It's true that I haven't been blogging as frequently as I should this year. I had to take a temporary hiatus from the blogosphere because a lot has happened in the past few months. The beginning of this year has been a hectic time for me. I have written and published my first book, rebranded my business website, and also taken some valuable time off for personal reflections and development.

Now that the storm has largely blown over, I’ll be able to devote more time to doing what I love: blogging and animal advocacy.

1) Writing my first book.

I have known that I wanted to be a writer since childhood, but a published author? Only in my wildest dreams. Then, over the last few months, I started to feel a creative surge awakening within me. I began writing creatively more than ever before, at one point even averaging 2,000 words a day. I couldn’t hold it in, and as I continued, a story poured out of me. My new book, I Am the Ocean, is a travelogue about a low-budget road trip I took down to the United States in my early twenties. I travelled by bus, slept on couches, stayed in hostels, met some amazing people, and saw some unforgettable things. The book is also filled with spiritual insights that I realized along the journey. In an upcoming blog post, I will be sharing how I went about writing and publishing the book. Be encouraged; writing a book is an extremely rewarding experience and not as daunting as it may seem. For Canadian authors, there are a lot of cool perks that our government provides us to help us along. 😉

2) My new business website.

I started Blossoms, my freelance business, shortly after graduating from university. Now that my business is a couple of years older (as am I), I thought it would be fitting to rebrand the website. It felt especially appropriate now that I've taken a turn in my career, delving into authorship. I also wanted to make the site more content and blog focused so that I can connect better with my readers, something that has always been really important to me.

3) Personal development.

Over the past few months, I have been writing prolifically and taking a new turn in my life and career. Although it has been a productive few months, it has not been without a toll on my stress levels. I have always been a bit of a perfectionist, as writers and editors tend to be, and I have had a lifelong habit of pushing myself. I learned the importance—the necessity—of taking time to myself to unwind. Relaxing is so crucial to maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing, especially since the mind and body are so profoundly connected. And of course, when you take the time to relax, your writing will be all the better for it!

This New Year has been very productive, life changing, and exciting for me. I can't wait to see what the rest of 2016 has in store, and I look forward to sharing it with all of you.

 

freelance writer book cover

It is a melancholy object to those in this great land when we find our friends and family falling ill due to the incompetencies of the food industry, resulting in mad cowE. coli contaminationsalmonelladioxin poisoning, etc. Our people, instead of being able to get our protein in a safe and healthy way, are made to either depend on the pre-packaged products sold to us by food companies, or hunt our own game, or sell ourselves to a nutrient-deprived vegetarian lifestyle.

I think it is agreed by all parties that hunting game may not always be practical, giving thedeplorable state of wildlife a very great additional grievance. While wildlife is on the decline, the world faces a human population crisis. Therefore, whoever could find a fair, cheap, convenient method for feeding our growing population would deserve so well of the public as to be considered a preserver of humankind.

But my intention is very far from being confined to only providing a healthy nutritional source for the public; it is also to improve the condition of the world as a whole by transforming a large number of otherwise burdensome people into productive members of society.

I have been assured by a very knowing scientist that healthy people provide a delicious, nourishing, and wholesome source of protein, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled.

There is likewise another great advantage in my scheme. It will prevent overpopulation. For first, it will provide a great alternative to the much contested issue of birth control. Birth control policy planning can be a complicated political matter. However, abortion rates will rapidly decrease once people become aware of this safe, convenient alternative. If families are uncomfortable with eating their own offspring, they can purchase their nourishment from government-regulated vendors.

Secondly, not eating factory-farmed animals, which are cultivated in the most unsanitary of circumstances, will save humans from a variety of diseases, so long as the flesh is well-processed, and the stock is well-fed and kept isolated from contamination, pre- and post-harvest.

Thirdly, having this regulated and healthy protein source available provides an excellent alternative to a vegetarian lifestyle, which has been growing in popularity as these health scares become more frequent. Although becoming vegetarian may seem like the most logical of options on the surface, a rise in vegetarianism would actually put the planet in imminent danger, causing poor health in humans and wreaking environmental havoc on our planet’s dwindling flora.

I profess that I have no other motive than the public good of humankind.

*Click to read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.”