Veganism is a religion and other myths.

I admit that I was blind until a few days ago, to the number of people who believe veganism is a religion or a cult. I really had no idea that people reached that level of stupidity simply because they think that people who are loud and demand justice could not possibly be backed up by evidence, unlike religious people.

I see a lot of myths going around about veganism and vegans, and because it’s time for another vegan post, I thought I could use this time on the website to address some myths and mean-spirited lies that are being spread around.

  • Veganism is a religion because you actively search for new ways to turn people vegan.

Yes, we do search for new ways to inspire people to go vegan because not eating animals is better for your health, the environment, and no one needs to die for you to live. A religion is based on fear and obedience. Being vegan has a positive and healthy effect on everyone on this planet while being religious does not. I mean, it’s not vegans who are blowing up themselves or attacking gays for wanting to get married. We just demand justice for the animals.

  • Veganism is like a religion because you believe that everyone should live according to your beliefs.

It is not a belief that animals suffer, it is a fact. It is not a belief that eating plant-based is healthier for you, it is a fact. It is not a belief that being vegan is better for the environment, it is a fact. So no, we do not want people to live according to our beliefs because veganism is not built on beliefs. It is built on facts that, if lived according to, affect humanity, nature and the whole of the animal kingdom in a positive way.

  • Vegans have an agenda.

Yes, it is called compassion.

  • Vegans think they are better than animal eaters.

No, actually, we don’t. Do we think that we have reached a new level of compassion? Yes, we do. Do we believe that we are treating animals better than non-vegans do? Yes, we do. Do we think that we are better people? No. The point of veganism is to reach equality among all beings on this planet.

  • Vegans don’t care about people.

If that would be correct, then why do we refuse to exploit slaughterhouse workers who suffer from PTSD? Why do we not eat animals that have been fed grains which could be used to feed millions of starving people? How come we eat in a way that is least dangerous to the environment aka we are not feeding climate change that is the greatest threat to humanity?

Do you know why most smart people don’t go vegan?

  • Because they think that because they are bound to kill animals in the process of living life, there is no point in reducing the suffering at all (for example – when you feed your cat, a cow dies, or rodents that die on the field to get corn to that vegan table of yours). To quote the most beautiful human soul and animal advocate, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: Don’t do nothing because you can’t do everything. Do something. Anything.
  • Because they want to listen to their bodies and don’t want to push any beliefs down their throat. Aka, it’s okay to push beliefs down an animal’s throat when slaughterhouse workers are slitting it, but not when Metka wants to eat eggs and bacon.
  • Because they do not believe there is anything wrong with exploiting and killing animals. After all, didn’t cavemen do it? You know, primitive people that didn’t use Apple, wipe their ass and wore clothes – everything that you do. So, how convenient to want to be more like humans from a 100.000 years ago when it comes to food but not when it comes to technology and basic hygiene.
  • Because that vegan that told them to consider veganism is still buying from shops that use sweatshops (aka the vegan that supports exploitation of human animals) and is struggling with depression (aka it’s probably because they lack protein). It’s so easy to point fingers at vegans and pretend that you doing all of that + supporting the murder of animals is so much better. Vegans must be perfect if they want to preach about compassion and non violence.
  • Because they hate to identify as a vegan because vegans are preachy, angry and sad. Unlike non-vegans who never preach about drinking dairy for calcium, never market burgers on every platform, never get angry and absolutely never, ever feel sad or depressed.

You get my point.

There are a million excuses that one can use to avoid the responsibility for the animals that died to get on their plate. It’s so much easier to just go to the ZOO, observe zebras and tigers while eating a cow, and afterwards reflecting on how beautiful and intelligent those primates looked in that tiny cage while drinking coffee with the side of pus-filled milk.

An ideal Sunday afternoon.

Let me know in the comment section, what were your excuses before you went vegan? What held you back from fully taking responsibility for what comes on your plate and where your money goes? I would love to hear from you; I always do.

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p.s. – If you are super interested in how to eat plant based on a budget but have no idea how to start, I wrote a great post for you and you can read it right here.

My advice on how to learn languages easily

I have wanted to write this post for such a long time, it’s insane. I just realized that in the past month or so, I wrote around 7-8 posts that have nothing – or very little – to do with veganism, and although I still consider myself mainly a vegan focused writer, I do have much to say about other things and writing about things that have very little to do with veganism, so that makes me proud.

Today I want to share with you a few tips on how to learn languages easily.

I also want to share with you my story of learning languages and all the helpful tips that work so well for me.

But before we begin and get into how to learn languages easily, I have two disclaimers:

  • Science has shown that some people have a much easier time learning languages, so do not be harsh on yourself if you cannot seem to learn a language beyond the basics. * *
  • Beyond what science says, it’s all about wanting to learn and being determined to constantly improve your language skills.
  • And what I find most important, is to find your way of learning best (watching, listening, practicing, writing etc.) and do it that way. I am a very auditory person when it comes to learning pretty much anything, meaning, I learn the most by listening, so that’s how I learn things that I want to learn.

Now that I made my three points, we can move on.

I am only fluent in two languages – Slovenian and English. I speak Slovenian because it’s my first language, and English because I have been learning it every single day since the age of 6-7. I do consider myself a fluent speaker of Spanish as well, but I cannot possibly speak it as well as I can speak English, while I also cannot speak English as well as I can speak Slovenian.

That should be obvious, but I find that people never really consider that you can be fluent in a language without having the ability to speak it as well as your first language. (If you are bilingual since birth, then this obviously doesn’t apply to you.)

Here are all the languages that I can speak and a short story of when I started learning them (not counting Slovenian, for obvious reasons).

  • I started learning English at the age of 6, right before I started school. From the very beginning, I found it very easy and I have memories of being 9 years old and translating English lyrics to Slovenian. In school, my grades were best in English class and I have been told by two professors that I should consider studying English.
  • I have been in love with the Spanish language ever since I can remember. I grew up watching telenovelas and at the age of 12, I started learning Spanish in school. I had Spanish classes in school for two years and after that, I continued learning on my own. I am still actively learning it today, as I want to reach the ability to speak it as good as I can speak English. I also want to improve my writing skills as I never write in Spanish thus I am not confident doing it.
  • The main reason for learning Brazilian Portuguese was that I was convinced I will marry Kaka, a Brazilian football player (I was like 15, okay). I have been learning it for the past 10 years on and off, so I am not fluent in it and have never truly committed to it. I would be able to communicate in Brazilian Portuguese, but I would definitely need help if I would be thrown in the middle of Rio de Janeiro right now. I spend one to two hours a week learning it.

Other languages that I understand or have a basic knowledge of:

  • As a child, I spent every day in the company of people who were from Balkan. I understand Croatian very well but I do not feel confident speaking it. Most of my mother’s friends were Bosnian or Croatian and my mother loved to listen to Croatian pop singers, but I never really spoke to anyone in that language. There is also the stereotype that Slovenians stop whatever they are doing the second they hear someone speak Croatian and I must say that this whole Slovenia-Croatia competition that we grow up with, has definitely resulted in me not wanting to learn how to speak it fluently.
  • I was born in a city with two official languages – Slovenian and Italian. I have been learning Italian between the ages of 7 and 11, then we moved. I was never really good at Italian and no amount of watching Rai 1 helped. I started learning Italian again in high school but I already knew Spanish then and Italian was just confusing me. Today, my only contact with the Italian language is through ASMR (more about that later) and listening to Eros Ramazzotti (his music is quite literally one of the only things that bring me back to my childhood days). I cannot speak it, but I understand quite a lot.

Languages that I want to learn:

  • I have been promising myself that I will learn Polish ever since I was 17. I never started because it seems very hard, but its number one on my list and I will be the happiest once I am fluent in it. I think it’s a gorgeous language.
  • Besides Slovenian and Brazilian Portuguese, I find Russian the most beautiful language in the world. I have started learning it last year but it sounded so similar to Slovenian that I stopped. I am definitely coming back to it in the near future.
  • My promise that I will move to Catalonia once they become independent is still true, so Catalan definitely holds a high place on my to-learn list of languages.
  • A few years ago, back when I was an avid SJW, I felt very strongly that I want to learn an Arabic language and I chose Urdu. I had everything prepared but for some reason, I never started (not good). I know that learning the Arabic language will take more effort than learning any other language on my list, but in the future, I wish to speak at least basic insert-an-Arabic-language-here (even Standard Arabic would do, although I heard that it’s not really used that much).

Okay, enough about me, let’s focus on you and how to learn languages easily.

Because I don’t want to repeat what everyone says one should do to learn a language, I want to only tell you about what worked – and continues working – for me. So, here are steps on how to learn languages easily aka all the steps that I am taking (and took) when learning a language:

  • As I mentioned earlier, I am auditory when it comes to learning so I always make sure to have something to listen to. When I was learning Spanish I made YouTube playlists of thousands – and I mean literal thousands – of videos by female Latin and Spanish celebrities that I liked. I listened to those videos when I scrolled through social media when I searched for photos and anything else that didn’t require my full attention. Also, I deliberately chose to listen to those from Spain and Argentina, as I wanted to pick up an Argentinian -Spanish accent. I obviously have a Slovenian accent but I hope that one day I will be able to sound slightly, slightly, slightly like people from those two countries.
  • Staying with listening to a language, I downloaded interviews and listened to them on the go. I like to think that it helped me accept the language in a more normal day-to-day way because instead of hearing Slovenian everywhere, I heard Spanish or Portuguese.
  • As you know, reading is my favourite thing to do, and because there is a shortage of Spanish and Portuguese books in Slovenian libraries that I would find interesting enough to read, I saved from the internet magazine scans with interviews from my favourite actresses and would read two to three pages every day. Reading interviews helped me to learn how to speak about myself, instead of reading articles that were not written from the first-person narrative.
  • The second thing that I love doing the most is watching movies and TV series. As I said, I grew up with telenovelas and there is never a shortage of them on television, but after a while, you get tired of the same boring storyline and you want more. I started watching movies that I found interesting based on the trailers and sometimes I would even watch an episode or two of a TV series.
  • One of the ways that help me keep learning languages today is listening – it’s mostly watching let’s be honest, I love the girls that I am subscribed to – to ASMR. Most of the channels that I love are in English, but I did find a few in Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Russian. The thing is, I don’t even listen to ASMR to go to sleep; I listen because they are entertaining and help me when I am writing or creating graphics, so I always have a different language in the background. My brain picks up everything and it normalizes the language for me and it becomes a part of my life.
  • One of the ways to always have a learning session is to follow people on social media that post content in different languages. I am subscribed to a few non-English channels on YouTube and if they post something interesting, I watch it. I used to follow Spanish speaking vegans on Instagram and whenever they posted a photo, I would read a description in Spanish. It’s just a lovely way to practice a language now and then.

I hope that helped you and that you found anything even a little bit helpful because I really wanted you to know all the little secrets that help me learn a language.

Okay, a short anecdote time: English has become such a huge part of my life, that there are literally words in English that I know but have no idea how they are called in Slovenian. And sometimes, thankfully not often, I start a sentence in Slovenian and end it in English. Curse words are obviously in English and 80% of my thoughts and notes are in English. It’s embarrassing because I am one of those people who are really concerned about the future of Slovenian language.

Anyway, if you have learnt anything helpful from today’s post, let me know in the comments and if you know which Arabic language is the easiest, please, please, let me know. Plus, if you have any tips on how to learn languages easily, that would be also very welcome for other readers.

If you have a minute or two, find me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.


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Remove toxic people from your life (in 3+ steps)

Let’s look at something that can either hold us back or lift us higher – people in our lives.

Without a doubt, we all have people in our lives that are toxic and destructive. We have all dealt with being trapped in a negative zone with them or had them suck all the energy from us. To remove toxic people from your life is to open the space for light and love to enter.

I know it can be difficult if those toxic people are living with you and you cannot ignore them for weeks, but there are tricks that you can use to still not get triggered by them and live a life that is free from negativity and poison.

Before we begin, I do want to get two things straight:

  • It is OKAY to avoid people who make you feel like shit. It is OKAY to ignore people that possess the energy that makes you feel weak or upset. It is OKAY to take care of yourself and remove yourself from that shared life you once had with a certain person.
  • If you think that all of that could be solved by just talking to the person, instead of going to the extremes and avoiding certain places, you are obviously very privileged in a sense that you do not have very toxic people in your life. Or you are one of them.

How to remove toxic people from your life in case they live with you? Or you have to see them every day (work, school etc.).

  • Find something to keep your mind occupied during the time you spend with them. Focus on a book, work, learning, cleaning, gardening… you get my point. Focus on something that will help you forget – even if only for a few minutes – that you are surrounded by people who you don’t want to be around.
  • Ignore them and train yourself to not even see them. Instead of focusing on something else, this time try to simply be in the moment and with you, not 2 metres away with them. Meditation can help with that, as you will be calmer and won’t even notice they are near you. This may take a bit longer to master, but at one point, I do believe we can be able to simply look past them and not even notice them.
  • Find something good in them. Can you learn something from them? Can you practice acceptance? Perhaps, you can look at it as a challenge or a test for your future. I like to think of it as a test for my future company. If I can learn how to handle 3 people now, I will have an easier time handling a bit more people, when I will have a company full of them.

Of course, there is always the option of talking to them and telling them that you wish to not talk to them, and that could mean they will respect your wish and will leave you alone. But let’s not hold our breath.

And what about people who you see only on special occasions? How to remove toxic people from your life when you don’t see them often? That is much easier, of course, but there are still things you can do.

  • I find ignoring works best. Although I am afraid ignoring is seen as something mean or rude, I don’t agree with that so I will recommend it anyway. Stop answering your phone, stop replying to texts and emails, avoid places where you could be seen by them. If the person doesn’t get the memo once you stop answering their calls, you will have to avoid places where they could see you. After a while, they will forget about you and you can go back to normal.
  • Remove them from your life – completely. That means unfriending them on Facebook, unfollowing them on Twitter, deleting their number, perhaps even blocking them if you don’t want them to search for you and send any friends requests. Mark their email as spam and completely cut all ties, because to remove toxic people from your life also means removing everything that could remind you of them. Sometimes just hearing their name can trigger your memories and you can find yourself feeling uncomfortable.

Now that we wrote down a few ideas on what we can do to remove toxic people from our lives, let’s look at who toxic people even are. What do they do?

Toxic people:

  • Insult you.
  • Use you.
  • Abuse you.
  • Harass you.
  • Hold you back from being your best version.
  • Do not accept you for who you are.
  • Make fun of you.
  • And so much more.

Toxic people are those humans who do not know where the line is; people who will keep you from growing and push you down.

What about you? Do you have any toxic people in your life? How are you dealing with them? Do you have any tips on how to remove them from our lives? Let me know in the comment section.

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