I am starting this blog to share my experience as a mom raising two children that are vegans. Our journey started almost two years ago when my husband suggested us trying a vegetarian lifestyle. This journey as a family has taught me a lot about health of the mind, body and soul.
I will share different recipes/tips, health/exercise tips, discuss weight gain/loss issues and discuss various life topics. I’ll share tips I have picked up as a runner and as a yoga student.
My blog is a judgment free zone. The goal is to inspire,encourage, support and build together. It is my greatest hope to impact someone’s life in a positive way.
May we learn and grow together.
November 13, 2017
On Saturday, my husband and I attended a close friend mother’s 60th birthday party. We were the only black people in attendance, that is not something out the norm for us, especially with this group of people. We have always been treated as family with love.
I went to the bathroom and was cornered by one of the attendees, an older white lady. She reached out and touched my face and told me, “you are pretty for a black girl.” It was really uncomfortable, I met her with an awkward smile and continued on. This lady just could not leave well enough alone. She later showed up to my table and requested that she take a picture with my husband and I. She stated, “I want to take a picture with my BFFs, my BLACK FRIENDS FOREVER. Make sure you put it on Facebook, so my friends will know I know other kind of people. Like black people.”
This is why everyday I tell my daughter she is beautiful because one day she may have this experience and it will not move/shake her because she will know exactly who she is.
I use to get so upset when I encounter racism/prejudice, now I feel sorry for them. See being hateful/angry takes a lot of energy, it’s exhausting. I am really convinced that racism is a mental illness. Either way, I am at a point in life where I have decided to fight hate with love. If you behave this disgusting then clearly you need love. “How people treat you is their karma, how you react is your karma.”
Even Jesus forgave his enemies. I thank God every single day for my growth. I took the picture and God is so good, she was the only one that was blurry. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”-Psalm 23:4
Quote of the day: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lesson of the day: Love will always be stronger than hate. Be who you are even in the midst of peril.
DANCING: JUST TO DANCE
I would dance in the rain
I would dance in pain
I would dance in the sun
I would dance for fun
I would dance for free
I would dance so everyone can see
I would dance with my truelove
I would dance like a dove
I would dance in the street
I would dance to any beat
I would dance one time
I would dance before bedtime
I would dance forever
I would dance through my endeavors
I would dance at any chance
I would dance just to dance
via Daily Prompt: Dancing
November 8, 2017
Everyday I have a conversation with my son about his day in school. Last night we were laying in bed discussing his day. He tells me that in class they had to classify things that were considered living organisms. He asked if I knew that yogurt was considered an organism. He explains that the teacher said because of the bacteria in yogurt that is why it is considered an living organism. He continues on, telling me how his classmates were poking fun and thought the teacher was wrong. So I said, “they know exactly what an ORGASIM is.” As soon as it left my mouth, I looked at my son and he busted out laughing. We both laughed. I said, “you know what I meant”. He agreed but continued laughing. That was the moment I realized that my eleven years old, knows a lot more about sex than I was ready to accept.
Dear God! I am not ready! I do not think I will be using any more “O” words around him for a while. Mommy really inserted a foot in her mouth with that one.
Quote of the day: “To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.”-William Arthur Ward
Lesson learned: Every mistake is a teachable moment. Sharing a laugh with someone you love is priceless.
November 7, 2017
I woke up this morning at 5 am. I did 15 minutes of Pilates and 30 minutes of Yoga. I went into the bathroom and flushed the toilet, then hopped in the shower. I had music on and I heard water running. I got out of the shower and stepped down, stepped right into a big puddle of water. Yup, that sound of water was not the shower, it was the sound of the toilet overflowing. Why, why! I had to clean it all up. I could not even get upset because I found it really funny. The old me would have allowed this incident to set the tone for a bad day. However, I got dressed and out the door I went. I got to work early and took a quick 15 minute walk. Today will be a great day.
Quote of the day: Lord make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.-Francis of Assisi
Lesson learned: Do not take yourself so serious. Bad things will happen, it is how you react that will define the outcome.
Just below the boiling point
Sitting and waiting with a unclear viewpoint
No words to utter
Just melting like butter
Attitude just flaring
Make a move
Find a new groove
Trying to find a calm
Just rubbing my palm
Tension is rising
Emotions need revising
Let the outside world go dimmer
Speak your mind and become a winner
Let is all go and feel slimmer
Just do not let it linger
Quote of the day: Speak your mind, always keep your respect.
Lesson learned: It is more disrespectful to yourself to not speak up. No one can read your thoughts. Speak up and allow others to correct their mistakes. If you have a problem with someone and they are unaware. Then the problem becomes just yours, and they have no chance is fixing the issue. The truth may be ugly but the beauty is in the honesty.
via Daily Prompt: Simmer
It is not midnight
But the darkness rise
The sun has not set
But you can place your bet
One could take a seat
Also meet and greet
Others sitting near
Is anyone really there
It seems like a mystery
I should ask the lady next to me
How did I get here?
Why are others so near?
I couldn’t stop my blank stare.
This place is fancy; fancy is this place
Everyone with smiles on their face
Oh this mystery
Suddenly the lights went dim
I felt my body go limp
A lump rosed in my throat
I realized I am on a boat
“How did I get here?”
Why is this a mystery?
And then finally…
I heard…Mother are you awake?
Just like that my mystery
via Daily Prompt: Mystery
So I decided to make some eggplant fritters for the kids a few weeks ago. I try to bring a new recipes at least once a week into our meal rotation. It is hard enough being vegan with picky eating children. So I already knew they love eggplants so I decided to try a different way to prepare it. I roasted the eggplants and then once it cool down, I mixed some chick pea flour, nutritional yeast and a few other seasons together. It was similar to pancakes, so I thought I would fry them. We don’t fry things much these days, but I thought oh these kids will love this. Lewis my eldest child said, “it reminds me of fried fish.” Immediately Morgan (my 2 years old daughter), began saying, “oo fish mommy.” She’s never had fish a day in her life. My son was never really a fan of fish when we ate meat so he was interested in the eggplant fritters once he linked it to fish. My daughter on the other hand ate it all up. I could not stop laughing at the thought of her thinking it was yummy fish.
Kids are the best.