To some, peace and eco-friendliness are an obvious pair – I would be one of those people. To me, it makes sense that we cannot truly live in a healthy, green environment when major authoritative powers still hold nuclear weapons, and I feel like I can’t fight for the rights of Americans to eat non-GMO’s without fighting for the rights of children in third-world countries to just have food. Peace and environmentalism are all a part of my bigger picture and dream – a global community in which we all love and support all living beings as well as the planet on which we live.
As a peace activist working towards a Peace Studies minor to go with my Political and Social Philosophy degree, peace has taken over what was left of my life after The Vagabond Studio and my Etsy shop. I spent last weekend at a protest against racism and hate, and found myself face-to-face with the KKK and NSM (Nazi party) in the center of Atlanta, holding a colorful sign that said ‘Free Hugs – No Race Check’. I spend my time writing papers and reading books about peace leadership, globalization, and the psychological destruction of war.
While The Vagabond Studio blog is a huge, huge part of my life and I only hope for it to continue to grow and develop, the peace activism part of my life has grown to such a giant portion of my being. I also realize that many of my readers are more interested in my latest vegan recipe or eco-friendly upcycling tutorial than they are the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So, I’ve decided to do a few things to make my readers happy, and to also make my life a bit easier. First, I now have a self-named domain where you can find all information about me. Now that I’ve started doing public speaking, all of my events will be located here as well as links to The Vagabond Studio, my Etsy Shop, and everything else in which I am involved. It’s like a central hub of Shai, and can be found at ShaiSmith.com. It’s very bare-bones right now, but there are posts up, if you’re interested. I will also post the majority of my motivational, inspiring, ‘If I did this, so can you’ type stuff there as well. Second, I am working on an incredible peace organization, which will need a website. This means I am pulling my peace-related posts, for the most part, off of The Vagabond Studio, and putting them into this website/blog/organization that I am hoping will be a wonderful resource for peace activists.
Don’t worry, though! I will still update here and there on my goals and achievements in the world of peace, and will absolutely have links between the sites so those of you who love those posts can find them easily. <3
Thanks SO much for all of your support as I come even closer to reaching my goals! Just as a reminder, I am on the list for Top 25 Eco-Friendly Mom Blogs via Circle of Moms, for the second year in a row! Last year I placed 7th and, as of this post, I am in 1st. I would love if my wonderful readers could head over and vote for me. It’s just two easy clicks!