Are You an Activist? Start Building an Email List TODAY!

You may be wondering: “Why do I need an email list? I’m just an activist. I'm already on social media; I’m constantly interacting with my followers. I don’t want to be doing email newsletters and stuff!” I hear you. I don’t like email marketing that much either. But here is the thing. All these social pages you’ve spent so much time setting up and updating? They are not yours. They may disappear from the face of the Internet any time – and you won’t be able to do anything about it – not even...

The World Needs YOU!

The world needs YOU. You have ideas that the world needs to hear about. You know things that others are ignorant about. You notice things that others are unaware of. You care about things that others think are unimportant, or simply they are too lazy or too busy or too … whatever to take the time to explore. You see things the way no one else sees them – understanding things the way only you can understand them, feeling them the way only you can, with your unique combination of strengths, and...

On Becoming a Changemaker: Why Being a Change Is Not Enough

On Becoming a Changemaker: Why Being a Change Is Not Enough

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead Changemaker (n) – A term coined by the social entrepreneurship organization, Ashoka, meaning one who desires change in the world and by gathering knowledge and resources, makes that change happen. ---Being a Change versus Leading the Change Do you want to see a change in the world? Probably, yes, as most of us do; but if so, are you working...

Where do writers get their inspiration?

9 Things to that Inspired Eat, Love, Vegan, Recipes for Love and Life. Where do writers get their inspiration? I don’t know, as I can’t speak for all the writers. But I can tell you that mine usually comes from my own life, as well as from my desire to make the world a better place. It is my deep belief that by changing the stories we tell ourselves, we can start changing our thoughts, beliefs and ultimately our actions, and the books I write reflect that. Some may accuse me of being preachy...

The Silent Cry

"The Silent Cry” by Joanna Slodownik, inspired by “The Great Silence” by Ted Chiang Christmas has its share of outlandish legends and traditions, such as gravity-defying reindeer, Santa Claus sneaking through chimneys to deliver presents to those who were good, or the belief that at midnight on Christmas Eve, animals gain the power of speech. That last legend — common in Eastern and Central Europe where I come from — refers to farm animals and household pets alike and stems from the belief...

A Taste of Love: Eat, Love, Vegan

*It was supposed to be a MAKEOVER of her family RESTAURANT, not her LIFE.* Check out my book, A Taste of Love: Eat, Love, Vegan (Recipes for Love and Life) - A clean romantic comedy with a touch of romance plus some delicious vegan recipes. When Alexandra agrees to take care of the family restaurant, she thinks it’s only temporary, until her father recovers from a massive heart attack. What she doesn’t know is that the restaurant is in trouble, and participating in the Xtreme Restaurant...

What Would You Be Doing If You Were Limitless (and Knew You Could NOT FAIL)?

What would you be doing if you were LIMITLESS? What would you be doing if you knew you COULD NOT FAIL? What is the ONE THING that would make you heart sing and make you want to jump up and down knowing that you get to do this — every day, every week, every year, for the rest of your life? For me, here is what I wrote: I would be a part of something really BIG, TRANSFORMATIONAL, GAME CHANGING. I can’t and don’t want to be bothered with doing the boring, trivial, un-important every-day...

Green Smoothie Recipe with Home-Made Grape Juice (From Self-Grown Grapes!)

Green Smoothie Recipe with Home-Made Grape Juice (From Self-Grown Grapes!)

Today I’m giving you my recipe for deliciously sweet green smoothie with home-made grape juice and kale. The grapes that I used for the juice were very tiny red fruits, with seeds (lots of them!), and very sweet — and they came from my parent’s garden (more about this later), so technically they were self-grown (if not by me personally, but by my mom). You’ll find the recipe below, but first let me ask you – how would you like to grow your own grapes – to make juices, smoothies or perhaps even...

Potato Pancakes with Zucchini Recipe. Plus Why I Don’t Want to Be NORMAL

Potato Pancakes with Zucchini Recipe. Plus Why I Don’t Want to Be NORMAL

Note: If you are here just for the RECIPE, scroll down till the end and enjoy! I recently watched a disturbing video: animal activists broke into hatchery and stopped the machine that GRINDS MALE BABY CHICKS ALIVE (the video was titled: Civil Disobedience inside of an Egg Hatchery). Some of you who are not familiar with the practice may be asking — WHY WOULD ANYONE DO SUCH A THING? Aren’t young chicks some of the cutest creatures ever? Yellow, puffy, so delicate and fragile. Just too cute! And...

National Turkey Pardon – As a New Thanksgiving Tradition?

National Turkey Pardon – As a New Thanksgiving Tradition?

Traditions can and should – no, they simply MUST be changed. Just as our society evolves, so should our traditions – to reflect our deepest values of compassion and justice, as well as our increased awareness of what it means to be truly human — and humane.

Hint: to determine whether something is humane think if you’d like it done to you. Or your dog. If we look at it from that perspective – I think we could all agree that enslaving and killing another being, no matter how gently we do it, is NOT humane. Moreover, humans have also evolved past the point where our intellect outweighs our primal instincts to hunt and kill.

So, back to Thanksgiving and turkey.
There is much discussion about what was on the table and what wasn’t on that first Thanksgiving. But ultimately, it really doesn’t matter. I don’t care what as on the table of the first feast, and neither should you, because we are not interested in the exact replica of the first Thanksgiving. We want to share traditions and rituals, so that we feel connected to something bigger and older than ourselves.

If we look at it from that perspective, it’s just as traditional not to have a dead turkey on the table, as it is to have dead turkey on the table.

Besides, people are not so much attached to the turkey itself, as to having a centerpiece on a table, a focus on the plate, and this can be accomplished in many different ways, including this one. In more compassionate ways, and more healthful ways too.
We shape our traditions out of our ideals. And as our ethics evolve, as we extend the circle of compassion to include other living beings besides humans, our traditions must evolve too.

Why not establish new tradition this Thanksgiving: to pardon the turkey you were going to put in the oven, and have a beautiful stuffed pumpkin as a stunning and compassionate (as well as healthful) centerpiece instead?

Taking the Quantum Leap: From One-to-One and One-to-Many, to One-to-Millions Activism

Even though vegans are already taking advantage of some of the online tools and technologies to spread the message, coming from the internet marketing background, I can tell you for sure that we’re only using a tinny-tiny percentage of what’s available out there. The Internet gives us unprecedented opportunity to move from the one-to-one, or one-to-few model of activism to reach millions of people around the globe in a short period of time than we could ever dream about even ten or twenty...

Why Publish a Book: 17 Reasons Why Every Vegan Should Write and Publish a Book

Vegan eBooks Take Over the Internet and Amazon Kindle
Lots of people feel that they have a message they want to share with the world by publishing a book, but never do anything about it.

As vegans, we are doing ourselves, our audience, the world, and of course, the animals, a disservice if we are not getting the message of ethical vegan lifestyle out in the world in a big way.

One of the best ways to do that is by writing and publishing a book.

In the past, it used to be really hard to get published. Today, opportunities are practically endless. There is really no excuse not to do it.

Now, I won’t be talking about going the traditional route: finding a publisher, getting your book printed, and sold in local bookstores—although that would certainly be wonderful, and who knows—it may happen, too, if that’s your goal.

However, right now, I’ll be talking about simply publishing your book on Amazon Kindle and other e-publishing websites.

This is super easy (or, at least, not as difficult as you probably think ;-))

Especially if you are a blogger and already have a website filled with insightful blog posts, delightful recipes, photographs and other content.

And even if you don’t, it’s not as difficult as it may seem to create it—you just have to decide that you are going to do it and go for it. Find out how….

15+ Topic Ideas for Your eBook: Beyond Vegan Recipes

In the previous post, I wrote some tips on writing a vegan recipe book. However, I realize that many of you may be thinking: "But I don't want to write a vegan recipe book!" Let's say cooking or writing about food isn't really your thing. Not to worry! If you don't want to write about food, you don't have to do it! There are plenty of topics that are available to vegan authors. In fact, you can write about whatever you like and are interested in, and still be able to weave in the message about...

5 Reasons Each Vegan Blogger Should Write & Publish an eBook

I have a dream that one day, vegan recipe books will be the only books sold in online stores and brick-and-mortar bookstores. Crazy? Maybe. Never gonna happen? Probably, unless we take publishing in our own hands. How? If you’ve been thinking about writing an eBook but aren’t sure where to start, why not take a look at your blog? You probably already have a ton of content that could potentially be included in your book. Lots of vegans write blogs about food, filling them with insightful...

So You Want to Write a Vegan Recipe eBook? How to Choose Your Topic or Ingredient

"But I already know I'm going to write about vegan food!" Even though your mind may be set on writing a vegan recipe book, you'll be better off if you don't just publish a general recipe book. It's better to narrow down your niche or your audience, or both, at least initially. Here are a few thoughts about choosing the topic. These are not rules set in stone, so take that advice with a grain of salt. I recommend – at least initially – concentrating on one ingredient or a handful of...

It’s Time for The World To Take Notice: Why I Created Vegan Success Mastery

Coming back from an amazing vacation trip (Nicaragua-Costa Rica) last night, my family (my husband, son and I) stopped at Juke Joint, an airport restaurant in Atlanta to grab a quick bite before a connecting flight to Newark, New Jersey.

As I was finishing my veggie soup and munching on my husband’s french fries, I heard the guy at the next table (only about 1/2 foot away – as the restaurant was really crowded and the tables really closely spaced by) inquire about the Juke Joint Wings dish, specifically how big it is. The waitress explained that there were 8 wings.

Which to me immediately brings to mind that 4 animals had to be killed to create this one meal.

Just heartbreaking.

Is the Situation Hopeless? Let’s Start Vegan Revolution 2.0!

I have this question for you today: “How many vegans does it take to change a lightbulb? Two, one to change it and one to check for animal ingredients.”

Ha, ha. Funny? Not so funny?

Okay, here is another one: “How many vegans will it take to change the world?”

Ha! This one is definitely not funny, and one that I find depressing to even think about.

Sometimes.

Then there are times, when I get optimistic.

Girl enjoying the freedom in a wasteland

I believe that today, we have an unprecedented opportunity–and MORAL OBLIGATION, that was not here even 10 or 20 years ago, to spread our message and reach new audiences on the GLOBAL, MASSIVE SCALE.

It’s called the Internet.

So how many people do we need to “convert” before we see a real difference in the world?

What’s Stopping You From Making Money Online and Being Successful: Top 7 Obstacles To Overcome

I want to talk a little bit about the obstacles that many people have to overcome that are preventing them from even trying to succeed with building their own online business and money-making website around their passion. 1.  “I don't have a clue how to start and have no experience.” The temptation for many people who are thinking about getting started online is to read, read, and read some more. Many people spend way too much time analyzing everything, procrastinating, and never getting...