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About

Hi, thanks for coming to my blog! I’m Emily. I’m a 20 something Canadian living in Alberta with my boyfriend, Shawn, and our rescue dog, Jamal. Just so you know in advance - this is going to be a very long “about me” section, but I have no idea how much you do or don’t know about me, so I will just share it all here. 

I went vegan in 2011 after I found out about the dairy industry and factory farming, so it’s been a while now! I wanted to start this blog to write and share about things I’m passionate about - veganism, sustainability, plant medicine, human rights, alternative living, and so much more.

I could call myself a chartered herbalist because I have that diploma, but I never do because I know I have so much to learn still. On this blog you’ll see me sharing a lot about plant medicine and my herbal journey. 

I’m a Taurus, and I am my absolute happiest in the sun, surrounded by nature. The earth is my home and every moment I can be, I am outside. When I can’t be outside, I try to make my home a jungle with houseplants. 

I love art and I’m just getting into block printing but I usually push this interest to the side. I also love reading, growing up I would go through a book a week - but again, sometimes reading isn’t something I prioritize. I am working on changing this. 

I love cooking with whole plant foods and creating healthy vegan recipes. I’m all about meals that are simple, delicious, and cheap. I’m also trying to eat more local and organic foods, and I’m a beginner gardener. 

I absolutely love helping people, and I’m definitely a giver. Sometimes I give too much. I love helping people go vegan, I love helping homeless people, and I do consider myself to be a very kind person. Not all the time, because obviously I’m human, but you know. 

I’m a huge introvert and I’m a highly sensitive person. I struggled with depression, self-harm, social anxiety and eating disorders for literally years. I had to recover by myself, from everything, on my own. When it comes down to it, you are the only person who can save yourself. 

All the self-destruction ended up with me giving myself thyroid issues and Graves Disease. After years of struggling with thyroid issues (self-caused but that’s what happens when you don’t care about anything and you’re depressed, you just let yourself go into a hole so deep you literally give yourself a disease) I finally decided to prioritize my health a few months ago and my Graves Disease is now in remission. 

I am very new to the whole “self love” movement, and for as long as I can remember, I hated every inch myself. I now accept myself for who I am and I try not to pick apart at myself every moment that I can. I truly am a better person because of this simple thing. 

I grew up in Ontario, Canada. After dating Shawn long distance for 2 years, I moved to Alberta, where he lived. I went to college for Ecological Restoration and Horticulture, and dropped out of both colleges. While I am passionate about both topics, I really wasn’t happy in school. 

I now run my own business, Vegan Veins, selling animal rights apparel. I started this in 2013 when I noticed there was a lack of vegan shirts out there. I by no means make money off social media, and that isn’t my job. It’s just a hobby. My other job is working as a customer service representative for Vegan Cuts, which I love. I also do freelance work on the side.

I feel like this is getting long so I’m going to stop, but I hope that gave you a better idea of who I am. I am really excited to have this blog. Being the shy person I am, writing is just the easiest and most enjoyable way to express myself. 

Thanks for taking the time to read this if you got this far :) 

Emily