…WOW, I never thought getting back to a normal schedule would feel so…normal (for lack of a better word). I’m ready to amp things back up! Congratulations to me!

Amp things back up? Yep, I’m ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Although there is still tons of time left in summer (+ many more hot runs to be had), I’m ready to let go of the past and work towards the future (more posts, more running/swimming events, more writing new books, also lots more meditation).

Currently, I’m reading How to See YOURSELF As You Really Are by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and I have to say, it’s a great (although quite philosophical) book! I’m sucking down the words as if they were juicy oranges and I feel fabulous about what’s happening, meaning, I feel all tingly inside from the knowledge gained. After all, knowledge is power. This book is a true powerhouse: It’s jam- packed with unique meditative exercises and stuffed with step-by-step ways to live your life with more happiness.

I truly believe that happiness starts with me: What makes me happy? What makes me sad? Sometimes these seemingly simplistic questions are not answered with just one word or one phrase (running, swimming, writing, etc.), because sometimes it takes more than just a single word to get through the stresses of life. Through further meditation, I’ve realized that:

1} I worry about things that are out of my control.

2} I stress about situations that I can’t change.

3} I over analyze why people are mean to me (for example, strangers).

4) I get too bogged down by time. I don’t breathe enough when I’m stressed.

5} I get way too nervous before running/swimming events.

On a separate, completely random note, I’m in love with red and purple grapes!! They are SO delicious!! 

Why am I just realizing this now? Haha! I used to think I didn’t like grapes, but about a month ago, I decided to try some and voila, am completely in love with them! What a discovery, right?!

Also, today, for the first time, I made my very own kale chips!! They are so delicious!! I found the recipe on pinterest! I also found this yumminess, so say hello to my new breakfast smoothie! Hello tasty goodness! Honestly, it really does give you energy!! I highly recommend it (especially after a great sweaty workout).

How are you? What’s new? Sending you lots of love and happiness!! XOXO!!

-Kristin

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    1. Kristin

      Haha, YES, it does!!! More posts!! Yaaay!! It feels good to be back!! Thanks for your continued love and support!! Have a fun and wonderful week!! 🙂 🙂

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  1. piratebobcat

    That’s great! Feel free to pass along any meditation tips! Good news about the grapes. I discovered a few years ago how much I love tomato soup. I wish I knew that earlier! Thanks for sending the good vibes…back at you!

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    1. Kristin

      Oh yum, tomato soup!! What a great discovery!! I love it!! Thanks so much, too!! I always appreciate your support!! I will definitely pass along mediation tips! I’m learning some great info! Have lots more to learn, though!! Have a great week!! XOXO!!

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    1. Kristin

      Thank you sweet, sweet, sweetie!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 You are so loving and supportive!! It’s so great!! I can’t thank you enough!! XOXO!!
      It’s a great book!! Excited to read more tonight!! 🙂

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  2. Angie

    I love the Dalai Lama. I haven’t read this book yet, but have read his others. I saw him speak a number of years back. He is so amazing. I love kale chips too! My garden is full of kale right now so I’ll be making kale chips soon enough!!

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    1. Kristin

      Ohh Angie, I’d love a garden!! That’s definitely something I’d love to start!! So cool!! Kale chips rock!! Such a delicious snack!! 🙂
      Dalai Lama is amazing! What a spectacular experience (to see him speak)!! WOW!! It’s a great book!
      Have a great week!! XOXO!! Thanks for your comment!!

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    1. Kristin

      Hey!! That’s very interesting!! Yes, it’s definitely hard to let go of stuff and to let peace override stress (but I’m working on it). I hope you have a fantastic day and week!! XOXO!!

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    1. Kristin

      Haha, yes, I definitely have been missing out!! I love them so much!! Yummy!! 😉 😉 I’m glad to be back on a schedule! It feels great!! Have a wonderful day!! XOXO!!

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  3. missadventuresinrunning

    Wonderful post! I am guilty of worrying about things I cannot control, too. With the start of a new school year, my motto is “simplify.” I get bogged down and stressed out too much, too. I am trying to focus on what really matters.

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    1. Kristin

      Hey!! What a great motto; that would definitely be a great one for me, too! Simplicity takes practice but can certainly be attained. Thank you for your comment and for your understanding. I appreciate your support and wish you luck on your journey to stressing less! 🙂 🙂

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  4. alsoranagain

    So true that happiness starts within us. That book sounds like something I need to read to reset my attitude. I’ve been a little negative lately and could use a reset. Thanks for sharing your discovery and for continuing to share your positivity!

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    1. Kristin

      Awww, thank you very much!! Such a kind comment! I know what you mean about needing to reset your attitude. I reset mine a few weeks back and have felt much better ever since. It’s great to realize change is needed, though. Usually that’s the first step to feeling happier. You’re amazing!! Never forget that!! XOXO!! Have a great day!!

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  5. sarahdudek80

    I have got to get my hands on this book. I have been having a rough few weeks and I need this! Thanks so much for sharing. I used to be the same way with blueberries. So glad I gave them another shot as an adult. My husband recently discovered that he actually likes tuna sandwiches. Game changer in this household!

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    1. Kristin

      Hey!! Thanks so much for your comment!! Isn’t it amazing the discoveries made as adults? It’s great to give foods a second try because the results usually surprise us for the good!! Blueberries are delicious!! Glad you love them! Also, my husband loves tuna sandwiches, too!! 🙂 🙂 Have a great day and week!! XOXO!!

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    2. Kristin

      Also, I’m sorry you’re having a rough few weeks!! 😦 I hope you find some joy and happiness over the next few weeks to balance out the displeasure. I’ll be thinking about you!! XOXO!!

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    1. Kristin

      Hey!! I made the cheesy kale chips recipe!! It’s so healthy (even the cheese sauce), yet so amazing at the same time. Honestly, it really does taste good!! I was not a huge fan of raw kale but love the chips!! Definitely try it!! XOXO!! Have a fabulous day!!

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  6. Martha B

    Yay Kristen! I can totally relate to your worrying issues… Sometimes I make myself sick over other people’s actions, especially those I can’t control! I’m glad you’re working towards some Zen, and it’s nice to have you back!

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    1. Kristin

      Thank you so much Martha!! You’re the best!! You are so kind and compassionate!! I love that!! Yep, I definitely have stressed myself waaay out over stuff that I can’t control, but I’m beginning to change that and it feels great! I’m definitely working towards zen and loving it!! Have a fabulous day!! XOXO!!

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  7. Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    That sounds like a fabulous book. Right now I’m trying to read more fiction but id love to lean the knowledge that this book contains – it sounds wonderful. I’m glad you’re back and I love that you just laid all your faults out for us to read. Very refreshing. Worrying about things that I can’t control is definitely definitely the thing I need most to work on.

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    1. Kristin

      You’re so kind Lauren!! Thank you!! I definitely have lots of stuff that I need to work on and it feels good to write it down for everyone to see. There is so much we can learn from each other.
      I value your comment and you really made me smile. Worrying about stuff that you can’t control is a tough one. I’ve been realizing, though, that by me worrying lots, I’m taking away from my happiness, so little by little, trying to change the way I handle stress. XOXO!!!

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  8. runsaltrun

    I have missed your blog and I’m so glad to see you back. ❤ I know it's hard to not get caught up in it, but please try not to let people bother you. You are a kind, compassionate person and if someone has a problem with that then…well I think that speaks volumes for the kind of person that they are. Sending lots of hugs!

    I'm on a grape kick right now too! Yummy!

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    1. Kristin

      Ohhh, yaaay, I love hearing that you’re on a grape kick, too!! So delicious!!
      Also, thanks for the great advice! Your words mean a lot to me and I’m so thankful for your kindness. I’m really working hard on letting stuff not bother me. You’re right, it’s definitely not worth the time or effort!!
      I’m glad to be back! It’s great to be back on schedule and blogging!!

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  9. Shawna

    grapes are so goooooddddddd. stay positive and happy and be true to YOU — you’re the only you who ever gets to be you, so kick butt at it. you’re great. 🙂

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