Most of us wander around this big blue ball (that's Earth) in search of kindred spirits. You know, like bosom buddies. The kind of bosom buddy that will bounce around the kitchen with you while you make vegan muffins and sing made-up songs. And as you get older, you start to realize that those people are so damn hard to find!
I remember walking on the beach with my mom, and she told me, "By the time you die, you will be able to count your true friends on one hand." (We get deep on those beach walks). But, at the time, I was 15. I thought all my friends were true friends, and we were going to be friends forever. Now that I am no longer 15 (thank god for that), I realize she was totally right. Those kindred spirits are so elusive. It is tough to find those who believe what you believe, and who you can be your true self around. No need for makeup, or censorship (make all the silly jokes you want), and that person knows exactly what to say when you are troubled.
The nice thing about veganism is that when you find other vegans, you know they are on your side. The label "vegan" means that at their core, they believe in compassion. That's why when vegans run into each other, they are instantly bonded! And since we are about 2.5 percent of the population, finding each other feels like finding treasure. (If you want to know more about vegan and vegetarian stats, visit here: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/is-2014-the-year-of-the-vegan/ )
Stumbling upon Bite Size Vegan was much like finding a kindred spirit. Emily's channel has brought me so much joy over the last week. But, more importantly, she has brought me validation. She is bringing her message of compassion to the world in such an authentic way, and her way really speaks to who I am!
Emily and her videos are nerdy, comedic, and incredibly educational. Most of her videos are scripted, and you can tell how much thought she puts into crafting her message and wording. Her lexicon melts my English major's heart :) It is rare to find intelligent wordsmiths on YouTube that are clear, funny, and poignant.
As a channel, Bite Size Vegan delves into a variety of vegan topics and controversies, which are informative for both the vegan and non-vegan community. She discusses topics like the history of veganism (an amazing video, by the way), vegan tattoos, medications, nutrition, and pet food. So, if you have a question about how to be vegan, Bite Size Vegan is your go-to channel.
These bite sized videos, aka "nuggets", are short and very digestible. You never find yourself thinking, "Okay, I got it. Move on." Her speeches flow from one topic to the next and each moment presents you with a new perspective or information.
To produce such valuable content, she does A LOT of research, thoughtful scripting, and careful editing to create these educational morsels.. By watching her videos, you only see a portion of the in-depth research she prepares for each topic. For each video nugget, you can find a plethora of additional resources and information on her website. This, perhaps, serves as the greatest testimony to her authority, because you can trust she knows her stuff! And if you don't, you can find exactly where she retrieved the facts from. It's like a works cited, but better!
Bite Size Vegan is honest, intelligent, and silly. Through her educational videos, and occasional vloget (vlog/nugget), you get to know someone who seems so incredible. Her message of compassion and change is a noble one, and it heartens me to see someone advocating in such a unique and personable way.
Emily and Obby (her sweet, adorable English Bulldog), are changing the world together for the better. And, in the process, creating a community where kindred spirits can gather. Her channel is providing a platform where it is okay for us to be ourselves (no make up, making silly jokes, etc). But, more importantly, Bite Size Vegan also professes that we should all spread the message of compassion as ourselves.
As the vegan population grows, more people will champion compassion and change. That is amazing. Thanks to Bite Size Vegan, and channels like it, the likelihood of finding more "bosom buddies" just got higher.