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Just wanted to say hello!
January 19, 2009 06:21AM
Hey everyone! I just wanted to give a little introduction here since I'm new to the group and this site in general.

My name is Christina. I'm a 22 year old wife and mother of two. My son Jacob is 2 years old (as of this past October) and my daughter is 4 months old. I'm currently living in a town right outside of Asheville, NC. Very VERY lucky to find myself living in a veg-friendly place!
I was a vegetarian during my teens and a vegan for two years starting at age 17. I honestly stopped because I had started my journey for the wrong reasons, more to be different than to help animals or even for health (I was eating Oreos like they were going to be discontinued, so definitely NOT for health). I became a Vegan again right before I found out I was pregnant with my daughter and when I found out that I was pregnant again I decided it wasn't the right time for me, personally, to continue so full-force with veganism. Looking back I wish that I would have "kept on truckin'" but I didn't know enough at the time to feel comfortable.
I have now been vegan for two weeks, no cheating or slip-ups that I'm aware of, and am so excited. This time I'm doing it for the right reasons and I'm just ecstatic. I don't know how many of you use VB, but I posted on there with my story about what started me on my vegan journey.

Thankfully since this is the Christian group I know that you all will know about the feeling I'm about to write about...
I actually woke up from a deep sleep one night feeling God speaking to me. I felt him calling me to be a Vegan again. I prayed about it that night and the next day and asked for some kind of sign that this is what I was supposed to do. The very next day I got my answer. I had two people from Freecycle pick up items from me that had Vegan stickers on their car, two shows I turned on television randomly had something about veganism, and my husband came home with a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) magazine that had an article about athletes who don't eat meat. Well, 5 instances of hearing about this in one day without seeking the information out? I took that as a definite SIGN! I gave up everything immediately and haven't looked back since. I had him put on my heart that night that dominion over animals is not what we're currently doing, we are instead taking advantage of them. So here I am, once again a vegan and animal rights activist.

Never been so happy in my life!
Anyways I hope you all are well and that I get to know you all better soon!

God Bless!
~Christina Hawkins
Re: Just wanted to say hello!
March 10, 2009 03:48PM
Hi Christina,
That is a great story. Amazing the signs He gave you. I live in NH. I read in VegNews magazine about Asheville a couple years ago and plan to move to the area when my daughter is grown up/in college. It seems like a beautiful place to live and veg friendly. There are not many veg friendly places where I live. Though I found a new restaurant yesterday and I'm soooo excited. Even that is almost an hour away. Anyway, I'm babbling. Just wanted to tell you I liked your story and that I'm going to be living down your way someday!
Suzanne
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