One thing that sucks more than goodbyes is long goodbyes. So I have begun this at 2.24 pm and have allowed myself exactly one hour to publish it so none of the quality control (ok I probably made some mistakes, I did my best) and researched facts of yore, just anecdotes, and rambling for the next 58 minutes.
So how did the 52 weeks work out?…Really well, thank you for asking.
I had no sick days from work and I trimmed off a small amount of excess fat and have felt good energy levels and much happier in my heart and mind all round. It feels good to have made and actually 99% stuck to my first* NY resolution. I thank my ex, who said I never finish anything for providing extra motivation 🙂
(*and probably last- don’t wanna spoil my 99% success rate…!! Why 99%? Because most of my wine wasn’t vegan…I’ve been drinking lovely stuff in a fancy 4 litre box, if you would like to know more about vegan alcohol, Barnivore is a great site. Yalumba wines are vegan, kudos to them. Yalumba viognier is lovely which I buy for a ‘lash out’. Also I have had to wear leather shoes for work and leather gloves for bushland maintenance work. I think a lot about the animal who was unwillingly involved in their manufacture. Why I am putting this here is to show that perfection is hard to achieve as an imperfect being in an imperfect world, imperfection is not an excuse to give up trying to do the best you can wherever you can. Oh and also I got Indian takeaway and despite my repeated request for no dairy, the food turned out to be loaded with ghee (clarified butter) rather than waste it, I ate it. But it is good to be able to share this experience here as a trap for young players…Indian food is great for vegetarians, vegans really need to be diligent.)
Regarding the charities, wow! There are some amazing organisations out there. Most of the ones I listed are easy to donate to, except for Haytap (Turkey) who had their Paypal cancelled by the government and they were unable to accept my credit card. So the $52 from that week sadly never made it, but all the rest are sorted. I connected with a few lovely people around the world throught this and if you are travelling overseas, I would definitely recommend researching legitimate charities where you are headed to see if you can help out and who you can meet and share knowledge and passion for compassion with :-). I almost wish there were more weeks in the year as there are so many other worthy ones, it is amazing what you find when you look.
One I always planned to cover was Soi Dog in Thailand, but it got bumped a couple of times and now it’s week 52 already. I might give them the Haytap donation. Suffering is suffering and it is great to alleviate it for any individual. But one thing that was admirable about most of the charities I chose to support was how they work to invoke systemic change…changing the way individuals and society treat animals and working towards cutting out the root of much animal suffering.
I will definitely stick with the plant powered lifestyle and continue to advocate for animals…
Oh and I have a little surprise… while this is the end of this particular chapter, its not a complete “So long and thanks for not eating fish” from me…
….Now I have graduated from 52 Charities High School, I am going to work on another project that will bring together all the links and knowledge and news I can find about a animals, the environment, food, events etc. Hang on in there and in a couple of months I will create a post to guide you to the cornucopia of wonderfulness I have planned.
This is one of my favourite charities that I have supported for many years. It is definitely worth visiting their page and learning about their work.
Animals Australia’s major campaigns are strategically targeting the areas where animals are in greatest need — whether due to extreme cruelty, or due to the vast number of individual animals who are suffering.
You can order a free vegetarian starter kit here.
And watch a wonderful video by Lyn White here.
To the friends I know and to the friends I haven’t met yet who read this, I really thank you!! It was pretty nerve wracking putting it out there, self doubt and all that.
I hope in some way I have contributed something beneficial xxx
1 hour 3 mins. Not bad!