My name is Mali and I am a crazy cat lady, jogger, traveler, and wannabe vegan. I try to live a compassionate and appreciative life, which is easier said then done.
It's better to have tried than to have never tried at all.
I started this blog to share my experiences with making compassionate choices. About four years ago, I decided that I needed to contribute something to society, do something to help the world be a better place. I started volunteering at a local animal shelter, I adopted a cat, and I met a passionate group of individuals who fought for animal rights.
However, it wasn't until a trip to Australia that it all came together. I was an adventurous eater and wanted to try a kangaroo burger. Then I saw a kangaroo grooming itself like my cat does, licking its paw and cleaning its face. I asked myself, why do I want to eat this kangaroo and not my cat? What makes them so different that it's okay to eat one and not the other?
And so began my transition to live a more compassionate life. How hard can it be to buy cruelty-free, vegan, fair trade, and sustainable products? We'll find out...
Compassion for animals, humans, and the environment.
** I don't advocate a militaristic transition or adoption of a vegan and sustainable lifestyle. You do you. I am flawed, I eat cheese, I eat oysters, I don't always buy sustainable, crueltry-free, vegan, fair trade products, but I try to do better each day and I encourage everyone to make compassionate choices. My hope is that this blog can make those choices easier to make.
Frank is a result of my inability to not adopt an animal when I was volunteering at an animal shelter. He was an extremely shy and scared cat when he came to the shelter. For two months, I worked with him, trying to comfort and get him to socialize with the other cats so he would be more adoptable. Eventually, the blue eyed, sweet and shy handsome guy suckered me into bringing him home.
Now he is king of the castle and I wouldn't have it any other way. He even has his own hashtag! #frankmeowtra
Who are Sundar and Frank?
Sundar was my family's golden retriever. She was the result of my little brother begging to get a dog and my parents telling him he could get one if he got straight A's. My brother, at the time, was not a straight A student, but, one day, he came home with straight A's and it was time for my parents to make good on their promise.
Sundar was playful, loyal and smart. She brought joy and happiness to our family for 14 years.
Excuse me, I accidentally stepped in front of a beautiful shot of the Grand Canyon.