I currently live in Austin, Texas, but have lived all over the world. In the past couple of years, I have lived in Peru, Italy, traveled throughout Australia, and explored so many different cultures. Because of these experiences, I’ve become extremely open minded to different lifestyles. I think outside-the-box, and no longer live the life I thought I was supposed to live. I started questioning the choices I was making, regarding the way I thought, eventually leading to what I was putting into my body.
I went from being a hardcore smoker, drinker, and meat-lover, to an animal activist and non-smoker overnight. I rarely drink, and no longer enjoy putting toxic chemicals into my body. I lost over 40 pounds and gained muscle, but most of all, I lost my binge-eating, a damaging mentality that I carried around for so long.
I went vegan. Animal cruelty was my reason for transitioning as I couldn’t be part of the reason why so many animals were suffering day in and day out. People always ask me if I went vegan for the health reasons, and my answer is (obviously) no. In my opinion, being vegan for health and ONLY health makes it very hard to stick with this lifestyle. You end up eating cheese now and then because it’s only for health, so you can “cheat” some days. If it’s for the animals, you take it much more seriously. When I see a piece of meat or even smell it, I want to vomit because the smell is so atrocious to me.
Going vegan is the best way to lose weight because whenever there is leftover food at work or someone offers you food, you can’t eat it because it’s not vegan. Haha! I’ve seriously saved myself from so much cake and candy at work because it wasn’t vegan.
Since becoming vegan, my skin has cleared up and I no longer have to take daily naps or sleep after I eat, and have an endless amount of energy to work a full day, workout, volunteer at the local animal shelter, and enjoy playing with my dogs. I live a life without guilt because I know I am striving to be the best I can be without hurting any animals in the process.
I plan on spending the rest of my life advocating for the voiceless. My end goal is to run an animal sanctuary of my own, where I will rescue farmed animals and give them a life we all want and deserve, which is like of freedom and happiness.
What advice would you give the teenage you?
To stop caring so much about what people think, and to start caring about how I treat my body.
One person living or dead you would love to hang out with for a day? What would you do?
My dad died at a young age from lung cancer and brain tumors. I’d love to do nothing but just sit with him and talk about his life. I regret not listening to his stories about his travels and where he’s been in life. He traveled all around the world when he was alive.
Name a place you would like to visit?
Dublin, Ireland, which I plan on visiting next month!
What is the number one thing on your bucket list?
To go scuba diving, even though I’m deathly afraid of water and underwater creatures.
What is the most adventurous thing you ever did?
Hike up to Machu Picchu. I advise all of you to do the same, it is definitely worth it! It was a long, grueling 4 days, but climbing to the top of the mountain is a life-changing experience that you will never forget. Seriously.
What has been your favorite age so far?
23, which is now. The older I get, the wiser and more secure I get. Everyone wants to get younger, while I’m content being my age. I’m actually pretty stoked to see what my 30’s will be like.
What is one thing you tell people right now to change the world for the better?
Go vegan! If that’s too much for you to handle at this moment, start with meatless Monday’s. Start thinking outside of the box. We don’t HAVE to eat animals. We don’t HAVE to support animal agriculture and the cruelties all of these animals face behind those walls. Cows and dogs are not different whatsoever.
What is your best personality trait?
Empathy. I can put myself in anyone’s shoes and look at life from their point of view.
If you won the lottery which 3 things would you do first.
1. Open an animal sanctuary and save as many animals as possible.
2. Donate money to other animal sanctuary’s and organizations such as Mercy For Animals that raises awareness on animal cruelty.
3. Give money to my family.
Do you think zoos are humane? Why or why not?
I’m still on the fence whenever I get asked this question. I believe it depends on the zoo. Some are rehabilitating animals, breeding animals that are on the brink of extinction, and then there are zoos that do absolutely no good for animals. At this time, I do not visit zoos, and will not for the foreseeable future.