Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras! Today is officially the final day before Lent begins. Now, I didn't grow up doing the traditional "giving up" things as Catholics do, but it's a habit that I have developed in recent years and have really come to appreciate. It's a good way to see how much you take things for granted in life, even as simple as food. Four years ago I went vegan for Lent and then kept it up for 3 more years. Last year I gave up sucrose. This year I'm pretty sure that I will return to being vegan for the next forty or so days.

Food is a necessity in life, that is for sure. But nowadays there are so many means by which we can spoil ourselves with food or just simply become too greedy. That is my main reason for following this practice. During Lent you realize that you don't need all of the extras you thought you did and it makes you grateful the rest of the year. Also a little side perk is that you get to try foods you otherwise may not try. Becoming vegan was how I learned that I like quinoa!

That being said, I am most certainly going to celebrate Mardi Gras today.


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I'm Madysen, born and raised in Nebraska but now living out my dreams in New York City. I moved here to go to Columbia, but living in New York has become so much more to me. This blog is a space where I can share my experiences of reconciling my midwestern upbringing with the life I live in the city. But even bigger than that, this blog serves as a space where I can try to understand where I fit into the larger social world, where I want to go in life, and how I want to go about pursuing all of these endeavors.

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