Cooper the Corgi is My Hero!

I was lucky enough to see the following video the other day and wanted to share it with all of you. Take a look . . .


Cooper not only melted my heart with his bravery and eventual fearlessness, he inspired me to jump in too, even if it is scary at first.

Just like a lot of us who are trying to find a diet and lifestyle that works, Cooper wasn’t so sure he should take the plunge. He really wanted the prize but wasn’t sure if it would be worth it. He was encouraged by others, but still hesitant after surveying the obstacles. He also had tools (gotta love doggy life jackets!) which gave him additional support. But ultimately, it was his decision and his reward.

I feel a lot like Cooper some days – not too sure if I should trust anyone or anything that is tempting me to step out of my comfort zone. I wonder if the things I’m reading are true, if the people who wrote them have our best interests in mind, if anyone really knows what the food we are eating is doing to our bodies and the planet. To be honest, some days I’d rather stay on the pier, in my life jacket and say, “No way folks! I’m not gettin’ in there!”

But then I see something like this video and I feel it in my gut – DO IT! Find out for yourself! Trust what you know and take the help that is being offered. The payoff will be a fantastic ride that only you will ever have the privilege of taking. Because it is YOUR ride, YOUR jump into the lake, YOUR amazing life of fearless vegan adventure!

What has been your biggest leap so far this year? Please share it below…

Inspiration!

Sunday evening is always a combination of relaxation and anxiety for me. I love the ‘calm before the storm’ that it gives me but also struggle with overwhelming thoughts about what the coming week will hold.

In case you are also grappling with drumming up some energy, motivation and excitement about your upcoming week, here’s a great video – especially if you are a movie buff like me!

What do you do to get inspired?

Words of Wisdom from The Vegan Table

I picked up a copy of The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau at my local library the other day. Mainly because it had some wonderful pictures of vegan recipes for entertaining and they looked easy enough that I could hope that my final product might actually resemble the picture!

When I got home, sat down and had a closer look, it only took a couple of flips of the pages to be totally impressed and inspired. Not bad considering I hadn’t even made it to the Table of Contents!

Here’s the dedication that she included in her book that made me smile, think and tear up just a bit.

My hope is that we can all navigate through this world with the grace and integrity of those who most need our protection.

May we have the sense of humor and liveliness of the goats, the maternal instincts and protective nature of the hens, and the sassiness of the roosters. May we have the gentleness and strength of the cattle, the wisdom, serenity, and humility of the donkeys. May we appreciate the need for community as do the sheep and choose our companions as carefully as do the rabbits. May we have the faithfulness and commitment to family of the geese and the adaptability and affability of the ducks. May we have the intelligence, loyalty, and affection of the pigs and the inquisitiveness, sensitivity, and playfulness of the turkeys.

May we learn from the animals what we need to become better people.

Awesome. Simple. Profound. I hope it inspires you too.

If you want to learn more about this book, her other books, and ways to help animals please visit The Vegan Table website.

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