It's #worldveganday & I was tagged by @smasherbrown to share #myveganstory 🌱#ifnotnowwhen has been my adopted & most useful mantra for a while. It challenges me to question if I could do better in all aspects of my life...& that the choice/action to make that change -whatever it may be- is up to me. IF NOT NOW, when? IF NOT YOU, who? It's been applied when I've found myself in a rut after a break up (get over him!), after battling depression (push through!), & getting my physical health back (fight for it!). I had been a vegetarian for 8 yrs (saw a truck full of pigs turn down a rd headed to a factory farm & made the connection that those pigs would never see sun again) before I finally had the guts to take the plunge & go vegan. I kept thinking, "I could NEVER give up cheese"-I'd read studies, did research, saw videos, & wanted "eventually" to go vegan. I was just full of excuses. Turning pt came as I was planning a Thanksgiving meal for my fam. For years I'd done a Tofurky separately, but this yr, I had the blessing in disguise of being on leave from work to take care of my mom for a period of time, so I FINALLY had time to really get down in the kitchen. My excuse for years for not moving from vegetarian to vegan was that I didn't have enough time (to cook/prepare foods for myself, do research, etc). & being vegetarian seemed like enough. I didn't have the luxury of using the excuse of lack of time anymore since at the time, I just took care of mom & cooked all day. It was time to make the switch-If not now, when? The answer was now & I was gonna show my family it was possible on the most daunting of all holidays. So on tofurky day 2011, I made it official-my first all vegan spread for my whole family to see! I got all of the usual questions...Yes-I get enough protein. No-I haven't wilted away/died yet. Learned how to defend myself pretty quickly after that. This year will mark 5 yrs🌱VEGAN🌱& my only regret is why I hadn't asked myself that question 10 yrs ago! There is a strong & growing vegan community full of wonderful people who make the connection. We live in such a way where compassion leads & we do the least amount harm w so many of our life choices.