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2/17/16

Update

Hi everyone! In the wake of my latest post, I just want to clarify some areas regarding my current lifestyle for those who are interested. I did touch on this subject in my last update video, and obviously this is a personal matter, however I have received some questions and I thought I would clear the air here.

Am I vegan? I do follow a totally plant based diet yes, but no I am technically not “vegan” in terms of other aspects such as clothing or lifestyle, and I do not refer to myself as such. I do not own hundreds of leather shoes and bags, but the fact that I do choose to wear the ones I have, disqualifies me from being vegan. I respect everyone, vegan or not, and I understand that not one particular lifestyle suits everyone. As I am constantly learning, experiencing and developing, I will naturally change and adapt different areas of my life as I find suit me best at that time. My channel and social media will naturally grow with me. My goal has always been to promote self love and share parts of my life with you that I feel could benefit and empower someone, make someone feel good or more confident and happy through posts about health, beauty, food, positivity etc..

As much as I am happy that people find my story inspiring, I am not perfect. I am on my own journey and I can only do what I think is best for me at the time. I can only be my authentic self. Some people will not agree with me or my choices and that is ok, but I can't bend and adjust simply to please people. I understand we are all different, and when you put yourself on the internet, there are bound to be people who do not agree with you. That is ok and it comes as part of the package. Even when I was doing mostly health and natural related content, I was still being heavily criticized and judged. You can never please everyone at the same time. I never force anyone to watch my videos, if someone doesn't enjoy my content they don't have to watch it. 

Was my Chanel bag sponsored? No. Was the bag worth $5,000? No. Please don’t believe everything you see online. There are some people who will do anything for fame and attention, who will bully people and create hateful content about them, and I will never support that. Being “vegan” means to practice compassion. Calling yourself a “vegan” yet spreading hate and animosity is very contradictory. What you say about others says more about you than them. Thankfully I am strong and I do not let negativity get to me easily, however there are many people out there who suffer really bad from cyberbullying. Please think before you speak. 

I am the last person to engage in drama or let an argument escalate below a photo or video I post. Thank you to everyone who stands up for me, however If I see comments that are hateful or abusive, the person will be blocked and comment removed. I have no tolerance or patience for bullying, drama or negativity, especially under my own content. I do not have control of what other people do, but I can control my own space, and I aim to always keep it positive and helpful.

In terms of diet, a whole food plant based diet does my body really good. I love learning about nutrition and have always been interested in health and lifestyle, it is one of my biggest passions. I am so happy to see so many of you benefiting from this diet as well, that seriously makes me so happy. Whether that means including one plant based meal into your diet per day or going 100%, we are all on our own paths. I am also a huge believer in being kind, positive and helpful, not only for other peoples well being but for your own.

I hope this gives you a better perspective of where I’m at right now. I love you guys much, thank you for all the love you show me, and as always, my goal is to continue to create really great positive content for you all. See you soon with a new video! xoxo



23 comments:

  1. Annie, you are amazing person, I am really glad you do not let other people and their negativity influence your life.
    I really like your personality, tons of love!

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  2. Very well said! I just found you recently on YouTube and I love your videos! You are always so positive and have a very calming way about you which is a great quality! And yes no one is perfect! I think you do a great thing with your videos because they help people become more positive and healthy! And for so many people to put out so much hate is such a shame. Yes I understand it was something a lot of people may not agree with but you are a good person and one thing like that does not change that. But that's great that you stay strong and don't let those hateful comments get to you. We are all a work in progress and no one is perfect especially these people who are saying such mean and hateful things. Keep doing what you do because you're awesome at it!

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  3. Well said.
    Lots of love!

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  4. I think it's great that you've adapted different areas of your life in a way that makes you feel good and happy! You are such an inspiration <3 Have a lovely day Annie :)

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  5. (((((((((hugs))))))))))for you Annie. What a lot of words! See you soon on your next video x

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  6. You go girl!! Keep it up :)

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  7. This is the second time in less than a year that you've found yourself in a situation to this "youtube scale" and both times you've dealt with it with grace and class. That speaks volumes of you. You do you, what suits for you, as long as you don't hurt anybody purposely. Keep inspiring and being inspired!:)

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  8. Sadly I have seen a few bloggers write on similar topics recently .. I don't know what it is, but it seems like there's a mean streak circulating lately :/

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  9. Your positivity inspires me so much Annie <3 I've learned so much from you over the years and I just love how strong and driven you are. As the saying goes, just keeping doing you! Lots of love - xo

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  10. Aw Annie. I the people are giving you crap. It seems like a lot of people who live the vegan lifestyle have been attacking a lot of people lately: vegans, vegetarians, and everyone in between. It's stupid and does a lot more harm than good. I'll admit when you first when vegan it was hard to adjust to but then I realized how much you really do love the lifestyle. I found your channel by looking for healthy recipes and I'll still watch it for the same reason all these years later! I'm glad your not tolerating rude comments, I actually really enjoy reading comments but lately it's been like a war!

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    1. Your life is so much more than that. What another person does on social media should have no effect on you... It shouldn't be hard for you to 'adjust' because it has nothing to do with you. I don't mean that in a negative way. Just saying that tying your emotions to what anyone shows on social media isn't a healthy thing to do.

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  11. Annie I truly admire how mature and wise person you are despite of your young age.You just proved it once again. Keep up your great work, you're such a beautiful soul and real inspiration! I just wanted to say thank you for being you and doing what you are doing ����

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  12. Annie kudos to you on this. I am not going to get into names as I know you maintain an environment of love, but I have seen some of the most ridiculous and childish, petty, vindictive and hateful behavior from so many "vegans" come to light in the past year or so. I no longer even call myself "vegan" because outside of what you eat there is no consistent definition of it. Even with food, it is not clear; palm oil comes from a plant but vegans can't agree if it's ok or not. You know, roads are not vegan, neither are macbooks, iphones, bicycles, garmin watches, houses, airplanes etc. So we have to take this with a grain of salt and unerstand each person is in their own part of the journey. Anything less is unrealistic. And make no mistake that those people who engage in the stoking of hatred and controversey are after money and nothing else.
    I feel that you are bringing a very strong message of unity, togetherness and love. Though you will never get credit for your perseverance; you are making the world a better place. You must always believe in yourself because there are people out there who value you and we are a 'silent majority' (I never comment online because of the stupidity and hate). But I feel the need to tell you that I see a very smart and loving person in you and screw the haters!

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  13. Amaizing comment!! There is wisdom in your words.

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  14. I think it's great that we see how you experience changes in your life - we see that it's sincere. Don't focus on negative comments - just keep doing you!

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  15. you are one of the best bloggers. I really got inspired by you million time in different things. beautiful annie keep going and neglect all bad comments. we support you! I love you

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  16. I have recently started watching your YT videos. I think your insight on life, fashion and health are very helpful, vegan or not. You are truly a remarkable young woman and I love how your channel can inspire others to be a better version of themselves. Please don't let negativity weigh you down. You are awesome!

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  17. I just wish you would not delete you tube comments, I am not talking about the hateful ones but the ones that have good points.

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  18. Thank you for being such a strong, intelligent, classy, and kind woman Annie! In a world where there is a lot of judgement you are a great role model and I am truly sorry to hear that you have been subject to negative comments. You are doing a wonderful job using your intelligence and love of health and nutrition to improve other people's lives, and the world is a better place for it! :) I admire your strong approach and truly believe that life is like an echo - what you send out comes back and those who promote negativity will receive it. Keep up the good work and sending lots of love Xxxx

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  19. Do what you love, Annie <3 I send a lot of love for you!

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  20. Annie, I am so curious and want to try a plant based, vegan lifestyle (our fault, tihi) but so full with "knowledge" that I should be eating loads of protein to stay healthy and slim. If you would do a video on this I would be so happy! :) Love you and your videos soo much! <3 All the best from Sweden/Kungsholmen :D

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