Leading with humility

“Meet José Mujica. He may look like your average farmer or grandfather, but he is anything but. This man is globally known as the world’s “poorest President” because he lives a life of humility… all while leading the country of Uruguay. As a man who truly cares about his people, he doesn’t take an obscene amount of money to just act as a politician. He donates about 90% of his $12,000 monthly salary to charities that benefit poor people and small entrepreneurs.”

Have you read this article about Uruguay’s president? Politics and ideals aside (because apart from Uruguay’s recent decision to legalise the sale of marijuana, I know next to nothing about their country), their president sounds like a gem! According to the article, “he actually is a part-time farmer. He and his wife also grow and sell flowers. He also drives a 1987 Volkswagon Beetle.”

ALSO. “He only has two guards positioned on his road. Along with his beloved 3-legged dog Manuela, of course.”

He came from a humble background and worked his way up, gaining popularity for his model of administration and voice which resonates with that of the common people. He also has a professional background in agriculture, so perhaps that explains his “part-time farmer” lifestyle.

Here’s a picture of him scratching his head, with his dog Manuela in the background.


How cute is this man??

Please sign this petition


I just signed the petition “Stop the formal proceedings against Matthias Urban, WWOOF host, who has been subject to fines imposed by the MSA for having hosted a WWOOFer” on Change.org.

It’s important. Will you sign it too? Here’s the link:



Rennet in cheese

Did you know that most cheeses are not vegetarian?? http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2012/feb/27/no-parmesan-please-we-re-vegetarian

Being a relatively new vegetarian, this is news to me. And because I don’t speak very fluent French, even when I was learning to make goat’s cheese in France, I had no idea that the enzyme used in cheese-making contains rennet, which is made from the stomachs of animals. I’ve been feeling awful about it all day. 😦 I haven’t had time to find out more about rennet in cheese, but what I’ve got so far is that hard cheeses contain rennet, and kosher cheese and paneer cheese are rennet-free. With the environment and sustainability being my biggest motive for becoming vegetarian, this shouldn’t be a big concern for me. But ethically-wise – and it’s hard to ignore the ethical aspect of the meat industry – this makes me really upset.

Nevertheless, one of the comments below the article says, “When I know that something is created by killing an animal I will stop using it. I will do what I can to educate myself. I won’t [sic] lose any sleep over accidently consuming the ‘wrong’ thing.” Indeed, we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for something we didn’t know. That makes me feel slightly better, but I guess it’s time to wean myself off cheeses from now on!

Self worth

The past few weeks have been tough, but reading this today helped:

” If you’ve ever doubted yourself, walk deep into any forest. Notice how the trees still stand even though they are given no recognition. Walk along any stream. The water still flows, though no one stops to praise it. Watch the stars late at night; they shine without acknowledgment. Humans are just the same. We are made out of the same elements as these beautiful wonders. Always remember your beauty and self worth.” (source)