I am starting my first side project! For the longest time I have been wanting to do something fun, creative, and environmentally conscious outside of my day job. What has stopped me in the past and still inhibits me, is the fact that this is outside of my comfort zone. I'm used to designing websites and marketing materials, not creating original graphics, illustrations or art.
It is always nerve-racking to put personal work out there for fear of judgment and/or failure, especially when you're trying something new and not very good at it. I have finally decided I can no longer let the discouraging voices stop me and that I just have to do it, no matter how much it scares me. I probably will be terrible at first, but I can only get better if I practice.
After taking a bit of a hiatus to self-reflect and rework the direction of this blog, I am back and more excited than ever! When I first started Simply Conscious, I intended it to be a sustainable lifestyle blog with some design mixed into it, but found myself struggling a lot with what to write. I realized I had this vision in my mind of what I wanted the blog to be and that I was trying to do and become something I was not.
My veggie journey
When I was younger I went through the, “I’m going to be a vegetarian” phase. I’m not really sure what sparked it. I do remember one of the reasons I stopped eating beef was that my Chinese zodiac was an Ox and my kid logic told me, “I can’t eat myself”! Despite how silly the reasoning was, I haven’t eaten beef in nearly 20 years. I’ve kept it up mainly for health and environmental reasons, but it was never my favorite meat in the first place. Chicken and pork, however, I couldn’t resist.
Over the years I have gone in and out of vegetarianism. I go through detox phases where I’ll be a vegetarian for a few weeks at a time. The longest was for 3 months while I was in yoga teacher training, which was when I fully experienced the benefits of being a vegetarian.
But what about protein?
When I first told people I was going vegetarian, a few of my friends were concerned. They thought I’d be weaker and get sick more often because I wouldn’t get the protein and energy I could get from meat. As misinformed as this was, I appreciated their concern, but I actually never felt healthier or more energized than in those few months.