I’m Friggen’ Rich!

1,000,000

Hey Zenful Dancers, happy Sunday to you!

The other day it occurred to me how much my own net-worth was as a fellow New Yorker passer-by decided to flash me his $1,000,000 bill on the street.  Of course I was opportunistic enough to grab proof as I don’t typically run with crowds who carry around this kind of cash much less waive it around in broad daylight as if begging to be mugged by anyone within a one mile radius of 14th Street.

And after Googling that there was in fact no one million dollar bill (Google saves the day once again- go ahead, make fun), I realized how profound carrying a reminder of this great proportion can be.  A reminder that I walk around with my very own million bucks all the time and I so often forget that it’s there, burning a hole in my pocket; my own self-worth.

I am sometimes quick to bend or apologize or shy away from standing up for what’s right in order to avoid conflict or difficult conversations or actions not because it is uncomfortable for me to lean in- of course it IS uncomfortable- but because I forget that I have value.  Conceit and self-centeredness jokes aside, I am rich with loving friends and family, rich with overall good health (barring any recent stress-induced sleep issues), rich with the understanding of love and my ability to be compassionate and to make decisions from a place of love instead of fear- when I remember, that is.  Lately my life has seen more challenges and it seems I need more reminders. So in an effort to pull out my million dollar bill and waive it around as a “reminder to self”, I would like to share my riches with you:

I’m so grateful for a loving and supportive family who lets me do my best to love and support them back

I have incredible friends who check in even when they are too busy to check in

I have true love which is far more magnificent yet often quiet-and-unassuming while being simultaneously more terrifying (read: vulnerable) than I ever imagined it would be and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world, not even for a real million dollar bill

I have the ability to dance like nobody’s watching and it provides me with endless inspiration

I have access to music that feeds my soul, no matter the day/mood/location/experience

I am grateful for a steady job that challenges me and provides the flexibility to manage my own time

Meditation.  It keeps me grounded when I start to float away

I am very grateful for a healthy body and mind (hey we all have our “moments” but you know what I mean)

Compassion.  I know what it is and I’m not afraid to use it

My sense of humor (bad timing and all) has gotten me through some of my darkest days and I continue to think I am by far more hilarious than anyone else thinks I am 🙂

Care to share some of your riches with me?  Go ahead, SHOW ME THE MONEY!  It might be just the reminder you need.

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 8 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hey Zenful Dancers!  I’ll keep this super short and sweet (just like me).  I’ve just wrapped up day 8 on the juice cleanse.  It has been a good day but I will not bore you with the same list of juices as yesterday.

A few ways to describe how I feel today:

clean from the inside out

light

content and happy

peaceful

headache free

+___________________________

= FRIGGEN AWESOME!

 

There you go!  Tomorrow I’ll be back to juicing my own juice for day 9.

Keep on keepin’ on!

 

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 7 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

15.

That is the number of times I had to go see a man about a horse today. I think that’s a record. Seriously. I think I’ve won some sort of award.  If you or a loved one are aware of any cash-money prizes that are now owed to me, please do contact me. Look me up, I’m in the book and I could use the cash. 🙂

In other news: in preparation for a couple of monstrous days at work, I cheated. I went out and BOUGHT some juice! Ha! I know what you’re thinking… yee of little faith. I haven’t slipped up at all! But juicing requires A LOT of preparation and time (it can take me between 20-45 minutes to make enough juice for 1-3 servings).

Anyjuice, you get the point. It has been a relief to conserve energy today on prep work, and although everything today/tomorrow is store-bought, I will share the list with you in case you’re near a Whole Foods and feeling thirsty.

BLUE PRINT CLEANSE JUICES (This company is solid- er well bad choice of word there.  They make very fresh juices and I’ve used them before for a 5-day cleanse.  I highly recommend them.)

GREEN JUICE2 servings, 110 calories per serving

P.A.M.1 serving, 210 calories per serving

SPICY LEMONADE –  1 serving, 120 calories per serving

C.A.B.1 serving, 190 calories per serving

CASHEW MILK1 serving, 300 calories per serving

Obviously the BPC juice titles are lacking in creativity (how could any juice titles compare to my works of art) but what they lack in witty labels they definitely make up for in taste.

Cheers!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 6 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Zenful Dancers!  Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!  How the heck are ya?  I feel like it’s been a whole day since we’ve last… 

O.K. so here’s the gist of it:  Today was day 6 and I have not cheated once yet this whole time.  Even though this is my fourth crack at a juice cleanse, I still surprise myself that I haven’t eaten any food yet.  Of course, I haven’t really been hungry at all.  I drink juice when I’m hungry and I do my best to keep my calories up and drink tons of water.  This all seems to be working very well except I CANNOT STOP LOOKING AT PICTURES OF FOOD ON THE INTERNET.  I know, I know; this sounds like maybe somebody else you know. 😉

Sadly I have been looking at online cookbooks and dreaming up new recipes for my soon-to-be-eating-food-freedom-day.  Frankly, it’s sick.  I know I have a problem.  I have every intention of finishing this cleanse but I can’t help but look!  

PUSHING ONWARDS JUICERS!!!

******Day 6******

CHOPPIN’ (AND JUICIN’) BROCCOLImakes 1 serving, 431 calories per serving

Broccoli, 1 bunch

Ginger root, 1″ or 5 slices, raw

Rainbow swiss chard, 2 leaves

Bosc pear, 2 medium

Wash thoroughly, chop and combine in juicer.  Quite good.  Enjoy!

CONFUSED VAMPIRE (leftovers)

ALL GREENS PLUS1 serving (store bought), 221 calories per serving

GO AHEAD MAKE MY DAY (fresh batch)

BLUEBERRY WATERMELON SURPRISEmakes 1 serving, 240 calories per serving

Blueberries, 2 cups

Watermelon, 5 ounces

Wash, juice and enjoy!  What!!? I thought adding “SURPRISE” into the title would make things sound more exciting!  The surprise is in the taste! 😉

And there you go my friends!   Good night and good luck and juice safely!

-Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger

The Zenful Blogger Gets Juicy: Day 2 of 10 On the Juice (Cleanse that is)

Hello Zenful Dancers, Happy Thursday!

Today is day 2 of this wonderful world of juicing. I’ve got one word for you people: PREPARE. I thought that owning a juicing book, stocking my fridge full of delicious organic fruits and veggies and having a juicer ready to go at my beck and call would be all I’d need to get through this plan. But here’s the catch: I need enough calories (1200) to get through my workout and my workday and be able to maintain somewhat normal activity without falling asleep.

This is my fourth juice cleanse but the first cleanse I’ve juiced myself. Good job LJ. 😉

SO ya live and learn. So what if the entire thermos of juice that took me about an hour to make this morning and only added up to 158 calories? So what if I am home now trying to get the rest down the hatch (800 calories of juice in one sitting is challenging)? Does it really matter that I ran out of juice mid-day and had to run to the nearest organic juice store to stock up for the rest of the workday?

Of course it matters! I’ve learned so much today!!!

Here’s today’s recipes to add to the mix:

SEXY SWISS GREEN JUICEmakes 4 servings, 39.5 calories per serv.

Rainbow Swiss Chard, 1 bunch (approx 6 large leaves)

Celery, 8 stalks

Lemon, 1 small whole

Ginger Root, 1″ in diameter (approx 5 slices)

Hot House/English Cucumber, 1

ALL GREENS PLUS2, 12oz servings, 177 calories each – store bought

Proportions were not provided or labeled.  Your guess is as good as mine. 🙂

Cucumber

Celery

Parsley

Romaine

Spinach

Kale

Apple

Lemon

Ginger

GO AHEAD, MAKE MY DAYmakes 2 servings, 549.5 calories per serving

Cashew Nut Milk, raw whole cashews, soaked in filtered water for 1 hour, then drained and rinsed

Sea Salt, 2 pinches

3 cups of fresh, filtered water

Raw Honey, 1/2 tsp

Combine everything in a blender and add water.  Blend for 1 minute.  Enjoy!  ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY – THIS IS THE LAST MEAL OF THE DAY

Total calories today: 1063.5 (I’m a bit under today.  I will try for more calories in the morning tomorrow rather than waiting for dessert time)

YAHOOOOOO!  I’M JUICING!!! 🙂  Have any of you Zenful Dancers joined in the fun yet?

Keep on keepin’ on,

Leah Joy, The Zenful Blogger