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What was the ‘Aaahaaa’ moment when you decided to go Vegan?
I was a vegetarian, and then with more knowledge became vegan. No real “Aaahaaa,” just always loved and felt one with all animals, even insects, and I couldn’t imagine causing such harm to any joyous living sentient being, and eating corpses. Not the kind of world I want to live in.
When did you embrace a compassionate Vegan lifestyle?
I was born in 1951, so kind of the dark ages. People wearing fur, hunting, trophy heads, kill, kill kill… No Women’s Liberation yet or Civil rights, or children’s rights. Felt like an alien planet. I became a vegetarian with no one else I knew, where people would say ,You’re killing plants you know, and where dinner out socially was a piece of lettuce, then later in life I became a vegan. All in all, it’s been almost fifty years. The change I now see is very hopeful! And with some of the kids today, it feel like a new species of enlightened humans. It’s our time!
What were the reactions of family and friends when you first embraced Veganism?
Family was all right. My Jewish grandmother was wonderful and made me a special meal when my family visited on Friday nights, my parents were understanding and eventually would carefully take out bugs out of the house and free them like I did. No more fly swatters. My brother and sister-in-law, my grown kids and my husband are all vegans. Friends, well….I don’t have many.
Why did you start your business?
I started LUV4All: Vegan Peace Movement for a New World because it’s my calling I believe, and the time is now right for human evolution and enlightenment. Though it’s a huge leap of faith for me, I feel that this is also the right personal time , a new chapter.
What problem are you trying to solve? (Or – what’s wrong with the status quo?)
I’m only trying to change the world! I believe veganism is the first step on the journey to higher consciousness for a new world paradigm.
What’s your point of differentiation over your competitors?
LUV4All is a free online magazine as well as a Vegan Peace Movement. I connect, collaborate, and support, in any way I can, the efforts of many inspirational likeminded vegans and animal activists.
What’s the reaction to your product/service been like?
It’s been positive with those that have the same desire for a peaceful vegan world where we recognize that we are all one on this planet.
What is your most popular feature/product/service and why?
I provide a platform for other vegan individuals to express their convictions, and to support their vegan services.
Tell me about your journey to get to this point, what have you done?
I’ve written novels and screenplays, etc, launched an online magazine called Thrive In Life, which reached 136 countries, and was a global radio host for Party 934 for my own show, “Sexy Vegan,” that featured a plant based lifestyle and independent music. Both the magazine and radio show were very much out of my comfort zones, and a necessary part of my journey, I believe. to be able to now do my LUV4All mission.
What mistakes have you made?
I think mistakes and “failures” are the way we learn throughout life. There’s a lot of trial and error, and tweaking, until we get closer to some kind of clarity and vision.
What have you learned, and what would you differently next time?
In a professional way, I’ve learned to believe more in myself, to have confidence, to set boundaries with other people with egos and not sublimate my voice in order to empower them. I’ve learned, in a very hard way, that I can help others but I can’t save them, that I can’t carry the burden of responsibility for other humans, that in order to work at the macro level, and still care about individuals, I have to have balance. I’m learning to surrender all that control!
What advice would you give to people thinking of entering this area?
Be strong, try to stay as positive as possible, know you’re doing the work of the angels, never forget the animals, and humans as well, who need us, pour the love out to all those in the vegan trenches and support one another from your heart. Together we can make this change.
What type of customers do you attract?
What features/expansion are you planning in the next 12 months?
I’m planning on taking the facilitator certification course, The World Peace Diet, which I see as a natural extension of a Vegan World Peace Movement. It’s an online course with Dr. Will Tuttle and I hope to make that a part of what I’m doing now. http://www.worldpeacediet.com/
How did you get started online and what technical challenges did you have to overcome?
I started my first online magazine, Thrive In Life, in 2010 , and with my husband, Ivor Block, who helps me with tech, learned a whole lot. We even had to learn WordPress and digital marketing.
What did you want to be when you grow up?
What I’m doing now. It’s been a long, bumpy ride. I don’t want to grow up too much, though. I’m 67 young!
What do you do for fun?
Ivor and I love to be in nature with the best rescue dog in the whole universe, to watch old tv shows, to read audio books, to exercise and eat vegan food, to gaze endlessly at our view, perhaps to dream…
How do you spread your message about veganism?
With every moment I breathe, in everything I do.
How do you think the Internet and Social Media has impacted on the Vegan World?
It’s made it possible, to spread the message through the world. We can work independently from our computers, and children can learn for themselves, and not be fully indoctrinated by their parents and the culture.
Do you follow business influencers online (e.g. Blogs, Podcasts, etc) and if so who?
For my magazine, I’m always researching vegan information online, and vegan websites, so it’s an important pat of what I do. It can be anyone, anywhere. There’s a lot of activity going on currently.