Stars & Charts & Juice

Well friends, I may have found the cure to what ails me. The Buddha has that saying that “When the student is ready, the teacher appears.” This week it happened in the form of a book.

I know what you are thinking, “Really, Kristiina? You just heard about this?” But give me a lil bit of a break here. You know when you keep hearing about a book and keep hearing about it and keep hearing about it… and you don’t remember exactly who first recommended it or what it is even about but you just have to buy it and find out for yourself. That has happened to me twice recently. The first book was 50 Shades of Grey, which I actually kinda did enjoy but mostly because I was concurrently reading a non-fiction book about the lack of sex in monogamous couples called, Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence. It’s a crazy-interesting book but pretty darn dry so 50 was a nice fluffy way to switch it up.

The second book it happened with was of course, The Happiness Project. I’ve been hearing about it for ages but after the mix up with 50 Shades, (I thought it was going to shock me, like, actually shock me, not be my brain-dead fluff reading) I just never picked it up. Not that I feel like reading 50 was a TOTAL waste of time, but it was enough that I was no longer trusting my “I heard a lot about it, better read it instincts”. Until, I saw that one of my twitter, blog-brunching friends, Erin of Art Social Online, was reading it along with Blog Inc, the book I was currently reading. It felt like destiny so I downloaded immediately and have been switching of back and forth between the two. She also invited me to BOOM, Be Happy, Link Up (you can find the bloghop at the bottom of this post, check out the other writers, please.) And that is the probably too-long-winded story behind this post.

So far I am loving the concept of this book, I totally relate to Gretchen with the gold stars. I live for gold stars! My sister got me to stop using a pacifier with them when I was far too old to be using one. Ironically enough, one of the things I have really been focusing on is my own energy level. I just turned 30, major trauma, so I turned to what for me is the tried and true way for more energy, my diet. I already eat pretty frackin’ healthy. I’m vegan and gluten-free which cuts out a lot of crap. But there is always room for improvement so I’ve been focusing on eating in line with Kris Carr‘s Crazy Sexy Diet because when I follow it, that is when I feel my best. (Side note: I LOVE Kris Carr, love her, like I-dreamt-I-had-a-pink-stripe-in-my-hair love her.)

Ready for the funny part? I literally have a page in my journal with a place to give myself stars to see how I’m doing. See?

actual page from my journal

Goodness, are you SO embarrassed for me? It’s hard for me to wake up and make green juice before work! I am not a morning person by any means. But giving myself a lil star sure makes me feel better and more inclined to actually do it. When I read about Gretchen’s love of gold stars + she was focusing on increased energy first, I knew that she was a great teacher for me in the ways of lessening stress and increasing peace. It also made me realize that I am also a pretty good teacher for myself most of the time and I’m on the right track. Best selling authors do silly tracking charts too!

I know that green juice, smoothies, raw salads, exercise and gratitude (yup, that’s in Crazy Sexy Diet too) are the best ways for me to increase my energy levels and feel less stressed out. The one thing I have really been skimping on, is the gratitude part. So here goes, a couple of things, that in no particular order, make me feel really lucky to be me.

  • I get to go to work every day for a place that completely in line with my ethics, for someone whose primary life goal is to not harm animals, that is really hard to find. Yes, I have an extremely difficult job, with more tasks and sub-task to keep track of than most professions (a dude in Canada actually did on study on my profession, I’m not just making it up), but I am grateful that I am helping animals every minute I spend there.
  • I have an amazing boyfriend who deals with me when I decide I want to do things like kill the front lawn and plant a landscaped edible garden there instead.
  • My readers! I love you all. I wish I could kiss every one of you that has ever pinned, stumbled, tumbled, tweeted or facebooked one of my DIY posts. Please if you ever do one of those things, leave a comment and let me know. I love to know who you are and get the chance to get to know you a little. Seriously, if I ever meet you in real life, don’t be weirded out if I squeeze the hell out of you.
  • Recently, two out of three of the community cat colony in our yard, started letting me pet them. They are amazing, we call them, Hamich, Katniss and Peeta. Hamich wants to move in, Katniss loves to play but doesn’t stick around and we’re still working on shy Peeta. The fact that they trust me, even just a little, makes my heart swell.
  • Fall. There isn’t much that beats Utah’s canyons in the Fall. I knew most people come to our mountains in the Winter, but really, you have to see them when they are lit up with falling leaves like a sunset.
  • My furkids, I know most people really don’t care to hear about my cats, dog and rabbit but they are amazing and I am so grateful that I have them in my life.

So dear friends, let’s discuss, what are some things that make you feel energetic? Anything to add to my healthy eating + exercise + gratitude = more energy plan?


11 Responses to Stars & Charts & Juice

    • Yay! I know you haven’t been blogging lately but you should join the bloghop one of these days 🙂 Another interesting thing is that her ways to increase energy were totally different than mine. I’ll have to dd in some of the authors ideas like declutter.

      I know you’ll love the book!

  1. I’ve heard so many great things about this book (and her new one as well) and I follow Gretchen’s blog on a daily basis too. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, but I think this post has given me the motivation to buy it!

  2. thanks for joining! i also love kris carr! and green juice, but i do better with green smoothies in the morning:)

    that’s awesome that you track your activity each day- gretchen eventually says that’s what helped her the most during her year long project. i’ve tried, but i am honestly just not conscientious enough to keep tracking. i’ve tried new notebooks, different apps, etc. and i just cannot do it! i do the good things i want to do i just can’t track it!

    something i think about (or try to remember to think about) when i’m making a juice or a smoothie- i’m so thankful that i’m able to enjoy high quality produce that

  3. Oh I love this! I am also working on my eating habits. It’s not easy but each step that I take I feel more and more energy and get excited about being healthier. I’ve been tracking everything I eat and at first it was scary but now that I have to track it I definitely think about it first. I’m soooo happy you joined the link up!

  4. Wonderful post on recognizing all in your life that you have to be grateful for. As far as having more energy, the only other thing I would add is “sleep.” Nothing like a good night’s sleep to make your next day awesome!

  5. What a fun thing. I’ve never heard of this book. I guess I’ve been living under a rock. I’ll have to check it out.

    I love that you made your own chart with stars!

    Happy Sharefest. Have a great weekend.

  6. ooh, i hadn’t heard of this book. yes, CSD is always a good one to refresh with! i’m not really stressed out right now, but i feel like i should be with the upcoming move. it will kick in. soon. i know it! so i guess it’s better to be prepared!

    i miss you!