The important message behind #1DayWithoutUs: why we’re better together

If someone asked you today, ‘Where are you from?’, what would your answer be? There’s a chance that you will have left the country you grew up in and have made yourself a new home in a different district or completely different country altogether. If you’ve moved to another country, is that now your home? Do you identify with the people you now live amongst? If so, to answer that you’re from the country you identified with growing up might no longer apply.

Today we celebrate the UN World Day of Social Justice, but it’s also a day that calls for a united front in a social movement, a national day of action, represented by the hashtag #1DayWithoutUs. This is why it should be important to all of us. Continue reading “The important message behind #1DayWithoutUs: why we’re better together”

Inspiration of the day

It’s been a while since I shared any inspirational quotes I’ve come across and trying to find time to calm your mind and fully appreciate the day can be quite hard when you’re in a routine where you’re always busy and never have time for yourself. Instead of sharing a quote from a philosopher or advocate, today I want to share with you a thought that recently has really resonated with me. Continue reading “Inspiration of the day”

A list of my favourite vegan recipes

Sometimes trying to cook a tasty meal can be quite a task, even more so when you feel out of your depth with vegan meals (you can read more about my start of my journey to veganism here)! My instinct is to just boil the vegetable (like lettuce or broccoli), fry it up with some garlic and add soy sauce which is what you sometimes do with Chinese cooking, but every now and then you want to switch it up…but don’t know how. This is where I’m starting to feel a bit stuck.

Veganuary has a bank of recipes (here) that you can try, but there are so many to sort through that I sifted through a few and felt a bit overwhelmed when I came to the British Recipes section. I didn’t have any particular food in mind that I really wanted, but I think having an idea would help you navigate the recipes section.

Instead, I decided to venture off on my own and found some yummy looking vegan recipes that I’ll be attempting over the next few weeks.


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Veganuary: why I decided to be vegan for the month of January

Happy new year, everyone! How quickly 2017 has creeped up on us and now we’re 4 days into the new year!

Instead of making new year’s resolutions, this year I decided to follow one simple quote:

Start as you mean to go on.

I’ve always loved animals and switching to veganism was something that’s always hovered on my mind. I even went along to Vegan Festival in Edinburgh during the summer last year (see here) to get an idea of what my options were and it was definitely something I’d been keen to do.

This month, while everyone decides to give up something to make a change in the month of January, I’ve pledged to go vegan for the month with Veganuary. Continue reading “Veganuary: why I decided to be vegan for the month of January”

Purition: vegan wholefood protein shake review

Everything we choose to do in life is a choice: the food we put in our bodies, the exercise routine we follow, the path we choose to walk. I’ve realised that choosing a fitness lifestyle also means paying attention to what I’m also putting into it. I made it a New Year’s resolution to eat better and healthier, but the protein shakes I make after each class was not something I had given much thought to. Continue reading “Purition: vegan wholefood protein shake review”

Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 3: pachyderm rescue and rehabilitation at Elephant Nature Park

If you were offered the choice of visiting a wildlife encounter tourist attraction for a ridiculously cheap price or one which costs more, which would you choose? The only catch is the cheaper option involves animal cruelty and abuse.

This might be a shocking revelation, but all too true in many parts of the world. In all aspects of life, we can make the ethical choice and choosing a tourist attraction that rescues and rehabilitates abused animals was mine. Here is my story visiting the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. Continue reading “Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 3: pachyderm rescue and rehabilitation at Elephant Nature Park”

Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 2: Talking Buddhism, great food and life at David’s Kitchen At 909

When on holiday, you want to eat like the locals, but when a restaurant is highly recommended (like voted #1 on TripAdvisor and won Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurant awards in 2015 and 2016 highly recommended), you know you’ve got to try it when you’re there. David’s Kitchen in Chiang Mai might be a bit off the beaten track (it’s 10 minutes from the city centre), but you’ll soon see why it’s worth the trip in a tuk tuk (like a motorised rickshaw). The restaurant is fully booked every night (except Sundays which is their only day off) and it’s not hard to see why. Continue reading “Exploring Chiang Mai, Part 2: Talking Buddhism, great food and life at David’s Kitchen At 909”

My Unfiltered Life: what it’s like living with depression

See Me Scotland, an alliance of five mental health organisations, has been working hard to end mental health stigma. The campaigns #MyUnfilteredLife and #PowerofOkay seeks to encourage people to speak about their experiences and show that what we see on social media isn’t all fields of flowers and sparkles. It’s not socially polite to talk about your personal issues when someone asks ‘how was your day?’, but we want to change that.

As part of the #MyUnfilteredLife campaign, I shared a photo of my room to show just how imperfect I really am.


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Celebrating diversity in women: supporting the Underneath We Are Women campaign

Society norms have shaped our ideals of how women and men should look to be seen as ‘attractive’. If we don’t look like thin, shapely female celebrities (or sculpted, muscular male celebrities with ripped abs), how can we possibly hope to attract a member of the opposite sex when our physical appearance is the first thing people notice about us?

Women feel great pressure to look our best in a bikini, be strong and independent in a society where inequality is a constant battle we fight on a daily basis. When I recently read an article (see here) that empowers women to embrace their bodies (shape, scars and all) through the Underneath We Are Women project.


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