Hello, my name is Amy and I live in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York. I relocated to this area after living in New York City for 13 years, but I am originally from the fine state of New Jersey. I work from home as a project manager for a financial services firm and in my spare time I volunteer for a local arts organization, take voice lessons, occasionally perform in regional theater, and actively participate in the local community. I am a practitioner of Shambhala, a Buddhist practice that believes that individuals can create enlightened society one moment at a time. As a former addict, I am also a member of a 12-step community. Over the past several years, I have been transitioning to a plant-based diet — for me that means that I avoid processed foods, dairy and meat. I do not call myself a vegan because I occasionally eat cheese, milk, fish, and even the rare red meat dish — but I may someday. The purpose of this blog is to share my strategies for transitioning to a healthier way of life both physically and spiritually and my belief that human beings are capable of making tremendous changes in their lives. I am glad to have made some in mine, and look forward to the changes yet to come.