Hi guys,

First off, I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has shown me so much support in my endeavors as a vegan activist. This site has become a huge passion of mine and it really wouldn't exist without all of you. I wanted to create a resource for vegans and non-vegans alike because I think veganism can be very daunting to some people. This place is really here to help and to make transitioning and staying vegan easy for you. ​

​Next, I thought I'd take the time to let you all get to know me a little better. I am a passionate person, anyone who has ever known me can immediately see it. My passions extend to every part of my life and although it can be a bit of a curse at times, it is also my greatest asset. When I become involved in something, I give it my all. So as you can see, this website is an extension of that.

My vegan journey started over a decade ago, although it took me a long time to get to where I am today. Animals have always been a large part of my life. I grew up with a dog for the first 10 years of my life, until he passed away at the age of 14. Shortly after that my family adopted cats. To this day, we still have 2 of the original cats we adopted. I now also have a house full of rodents with a hamster and 4 gerbils. To me, life would never have been quite as full without these wondrous creatures that have helped me through the toughest times in my life. This was a mere stepping stone to what my life would entail.

In the summer of 2001, I watched a movie that essentially changed my life. K-Pax. A mere mention of how cows were slaughtered was what set the wheels in motion. I, at that very moment, gave up red meat. I was never a large pork lover, so pig and cow were off the table as of that moment. I still don't know why my mind didn't make the connection to the other creatures on my plate but I would get there.

Flash forward to the year I met my future husband. May 2005, my now husband David became my best friend and love of my life and the reason I finally took the steps to vegetarianism. He had already been a vegetarian for over half a decade and introduced me to a whole new world of faux meats. Without even thinking about it, I was vegetarian by June of 2005.

My passion grew. I became quite active in the online activist world, seeking out like-minded individuals and talking avidly to close friends and family about my decisions and the affect we have on this world. I remained vegetarian until March 22nd, 2011.

The morning of that day in March was the beginning of my lifelong passion. I woke up to a normal day but somehow was different. I had been learning about the horrors of dairy and eggs for sometime but it didn't click until that day. I sat next to my computer and just cried, realizing what I had been doing and I said no more. I took a stand and said "I am vegan." That was it, no looking back, no more excuses. I called my husband and told him of my new found reason and asked if he'd like to take the journey with me. Although hesitant, he followed. And now, here I sit, happy, healthy and actively involved in my dreams and calling.

Through activism, I have met some of my best friends, I have ate some of the best food and I have found a purpose.

I now share my voice with the world with my YouTube channel where I try to teach and educate others on veganism and living a cruelty-free lifestyle. That has also branched into my online blog and also am now an ambassador for HappyCow.net in Halifax, NS. I want veganism to be practical for people, so I try to make it fun and easy. I also have dreams of one day owning and operating my very own farm sanctuary for rescued animals. I have a certificate in Animal Sciences which I hope will aid me in this goal. I hope to inspire others to make the change. Take a stand and go vegan!

                                                           xoxox Ashley

 

 

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