By Tori Hopp - 11:49 AM

When I started this blog I had a grand idea of what I wanted it to be. I wanted to share fun DIY projects (hence the name), I wanted to share vegan/vegetarian recipes and I wanted to talk about zero waste. Some of those things happened but most didn't. With 2018 finally here (thank goodness) I want to talk about some changes I will be making to this blog.

First, I have a confession. It was over 10 years ago when I went vegetarian. I didn't do it for ethical reasons, I did it because red meat was making me sick. My gallbladder was going bad and I wanted to avoid surgery since I didn't have insurance. My doctor told me to keep track of my meals and see what was triggering an attack. It was most greasy foods or red meat. So I gave it up.

In the last month or so I have been eating meat again. SHOCK! I know, I know. I did it because I wanted to see if I could handle meat again. Again, I wasn't vegetarian/vegan for ethical reasons. I love chickens, cows, and pigs but I also live in a rural community with a farming family. I know that livestock can make or break someone. But I don't each meat all the time. Just here and there. I still like to cook vegetarian meals and will continue to do so. The vegan aspect of my diet was because as I have gotten older, my lactose intolerance has really become worse. Just a tablespoon of sour cream can make me sick.

I am still striving to be low or zero waste but the transition has been slow going. I told myself that the clothes that I got for Christmas will be the last "new" clothing I get for a while. I want to try and find thrift items or love some items in my closet that I haven't worn in a while. I wrote a post about how hard it is to find nice plus size thrift items and it still stands true. I did find a store recently that carries quite a bit of plus size clothing and I will be writing about my finds soon.

As for the DIY projects, I will do them as they come but I won't try to force them. Most of them will be herbal or essential oil related because that's what I do. I am an amateur herbalist and I love to make salves, oils and other things for the home. With my goals for the next few months to renovate my house, I am sure I will have quite a few DIY projects to share.

Now for the things I want to add. I love to garden and it has been my dream to be self-sufficient but buying acres around here is tough. Most of the farmers want it so it drives up the price. My long-term goal is to get a few acres, build a tiny home (or use the farmhouse on the land if it isn't too bad) and have a huge organic produce farm with chickens and maybe goats. I can work towards that by having a garden now, learning to can extra produce, utilizing the farmers market and working on skills that will help. I will take you on that journey with me.

So there you have it. Not much is changing but I won't be posting recipes as much and if I do they may have some meat. I still like to use vegan and cruelty-free makeup and household products and I will share them when I find some good ones. Whew. I feel so much better getting that off my chest.

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