2 Unexpected Ways My Life Was Impacted This Summer

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Happy Saturday everyone!

This post is going to be really short, but I just thought I’d give you guys a little update on what I’ve been up to since my last post. This summer I only had one major plan and that was to road trip to San Antonio with a few friends for a girls trip! When that didn’t work out, I ended up adventuring in ways a little more close to home.

Unexpected Life Impact #1:  The Decision to Go Vegan

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This isn’t the first big dietary switch I’ve made, but gosh it is the hardest!

In 2015, I decided to go Vegetarian. It lasted for a year and roughly a month before I decided to give up my streak for a nice, hot, crunchy piece of homemade fried chicken. It wasn’t the fried chicken in itself that made me quit, but the lack of meal prepping and planning on my end! I was the only member of my family going Vegetarian, so I tried myself out on quick meals like salads and peanut butter sandwiches. (Amateur mistake, I know >.<)

This time however, my entire family watched a movie called What the Health. It was SUCH a well-done, informative documentary on the meat industry and its tie to disease and illnesses of all sorts. Not to mention the apparent underground ties that the meat industry has with the medical industry.

*Spoiler Alert: More meat = more sickness = richer doctors. *

The overall lesson I learned is simply stated: Ignorance is NOT bliss. It’s just ignorance… Since making this decision at the beginning of July, I’ve noticed a few really good differences healthwise (but I’ll save that for another post(; ).  Now that the entire family is eating vegan, It has encouraged each of us to experiment with different foods in the kitchen a bit more. 

Unexpected Life Impact #2: More Time in the Word


I guess I consider this “unexpected” because I didn’t really plan on spending as much time in the word as I have been this summer and I didn’t really plan for how it would impact my relationship with God!

I have always tried to be consistent in spending time with God every morning but I either wake-up at Late O’ Clock or I end up feeling like I kind of rushed Jesus in and out of my day for sake of time. Over the course of the summer however, I was able to just spend an hour or two in prayer or reading the word. It was so nice being able to have that time without worrying about to-do’s in the back of my mind!

Are there any ways this summer has impacted you? If so, comment below. I’d love to hear about it!

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18 comments

  1. Wow, being vegan is a big commitment. I give you props for even trying it, and especially if you stick with it. I could never be vegetarian or vegan though because there’s too many foods I love that I would hate giving up. Plus, it’s sort of a cultural thing where I live to have crab feasts with family and friends every summer, and I could never give that up. It’s my favorite thing to eat. With that said, I’m not one of those people who eats meat with every single meal. I love vegetables, and I also love noodles and rice, so I eat a lot of things like that too. Those noodles in that picture look very tasty, and it’s making me hungry.

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    • Thank you! I totally understand what you’re saying about it being a hard one for you to commit to. I have to remind myself to find the vegan versions of things, but it takes a little research. I believe pescetarians eat things like crab, so if you ever wanted to try a diet close to vegan there is always that! haha. & You and me both! haha. It’s a tofu stir fry I ordered from a vegan restaurant I was trying.

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  2. Lovely post! My summer has been very different to my previous ones because it is the first time since I was 16 that I am spending it at home. Unfortunately, I haven’t chosen to but there were some issues that made me to. ☺️

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  3. Going vegan is such a brave choice, I try not to eat meat a few days a week mainly due to the environmental impact that meat has. Committing your self to prayer for a couple of hours is really great too, Its lovely to see you embracing your faith. This summer Ive tried to stop using as much plastic and recycle more, inc asking for no drinking straws in my drinks. I want to really give up more plastic over the next few months too!

    Michelle x
    http://www.wanderingcuriosities.com

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    • Thank you! & How cool that you’re making changes to help the environment! It really does just take one person to make even a small impact so it’s awesome that you were able to practice that over the summer!

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  4. I have been vegan for coming up three years later this year after watching documentaries too. One of the best decisions you will ever make, I haven’t looked back at all. If you have any questions or anything feel free to ask me anything x

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  5. I love your suit! I also went vegan after watching What the Health this summer. I tried lots of different meal subscriptions to help introduce new vegan foods. I learned to charish the memory of cheese and stay away from the vegan alternatives. They just don’t sit well with me.

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  6. I have been trying to implement veganism into my life as well! And the What The Health documentary played a huge part in my decision. And I am so with you on the pressure from not having the same diet as the rest of the household. My boyfriend isn’t giving up meat anytime soon and I cook mostly all of the time which makes it so hard. And meal prepping is my downfall as well. But, I ordered the Thug Kitchen 101 recipe book a few days ago and I am super excited to try it out! Great post!

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    • Oh really? That is so neat!! Yes, it was insane the kinds of things What the Health pointed out about the meat industry. It seems like you have to keep yourself well-informed about everything you consume now a days. I haven’t heard of Thug Kitchen before so I’m going to have to check it out! Thank you Malissa! xx

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      • Yeah! It’s crazy how everything is controlled and important aspects are hidden from use, regardless or health and humanity issues. And no problem!

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  7. And I have also been trying to spend more time with the God and going to church ( I love my church). I always feel revived and in high spirits when I leave.

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