To all of my Actors out there…

Storytime…

I have been a working actress (film/tv, commercial) and model since I was eight years old (I am now seventeen!).

When I was young, I wouldn’t tell anybody about me being an actress. I was worried they would befriend me only for that reason, and who wants fake friends?? And if they found out, they would ask a bazillion questions and then it became redundant. I wouldn’t mind talking about it if people asked, but I wouldn’t come straight out saying “HEY I ACT AND I’VE BEEN IN MOVIES”. No. Never. For multiple reasons. Then when I entered high school, which I go to a performing arts high school. I only knew one person coming into it, who I’ve known since I was in first grade. Of course she knew about what I’d been in, and of course she had told people she was friends with when I got accepted into the school. A few weeks into my freshman year, word got around and spread like a wildfire. She would tell one person, that person would tell another person, and so on. When it got to that third person, they automatically assumed that I had been telling everyone. So as it spread around, they all thought I was “snobby, selfish, self-centered, and conceited” which sorta sucked because I didn’t tell anyone… I let it die down, and as I got to know more people in school, the first thing they would say to me was “Wow, you’re actually like down to earth, you’re not snobby at all.” hmm…..

Starting off so young (sometimes I wish I started even younger) has made all the difference. I was introduced to the business at such a young age that I learned to accept rejection, and that theres always another chance. I have also encountered many competitive girls and projects where it has literally been down to me and another girl. Anyways, I have learned so much about the business as I grew older. I have learned how to spot stage moms, which I take pride in ;). I have also learned how to quickly study lines and have them fully prepared and off book even if they didn’t ask me to. I have also learned how to quickly adapt to sudden changes…When I was 9, I auditioned for Eloise in Paris (which was never filmed). They had me prepared SIXTEEN scenes!!! Usually you’re given around 1-4 scenes to prepare for an audition. I only had about a week to memorize…once I got to the audition they only had me do one scene, feel my pain? There have also been many times where I have auditioned for projects and then they change their mind on the age, race, or gender they want. It is truly a aggravating and tough business.

I have been featured in multiple films…

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My biggest break so far is Bride Wars which was directed by Gary Winick. By far, this is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. When I auditioned for the role of Young Liv (Young Kate Hudson) it was a quick audition that I got called about the day before. It was quick, and I didn’t think anything of it…I actually had forgot that I auditioned for it! By the way, that happens a lot when you are constantly auditioning. Around the ages of 8-12 I was going up to the city around five times a week for auditions. When I got to age 13, it started slowing down because they would have eighteen year olds play younger due to Child Labour Laws (I’ll get into that too). Anyways, three weeks after I auditioned for this part, my mom gets a blocked call. She answers and they ask her if they could cut me bangs and put me in a fat suit for the role of Young Liv. I was in school at the time but my mom told me that she was in pure shock and almost speechless because I hadn’t been in the business for a year yet and I was already being asked for a role in a feature film. She said yes, and they said they would call her back. A few minutes later, she receives another phone call from the same number saying that I got the part. As soon as I got home from school, my mom had picked me up which was unusual. I got in the car and she started calling me by my characters name, Liv. I was ecstatic and so excited to start filming.

78bbfd2fd0b0454287cda9ade0143ce2.jpgWe filmed the three scenes I was in over a course of fourteen days, that went by way too quick. We were given first class transportation by train to Boston, Massachusetts. The film took place in both New York City and Boston. I worked with another girl who was just a year older than me named Shannon Ferber, who played the young version of Anne Hathaway. Unfortunately, I don’t have contact with her anymore, and I am not sure how to due to the fact she is nowhere on social media :(. I worked with one of the most wonderful people while filming. Those crew members would literally drop anything just to make sure that we were comfortable. When we arrived in Boston for the first day of filming, we stayed at the Double Tree Hotel, where they give you freshly baked large chocolate chip cookies every morning. While we were checking in, I see Steve Howey (who plays Kate Hudson’s fiancee in the movie) standing in front of me. Let me remind you that this man has been in Reba, Shameless, Something Borrowed, and many other films. When I saw him, my jaw literally dropped. I was in total shock and I wanted to say hi so bad! I finally went up to him . Me, standing four feet eleven inches tall in a small voice saying, ” hi you’re Steve Howey, right?” He is standing six foot four inches tall looking down on me saying in a bright cheery voice saying “Yes I am!” He was so glad to know that I was in the movie too and he was such an awesome person and made me feel the same age that he was. I also got to meet other actors such as Chris Pratt, and Bryan Greenberg.

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I had awesome experiences with both of them as well. I didn’t get to meet Kate or Anne till the second to the last day of filming. It was four o’ clock in the morning, I was super tired and everything was a haze. We were just walking out of the Plaza Hotel as I was upset because I hadn’t met Katie yet…As I was walking out the door I hear a voice saying “You didn’t think you’d get to leave without me meeting you yet, did you?” I turn around and it was Kate! I literally ran and gave her a hug. Anne was right behind her! We then went back into the ballroom and talked for a good half hour- hour. Kate was the sweetest, most down to earth person I had ever met. Anne was just as sweet too. They were both in their wedding dresses from the movie. Kate was wearing her huge Vera Wang dress, as I was sitting on top of her. She asked me all sorts of questions about myself. Turns out, we both have a brother named Wyatt, too funny. I made sure that the both of them signed my autograph book (which I still have and am eternally grateful for). We got back to the hotel around 5:30-6:00. I was so tired that I felt the last hour was a dream. To this day, I still think of it as a dream. The next day was the last day of filming. I turned nine on set :’). Right as we finished up filming that scene, Kate walked in. I still remember that she was wearing blue jeans and a striped sweater. She wanted to come say a last goodbye to me.

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The next time I saw her was at the premiere of Bride Wars, a year later. Shannon and I had just walked on the carpet and out of NOWHERE, Kate jumps on and gives me a huge hug. I wish the photographers would’ve captured that moment but they were all in such shock that they stopped taking photos for a second! We then were watching the movie and we realized that Toby Maguire (Spiderman) was sitting directly behind us. After the movie, I went up to him and he told me how I did a great job and we talked for a few minutes. Overall, Bride Wars was such a rewarding experience and I still reminisce about it to this day.

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R.I.P. to Gary Winick, the director who died in 2011 due to brain cancer. He directed many known movies such as, Bride Wars, Letters to Juliet, 13 Going on 30, and Tadpole. He was a wonderful human being to work with and did anything to make his cast feel as comfortable as they could be. I wish he was still with us today so I could give him a big hug and a thank you…this ones for you, Gary! Miss and love you…

 

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I have also been in The Rebound directed by Bart Freundlich. The scene that I was in was filmed in the Museum of Natural History. I got to meet a friend of mine today, Fatima Ptacek, who is now the voice of Dora! I also got to meet Skai Jackson, who is now on Disney’s,  Jessie. Bart is the wife to Julianne Moore. Julianne Moore starred in many movies such as, Nine Months, Still Alice, Boogie Nights, and so much more. I befriended her daughter, Liv Freundlich. She made the filming so much fun. On set, I got to meet Justin Bartha, who was an absolute RIOT. You might know him as Doug from The Hangover. 

 

I have been in two short films…

I have been in a film titled, I Watched Her Fall (2011) directed by Del Lukens  whom I played the daughter, Mary-beth, of a delusional mother.

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I have also starred in a short film titled, Caught in the Middle (2013) directed by Talina Adamo. It is about bullying and how being a kid can be rough. I played Brittany, a mean girl, who does most of the bullying. The script was written by two thirteen year olds at the time, Jordan Alfonzo and Shane Meredith.

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About a year ago, I completed three episodes of a web series going by the name of Airy Jeanine, where I play the friend of a famous super star singer, Airy.

I have also been in quite a few commercials…to name a few..

-American Express

-Justin Bieber Dolls

-Renault Twingo

-Kids Peace

-Conair Glitter and Gem Set

-Hatfield Pork Roast

-Wingflyer

-The Perfect Cupcake (an informercial)

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This was my “TV family” from The Perfect Cupcake!

 

To finish up this post, I have also done quite a few modeling jobs. More so when I was little, but here are just a few photos that I have from some of them. These aren’t even close to all the brands/companies I’ve shot for but here are a few!

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Face Makeover application

 

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A few of many shots from David’s Bridal

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Paul Hakimata Stock Photography

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Plus some oldest to newest headshots…

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I was newly introduced to theatre when I was accepted my performing arts high school. My junior year, I played a lead in one of four of my school’s plays, The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard, directed by my Voice and Movement teacher, Ashley Tait Weller. It was one of the most amazing experiences that I had THIS year. It was a breathtaking moment for me and something new that I have never felt before, and I am forever grateful for the experience, and how much hard work and dedication that was put into that production. 12193279_10153691122274188_4143954904911900808_n.jpg

Overall, this is my love, this is what I love to do, and what I want to continue to do. I cannot wait for what the future holds for me, no matter how long it takes. Everything comes with hard work and time, and those are definitely two things that I have.

 

Every craft must be fully explored, and it always comes from somewhere. Every bit of experience counts!

Much love,

Zoe.

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Me in LA, at an audition for Disney’s Ant Farm in 2012 with China Anne McClaine.

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Benefits of Greenery

A LITTLE BIT OF A BACKSTORY:

I am now a senior in high school. When I was a freshman, I bought my first succulent–let me remind you that I had never owned a plant before. The succulent died within 3 weeks…what a plant mom I am… I didn’t buy another plant till a little over a month ago. I bought two succulents from a local farmers market. Of course since I bought them from a farmers market, they were SUPER cheap (yay for cheap plants!). They were doing alright, I watered them around 1-2 times a week. I would wait until the soil was bone dry to water them. The only issue was even though I had both of them on my desk right next to my window, they received little to no direct sunlight :(. One day I made the right decision (as I THOUGHT) to put them out on a table on my balcony! I left for the day and it THUNDER STORMED, and I forgot about my poor little plants. I went to go get them and they were already so droopy and lacked so much life…they definitely had seen better days. I still keep them in my room and hoping that God will revive them 😉 I also keep them in my room because any type of plant makes my room look 10x more inviting and cozy. It also makes my room look like it just came out of a Urban Outfitters home catalog (you feel me??). Then I bought a “money tree” with my boyfriend, Caleb.

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I made sure that I went to the little/no light plant section, haha. We found a small tree plant that said it was to bring good luck (and who doesn’t need a little bit of good luck?!) I have it in a blank space in my room, and let me tell you it made that little bland corner beautiful. I also love having flowers in my room, it makes me think I have a little bit of nature always with me…

 

Also a disclaimer, I am a SUCKER for flowers. It doesn’t matter what kind of flowers they are, they are all so beautiful. I do love me some peonies though…;)

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Benefits!!!

It should be said that indoor plants can have many benefits….

 

  1. They reduce stress!

I feel like this is a given.  The fact that they can make a room look beautiful just gives you such a pleasing and satisfactory feeling. Also, plants carry a lot of peace with them. It’s sort of like your own little piece of zen. (which is the value of meditation). A lot of people can find peace within certain things! Plants are definitely one of them.

 

    2. They can improve air quality.

They increase humidity and balance out air temperatures. They also reduce dust levels and carbon dioxide levels.

 

     3.  Biomimicry

Biomimicry- the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes.

Some people search for answers to their emotional problems through nature, and thats what plants are for!

 

 

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A cute little quote to end this post…

“I am fortunate enough to sit under the atrium, which I enjoy tremendously. Natural sunlight, green foliage and a fresh breeze (with an open atrium) in the summer time makes me feel like I’m working outside. Having worked in other offices without these features makes one appreciate how these design features can improve my outlook at work.” (A quote from The Biophilic Collection).

xoxo,

Zoe.

All about them vegan products

Are you a newly transformed vegan? I am…and the thing that I have struggled with most has nothing to do with missing certain foods. To be honest, I haven’t missed any foods at all. Due to the fact that today is my one month of being vegan, I thought I’d share my biggest tips on transforming to the cruelty free product side of the lifestyle…

Lets talk about hair.

I  have got to say…this was the toughest thing for me to find…that was reasonably cheap. Everything that I had found was either incredibly expensive, never to be found in local stores, etc–and who wants to lose the comfort of just running to a CVS or supermarket to get a bottle of shampoo and conditioner. Ive looked up some recipes on Pinterest, but although it will be less money than buying it…it can become a hassle. Indeed, I did find a very good recipe for a “Coconut Oil Shampoo”

Ingredients:

Step 1: In a quart sized mason jar, combine all of the ingredients except your essential oils and stir gently to combine. If you have an empty shampoo bottle or two, you can mix it up in them instead. Doing it that way can make it easier to use in the shower.

Step 2: Add 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil (or use one of the combinations below) and stir gently again to mix the oils well into the mixture. Seal with a lid and ring and use the next time you shampoo your hair! If you’re giving this as a gift, add a pretty ribbon and gift tag and you’re done!

Step 3: To use, apply a generous amount to your hair beginning at the ends and work your way up to the roots. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes then rinse away completely. For an added shine and extra conditioning boost, rinse with apple cider vinegar after shampooing. Apple cider vinegar is useful for a lot of different health and beauty uses and conditioning and adding shine to hair is one of them.

Tips for specific hair types:

Dry Hair:

  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 6 drops Rosemary
  • 6 drops Geranium

Oily Hair:

  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Cypress
  • 5 drops Basil

Dry Scalp:

  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Tea Tree
  • 5 drops Lemon Lavender

To Add Shine:

  • 10 drops Rosemary
  • 10 drops Chamomile

 

Sounds easy enough right? (This recipe can be found at  http://sixdollarfamily.com/homemade-coconut-shampoo along with photos to guide you)

 

Now here are some cheap/affordable cruelty free shampoo and conditioners…

  1. Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo & Moisture Conditioner.

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This shampoo and conditioner runs around $18 when bought together, thats about the price of one bottle when I was searching for the other brands! This set is guaranteed gluten free, paragon free, sulfate free, and vegan–making it okay to use on color treated hair. Not to mention, each bottle is 33 ounces! You can find these at your local Costco!

 

2. David Babaii Wild Aid Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner

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This product has gotten raving reviews, especially since they are used by my inspiration–Actress, Kate Hudson. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have beautiful hair like hers?! The only con about these products is people have been saying it is very drying. Coming from someone who has very oily hair…I would LOVE to try this out. Unfortunately, it is a tiny bit more pricey, but that is granted since it is considered more of a higher end brand. It runs around $10-$15 per bottle, and you only get 13 ounces. Although you don’t get your bang for a buck, it is definitely worth trying out! You can find these at J.C Penny, Amazon, or EBay!

 

Moving onto body wash!

 

LUSH makes a wide range of CRUELTY FREE body washes! (NOT TO MENTION, ALL of Lushes products are vegan 🙂 ) They make so many different lotions, scrubs, shampoos, conditioners, you name it!

 

  1. Aqua Marina

 

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This all over body cleanser claims to help oily prone skin. It claims to even out skin tone! It seems to bring moisture to places that need it and balance out the rest. It runs for $12.95-$31.95 (depending on desired size) http://www.lushusa.com/Aqua-Marina/9999906955,en_US,pd.html

 

2. Aveeno Positively Nourishing Calming Body Wash

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I found this on Target’s website that is specifically labeled vegan! How convenient 🙂 AND it is only $5.99!!! It includes lavender and chamomile, so imagine how stress relieving it is, and how relaxed and sleepy it makes you…;) People have said that it is moisturizing and feels healthy when once applied and doesn’t leave a film after you apply! Check it out here: http://www.target.com/p/aveeno-positively-nourishing-calming-body-wash-16-fl-oz/-/A-14775591

 

Deodarant!

 

We all need to make sure we are taking care of our personal hygiene. To me, making sure under my arms don’t stink is very important! I also want to make sure that I am using something that doesn’t involve the mistreatment of animals, and gross and yucky ingredients.

 

  1. FOR MEN (or women!) Kiss My Face Deodorant Active Life

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You can find this brand almost everywhere which is wonderful because it makes it even more convenient to find. People have said that is the most natural cruelty free deodorant out there! It does its job for around $4.00. It also leaves no white marks while protecting you for 24 hours, yay!

 

2. Primal Pit Paste Stick – Lavander

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Lets stop here and look at that packaging. That right there is a giveaway that you know this is already a five star product (which it is). It is known to be an organic natural deodorant that WORKS, FINALLY! This product has no chemicals, GMOS, corn, or fragrances! It only has all the good stuff! Unfortunately, it runs a little more expensive ( $10) but no fear! there is many more other deodorants that work just as good. You can find this specific deodorant on this website and select stores– http://primalpitpaste.com/primal-pit-paste-stick-regular-lavender/#ProductReviews

 

If you’re not looking to spend that much on a deodorant, you can browse the many other brands that are cruelty-free here! http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/cruelty-free-deodorant/

 

See? With a little bit of browsing around and researching, transitioning into the beauty side of the vegan lifestyle doesn’t have to be that hard…or that COSTLY! Keep lookin, keep searchin, and stay patient. Everything comes with time and you will only learn through that.

 

All the best,

Zoe.

Veganism / Plant Based 

The first words when typing a post are “tell your story here”. My story with veganism is quite short as I have just started this journey not too long ago. I have to say it is the most wonderful decision I have ever made in my life, even though it hasn’t been long. My only regret with going is vegan is not doing it sooner. I used to question people I knew who were vegan, “isn’t it hard”? Now I’m the one who gets to answer that question, and truth is, it isn’t hard at all.  You may ask why I have gone vegan in the first place, which is very bright and clear to any vegan. The animals. The harsh and crucial cruelty that is done to these poor animals. Look at these photos…and tell me if you don’t feel sorry for them or tell me if you don’t get upset. 

I feel like after people see these photos, they won’t understand the part about going “dairy-free” and just being a vegetarian. People fail to realize that the dairy industry is just as bad as the meat industry. In order for cows to produce milk, cows must give birth. Often times, cows are abused and raped in order to produce that milk. Cows are also impregnated multiple times so they have an abundance of milk at all times. If you thought that was bad, those baby calves that they give birth to are STOLEN from their mothers at birth. Seeing those mamas watch their babies being taken from them is a heartbreaking thing to watch. Dairy cows can live up to twenty five years of age, but are killed after just four years…

Something else that bothers me is how so many people can go on and on about how vegans annoy them because they talk about it too much. Truth is, how would we spread the message across the world without being pushy, loud and obnoxious? Many people will complain that vegans push the idea and shove it in their faces. Honestly, watch the television, tell me how many times you will see an advertisement for a hamburger or a juicy steak in a span of ten minutes. And people say that VEGANS push the idea in their face, ha. Also why would you complain about vegans when they are literally doing the world and the animals a favor? If you’re out there to fight against vegans, it’s basically saying that you support animal cruelty.Once you show that person the way that animals are abused and tortured, they will say “don’t show me that! that’s horrible” but if something is so horrible that we shouldn’t look at it, why should we continue to tolerate it?

 

Before you say “you don’t even save any animals by going vegan” take a look…

Between 2008 and 2009, the number of animals killed decreased by 300 million. Between 2006 and 2009, the number was decreased by 600 million. Each vegan saves around 200 animals per year, that is around 600 animals every three years. Imagine if more people were vegan, how many animals we’d be saving. If less people were eating animals, products would sell less animal products because they wouldn’t be making as much money. So before you say that vegans don’t actually save animals…do your research ;)Animal Testing is another hot topic in relation to going vegan. Before jumping into this I should probably mention to those who aren’t educated in this topic–the difference between a vegan and a plant-based eater. A vegan is someone who does not eat meat or dairy (animal products or animal byproducts) nor does a vegan buy any cosmetics, clothing, household products, etc that were tested on animals. A plant-based eater is someone who does not eat meat or dairy (animal products or animal byproducts) but will continue to buy things that are indeed tested on animals. Most people who are plant based won’t do it for the animals, but perhaps more health reasons, because if they still buy products that are tested on animals, are they really against animal cruelty? That’s just my opinion. Animal testing seems like a very normal thing to those who don’t look deeper into it because we are very blinded to these sort of things. If animal testing protest posters were posted everywhere, people might listen. Animals who are being tested on are treated like science experiments. Scientists will do whatever to these animals to get the job done, and if that animal dies, they get a new one. They are deprived, isolated and are stripped of everything. The law in the United States allows animal to be shocked, poisoned, burned, starved, addicted to drugs, and brain damaged just to make sure that your household products and your makeup is good to use…how awful and petrifying is that. Animals that are being tested on don’t even get pain killers during these experiments so they feel every bit of pain that is inflicted onto them. Primates, cats, dogs, rabbits, pigs, and fish are just a few examples of animals that are used for testing. If you wish to stop animal cruelty and animal testing, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a pledge that you can sign to be cruelty free. You can sign the pledge by going to this website– https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2061&utm_campaign=0414%20Pledge%20to%20Be%20Cruelty%20Free&utm_source=PETA%20Twitter&utm_medium=Promotiom?utm_campaign=0414%20Pledge%20to%20Be%20Cruelty-Free%20Tweet&utm_source=PETA%20Twitter&utm_medium=Promo We all can make a change in this world. We just have to do it one step at a time and constantly support each other throughout. Next time you are staring at your plate of meat, please think of where that came from.

 

Much love,

Zoe.

This is me. 

Hi! My name is Zoe and this is my first post…and my first blog. I wanted to have a space of my own to create and write and share it with others. I believe writing is truly a way of expression and you can only get better at it. I am a senior in high school and I go to a performing arts high school where I major in theatre. As it is my last year, I have definitely caught senioritis…. ( a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance)–thank you Google. I have grown so much since starting high school and it only motivates me to keep thriving and growing as I enter the real world a year from now.

 I am also a vegan–you may be thinking “Oh gosh here we go, another vegan who will talk nonstop about being vegan”. Just for further reference, I will only talk about veganism to spread the word about this wonderful lifestyle. I will be sharing what I eat in a day, things I have learned along the way (since I am still new to the vegan lifestyle) and criticisms I have received about it. If you are interested in seeing more photos of what I eat…feel free to look at my Instagram specifically for my veganism posts! You can follow @veganzooo.


I live in a home with my mother and my dog, Chloe. Living with just my mother has taught me independence, strength, and courageous-ness and I hope to be just like that woman some day. She has blessed me with the beautiful thing of life and has never treated me less than one hundred percent. I receive nothing but love, compassion, and inspiration from her. I could never thank her enough for all that she has done for me.

I was also blessed with this wonderful human being in my life that I get to call my boyfriend. I receive nothing but support from this boy and he always knows how to reach out to me and make me feel better.


This is my group of friends that I am surrounded by everyday at school. Although these are not all my friends, you know who all of you are. I am forever grateful for you all being a light in my life and showing me how to accept myself and those around me.

These are small parts in my life that are important to me and I will continue to spread my life with you all and all of the important parts in it. Thank you so much for taking the time to read. ❤️