Simply put, this quote, that popped up in my newsfeed today, is why I started #my87dayadventure.
“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”
I’m not saying to DO what I did, I didn’t even know it would work for me when I began it LOL and I certainly didn’t have any kind of “forever” attached to it. Still don’t.
Instead I suggest asking yourself the same 3 questions I asked myself before beginning:
1. At the heart of it all, what do I really desire to have, do or be?
In Life, in Love, in Finances, in Business, in any area that matters to you.
2. What can I do to get me there, that I have NEVER done before?
Be creative! Think outrageous! Multiple answers work too.
3. Am I willing?
Am I willing to do something I’ve never done before? Am I ready to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone? Am I willing to making potentially major lifestyle changes that may make me uncomfortable?
If the answer to #3 is “No”, then stop right there. No point in moving forward as that only sets you up for failure. Understand though that it is now your CHOICE to stay where you are and NOT have what you identified in question 1 that you truly desire.
This has been a 2017 standout ah ha moment for me.
How to finally have, do and be all that I want. It’s not easy. Nope. In fact, doing what you’ve never done can be quite tough, depending on what answer you came up with for question 2. ?
I’m a work in progress, not perfection, and I have tons of things I desire to have and do and who I am becoming is a never ending journey…the road is long but I’m glad to be on it and boy have the incredible results in such a brief period of time ever been worth it!
I wish the same for you! Please share your thoughts ? or questions in a comment below! ☺️
Dining is such a fun, creative experience nowadays, bringing so much Joie.
Used to opening the fridge and seeing “things” ready made to eat, now when I open the door I see what seems like “nothing”. Jars filled with random dressings and dips and an assortment of whole fresh veggies and leafy greens. Lots of food but umm…what exactly to eat?
I have fresh tomatoes ?, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley and salt but no recognizable jar of spaghetti sauce, ready to pop open and pour into a saucepan for warming up.
It now takes imagination to put an unprocessed, fresh meal together, if I want something that is more than a plain salad. And yes, I definitely want more. There is real Joie in unique and different flavors, textures, a variety of colors and overall vibrancy.
It starts in my head before I ever open that door. What do I feel like? Sweet, salty, leafy, crunchy, rich, dense, crispy, soft, spicy…etc. Then I go from there and think what ingredients I have in that category, what is ripe in the garden and how you could build a meal from it. It’s quite a visual experience. A world away from how I used to prepare meals. I do still do meal planning, try out new recipes and shop for the needed ingredients but I also now shop for Raw & Living food staples: veggies, leafy greens, nuts and seeds to have a foundation upon which to create.
Just yesterday Kerwin is scrounging for a snack, opens the fridge door and sees “nothing”. I suggest a bowl of cereal. But the catch is we don’t have any sugar laden, fake food cereal boxes or a carton of ? milk?. Instead I say to grab one of those random, unlabeled jars that has fresh cashew milk, take out some home-made & dehydrated granola from the jar on the counter and add one of the ripe bananas that didn’t get frozen for smoothies yet, to make a bowl of cereal. But it took running through an inventory in my head of ingredients to come up with “cereal”. Getting into the spirit, he added goji berries – bonus! ?
Dinner tonight was an especially beautiful thing! Highlights were:
The most amazing leftover Basil Vinaigrette, I didn’t think anything could beat my Basil Pesto recipe but this absolutely does.
Crackers I’d dehydrated earlier in the week.
Micro Arugula harvested from the garden
Raw, Vegan, Sulfate Free Wine ?
Thanks to some prep work (gardening, dehydrating, leftovers) I had a couple of things on hand and was able to whip together a simple dinner that was simply delicious and eye-catching too.
A take away from my trip to Japan ?? is that eating starts with your eyes and as such, attention to presentation details is very important. It makes such a difference in your overall enjoyment of the meal. It’s like you eat less too when the meal is so pretty. ??
For example, storing the flax crackers standing up in a cute basket makes me smile. It’s a lovely display and it’s so fun to choose your next perfect cracker.
Drinking a glass of wine in pretty, well made wine glasses instead of the cheap stemless ones we have takes it up a notch. (Found the glasses at a garage sale! ??)
Pausing to snap a picture actually helps you take a step back and appreciate what you have in front of you. Odd as it sounds!
I am grateful for this journey we are on together. Sitting down to a lovingly prepared meal, that tastes AMAZING and is absolutely nutritious and healing for our bodies makes me pinch myself – is this real???
How far we’ve come!
I hope my sharing our story inspires you! I NEVER saw this coming and if it looks impossible from where you are, that’s okay. I was there too, scared to commit to anything past this immense challenge of 87 days without meat, added sugar or processed flours. It seemed almost insane! Definitely crazy. That is if you call deciding to listen to yourself this time, for the first time, crazy. To do it my way, win or lose, and just see what happened.
All you need to do is start. Start something. Start anything. ??
Here’s a look back at my Day 1 of 2017’s Year of Transformation, if you’re looking for a place to start.
You are also warmly invited to join my Joie to Your Health group on Facebook for more inspiration, recipes, tips, support, challenges, fun and of course JOIE! ?
I came across this, to me shocking, 3 year old video and was struck by the changes in my life, not just the physical but my overall wellness, mental health and the brighter light of life and passion in my eyes.
So I decided to start this blog post to highlight some of the standout moments of my transformation.
I ? in the mirror and as of yet, I still don’t recognize myself, it’s all so new, so being able to look back on where I came from will help me to never GO back.
This video is a year before EHT was launched, 3 years before the release of Youth Factor and almost 3 years before I decided to do something I’d never done before to become someone I’d never been before.
Yes, I was still happy and yes I was still grateful but listen to WHAT I was happy and grateful for! ?
Oops! I forgot to mention, I’ll be doing a giveaway this month for a Nerium shopping spree! How does $150 sound?!?? You’ll be able to enter lots of different ways, just watch each days video for the details as they’ll change! ??
First entry is thru this blog post! Simply share it to Facebook timeline and use the hashtag: #thejoiechronicles. (The # is how I’ll find your post and be able to give you the entry into the Shopping Spree!)
Have a great story?
Great question you’d love me to answer?
Idea for a topic of discussion?
Is there a place in town you’d like me to livestream from?
Comment below! ☺️
I’m excited to be on this journey with you! See you tomorrow!