Hi! I’m Erin. I’ve spent the last ten years bouncing back and forth between several Asian countries and my-home-and-native-land, Canada. I currently reside in South Korea where I teach English to university students, practice psychotherapy, and convert traditional Korean dishes to their more appealing meatless counterparts for my enjoyment.
I, like many others, once thought a vegan diet was too much work for a laid-back, free-spirited Canadian like me. It wasn’t until I discovered my passion for animal-rights, while writing a paper on the human-animal connection that I started to question my meat-eating ways.
As I opened myself to learning about the horrors of factory-farming and slaughter houses (“how could I not know this?!”), my desire for animal flesh completely and naturally faded. But it wasn’t until I was able to open to my heart, during a meditation retreat, that I knew I had no choice but to go vegan. My journey to being fully converted culminated in a heightened episode involving a lot of tears and some milk – and not of the spilled variety. Needless to say, I am vegan to stay.
Q&A with Erin
What do you do when you are not writing for The Vegan Woman?
When I’m not rhyming or writing for the Vegan woman you can find me hanging out in downward-dog, blogging (www.intheflow.co), exploring a foreign country, snuggling up with a book and some macha, clumsily strumming my guitar, dancing to the beat of my own drummer, experi-baking, making up words, or simply marveling at the wonders of this life and trying my best to compassionately and peacefully play along.
What 3 vegan dishes would you take with you to a deserted island?
Chana masala, kale salad and chocolate cake with double the normal amount of icing. Perhaps a smuggled bottle of the finest vegan red wine if I’m feeling frisky.
What advice would you give someone who is interested in going vegan, or is just starting out on their vegan path?
Be gentle with yourself. Transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is not always easy, but it is always absolutely worth it. Remind yourself of your inherent awesomeness for stepping onto this path often and reward yourself with lots of vegan chocolate. Become good friends with green smoothies, read the vegan literature, and extend your compassion even to those who are critical and question your motives. A good sense of humor always helps ;)
Read more of Erin’s musings about the universe at intheflow.co.