I bet you’re like, “A wrap up post? It’s the end of January 2014 already! Can’t you get it together enough to post it before the new year?!” Nope. My family holidays were delayed due to work schedules and out of town guests so this is like Jan. 1st for me. Hello 2014!
Anyway, like everyone else everywhere, I’ve been reflecting about what kind of a year 2013 had been. Let me tell you all about it. Here’s a spoiler: 2013 sucked.
Most wrap up posts talk about all the great stuff that happened that year and some resolutions to make 2014 the best it can be. I’m of a belief that one must look at the failures of the year as much as successes in order to grow. And oh boy, did 2013 have some failures.
First, I failed to complete reviews of two vegan products:
Om Nom Nom Cookies. These cookies are seriously simple, seriously delicious, made with awesome ingredients, and adorably packaged. However, and this is a small thing I know but, the name of the company drives me bananas. I don’t want to, or ever say, Om Nom Nom.
The other is, The Sexy Vegan’s Happy Hour. Awesome book, concept, recipes, everything…except the book is in black and white. That vegan is too adorable not to be in color. And pictures of cocktails should always be in color.
So, a heartfelt apology to both of those folks for not doing a timely review.
You know what else didn’t work out in 2013? Those webinars. Those really didn’t work out at all.
As I sat thinking about 2013 I couldn’t help but to think about it’s beginnings, or rather endings- the end of 2012. It had been a tragic year for the animals I live with. I lost Olli to kidney failure in February, Lakini was diagnosed with terminal cancer in March, and Gypsy was diagnosed in renal failure 11 days later.
While Gypsy is still (fighting renal failure) here with me, I’m incredibly sad to say that Lakini lost her fight with cancer in October.
Lakini (on yellow pillow) and Scowt (on red pillow) circa 2010
Lakini was cremated after her death and her ashes were brought home to sit on a shelf in my bedroom. It’s a sad shelf, it houses the ashes of Olli and Scowt, beloved friends who passed from this life much too soon. Staring at the shelf with three sets of ashes made me realize that I’ve lost a friend every year since 2011: Scowt, 2011. Olli, 2012. Lakini, 2013. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think that these events have taken their toll on YDV, they have.
2013 brought changes to the vegan movement. Lots of new vegan websites, projects, books, tv shows, restaurants, cafes, food trucks, conferences, and vegfests popped up all over the place. It seemed that veganism had become more mainstream than ever.
But mainstream success can come at a price. If anyone paid it, ethical vegans did.
All of a sudden, bringing veganism into the mainstream meant ethical vegans had to put aside their ethics so that “we don’t scare anyone away.” We could bake someone a vegan cupcake, but we could not talk about why honey isn’t vegan, how veganism extends beyond the plate, or the difference between eating vegan and living vegan.