This is Dawn, and I’m the writer of Vegan Moxie. I’ve been vegan for seven years, have been living in Tacoma, WA for a little over three and have been a Washingtonian for nearly five years. I’m a native Southern Californian who moved to the Northwest after graduating college and I feel that I’ve definitely found my home here, despite my nomadic tendencies, (many think I’m crazy to make the move I did, but I think I was supposed to have been born here).

I’ve wanted to start a vegan blog based on living and eating in Tacoma/the South Sound for years because I felt that it’s an area that’s underrepresented in the blog world but know that there are many other vegans here and many who visit wondering where they can eat. It’s also an amazing place to live filled with people who love their city! I’m hoping that I can share what I’ve learned over the years about the area and its vegan resources in addition to recipes, events and info about all of the great businesses and people in the City of Destiny.

08/25/2012, Update: I now live in Seattle again. More thorough update on this page to come very soon.

For those who are curious, let me break down the blog name.

Definitions (according to Merriam-Webster):

Vegan: a strict vegetarian who consumes no animal food or dairy products; one who abstains from using animal products (as leather).

Moxie: energy, pep; courage, determination; know-how.

I’ve loved the word “moxie” since I learned about it in sixth grade, and though it’s antiquated these days, I felt that it was more than fitting when paired with the word “vegan.”

I’m involved with NARN’s Vegan Mentor program as a mentor, was a volunteer for Seattle Vegfest 2011, will be volunteering for the inaugural Great Seattle Vegan Chili-Cook Off and will be a speaker and panelist for the first ever Vida Vegan Blogger Conference, taking place Aug. 26-28, 2011 in Portland, OR.

I live in Tacoma with my boyfriend, two cats and a community garden plot that desperately needs some love. When I’m not blogging, I’m reading, writing more, listening to music, checking out local art, watching a movie, volunteering for one of a few worthy causes, imbibing or cooking.

I have to take a second to thank a few individuals who truly inspired me in my process of eventually transitioning to veganism and for supporting and loving me throughout it all. My friends and family – you know who you are – thanks for the constant encouragement and for always making sure that I have something to eat at gatherings and parties. You guys are the greatest.

Thanks Bridget, for being my mentor, best friend and someone who I still call to ask vegan questions to no matter how random they are or how late it is. You’re truly a compassionate and inspiring person, and I’m just lucky to know you.

Thanks to Tanya Petrovna of Native Foods in Southern California, for showing me that it’s possible to make vegan food delicious, beautiful and appetizing to anyone, no matter what their diet.

Thanks to Kate and Tony of Look Shape, for designing and creating this blog. I literally could not have done it without you guys, and I’m seriously so thankful that you both were so flexible in designing this while on the opposite coast and while dealing with my type-A personality. I couldn’t be happier with the site and think you both are amazingly talented individuals.

And lastly, thanks to my boyfriend, for being the wonderful, loving and supportive person you always are. Thanks for helping me find the courage to start this blog and for always being a source of inspiration for me.


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Questions, ideas, suggestions?

Please email me at dawn [at] veganmoxie.com.
Thank you for reading!