Change

“When you become comfortable with uncertainty, infinite possibilities open up in your life… fear is no longer a dominant factor in what you do, and no longer prevents you from taking action to initiate change…” - Eckhart Tolle

I’m not to good with change. Really, I’ve never had to experience a big change before. I’ve been going to the same school for 13 years; and I’ve always had three best friends by my side in everything I do. (I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a quadruplet.) Anyway, I don’t know what it feels like to not know what lies ahead of me. 

Next year, I am going off to college. One, that at this moment is undecided. I will not have my three best friends by my side. I will not know every person in my school by name. I will not see a familiar face everywhere I turn. But most importantly, I will not know what will happen. 

But over the past few years, I have learned something. Being thrown into the deep end is not a bad thing. My experiences of course have been benign compared to those I know  lay before me. 

I guess what I mean is, everyone has a choice in their life. To take the high road, or to take a shortcut. Who knows where each road will take you. Who knows what or whom you will stumble upon. Yet, at the end of the day being courageous has never killed anyone. 

Enjoy everything life has to offer. But more importantly, don’t fear the uncertainty of change. 

-G xx 

Sweet of the Month

My good friend and coach Sarah came to me with this idea. I was telling her about my sugar addiction and how there are so many gluten free baked goods that I would love to test out. Since I am trying to minimize my sugar intake, I my goal is to only bake myself one treat once a month. Therefore, making it my sweet of the month.

Sugar is going to be my treat. Not my norm. I’m looking forward to feeling and looking much better the next few weeks!

G xx

Detoxified.

Hello Everyone,

As some of you may know, I just completed a ten day cleanse with Jen Meister at Vita Organic Foods. It was life changing, literally. I’ve spent my whole fall and winter trying to become a more holistic and healthy person, and I am finally seeing results.

The funny part about going on a cleanse is that you think you have been extremely healthy, until you take out all of the sugar, gluten, dairy, etc. Lucky for me, I have been gluten free since September and will be for the rest of my life. And even though I think I lead a healthy lifestyle, it was obvious how many toxic foods (or as Jen says “crap”) I put in my body in hours! The MOST obvious was the sugar and the chocolate. Wow, that was hard for me! But, I just kept on following the guidelines and those ten days flew by!

Every time I set goals, I set unrealistic ones. Now, I am focusing on centering myself and being realistic.  One quote that I live by is “You work out because you love your body, not because you hate it” This can be taking in regard to food and wellness. I took time for myself these last ten days (well really 14 counting the pre-cleanse). I feel clean. I feel powerful. Most importantly, I feel worth it.

My goal for this weekend is moderation & balance. Learning to find the happy medium between the two. Come join me and follow my instagram @blissful_wellness to keep posted!!

Gxx

P.S. left over baked oatmeal in the fridge is to die for!!

PB Baked Oatmeal

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Hello Everyone!

Today for breakfast I made the most DELICIOUS Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal. It was heavenly.

3 cups oat

1/2 cup agave

1 cup almond milk (or rice)

2 tablespoons melted butter

2 eggs

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup Peanut Butter (or almond, cashew, etc.)

Mix it all together and put it in a pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and cook for 30-40 minutes depending on the oven you have. You will love this! It is super easy, and you just cut a slice and go!

Going to try this again soon!

G xx

A Day to Play.

Today is MLK day. To those naive students, it is a day where everyone in the United States does not have to go to school. Public and Private schools. To other citizens it is a day to remember the man who changed the social views of western culture. Without him, there would still be discrimination in our world.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”

“It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

All these quotes are ones that I have read today: on twitter, instagram, and pintrest.

Martin Luther King Jr. has lead so many people in this country to not only stand up for themselves, but  to create change for something they believe in. Without MLK, would this gay right movement be going on? Would those people have the COURAGE and STRENGTH to stand up for themselves?

It’s a day of honor. A day of rest. A day to reflect, but above all: a day to act our best. Treat everyone you encounter with respect, not only today but always.

G xx

Adventure.

Everyday I pick a quote from a jar and its called Meredith’s Jars of Joy. The whole rule of the Jar is once you pick a quote you can not exchange if you don’t like the one you picked. Today’s quote was:

WHAT AM I LIVING FOR? If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, and ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for. – Thomas Merton

At first I was not sure what this meant. I spent my morning in rehearsal, then I cooked fish for lunch, and then I watched house of cards. Finally, I understood. I sent a text to my friend and suddenly I realized what this quote means.

It was telling me to do what I love. To feel free and feel confident. The most confident place I feel is New York City. My friend and I went to dinner and walked the streets leading us into time square.

Here’s a picture from today’s adventure:

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It lead me to true happiness and fun. So now I am in bed, back watching House of Cards. And writing this post. But it was the best day in a while so in my book it is worth it.

Gxx

Today

Today was a great day. It is day FOUR of my cleanse!! I am feeling so healthy and clean. I made my first meal ENTIRELY by myself! It was a kale, brown rice, veggie, and chicken soup! So yummy!

But that wasn’t even the best part of my day, my friend came over to pick up some extra soup I offered her and then we suddenly began to juice. Then my sisters came down from their “caves” and juiced with us as well. I called another friend and she came over. So, for a good hour my friends, family, and I just had a blast juicing!

Then, after my daily meditation session, I got a text from my cousin who told me to keep on working with my health and wellness.

It’s funny, you know, because you work so hard for something for yourself. And part of you wants to keep it a secret and the other part of you wants to shout it from the rooftop. When people notice your hard-work, it makes you happy. It makes you want to work even harder the next day.

Tomorrow is a whole new day. With new experiences and new opportunities And hey, who says it can’t be the best day of your life! Do one thing a day that scares you, and how about start tomorrow!

Gxx

Day Two

Today is the second day of my simple clean and whole cleanse. One thing that I realized today: I eat a lot of sugar. Like most people (or Americans..) I eat an abnormal amount of chocolate. Especially Raw Chocolate from Vita Organic Foods in my town. (Check it out and order some at: http://www.vitachocolates.com/ ) 

I was shocked about how TERRIBLE I feel in the beginning of a cleanse. My body aches, I get terrible headaches, and nausea. Instead of becoming intolerable, I actually laughed at my discovery. 

I am cleaning out the toxins in my body. I am becoming a stronger and healthier person. And above all, I am allowing myself to be detoxed. 

Today I had rehearsal and I smiled the entire time.  I think I realized that I can choose what I put in my body and I can choose about how that affects me emotionally. If I choose to be happy, I am creating a stronger and mature outlook on life. 

I heard a quote today that I liked: The body hears what the mind is thinking. 

Boy is that true! 

G xx 

The Happiness Project

As I hope all of you know, there is an amazing book called “The Happiness Project” By Gretchen Rubin. Over Christmas Break I read that book which later promoted me to start this blog. On Friday night after my first post, I went to Gretchen’s website to see what I should do if I want people to read my blog. It says to email her.

So I did. My naive little self told me to gain some confidence and push send! The next morning I woke up and had a conference call about college. Expecting it to be boring, I found that everything is slowly working out! I then  aimlessly checked my email. After scrolling through I noticed that in LESS than 24 hours, Gretchen responded to me.

I am not sharing this story because I want to brag about how a famous and inspiring author responded to MY email, rather I want to point out the importance of a positive attitude.

My eighth grade teacher told us one day that whenever she goes into a seemingly full parking lot and tells herself that she is going to find a parking spot in the first row, and 9 times out of 10 she does. Although I am sure this logic is always not true, I have yet to experience a time when I was positive about something and everything went wrong.

Today I started a cleanse. It is called the 10day2014 cleanse. I went gluten free in September and have been working on wellness ever since. Although I know it will be a hard ten days, my positive attitude will allow me to skip through the finish line! Stay positive!

G xx

Everything Starts Somewhere

Hello There,

My Name is Grace. I am just a normal girl from New Jersey who decided to start a blog. After talking with my friend Sarah I realized that a new year brings new experiences and why not share them?

I have been on a track to wellness for quite a while now. I post yoga challenges daily on my instagram and have been committed to, well changing my life.

At this exact moment, I am not exactly sure what you should expect on this blog. You will see me for who I am and hopefully be inspired by the life I live and strive for.

For now, you can follow my instagram @gracekenney and twitter @graceakenney if you feel like it.

Well, this is me. Being Grace. And starting my first blog post on a Friday night!

G xx