Although it’s only October and I have only been here a few months, I have learned so much. I am here today to share all the great and not so great things I have learned so far!
I’ve decided to start a new part on my blog capturing the adventures I go on creating art as a college student. My awesome roomie and new best friend models and two of her photographer friends came up for the weekend and let me tell you, it was a kick ass thing.
I recently started a series of my blog featuring all my makeup products. This post will be the second out of four. All of my beauty products I own are cruelty free because that is something I’m incredibly passionate about.
My first post to the series featured all my face products which happens to be my favorite. This post is featuring my half of my eye products which happens to be my second favorite!
I’ve decided to do a four part series of my makeup collection. I’m wanting to divide it up so that it’s not one large post and so that I can go very in depth with all my products. I have a post here about all my organization. The first part, part one, I’m going to be talking about all my face products.
These are probably my two favorite drawers. Something about having the look of flawless skin makes me so happy.
For having been vegan for a year I know a bit about the restaurants near me. I love food and something about a menu the marks items as vegan bring excitement to me. So today I’m here to bring you the five best restaurants, in my opinion, with vegan options near me!
I know this is different from my normal posts but I though it would be fun to make! Baking and cooking vegan food is a huge part of my life and it’s super fun for me.
If you read my previous posts April Happiness you would know my boyfriend got deployed. Before he left he told me he wanted to make a list of all things we should do between the time he comes back and I move to Pennsylvania for college in August. The list is not only things I want to do with him but goals for me as well!
1. Have a picnic
2. Go canoeing
3. Go camping
4. Minimize my closet
5. Reach 500 subs on YouTube
6. Finish NCIS
7. Reach 200 followers on my blog
8. Go to my local botanical garden
9. Go back to my aunts
10. Go to at least one new state
11. Go hiking
12. Go to my local food truck festival
13. Go to art shows
14. Get my license
15. Finish two large art projects
16. Try as many different cultures foods as possible
17. Find and love 10 new vegan recipes
18. Get mentally prepared for college
19. Go to 2 new thrift stores
20. Start a garden
I will probably end up adding to this list. It’s only some ideas for me! Feel free to comment what your goals are or things I could add to my list!
In August 2017, I start my journey to college. Money being an obstacle for my family and I, I applied to as many scholarships as I could. One was sent to me about respect, compassion and collaboration and this is what I wrote:
I am the kind of person we cried when it rains because worms get washed into the road. I love and care for not only people, but animals too. I have volunteered with both children with disabilities and animals for many years. During my high school career my love for animals and helping people grew as the years went on.
When I was a junior in high school I went vegan and started volunteering at my local dog shelter. After learning about how animals are bred just to be slaughtered I decided I could no long put money towards such a corrupt industry. I care too much about other living things to cause harm to them. When I stopped eating animal products I realized how much love I had not only for humans, but for all living things. Volunteering at my county dog shelter made me realize how misunderstood many breeds of dogs are, and how all living beings, no matter their reputation, deserve love.
My freshmen year I dropped my Spanish classes and was put in peer collaboration. In peer collaboration you work with your special needs peers a period a day. I was put in copy center, my peers name was Natasha. We made copies for classes together and then delivered them to the classrooms. It made me realize that all people are the same no matter what. I still have contact with her to this day even though she graduated in 2015. The summer going into my sophomore year I volunteered with a local organization called Miracle League. Miracle League gives young adults the opportunity in play softball that is both safe and fun. I was lucky enough to be a buddy to a boy named Matty for two years. I truly learned a lot from both of these opportunities.
All of these experiences have not only made me realize how blessed I am, but also opened my eyes. I see everyone differently now and everything I do is filled with love and compassion. I base my actions on not only myself but for the love of all living things around me. My love for people and animals has grown as I have gotten older and I genuinely hope it never stops growing.
I recently went to Disney World for the first time! It was my graduation present and it was a blast. My mom and I had the Disney Dinning Plan which included two snacks, one quick service meal (which is a counter service meal) and one sit down meal per person a day. I realized it was much easier to say you have food allergies because the one time my mom said I was vegan and the chef was not too kind about it. They will bring the chef out for you and it’s amazing! I’m going to start day by day and talk about what I ate!
Magic Kingdom was the first park we stopped at. I first had a funnel cake, which I was told was vegan friendly, at Sleepy Hollow. I unfortunately don’t have any pictures of in but man was it good. The next stop was our sit down dinner at the Diamond Horseshoe. The chef prepared a salad, a pasta dish with vegetables, and corn and potatoes for me. For desseret I got sorbet. Later that night I got Dole whip because apparently that’s one thing you can’t miss out on at Disney.
My mom and I went to Epcot two days! The first day I used my quick service meal at Liberty Tavern to order their “Chicken”. It’s not real chicken of course but I have definitely had better meat alternatives. I didn’t end up using my snakes the first day but the second day I did get shaved ice!
For our sit-down meals we went to Beirgarden in Germany and Chef De France in France. One of these was the one who my mom mistakenly mentioned the dreaded word vegan but it all turned out okay. At Beirgarden I was very limited, I got potatoes, green beans, rolls, and a salad.
Chef De France was my favorite meal. Not only did we get to see the Epcot lake show from our dinner table the meal was amazing. The chef was so kind and accommodating. I got a roll, french onion soup without cheese, tomatoes stuffed with vegetables, and finally amazing sorbet. My birthday was March 22 so my mom surprised me and he them sing to me!