Violet Vegan

Here is my best friend, my soul mater, and my personal trainer. We bonded over our love for fitness and healthy eating. Together, we’re unstoppable. Together, we can face anything. Together, we are what we cannot be alone.
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” 

― Sarah Dessen

Here is my best friend, my soul mater, and my personal trainer. We bonded over our love for fitness and healthy eating. Together, we’re unstoppable. Together, we can face anything. Together, we are what we cannot be alone.

“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.” 

― Sarah Dessen

I believe in going with the flow. I don’t believe in fighting against the flow. You ride on your river and you go with the tides and the flow. But it has to be your river, not someone else’s. Everyone has their own river, and you don’t need to swim, float, sail on their’s, but you need to be in your own river and you need to go with it. And I don’t believe in fighting the wind. You go and you fly with your wind. Let everyone else catch their own gusts of wind and let them fly with their own gusts of wind, and you go and you fly with yours. 
― C. JoyBell C.

I believe in going with the flow. I don’t believe in fighting against the flow. You ride on your river and you go with the tides and the flow. But it has to be your river, not someone else’s. Everyone has their own river, and you don’t need to swim, float, sail on their’s, but you need to be in your own river and you need to go with it. And I don’t believe in fighting the wind. You go and you fly with your wind. Let everyone else catch their own gusts of wind and let them fly with their own gusts of wind, and you go and you fly with yours. 

― C. JoyBell C.

“The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” 
—Margaret Chase SmithADDITIONAL THOUGHTS FROM ME:
As a vegan, I can attest to the fact that staying true to what you believe in the face of adversity is an act of courage. It’s too often that people set aside their beliefs for personal gain or to avoid being the unpopular vote. Staying true to your beliefs can not only give meaning to your own life, but can influence the conscience of others to make a more sound choice or better call in judgment. 

“The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.” 

—Margaret Chase Smith

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS FROM ME:

As a vegan, I can attest to the fact that staying true to what you believe in the face of adversity is an act of courage. It’s too often that people set aside their beliefs for personal gain or to avoid being the unpopular vote. Staying true to your beliefs can not only give meaning to your own life, but can influence the conscience of others to make a more sound choice or better call in judgment. 

“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.” 
― Noam Chomsky
MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS:
The Pledge of Allegiance is so friggin creepy. Seeing children lined up with their hands over their hearts, solemnly reciting a pledge with political and rhetorical implications they cannot possibly comprehend gives me the heebie jeebies. 
Oh, I know it doesn’t really do anything to them. It’s not contractually binding. Hell, I recited the pledge as a kid, and look at my liberal pinko ass now. But to those who say “Lighten up, it doesn’t really do anything,” I have to respond, “Then why bother?” For most people, the answer seems to be some combination of nostalgia for their own childhood experiences and the belief that it’s right and proper to instill unquestioning patriotism in children at school. Thus, much of my problem with the Pledge is that I am knee-jerk suspicious of both of these ideas.
As a progressivist, I reject all arguments from nostalgia. For one, they usually are based in misconceptions or outright falsehoods about what the supposedly awesome past even looked like. Check the Wikipedia entry for The Pledge of Allegiance. Most of us know that the odious phrase “under God” was added in 1954, but did you know about the other revisions? For example, did you know that the original wording “my flag” was changed to “the flag of the United States” in 1923 because it was feared that immigrants would think they were pledging to their flags of origin? (Really?) For that matter, did you know that Bellamy, the author of the Pledge, was a socialist who wanted to include dirty words like “equality” in his Pledge but decided against it in the end because he knew the school superintendents to whom he was marketing the thing were bigoted jackholes?
Here’s a better question: If you did know these facts about the Pledge, when did you learn them? Was it in school, or later? (I bet I know.) The Pledge functions like an incantation, and people who perceive it that way feel the patriotic magic the way they swell with the spirit when they recite prayers. That spell fades in the scouring light of rhetorical and political machinations, however, so we do not teach schoolchildren the details of the Pledge’s history in most cases. It tends to be presented as a sacred mantra, carved into America’s foundation by Moses or George Washington or Elvis and preserved in its pristine form for eternity.
Which brings us to the second assertion of Pledge enthusiasts, that patriotism is something that should (or can) be instilled in public school children. The performance of patriotism has always confused me; being a citizen is not like supporting a sports team. I don’t know if America is the greatest country ever in the history of countries, in part because I don’t even know what that would look like. More to the point, I don’t *need* America to be that. The world is not a competition. It’s just the place where we’re all trying to live. Further, the responsibilities of citizenship are important, but many of them are thwarted, not enriched, by blind allegiance. We should not encourage our young people to make allegiances to anything across the board. Thinking, committed citizens need line-item veto powers and access to resources that allow them to make informed appraisals, not baseless pride handed down from on high.THAT’S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ON THIS MATTER.Have a great day, everyone!
NAMASTE <3

“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.” 

― Noam Chomsky

MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS:

The Pledge of Allegiance is so friggin creepy. Seeing children lined up with their hands over their hearts, solemnly reciting a pledge with political and rhetorical implications they cannot possibly comprehend gives me the heebie jeebies. 

Oh, I know it doesn’t really do anything to them. It’s not contractually binding. Hell, I recited the pledge as a kid, and look at my liberal pinko ass now. But to those who say “Lighten up, it doesn’t really do anything,” I have to respond, “Then why bother?” For most people, the answer seems to be some combination of nostalgia for their own childhood experiences and the belief that it’s right and proper to instill unquestioning patriotism in children at school. Thus, much of my problem with the Pledge is that I am knee-jerk suspicious of both of these ideas.

As a progressivist, I reject all arguments from nostalgia. For one, they usually are based in misconceptions or outright falsehoods about what the supposedly awesome past even looked like. Check the Wikipedia entry for The Pledge of Allegiance. Most of us know that the odious phrase “under God” was added in 1954, but did you know about the other revisions? For example, did you know that the original wording “my flag” was changed to “the flag of the United States” in 1923 because it was feared that immigrants would think they were pledging to their flags of origin? (Really?) For that matter, did you know that Bellamy, the author of the Pledge, was a socialist who wanted to include dirty words like “equality” in his Pledge but decided against it in the end because he knew the school superintendents to whom he was marketing the thing were bigoted jackholes?

Here’s a better question: If you did know these facts about the Pledge, when did you learn them? Was it in school, or later? (I bet I know.) The Pledge functions like an incantation, and people who perceive it that way feel the patriotic magic the way they swell with the spirit when they recite prayers. That spell fades in the scouring light of rhetorical and political machinations, however, so we do not teach schoolchildren the details of the Pledge’s history in most cases. It tends to be presented as a sacred mantra, carved into America’s foundation by Moses or George Washington or Elvis and preserved in its pristine form for eternity.

Which brings us to the second assertion of Pledge enthusiasts, that patriotism is something that should (or can) be instilled in public school children. The performance of patriotism has always confused me; being a citizen is not like supporting a sports team. I don’t know if America is the greatest country ever in the history of countries, in part because I don’t even know what that would look like. More to the point, I don’t *need* America to be that. The world is not a competition. It’s just the place where we’re all trying to live. Further, the responsibilities of citizenship are important, but many of them are thwarted, not enriched, by blind allegiance. We should not encourage our young people to make allegiances to anything across the board. Thinking, committed citizens need line-item veto powers and access to resources that allow them to make informed appraisals, not baseless pride handed down from on high.

THAT’S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ON THIS MATTER.
Have a great day, everyone!

NAMASTE <3

”I’ve never felt anything like it&#8212;the passion, the pain&#8212;all of it. And even though it feels like it&#8217;s killing you, at the same time it reminds you that you&#8217;re still alive.” 
&#8212;Hollie Seals

”I’ve never felt anything like it—the passion, the pain—all of it. And even though it feels like it’s killing you, at the same time it reminds you that you’re still alive.” 

—Hollie Seals

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!!!!Good morning, world! I&#8217;ve been on quite the personal journey at of late. I can&#8217;t believe it&#8217;s been 48 days since I last checked in. Wow! It&#8217;s so nice to join all you Tumblr folks again and to reconnect with my faithful and dedicated followers! I&#8217;ve truly missed you all!
I&#8217;ve learned quite a bit lately about life, love, friendship, time, success, destiny, fate, wants, needs, failure, heartbreak, humans, simplicity, and so many other things. More of anything, though, I&#8217;ve learned a lot about myself. About pain. And about people.
However, I just wanted to let everyone know that I&#8217;ve BACK! And you&#8217;ll be seeing a lot more of me lately, which I&#8217;m really looking forward to. What&#8217;s up with you all? How are things going? What have you learned in life lately? Feel free to shoot me a message! I&#8217;d love to chat! Don&#8217;t be shy!!!!
XOXO

HELLO HELLO HELLO!!!!!

Good morning, world! I’ve been on quite the personal journey at of late. I can’t believe it’s been 48 days since I last checked in. Wow! It’s so nice to join all you Tumblr folks again and to reconnect with my faithful and dedicated followers! I’ve truly missed you all!

I’ve learned quite a bit lately about life, love, friendship, time, success, destiny, fate, wants, needs, failure, heartbreak, humans, simplicity, and so many other things. More of anything, though, I’ve learned a lot about myself. About pain. And about people.

However, I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve BACK! And you’ll be seeing a lot more of me lately, which I’m really looking forward to. What’s up with you all? How are things going? What have you learned in life lately? Feel free to shoot me a message! I’d love to chat! Don’t be shy!!!!

XOXO

THE ULTIMATE IGNORANCE IS THE REJECTION OF SOMETHING YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT AND REFUSE TO INVESTIGATE.

THE ULTIMATE IGNORANCE IS THE REJECTION OF SOMETHING YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT AND REFUSE TO INVESTIGATE.

“I&#8217;d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man&#8217;s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. 

If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover. 

Don&#8217;t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.” 
― Jon Krakauer, &#8220;Into the Wild&#8221;

“I’d like to repeat the advice that I gave you before, in that I think you really should make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.

If you want to get more out of life, Ron, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty. And so, Ron, in short, get out of Salton City and hit the Road. I guarantee you will be very glad you did. But I fear that you will ignore my advice. You think that I am stubborn, but you are even more stubborn than me. You had a wonderful chance on your drive back to see one of the greatest sights on earth, the Grand Canyon, something every American should see at least once in his life. But for some reason incomprehensible to me you wanted nothing but to bolt for home as quickly as possible, right back to the same situation which you see day after day after day. I fear you will follow this same inclination in the future and thus fail to discover all the wonderful things that God has placed around us to discover.

Don’t settle down and sit in one place. Move around, be nomadic, make each day a new horizon. You are still going to live a long time, Ron, and it would be a shame if you did not take the opportunity to revolutionize your life and move into an entirely new realm of experience.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

My point is that you do not need me or anyone else around to bring this new kind of light in your life. It is simply waiting out there for you to grasp it, and all you have to do is reach for it. The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.”
― Jon Krakauer, “Into the Wild”

“She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum.” 
― Jonathan Safran Foer

“She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating its subtle nuances. She was a prism through which sadness could be divided into its infinite spectrum.” 

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.” 
― Dodie Smith

“Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.” 

― Dodie Smith

“I think if I&#8217;ve learned anything about friendship, it&#8217;s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don&#8217;t walk away, don&#8217;t be distracted, don&#8217;t be too busy or tired, don&#8217;t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” 
― Jon Katz
“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It&#8217;s not something you learn in school. But if you haven&#8217;t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven&#8217;t learned anything.” 

― Muhammad Ali

“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.” 

― Jon Katz

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” 

― Muhammad Ali

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” 
― Oscar Wilde

“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” 

― Oscar Wilde

“The more you believe in the power of thought, and the more you listen to your breath, the greater changes you can create in your life.” 
― Stig Åvall Severinsen

“The more you believe in the power of thought, and the more you listen to your breath, the greater changes you can create in your life.” 

― Stig Åvall Severinsen

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” 
― Hellen Keller

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” 

― Hellen Keller

“Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.” 
― Bernie S. Siegel

“Embrace each challenge in your life as an opportunity for self-transformation.” 

― Bernie S. Siegel