Good afternoon ladies. I am one happy blogger indeed, as I have some exciting news to share with you today over here on Healthy Chicks!
A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to interview Rod Smith, founder and CEO of the Green PolkaDot Box (GPDB) for an article featured in the Huffington Post “Good News” section. Yes, my writing has been published in the Huffington Post, which as a journalism graduate and freelance writer is a huge (HUGE!) accomplishment for me and something I’ve worked incredibly hard at.
OK, now that I got that off my chest, I’ll rewind a little bit for you all. What is GPDB you ask? While I encourage you to read my article “Organic Food, Delivered Fresh to Your Door” I’ll give you a mini synopsis over here on Healthy Chicks. The company, which just launched in December 2011, is an online buying collective featuring organic, non-GMO foods and products at a bargain price (at up to 60 percent off retail!). Think: Sam’s Club and Costco had a baby with Whole Foods, and revamped their marketing plan to accommodate the online, “tech-savvy” generation.
I was actually first introduced to the company by my boyfriend Jason, who is one of their Founding Trust Members. You can read about his experience with GPDB here, as he’s been a member since they first launched and is loving every minute of it.
Not to mention I’m loving every bit of it as well! Ever since he’s signed up, he’s been letting me share all his natural, healthy goodies (at a discounted price) from my favorite Sticks ‘n’ Twigs pretzels from Mary’s Gone Crackers and a variety of Food Should Taste Good chips to Organic Maca Powder, and all-natural beauty products like deodorant, face wash and body balm.
I love that Rod Smith and his family dedicate their time to create healthy options for affordable prices, essentially starting a “Healthy Revolution.” After all, why should we have to spend a fortune to fuel our body with natural, real, wholesome food and products? Shouldn’t it just be a given?
To read and/or comment on my article on the Huffington Post, click here. To learn more about the first-hand experience being a GPDB member, click here. To browse products or sign up for a membership yourself, head over here.
The other day, I was sitting in a gourmet coffee shop with the boy sipping a hazelnut cream feeling awfully zen.
As we sat on the couch sipping our javas, I leaned over to him and said softly, “Let’s make vision boards!”
“Vision what?” he said.
“VISION BOARDS…you know like draw what we want to achieve in life within the next few years. Then we think it and believe it and it’ll most likely happen.”
“Nah, not now. I can’t draw,” he said with a smirk.
“C’monnnnn…you can draw stick figures! I did one a few years ago and everything I jotted down came true. So we’re doing it whether you like it or not. I’ll go first!”
I got him on that one and vision boards we made.
My “5 year plan” included being happy, healthy and in love (with The Boy if all goes as planned!), being published in a well-known health magazine, leading a women’s health seminar in front a group of people, traveling ( a lot) and being in a comfortable financial situation where I’m proud of my success.
The Boy’s included things like growing a garden, owning his first home, continuing to educate people about health and wellness, and eating a plethora of healthy, organic foods with the help from The Green Polkadot Box, the newest online buying club he’s become a part of. (You should check it out…it’s actually pretty cool, especially when he shares it all with me!)
While those are our five year goals, I also have some things I’d like to work on now, you know in 2012. But I’d rather not call them goals….they are more like current aspirations.
- Learning to LET. IT. GO. I need not get so anxious over itsy bitsy things as 99% of the time things work themselves out and all it takes it a deep breath, a big hug or a new perspective to reframe your thoughts. This will be a challenge for me, but I’m willing to work on it for my sanity
- Adding more yoga into my lifestyle, preferably at least two times a week. Sometimes I get on the running/core fusion/ sweat-my-ass-off kick and need to have a balance of mental clarity. Yoga will give me this. Plus, I learned through taking my Ayurveda personality/lifestyle test for an IIN assignment that I am almost a pure Pitta, with Vatta emotions, and therefore I tend to get stressed out easily when unbalanced. Practicing yoga will help me create that balance. To learn more about the ayurvedic lifestyle and diet, I highly recommend John Douillard’s book The 3-Season Diet. It’s super interesting!
- Continue to take on freelance writing gigs & stay busy If you know me, you know that I like to keep busy. I’m always go-go-go and can’t stand having nothing to do. Currently, I’m working part time at Exhale Spa, attending school at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, doing some copywriting for a large parenting company in Boston, and am a contributing writer for Milkshake. I’d love to continue with my freelance writing ventures as writing is both exciting and therapeutic for me. This will also help me achieve my vision (see above) of being published in a women’s health magazine.
So, there you have it. Have you ever created a vision board? What are some of your current aspirations?