Emma

 GET TO KNOW.... EMMA

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How would you describe your music taste?  Growing up my parents played a lot of classical music, folk, traditional, jazz, and Leonard Cohen (he's like his own genre). I still like all of that. Now though I listen to a lot of electronic music, kinda chill-wavy or a bit more upbeat. I love music that simultaneously makes me relaxed, and want to dance. I don't love just one genre, one artist. Have you ever seen any good live gigs?   I havn't been to much - but I have seen Feist with my dad, and I went to Bon Iver. I went by myself and it was pretty cool, it was standing room only and I stood at the back because I was super lonely and I felt sad that I couldn't share it with anyone but it was incredible. What makes you happy?   This is gonna sound super cheesy - but I feel happy when I feel like I'm connected with my authentic self. Randomly throughout the day, particularly when I'm in very beautiful nature moments, in the mountain I feel happy - it's like a sense of awe at what is happening, that is just like the deeper happiness I think. I think those are the moments when happiness catches you off guard, you don't realise what is happening, but then it's really, authentically happy, awestruck. But in my day to day life when do I feel happy? It's when I choose to. Happiness is so close to unhappiness a lot of the time for me, so I just decide, or when I remember. Or when I remember something is worth being  happy about - which is a lot of the time. What are you passionate about? I'm passionate about the world waking up, to a lot of the things that we have been taught as a society - and I feel we suffer because what we have inherited in many ways, like social conditioning, what we think is OK versus what isn't, health and lifestyle... I'm passionate about talking about that kinda stuff, and talking about things like mental illness and eating disorders, and I'm passionate about veganism but basically because of all those reasons. I feel like my purpose for being alive, and therefore my passion is to add more happiness and health to every part of the world, I just want to see more equaility.  What drew you to the vegan lifestyle, and why do you think it's important? My family has always been aware of conscious and ethical food choices, and when I moved to Japan some of those choices were not available; for example I couldn't buy free range eggs, or milk - so I really started questioning why. I looked online, and couldn't find any information on ethical food in Japan, I found the worse and I learnt a lot more about the animal industry globally. I didn't go vegan overnight, it took me a few months. Meanwhile I was recovering from an eating disorder, something I have had for several years - anorexia and then bulimic and then what happens with a lot of people after a period of very restrictive eating, I was binging all the time and I wasn't throwing up anymore but I had a very unhealthy relationship with food, a lot of it to do with confusion and a lot of emotion, frustration at society, insecurity about myself - but I was mainly generally confusion of food and I was finding it so hard to recover because eating like a normal person just didn't feel right, and when I started learning about veganism everything I had struggled with before made sense, and why these foods didn't make me feel good, why I always wanted to eat more, why I cared about animal cruelty - it all started to make sense and I decided I would give it a try and see how it felt for my body and my mind. When I started eating vegan I started eating a lot of carbohydrates, everything changed - I felt way better right away, my cravings disappeared, I had more energy, I was rebalancing my weight. And then I just started to connect more with everything, my food, with the animals, with other people. It just fell into place. I think it's important because there are a lot of other people struggling with the same things as me, whether they realise it and I think it's important to get the message out there. We live in an era now where everyone is on diets and they think meat is healthy, and we have just become so numb to the reality and the compassionate side of eating. We need to make use of the healing powers plants have and it is a solution to so many problems that we have on the planet, health issues, environmental issues  and animal cruelty and violence in animals. Stop looking at it like 'going vegan' or changing or doing something dramatic, start thinking about veganism in a general sense of how can I be more connected to myself and to humanity, and to my impact on my health. Please think about your true core values, and what you value in yourself as a human being - and ask yourself how your lifestyle can be more aligned to that, and never doubt your power, and your ability to make an impact. And to change yourself, and other people through what you do. 

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