Plant-Based Pause No 22: Network

In November 2011, I made the decision to progress towards a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Since then, I have learnt so much about where our food comes from, and what it does to our bodies and the environment. Along the way, I have encountered many obstacles and challenges. I have also been asked lots of questions, most of them valid and a few off them more than a little odd. One of the aims of my blog is to chronicle my experiences as a plant-based traveller. So, hopefully these Plant-Based Pauses will provide a little more explanation and maybe answer some questions that my readers may still have.

‘If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.’ – Abraham Maslow

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I have a dislike of this word, it reminds me of working in a suit in the UK. Back in the days when I worked in retail, I was constantly being told to NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK. Most of the time it made me feel self-conscious and I got the impression that I was just annoying people. Then, later on, I came across people who were obviously trying to network with me and I realised that yes, I had been incredibly annoying. Suits and power meetings aside, though, networking is a good tool. And now that we have the internet and are able to gather information and communicate with people from all over the globe at the touch of a button, we have no excuse. Blogging is the perfect example. If I’d have watched a film such as Forks Over Knives before the internet and blogging existed, I would have been lost. In fact, when I first turned vegetarian in the mid 90s I was lost. The only reference point for information was my local library, and needless to say they didn’t stock a huge range of inspiring books on the subject. The only other vegetarian I knew was my English teacher, who I would bug with questions at every opportunity. I suppose that was my first experience of networking, although I’m sure he would have preferred me to show more interest in William Shakespeare.

These days, we have so many more tools available to us. Vegetarians are no longer the lonely, social outcasts that we once were. I am now known as more than ‘the only vegetarian in the village’. All you have to do is go online and find that there are thousands of us, in all walks of life, living plant-based and making new discoveries every day that can be shared amongst our international community.

Exploring other blogs and teaming up with other bloggers is a great way to learn more, get advice and support and spread the word about plant-based living and why it’s important to us and the planet.

Alicia Silverstone, yes the famous actress, has a great website called The Kind Life. The idea behind the site was to create an online meeting point for vegans workdwide to share ideas.

So, remember people – NETWORK, NETWOR… Ok, I’m not going to do that to you. But get out there, whether it’s online or in your local community, and find some fellow plant-based vegetarians.

 

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