Every day brings me joy for different reasons so I always try to take a moment to remember them at the end of each day. This month, in particular, has certainly been a month to be grateful for; at the end of January, I moved to Japan and my life completely changed.
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That is why, as part of my Mindful Blog series, at the end of every month, I will be documenting the pivotal events that have brought me joy and gratitude. I want to create a reminder for myself of everything that has happened, to look back on and feel abundantly grateful.
Thanks for reading! Let’s go!
1. I’m grateful to be settling into my new life more.
As I said, this month has been a drastic change. I took the huge leap to move from my countryside home in England to the middle of a city on the other side of the world! I am so grateful because from the beginning I have felt like it was the correct choice to make. I am so happy here in my new house, with my new housemates, with my new job and my new journey.
Since moving, I have created a morning and evening routine that helps me to wake up and slow down feeling wonderful and so happy to be alive.
I am grateful to have been put in a share-house with such kind and interesting people. Everyone has been so welcoming and I really feel I can call some of them my friends.
2. I’m grateful for the kindness of a stranger
This month, one of my students at work, who is the only vegan I’ve met in real life since coming to Japan (other than my partner of course), was telling me about all of the yummy vegan chocolate that she has at her home.
That afternoon, I went straight to her mum asking about where I could buy it, to which the next day, she brought me an entire bag of vegan goodies! I couldn’t believe it and I nearly cried! She gave me Violife cheese, hemp protein powder, chocolate, cookies and so many other amazing foods. I was completely over the moon and overwhelmed that a complete stranger had been so kind to me.
I had no idea even what her name was or anything about her other than that I taught her daughter! She didn’t have to do anything for me but she went out of her way without expecting anything in return.
This happened while I was still learning the ropes of vegan shopping in Japan. So, after feeling quite alone being a vegan in a place full of animal eaters, I felt so grateful and humbled.
3. I’m grateful to have found more vegan options in my local shops.
Since moving to Japan, I have noticed a lot of mixed opinions about whether being vegan is easy or difficult. In my opinion, eating out is as easy as a vegan. You can just go online and find lots of vegan-friendly restaurants in your area.
However, when it comes to shopping, it might be considered a bit harder. Especially if you can’t read Japanese (which was my biggest downfall in the beginning). I would say a lot of it is knowing where to shop. I feel like this is another blog post in itself so I won’t go into it too much for now.
However, I would definitely recommend getting the google translate app if you ever come to Japan. It lets you take pictures of all the ingredients and translates them for you.
Also, you can find a huge range of different deliciously flavoured soy milk in shops such as Maruetsu and Simmens. I have also found Almond breeze, cashew and walnut milk in other supermarkets too.
In Maruetsu, I recently found a brand of soy products called Beyond Tofu Miracle Protein that has products such as melty cheese snacks and tofu with olive oil, which is flavoured and textured to be similar to cheese. That seriously changed the game.
I’ve also found a shop called Gyomu Super, which is a store for companies such as restaurants and bars to get their produce. I always buy my frozen fruits and veggies there for dirt cheap prices as well as crunchy peanut butter and Japanese rice.
In conclusion, I don’t find it hard to shop for vegan food in Japan now. In the beginning, it was so hard because I hadn’t done much research and I didn’t know about google translate. Now it is so much easier and I get to enjoy cooking and eating healthily every day.
4. I’m grateful for finding inspiration
Finally, I am grateful to feel inspired. This month has been quite a learning curve for me, to be honest. I only was able to find inspiration for my goals by getting sick multiple times and realising that I wasn’t doing what was best for me. I was stuck in a rut of not having enough time or energy to work on my personal goals and my purpose for being in Japan.
After the second time of getting ill and having to take a day off work, I took the action to make short term and long term goals for both of my companies and to give myself more time to relax and work on my goals.
Since then I have been working so much harder and with more time and dedication on my upcoming music endeavours. However, I cannot say too much about it because everything is still in the works. Check out my music website and subscribe to the mailing list to get the latest updates for when I can shout about the exciting news!
On top of that, I have caught the writing bug and am working every day on making Hello Vegan Bee into the company that I want it to be. I have been writing blog posts, doing marketing & research, working on other projects within the company (that I also cannot say too much about… yet) and I’ve been meeting likeminded vegans online and getting feedback about my endeavours.
It’s safe to say that I feel so grateful to be back on track!
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