Find Your Tribe

You don’t have to go vegan on your own. It’s important when you go vegan to surround yourself with like-minded people. If you are friends with a few vegans, it will make your transition easier. If you don’t know any vegans, then get active and meet some. You will appreciate having their support.

You can volunteer with animals at your local shelter. It’s a great way to meet other animal lovers. You are bound to run across a few people who have made the connection between food and animals, but don’t be surprised by how many meat eaters love to care for homeless cats and dogs either.

Better yet, join a local animal rights group that takes more than companion animals into consideration. There are many groups all over the country. If there isn’t one in your area, start one.

Another idea is to check out meetup.com to see if there is a vegan meetup in your area. The group in Chicago meets once a month at a veg-friendly restaurant to enjoy a tasty vegan meal. You will meet some new folks and also try new restaurants.

Many people go vegan for their health or for the environment, so you could also research groups of this nature. Check to see if there is a local chapter of EarthSave in your area.

It doesn’t matter why you went vegan, it just matters that you find your tribe. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people will make all the difference. When I went vegan I had two vegan friends and knew a couple of vegetarians, so I soon started a veggie dinner club. In the beginning my invitation list was at most six people. After two years it has grown to over 25 people. I invite vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores. Everyone eats veg. Even the omnivores give up meat for one night. It’s win-win and before you know it, you will find your people and love being vegan.

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2 Responses to Find Your Tribe

  1. windycityvegan March 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Oh, I miss your vegan dinner club! I was always surprised at how polarized people at the animal shelter were – either dedicated vegans/vegetarians, or staunch omnivores. But I never would have met you or Lisa had it not been for that place, and for that I’m thankful!

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