Things to know about the future. #travelinglight #brianandreas (Taken with instagram)
I get to fall asleep to this stud muffin and his basket of grapes every night. #lamp #studmuffin (Taken with instagram)
Someone is getting excited. #mirandajuly #noonebelongsheremorethanyou #shortstories #sogood (Taken with instagram)
The Loner. #collage (Taken with instagram)
I’m probably kindest to myself in my work, It’s how I practice self-love. I’m cripplingly critical of myself in every other area, not permissive, not letting myself be free, and feeling like I’m doing every single thing wrong all the time. But in this one area I tell myself : ‘you can do no wrong. Let’s just try this. It’s OK.’ Like a really wonderful teacher or something. I’m saying, ‘no one belongs here more than you,’ to myself - because I totally don’t belong.
—Miranda July (via miranda-july)
Fourth eye. (Taken with instagram) (Made by Denise Cartwright)
In a creative rut? Go to the bathroom.
(Or drop out of school and smoke bud, either way.)
I love bathroom graffiti. It’s the perfect way to anonymously do what you are too afraid to do in real life—Like talking shit on people or expressing your hidden passions. Got a secret? Want to voice your opinion on something you don’t really know anything about? Go for it. Good at drawing? The stall is your canvas. Want to change the world? Quote Gandhi. Want to ruin someone’s life? Write their phone number with the words “Call for a Good Time” next to it. I like to try to imagine what the people writing this stuff are like. Where they work, who they are sleeping with, how they take their coffee. I am constantly taking photos of great bathroom graffiti, which is why I am glad I found The Bathroom Graffiti Project—check it out! Bathroom graffiti is an excellent source of inspiration, and this project is a brilliant way to archive underground art and culture from all over the world.
Here are some of my personal favorites:
I love talking about health and sustainability. I also love helping people make the transition to a healthy, vegan diet. I wouldn’t work at a raw, vegan restaurant if I didn’t. However—I typically do not like answering the following questions:
"Why did you choose to become vegan?"
Why do you choose to eat dead animal flesh?
This is a totally reasonable question. The problems, though, are context and genuine desire for a truthful answer. Do you really want me to answer this question? Do you honestly want me to get in to animal slaughter and injustice? Right now, at dinner? On a first date? I can go in to all of the moral/ethical implications. I’ll touch on great health benefits and positive environmental impact. I can tell you that cutting animal products completely out of your diet will reduce your carbon footprint by 2 tons. But chances are, you don’t really want to hear about it. You will listen for about a minute and then you will say, “That sounds cool and all, but I really love cheese.” And I’ll roll my eyes and say, “Yeah, who doesn’t.”
”Where do you get your protein?”
Where do you get your fruits and vegetables?
I can go on and on about the unnecessary obsession Americans have with protein. I can talk about the complete lack of anything good for you in the SAD (Standard American Diet). I can tell you that I eat minimal amounts of “fake meat” (processed soy), and still get adequate protein (I get my levels checked, I’ve never had a problem with it). But let’s be honest. You really don’t care about my protein levels. I know you don’t. I will tell you where I get my protein but you will not be listening. You will be envisioning the juicy hamburger you had for lunch today and feeling grateful that you are not a vegan.
I hope this helps you look like less of a jack ass next time you meet an attractive vegan in the Whole Foods check out line. Instead of “Where do you get your protein,” try “I see that you are purchasing hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are so great. What an excellent source of protein and omegas. Maybe we should hang out sometime and eat some hemp seeds together.” I’m almost positive it will get you a date.
With all this being said—if you really want to learn about veganism, lets talk! Ask your questions. If I can’t answer them, I can at least guide you to a more informative source. And as far as other people eating meat goes, I’m not one to judge. As strongly as I believe that a plant based diet is the most sustainable diet, I honestly don’t really care about what you ate for breakfast this morning. Be conscious about what you eat. That’s all I ask.