Where I’ve been…

Hello Internet Friends!

First of all thank you so much for reading and following, and for all your support. You may have noticed I’ve been absent for the past well… all of 2018 really. So whats been going on?

When I started this blog, I was new-ish to the vegan lifestyle, and very fresh, bright-eyed & bushy tailed, if you will. I just really wanted to have a place to share my recipes and favourite restaurants with my friends & family, and also with anyone else who might be curious about going vegan. I believed (and still firmly do) that the correct approach to give people the nudge to convert to veganism is NOT by screaming at them outside restaurants and holding protests, but instead by showing them how easy, accessible and delicious it can be.

I had a lot of fun sharing my recipes and meals I ate while I was out, but as time went on, I began to feel like I couldn’t keep up with the pressure and expectations that were put on me in part by myself, but also by the vegan community, and the social media community in general. I also started to want to post things that weren’t just about food, but also beauty & health, but I felt like I had pigeon-holed myself with my blog’s “branding”. I also sometimes got DMs or comments from people nitpicking me if I wasn’t a 100% perfect vegan all the time.

That leads me to my next point. I’m no longer comfortable identifying as a “vegan” anymore. I think a huge portion of the community is toxic, and I don’t want to be associated with that anymore. I know its not everyone, but there are so many “vegans” who just don’t seem to understand that the way forward is inclusion, and not exclusivity. I think for a lot of vegans, its more important to them to identify with small, special, and CLOSED group, than to actually affect change in the world. (Shout out to Kalel for bravely speaking out about this issue, her recent twitter & youtube rants really pushed me to make this post, I whole-heartedly agree with everything she has been saying.)

Long story short, I just didn’t like what I felt like I was expected to post anymore. So I didn’t post. And that made me really sad, and I felt guilty, like I had let myself down. I felt huge anxiety about what I was cooking & eating, and found myself thinking about food in a negative way, and thinking about it way more than what should be considered normal. I’ve spent a lot of time & energy on this blog and my instagram account, and its a real bummer to just let it die.

With that said… I still support a plant-based, cruelty-free lifestyle, and I want to keep sharing my journey, including recipes, restaurants, beauty products, travel, recycling/no-waste tips, and more, so I’m leaving the Vegcouver moniker behind and I’ve started posting on my new site, www.lifewithoutcruelty.com and I would LOVE it if you would join me over there! Going forward, my twitter and instagram will also bear that name.

I also completely respect if you choose not to follow me anymore, but I would ask that you show me the same respect in return.

Thank you for reading, hope to see you soon xo

Chelsea

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