8 Things You Can Relate To If You’re Hardcore Vegetarian

8 Things You Can Relate To If You’re Hardcore Vegetarian

Friends, NOT food.
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I've been vegetarian for my entire life. Yes, you read that correctly--my ENTIRE life.

As a kid, I just refused to eat meat. In addition to not loving the taste, something about it felt wrong to me. However, I couldn't quite put my finger on it at the time because I was so young.

My vegetarianism today still has to do with the fact that I just don't enjoy the taste of meat. However, as I have gotten older, it has developed a different dimension. It now also has to do with my love of animals.

Here are a few things that you surely can relate to if you share the mindset that animals are our friends--not our food.

1. You read the ingredients on EVERYTHING.

2. You and chicken broth are enemies. Because you realize nearly everything is cooked with it.

3. You avoid sticky candy--because of Gelatin.

4. People ask you the same questions over and over.“Why are you vegetarian?” Wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve answered that one.

4. “How do you have any protein in your diet?” As if there are no other protein alternatives :/

5. You can’t pick the pepperoni off a slice of pizza and you could never just “eat around” the chicken in a salad. It has already touched your food, so you won’t eat it. People think you're weird for that but you don't care.

6. Finding that vegetarian Ramen flavor is finding a needle in a haystack.

7. When you order in an Italian restaurant, you always ask the waiter if there is meat in the sauce.

And Finally...

8. You love animals. All of them.

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6 Times It’s Actually OK To Be Rude To Retail Workers

It might surprise you.

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As a retail worker myself, I know firsthand that customers aren't always the kindest to the employees trying to help them out.

I've seen customers snapping at workers, getting angry when things don't go their way, and leaving huge messes around the store that employees have to clean up. Retail employees have to work hard on their feet for very little pay, and they deserve to be treated with kindness for the work they put in.

Here are 6 times that it's OK to treat retail employees with anything less than respect.

1. Never

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Retail employees are trying their best to help you out – customer service is the main part of their jobs, and they really do make an effort to help customers find what they're looking for, even when they ask for something unreasonable. Snapping at employees isn't going to speed up the process.

2. Never

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Contrary to popular (and bewilderingly misguided) belief, retail employees have very little control over the contents of the store. If the shirt you wanted to buy isn't in stock in your size, it's not the employee's fault. I repeat: it's not the employee's fault! They're just the bearer of bad news and can't fix the situation for you.

3. Never

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Retail employees do have to keep the store clean, but that doesn't mean that customers should feel free to make a mess. When you leave trash in the store and a tangled heap of clothing in the fitting room, they're the ones who have to clean up after you.

Also, when you tear up a display looking for your size, someone has to refold and reorganized all of those clothes, and can you guess who that has to be?

4. Never

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Many retail employees have to work terrible hours, what with overnight shifts and having to open the store early in the morning or close it down late at night. Most of them are exhausted and are doing the best work they can on that amount of sleep.

5. Never

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Keep in mind that yelling at a retail employee when you get frustrated does count as verbal abuse, and it is never acceptable. This makes a huge impact on retail employee's days (as one would expect being yelled at by a stranger might entail).

6. Never

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Even if you're feeling frustrated about something, please stop for a moment and continue to treat the employees trying to help you like they're human beings. No one deserves to be mistreated at work.

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9 Ways To Make A Difference When It Comes To Causes You're Passionate About

There are plenty of ways to make a difference.

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There are a lot of causes to support. You may want to support The Trevor Project, or you may want to save rhinos. Everyone has their own passions, and there are a lot of causes that you can make a difference by supporting.

When you're trying to make a difference, there are a few ways that you can approach this.

Start By Donating

Causes will require donations. Money is used for everything, from website hosting to educating the public on a certain cause. Average donation amounts are $128, but this figure is skewed by major donors.

Even $10 can make a huge difference.

Donate what you can when you can — every last penny counts for many of these causes.

Consider Volunteering

Being a volunteer for a cause that you're passionate about is one of the most fulfilling, honorable steps that you can take. Many of these causes and projects would never be able to exist without the dedication of volunteers.

These are the individuals that keep these causes up and running.

An easy way to do this is to:

  • Visit the cause's official site
  • Find the "Get Involved" or "Volunteer" page
  • Apply to be a volunteer

If you can't find any information on volunteering, you'll want to call the organization's official number or write them an email to find out how to become a volunteer.

Go To Official Events In Your City

If your city is hosting one of the cause's official events, you'll want to become a part of it. Invite all of your friends and family. Social media can help with getting word out about an event, and it's a great way for a cause to go viral.

You don't need to be spammy with your promotion of the event.

You can simply write a fast post asking friends and family to join you. You'll be surprised by how easy it will be to get others interested in a cause that you're passionate about.

Find Out How To Host An Official Event

Hosting an official event is also an option if none are being held in your area. You'll want to inquire about the requirements to host an event, if the cause will allow you to host the event in the first place.

A lot of causes are very strict on who they allow to host events.

There may be requirements that you don't meet when trying to host an event. If this is the case, what you can do is petition the cause to host an event in your area. Volunteers that have been working with the cause may have an easier time hosting the event than someone who has just gotten involved with the cause.

A lot of meeting halls or even the local library may allow you to host the event for free.

Nonprofit causes will find that a lot of businesses will offer special discounts or offers for a nonprofit.

Create A Support Website

If you're really passionate about a cause, start a new website or community to spread the word about it. Make sure that you make it clear that you're not the official site for the cause. But that doesn't mean that you can't:

  • Promote the cause
  • Lead those interested in the cause to the official website

It will cost you $10 for a domain name (or cheaper) and just a few dollars a month for VPS hosting.

Note: Make sure that you're not infringing on trademarks or copyrights when registering the domain name or creating a logo.

Spread The Word Through Merchandise

Merchandise is one of the main ways that organizations get the word out about their causes. This is why a lot of causes will provide donors with apparel. The t-shirts and other gear that are given out will allow you to spread the word about the cause you're interested in.

This means when you're going to a concert, wear the apparel.

If you plan on going to a major event, wear the cause's shirt. Why? Your contribution to getting the word out is going to help the cause raise more money. Others that see your shirt may become curious about the cause and research it or donate, too.

Talk About the Cause On Social Media

Use your social media account to spread the word about the cause. A lot of causes that fail only fail because there isn't enough traction. Even some of the world's best causes had a rough beginning, so it may be your Tweet or Facebook post that makes a difference.

Followers and friends need to be educated, but you don't want to spam them.

Don't take rejection of the cause or non-responses about the cause to heart. Instead, try to educate your followers as best as you can, but also respect that they may not agree or be as passionate about a cause as you are.

Share Latest Developments

Latest developments are going to need to be on your radar. If this is a cause you're passionate about, you'll need to know what's happening with it. Spend the time to sign up for the cause's newsletter, read their blog posts and know all of the new developments that are occurring.

Malaria, for example, is a cause that many people are passionate about. And, looking at the latest news and developments, it seems human and cattle decoys are being used to "trick" mosquitoes, and it's actually quite effective.

These developments are huge, so learn about them and share them with the world.

Follow, Comments And Share Official Accounts

Official social media accounts and profiles exist. These are the accounts and profiles that you'll want to follow and become engaged with. Comment on their posts, share their posts and accounts.

It's often these small actions that lead to big changes for the cause.

So, the next time you're passionate about a cause, it's time to step up your game and help the cause spread and grow. Your actions will make a big difference.

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