Color Your Stress Away

A friend sent me a link to an article about adult coloring books being all the rage in France. It instantly reminded me of when I was a little girl and would sit and color for hours. My grandmother kept coloring books and crayons in a dresser drawer she had in her front room. She kept it in a drawer I could reach. The first thing I would do when I walked in the door was go straight to that drawer, get my stash, and start coloring. No matter how I was feeling, it would always calm me and make me happy. I went through some traumatic experiences as a child and loved escaping to my grandmother’s house. I was quiet as a church mouse for hours on end while I sat and colored. It comforted me in a way I didn’t understand until now.

I have thought before how cool it would be to have adult coloring books with more intricate designs, but I never thought about the therapeutic aspect of coloring – how the geometric designs and color hues can affect your mood and calm your nerves.

I am sure this coloring therapy trend will soon make its way to the USA, but why wait. You can create your own designs or get some templates online and color your stress away today!

Kathy G
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Plant Pure Nation Coming to Indy!

 for the Plant Pure Nation Premier – Saturday, April 18, 2015 
12-2 p.m. at Regal Cinemas 10400 U.S. 36, Avon, IN, 46123
I am super-stoked to see the Plant Pure Nation team stopping in Indianapolis on their nationwide tour! Dr. Colin Campbell is my hero and he will be there supporting his son, Nelson Campbell who directed the documentary. I attended the kickoff rally in Louisville, KY last summer which was a blast. You would have thought a big superstar was about to perform when Dr. Campbell stepped on the stage. We all stood to our feet and went wild with thunderous applause, whistling, cheering. It went on for several minutes. I had goosebumps and was nearly in tears to see Dr. Campbell witnessing the respect he has in the plant-based community. If it wasn’t for him and his bravery to stand up for the truth he discovered in his research on animal protein, we would have never known and would have continued to make uninformed choices. I’m so glad he has lived to see his work reach mainstream and I think the Plant Pure Nation documentary will take the truth even further. It’s the next step in our evolution which makes this one of the most important events of our time. I am honored to be a part of it and can’t wait to meetup with my plant powered friends in a few weeks so we can learn and grow together. 
It is exciting times we live in, a time when truth prevails and people can positively change the world with their vision and determination. I have no doubt that we will eventually become a PLANT PURE NATION. I just hope it will be soon enough to save ourselves, our planet and future generations. It’s a choice we make by sorting through the chaos to find the truth. This documentary puts a spotlight on the problem and the solution. I hope everyone gets an opportunity to see it.
Kathy G

P.S. You can support the tour and get a copy of the DVD/Cookbook by contributing to the Plant Pure Kickstarter Campaign. 

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Spring to Summer Challenge

Spring is my favorite time of the year. I love seeing everything come into bloom, getting fresh air and sunshine after being cooped up inside all winter, and moving my body more. I love that the first day of spring is International Day of Happiness. I think the first day of spring should be a national holiday! We are celebrating this day in our community with a Spring Into Happiness event where we have invited local artists and independent business owners along with not-for-profit organizations to get together and have some fun through music, games, conversation, food.. that reminds me to make sure I take a cooler of food so I’m not tempted by all the savory treats I’m sure will be available.

I have decided to start a challenge for myself and anyone who wants to participate to go from SPRING to SUMMER. I just want to pick a stretch of time and stick with the program, any program! For me, it’s just getting consistent with the things I know to do like exercising daily, eating my veggies, drinking water, keeping a food journal and gratitude journal. I think what I’m going to do is write all these things down every day first thing in the morning then check them off each day. Just from Spring to Summer. I can do it! YOU can too if you want to.

Time2getfit.com is linked to my Team Beachbody affiliate website. I decided to use Beachbody’s platform because it has so much to offer. I LOVE their workouts, celebrity trainers, and support groups. Plus, they are now offering their workouts online for only $2.99 a week (billed quarterly). That’s very reasonable in my opinion. I lost all my workout videos in the fire last August, so this is a blessing to me. Of course, you can join the site for free if you want to. That’s what I love about them too. You can participate on whatever level you want to. I’ve been a big fan for years and it’s an easy way for me to have some accountability as I make my transformation from a junk food addict to abundant health and wellness.

I invite you to join me in whatever way works for you – from NOW until the first day of summer, let’s be consistent and see where it leads. I have a feeling we will be pleasantly surprised!

Kathy
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Victory Acres CSA Local Organic Farm

I’ve never had much of a green thumb. I’ve grown a few things, but when the weeds come in, that’s when the trouble starts because I have an allergy to some of the weeds that breaks my skin out in a rash. To work in the garden, I have to cover up with gloves, pants and long sleeves which can get really hot in the summer. So, instead of going through all that, I prefer to go to the farmer’s markets.

A few years ago, I was looking online to see where the farmer’s markets were located in our community and I ran across information about Victory Acres – a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm in Upland, Indiana which is only a few miles away from me! I couldn’t believe that I had access to fresh produce so close to home. I signed up for their membership program and went to get my allotment each week. It was nice because I had access to vegetables I would have never grown or picked up at a farmer’s market. They also have events throughout the summer to get their members together to learn about them, their mission, and other fun and educations events.

It’s almost time for the growing season to begin. Victory Acres is offering a gift certificate for the early birds who sign up this week. If you are in a different area, you can check out LocalHarvest.org which the the website where I discovered Victory Acres. I’m so glad there are people who offer local produce to their community so we don’t have to guess where our food came from or what’s in it. The mission they have to reach kids in the inner city is important too. It’s an investment in our community and future that I am happy to make.

See you at the farm!

Kathy G
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Spring Cleaning

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” ~ Albert Einstein

I love spring. It’s my favorite time of the year. It’s a time when everything is in bloom and the world seems to come back to life. It’s a time to clear out the clutter both in our home and in our mind because when we clear out the clutter, we open the door to abundance – I truly believe that. I believe that when clutter surrounds us, it makes it hard to concentrate, focus, be clear. After our fire last August, all our clutter was gone in an instant. That’s not the way I would have chosen to clear our 30 years of accumulated stuff, but in a strange way it freed me of the desire to accumulate material things and put life in perspective. It made me realize that the most important things in life aren’t things at all. So, now we have a different house, a much smaller one and already I can see things starting to accumulate. Spring is the perfect time to take inventory of those things that serve us and let the things that don’t go. Pass those clothes that don’t fit, the dishes and items we don’t use, and the books we’ve read or will never read on to someone who can get some use from them.

Then, there is the clutter of the mind. How many times has too many thoughts, especially negative ones held you back in life? For me, more times than I can count. It is a good practice to regularly clear out the thoughts that do not serve us. Just let that stinkin’ thinkin’ go! Forgive and move forward inviting peace and harmony along the way.

How do you clean up the clutter of your mind? Forgiveness, gratitude, prayer, meditation, affirmations, deep breathing, exercise, clean eating, learn something new… it’s all intertwined. Seem overwhelming? Pick one. Start somewhere. That’s what I’m doing. One thought at a time!

Happy Spring.

Kathy G
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Food Not Lawns

Today, I listened to the Plant Yourself podcast #90 that featured Heather Flores who is an advocate for creating gardens instead of lawns. One of the things that stood out the most to me was when she was talking about how the oil spills from lawn care is more than the Exxon Valdez incident that spilled 11 million gallon of oil which is equivalent to 17 olympic size swimming pools!  That’s crazy. I never even thought about that before.

The other thing that stood out was when Heather talked about how seeds have intrinsic value that can be used in trade. I love the idea of a seed exchange that she talked about. So many positive things can come from having a home or community garden. I think everyone should have a garden. I can’t wait to get started on mine. I liked that she shared about the easiest trees to grow. I’m looking forward to reading her book. She also has a Kickstarter campaign going on right now to raise money to take her program to communities around the country. I love this and plan to support it even if it’s a few dollars. We need this type of program in our world. Just think how much healthier we would all be and how much hunger it would eliminate. The possibilities are endless and exciting! 

I encourage you to check it out and support it in whatever way resonates with you.

Kathy G
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Dancing Man Body Fat Shaming

I believe the #DancingMan story has struck a cord with so many people because they know what it’s like to be a victim of bullying and body shaming or fat shaming. It has happened several times in my life. The first time I can remember I was 11 or 12. I was over-developed at that age. I looked more like I was 16 or 17 than 11. Kids would make fun of me for being so much taller and bigger than them. Adults called me everything from big boned to pleasantly plump to a fat ass. More men than I can count made comments about my “big boobs” including my PE teacher! As I grew up, I learned to become “invisible”… keep quiet, blend into the crowd, be a wallflower. So, I get it. This story tugs at some heartbreaking memories. I have always said and truly believe that abuse in any form including bullying thrives in silence. By speaking up, it brings awareness perhaps to people who have no idea how much their “innocent” comments can affect someone’s self-esteem. Bravo to those who care enough to speak up and step out on the dance floor! 
Kathy G

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