I think of myself as being a very private person so I’m envious of bloggers and online influencers who can so willingly share their entire life, from what they ate for breakfast down to what brand of toilet paper they use, to millions of people on the interweb!
Lately, I’ve been getting a fair amount of emails addressing me as “Vicky and Team” or “To Ethical Elephant Team” or “You Guys”.
I’m flattered some of you think it’s more than just me working on ethical elephant but nope, it’s just me and my lonesome self! When I started ethical elephant, I didn’t want to blog anonymously because I wanted to connect with all of my readers and to let you guys know that I’m here to answer any questions you may have and also, that there’s a real human (and not a bot) typing away here!
In an effort to come out of my shell, I wanted to try something different here and write a post about -uhm, well… me! In this post, I’m gonna answer some Q’s about my personal life! Hope you all enjoy getting to know a little more about me =)
What inspired you to go cruelty-free?
I first started with a vegan diet for ethical reasons and shortly after, I found out that animal testing for cosmetics is still a thing and not only that but most cosmetics and personal care products actually contain animal-derived ingredients!
If I’m not eating animals, why would I want to slather their by-products onto my body? Am I Right? =)
What was the biggest obstacle that you faced when going cruelty-free/vegan?
Reading and trying to understand the damn labels and ingredients. Just because a product says its “vegan” or “not tested on animals” doesn’t necessarily mean they are! and this grim reality was difficult for me to accept. Like come on, why isn’t there anyone regulating these terms?!
What do you enjoy most about being cruelty-free/vegan?
Knowing that I’m not hurting any animals simply by changing my buying habits!
Favourite all-time vegan food/recipe?
I’d die happily if all I had to eat was So Delicious vegan ice cream!
Getting to Know Vicky
Currently reading: “Groupon’s Biggest Deal Ever” –I have a fascination with tech start-ups! and “Think Like a Freak” –I really enjoyed the Freakonomics series.
Favourite TV shows: I’m currently watching and loving “Queen of the South” –it’s about a bad ass female drug lord and “Westworld” —because I totally see this happening in the future!
Furthest you’ve ever been away from home: I studied abroad for half a year in the Netherlands!
Hidden talents: I can type ridiculously fast –I guess all those piano lessons came in handy!
Favourite veg*n celebrity: Lisa Simpson, duh! =)
Favourite subject in school: Gotta go with the Asian stereotype and say Math! haha
Was there a particular time in your life you recall that led you to create ethical elephant?
My first blogging experience was back in 2012 when I was just learning about veganism. I was also unemployed at the time and looking for work. To keep myself occupied and busy, I started a WordPress blog and just started writing about my experience going vegan.
That’s when I started a non-profit organization to raise awareness about animal cruelty issues; then a vegan online shop; and then started doing awareness campaigns; and 3 years later.. I started blogging again and here I am!
It’s funny how sometimes you end up where you started.
What honest advice do you have for someone starting or thinking about going cruelty free?
Just start and know you’re going to make mistakes along the way. You’re going to end up buying something that you initially thought was cruelty-free but only to learn, probably from some outspoken person on the internet, that it’s actually not!
Don’t freak out and just learn from it. If you caught it early enough, you can probably return the product and exchange it for something else. It’s not the end of the world, so don’t give up on going cruelty-free! I promise, it gets easier with practice!
What’s your biggest blog related pet peeve?
When companies leave a link to their website or products in the comments or when other bloggers leave their affiliate links in the comments.
What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
What do you have planned for ethical elephant in the new year?
Hmm.. I really don’t know but I think that’s what makes it exciting! All I know is that I want to continue helping caring consumers on their journey to finding kinder and cruelty-free options! =)