Today’s post is going to be short and simple – an overview of the new format for this blog moving forward.
I took a months-long “break” from writing to work on my business during the COVID-19 shutdown and spent countless hours thinking about how to tie all the pieces of my life together to reflect my moral framework and politics. I decided that The Real Life Vegan Wife may not be the most widely read, or shared, or followed blog, but it is being read. It’s even read on a regular basis, and by many people in my local community. That means everything to me. But it also means I should be doing better.
This blog started as a way for me to talk about me. As time passes and I evolve, I’m able to see its role in helping me to work through trauma, depression, post traumatic stress, anxiety, and immense sadness and grief. For the last year and a half I’ve been writing fairly consistently, I’ve been going to therapy once a week, and I’ve remained sober. I think these factors, coupled with veganism and fitness helped move my healing from just my body, and into my mind. I spent years making changes to every part of my life to help lift myself out of depression, but sobriety, matched with regular introspection and creativity gave me the clarity and the outlet necessary to mentally heal. Or at least begin healing. That topic is for a much longer conversation on a different day. My point is that in order to help others, you have to help yourself first. I feel ready to use this platform to do that.
Moving forward I plan to continue publishing new posts every Saturday at 12pm, Pacific time. My voice will be highlighted in two to three posts per month and I will continue to discuss, research and explore a variety of topics from my perspective. One Saturday per month I will highlight a voice other than my own. Currently my goal is to extend my Women in Business series to Black and Non-Black Women of Color in our local community. However, this section will not be limited to local interviews. In addition, I plan to share and highlight one creative, blogger, publication, business or brand per week that I want all of you to know about! The final Saturday will be dedicated solely to my “Monthly Resource Collection.” I like to think of it as my “favorites of the month,” but with a focus on social justice. This will be a concise and organized post briefly describing, listing, and linking all podcasts, books, articles, etc about everything from anti racism to veganism that I consumed that month so that you can easily find them and do the learning. I plan to also include fun products from brands owned by BIPOC as well.
In summary, moving forward The Real Life Vegan Wife will look something like this:
Weeks 1 & 2 (Sometimes 3 depending on the month): My Voice / My Thoughts
Week 3: Amplify Someone Else’s Voice
Week 4: Monthly Resource Collection
I’m excited for these changes. I hope you find them useful and inspiring!
Art by Kristin @northerngraphicsco
*No, we do not have a pet goat… yet. This is me holding one at the fair last year.