may notice me skillfully at hiding the big baby bump. We live in Portland, Oregon. I am a 5th generation Oregonian so the culture, air, and history of the Northwest runs deep in my veins.
And you see that little girl in the middle. That’s Eden. And it’s because of her that I am able to work on The Sweet Life.
Back in 2011 I was a frustrated food service employee. I had spent over a decade trying to create a career out of my skills and training in which I didn’t feel completely overworked, underpaid, and taken for granted. As I moved on from job to job, it started to feel like things may never change and the only thing left to look forward to was retirement. Then out of nowhere I got pregnant and in January of 2012 I gave birth to my daughter, Eden.
Going back to work seemed ridiculous when comparing my paycheck to the prices of daycare and although I had never imagined myself a stay-at-home parent, I moved into that role both apprehensively and enthusiastically. For the first few months of her life all that girl did was nurse. For hours. Upon hours.
And that’s how I began blogging. In my free moments I would make food and take pictures in our dimly lit rooms (it was the middle of winter) then write about it while holding her in my arms. At the time it was a way to pass the hours and keep my mind stimulated. Since then it has become so much more.
As a culinary school graduate, with a B.A. in photography I have found a place to combine my skills and passions while spreading the word about veganism and spending this era of my life staying at home with the kid. I have also found a great community among vegan bloggers and met many like-minded, creative, passionate, and compassionate friends for which I am ever-so grateful.
I am often asked why I choose vegan. Since 2006 I have lived a vegan lifestyle out of conviction that all species deserve a chance to live a life free of torture, pain, and enslavement. The previous decade I had been what I called “a lazy vegetarian” which meant I mostly ate a meat-free diet unless something looked really really tasty. As you can imagine it was not out of conviction but rather a convenience to my (then) hippy lifestyle.
Oh, I even found a photo documenting that time. This is me and my now-husband back in 2002.
Anyway, in 2006 I watched the movie Earthlings and read the book Vegan: The New Ethics of Eating (both which can be viewed/read online through these links). After learning about the truth behind our food, there was no turning back. I read everything I could get my hands on, involved myself in every conversation I could, and once I felt fully informed I made the transition without even the slightest regret.
Marrying Jason (that’s the guy with the dreads in the above picture), birthing/raising Eden, and choosing vegan are easily the three most important things I have done in my life.
What else makes me, me?
I love sweets. I wish I was someone who could “give or take” dessert but that’s just not me.
I also love the T.V. show survivor, I won’t deny it!
My favorite time of year is fall but if you’ve spent even one second on my blog, you already know that.
The sun kind of scares me. Bring on the rain!
I love to read; my all-time favorite book is Wuthering Heights.
Someday I hope to run a vegan Bed and Breakfast
And I hope that you will come to stay!
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Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’ve already set up a retirement plan: