Updated: Feb 13
Well hello! Make a brew, take a pew and welcome to my blog.
My name is Heather, exhausted NQT teacher and newly vegan. Attempting to juggle a new career, vegan life, family, my first home, fitness, oodles of marking, friendships and the list goes on, as it does for all of us. Hence the reason for this passion project - my blog (I have to admit just typing those words, on this page, my page, brings the most incredible smile to my face).
Anyway, about me: I graduated last year from my Secondary English PGCE and I am currently working at the most amazing all boys school as an NQT. It's a career I have wanted to embark upon ever since I was a child. The thought of being able to really make a difference to teenagers lives, not matter how small, fills me with gratitude every single day.
I have always been a writer, from poems as a child, to short stories and a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, it is a true passion of mine. Trouble being, I wasn't quite sure how to make it more than just a hobby until my partner suggested that I start a blog, share my journey with you all and get the opportunity to write something that matters. That, just like my teaching, may help and inspire those that need it.
Veganism is something that I've contemplated for a long while (does anyone else get infuriated that the little red squiggly line appears under veganism? it's a thing spell check! sort it out. Anyway, as 2019 drew to a close, both my partner and I began discussing the year ahead and the changes we wanted to make - going Vegan was one of them. For our health, the environment and the animals, my reasons for doing so are large. If we as individuals can make a real change that will impact the world we live in for the better then, why the hell are we not doing it? So we made the change just after Christmas, step by step, little by little.
Starting with milk and meat, we transitioned into the Vegan life we lead today and must say we are absolutely loving it. My biggest worry going into this journey was cheese. I. love. cheese. Too much some would say. Late night trips to the fridge for a quick nibble were no stranger to me, but I have to say that I am beyond impressed with the vegan alternatives available - but more on that in a future post. And can we just take a moment to talk about oat milk? The coffee's are insane, incredibly creamy and full of flavour - I'm hooked! As for meat, I can honestly say that I have not missed it - not one bit. At first we relied a lot on meat replacements but we are now making a conscious effort to move away from that and onto more grains, nuts and beans.
Well, that's all for now, but stay tuned for future posts focused more on individual aspects of my Vegan journey. Not only will I be sharing the ins and outs of vegan-hood, but also discussions, mumblings and ideas on how to incorporate self love into our lives. Be that body image, home life and more - stay tuned!
Thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedules to read my ramblings.
Much love to you all,