Hi, I’m Emily.
I live on the beautiful island of Menorca, in the Balearics, Spain. I’m from London which is where I met my Catalan Partner, Nacho. Nacho has been coming to Menorca since he was little. His memories of glorious summers inspired us to move here when I became pregnant with our first child. But what was one turned into three, surprisingly for someone who wasn’t going to have any!
Menorca is a wondrous place for bringing up small children but a little too slow, quiet and limited in many ways for the curious teenager. So much so that they all end up leaving the island to discover the world, find themselves and their potential. Bringing three children into the world made me realise that my responsibility was to at least bring them up as caring, loving, and conscious beings, reassured that their contribution to the world will be positive, creative, and kind.
I didn’t need to convince my kids to go vegan, the opposite, they inspired me. When my daughter decided to go vegan in 2014 I was really motivated, it gave me the perfect opportunity to do something that made sense. Since that moment my family and I have been journeying through a transformation that has been all together empowering, rewarding and fun.
The transformation from non-vegan to vegan brought with it the realisation that it’s not just about me and my diet, veganism is about all of us, about everyone and everything.
Since I was 10, when my dad left home, I was intent on understanding the world in which I had found myself. Many of my teenage years were spent looking after and desperately trying to find a way to help my alcoholic mother who suffered from mental illness. It wasn’t until my mid 20’s when I was kindly given a room with cheap rent in a family house of a friend, that I was able to support myself and attend university at the same time. I studied Anthropology and communication at Goldsmiths college while working in various pubs and as a silver service waitress in The London Zoo, which is where I happened to meet Nacho.
In 1995, after one year into our relationship, I moved into a squat where he and many others from around the world were living. I became acquainted with hunt saboteurs, musicians, artists, and a group that made and distributed vegan food to the homeless, in a hearse, I might add. They were creative and inspiring individuals that wanted to initiate change and have some kind of impact on the world.
I became certified as a Vinyasa yoga instructor in 2010 and since then I have dedicated my time to learning about living a more compassionate and ethical life. I discovered that, although hard work and painful at times, the most powerful thing we can do to make positive change is to wake and shake ourselves up through self-inquiry, self-discovery, and self-education.
When an opportunity to rent a farmhouse in the countryside in 2019 arose, we jumped at the chance. Converting, from what was a farm that elaborated animal-based food products, to an all-vegan space was a challenge we were looking for.
Menorca does have its challenges, not much happens here and things are slow to change. During lockdown in 2020, I found the need to interact with the world on a more meaningful level but it wasn’t until 2021 that I had the initiative to start this blog, a blog where I could contribute something. I got to a point where I had to take action and it became my ambition to find a means of helping, especially the animals, although indirectly. Creating a blog seemed like the best way for me to establish a connection with the global community advocating for human, environmental, and animal justice.
But not without love. Self-healing is something I think we can all resonate with as we are all on our own individual journey; finding that inner peace and the healing presence of love that is ultimately the path to true happiness. These words will raise the eyebrow of many a cynic, I know, because I was one too once. But these words now ring true to me …as I begin to remember.
Hopes and Dreams
My intention for this blog was inspired by my search for a way of life that would embody both spiritual truth and social activism. I believe there is a fundamental necessity for a revolution in our commitment to and practice of humanitarian values; to protect life and ensure respect for not only human beings but all sentient beings. There is hope if we can transform our human attitudes and develop a sense of universal responsibility, an understanding, and the belief that we are all part of one family.
In Ethical Emily you can find articles and interviews with professionals and non-professionals, social activists, and like-minded people that have a vision of, and a mission to create, a better future. If you would like to collaborate with me in some form or another please get in touch.
Check out my recipes I create delicious, mostly healthy, vegan recipes using local ingredients, combining raw foods with the Mediterranean cooking style.
I hope there is something in Ethical Emily that you find of interest.
From the heart, for the greater good