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Social Anxiety and Shame

Social Anxiety and Shame

I can’t say for sure why I suffer from social anxiety, but I think it has a lot to do with my very sheltered upbringing. My parents were extremely loving and supportive, and I never wanted for anything. But we led a very safe life. We lived right out in the countryside, and I went … Read More

Treating Period Pain with Ginger: Does it Work?

Treating Period Pain with Ginger: Does it Work?

In general, my health is really good. Since going vegan a few years back, I’ve managed to virtually come off my asthma and allergy medications – something I never thought would be possible! My digestion is great, my skin is clear and I generally feel really good. But the one blot on the metaphorical landscape … Read More

Some Thoughts About Staying Authentic

Some Thoughts About Staying Authentic

Staying authentic online can be challenging, especially when you’re trying to grow a blog or business. In an age where we’re bombarded with clickbait and content targeted more at search engines than humans, it can be hard for those with a genuine message to get through. Sometimes it just feels easier to adopt an ‘if … Read More

Buying from Charity Shops: How to Get What You Want!

Buying from Charity Shops: How to Get What You Want!

I love buying from charity shops – in fact, I haven’t bought clothes anywhere else in years. But charity shopping does have some differences compared to buying from high street stores. I thought I’d write a post with some tips for finding things you love second-hand. I’ve previously written about the reasons for buying second-hand, … Read More

Most of Us Aren’t at Peace – What Are the Implications?

Most of Us Aren’t at Peace – What Are the Implications?

Most of us are not at peace most of the time. I was taken aback when this thought first popped into my head. It had just occurred to me that at any given moment, most of us are bored, dissatisfied, restless, angry, jealous, resentful or otherwise distressed. These emotions may be subtle, bubbling just beneath … Read More

How to Have a Vegan Christmas – Food & Cruelty-Free Gifts

How to Have a Vegan Christmas – Food & Cruelty-Free Gifts

Christmas isn’t so merry for farmed animals. In the UK, for example, around 10 million turkeys are slaughtered each year for the festive season. I don’t know about you, but I find it somewhat perverse that what began as a celebration of birth now involves so much death. But it doesn’t have to be this … Read More

Why I Started Seedling (a free vegan ezine)

Why I Started Seedling (a free vegan ezine)

I had been blogging for about two and a half years when I started thinking about starting a vegan ezine. I was becoming increasingly frustrated with the difficulty of reaching people, and felt another approach was needed. It seemed obvious that I’d be able to achieve more by teaming up with other people, so the … Read More

Should You Buy Meat from Small Local Farms?

Should You Buy Meat from Small Local Farms?

When confronted with information about conditions on factory farms, many people claim only to buy meat from small local farms. The assumption here is that animals are treated better on these sorts of farms. It evokes images of picture-book farmyards with happy animals roaming free. But is this the case? To answer that question, I … Read More

Letting Go: Stop Clinging and Find Inner Peace

Letting Go: Stop Clinging and Find Inner Peace

Read Buddhist literature, and you’ll probably come across the term ‘grasping’. It refers to the idea of desperately pursuing or clinging to people, objects, situations and so forth. Grasping at things causes negative emotions such as jealousy, inadequacy and fear of loss to arise. We often labour under the illusion that the things we’re grasping … Read More