Hello everyone! Hope you are all doing fabulous. It’s been a while since my last personal update. 2015 is a year of experimentation and discovery. This post will explain why I have been staying low and where on earth I have been these six months.
Life as a writer & filmmaker
After coming back from the U.S. in November last year, I wrote a 6-page feature on vegan food and restaurants in New York City and Columbus, which was published in the December 2014-February 2015 issue in Baccarat Magazine. I went back to NYC, New Jersey and Columbus again last year and came back in January with a more determined mind to move forward with a new life. Since then I started working on a few freelance writing jobs, writing magazine columns for Darizi and OpenRice, finishing off post production for my feature film Love Stalk, as well as shooting some microfilms and videos, all related to veganism, wellness and health. For my birthday this year, instead of going on a vacation that I normally do every year, I went on the China Fit health talk tour with PCRM and shared my cancer story with audience at different venues in Guangzhou. It was a meaningful and eventful one, giving me more ideas and inspirations about writing my book, which the publisher aims to get it ready in August this year.
Learning to be zen
Throughout this half a year, it isn’t without heartbreaks, frustrations and doubts about my new life as a filmmaker and writer, after giving up an executive job with a stable income. However, I’ve come to realize and convince myself that life isn’t all about money and buying stuff we barely need, especially taking a regular path that is within the societal norm and view. There’s more than this…it’s got to be more than this. I’m thankful to Sagat, my spiritual buddy, who brought me to a Buddhist meditation class in January. I took the 3-month English class then and the shifu’s teaching calmed and soothed my heart so much that I decided to take the more in-depth Chinese class in May and retake the improved English class in June again. I’m now also volunteering in the temple.
Philosophy of love
I treated Buddhism as a philosophy, not a religion, and I still see it this way, but in a different light. Buddhism is all about compassion, respect and peace, similar to veganism. On top of that, it trains our mind to focus and teaches us to think positively. It is exactly what city dwellers need – it is what I needed.
Discovering the spirituality
If you believe in karma, you’ll know that everyone comes to our life as a lesson or blessing. Some people come to our life to just bring a message we need to know, and not necessarily to be our friend or lover forever. I met someone earlier this year who brought an important message to me. If it wasn’t because of the coincidences about us, I wouldn’t have opened my mind to accept my own spirituality and other spiritual knowledge. If it wasn’t because of the chaos he brought on, I wouldn’t have discovered a few spiritual people around me who recommended me important books and movies, read my fortune with zi wei dou shu (紫薇斗數), opened my Akashic Records etc. that further shaped me into who I am today. Everything happens for a reason. It sounds cliche, but it is so true. Nothing is random in this world.
All about veganangiep
I normally don’t write posts this long, but I’m trying to summarize six months in a few hundred words. Before I sign off, I just want to mention that you may have noticed this blog is now with a different URL. It used to be http://angiepalmer.wordpress.com, but it’s now named https://veganangiep.wordpress.com. All my website and social networks are now named “veganangiep” including Twitter, Instagram, WeChat except for some that don’t allow me to switch user names. On my Facebook page, it’s “veganangie” but it’s only because I’m using “veganangiep” for my personal profile, so technically that’s me too.
Thank you for reading this, especially to those who are keeping in touch with me only via this blog and email, and have been wondering what’s going on.
Angie P. 小帕