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GUEST POST: “Stop. It’s Gratitude Time.”

November 11th, 2014 | 2 comments

By: Katie K.


Hiiiiiii, it’s Katie K. from and I am so excited to talk to you about gratitude today.

It’s all over Facebook and Twitter. It’s November, and that means it’s the time to give thanks. But what does that really mean? And why do we all love to wait until the 11th month of the year to be grateful? What would happen if we were actually grateful all 12 instead?

Gratitude is all about expressing our thanks for the things we have in our lives, and it is proven that when we practice gratitude it increases happiness, joy and abundance. In the words of Willie Nelson himself, “when I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around” so why not start today and make it a habit for life? Once it becomes a daily practice, it’s a whole new ballgame.

If you want to up your gratitude game, here are a few tips to try out this month~ and maybe you’ll love it so much you’ll choose to practice gratitude as an attitude all year round.

1)Stay Positive When something goes “wrong”, don’t focus on all the things that got messed up. Look for the silver lining, and you might realize that a mistake is actually a better win than you even imagined. Ever heard of alchemy? They were trying to make gold and accidentally made light instead… Oopse!

2) Honor Your Role Models Make a list of your role models and people who inspire you. As the spiritual teaching goes, “those we look up to are a direct reflection of ourselves”, so if you hold your role models in high esteem, there’s a part of yourself you respect as well.

3) Vision Boards Rule Make a vision board for gratitude full of Inspiring images. Fill it with words, phrases and pictures that represent gratitude to you and then look at it every day. The act of creating it and seeing it will help bring your attitude of gratitude to life, and you will also be able to access it more easily.

You can check out my board HERE

4) Music Rocks Make a playlist of songs that lift you up and make you feel happy and grateful. You can listen to it at the gym, on the street, in the shower, dancing in front of the mirror (it might sound weird but try it!) When you hear those beats you will instantly find your gratitude groove again.

Check out my playlist here: 1213068813

5) Use Your Words Say “thank you” as much as you can. Obviously this is a simple thing to do, but you can even apply it to things that don’t normally elicit that response, like when things don’t go as planned. That’s where the magic happens.

6) Stay Open The decision to receive goes a long way. Continually stay open to gratitude and it will multiply. Soon you will find your happiness and joy increases while all those pesky bumps of life begin to disappear.

7) Consider Joining My Free Playgroup #GratiitudeAsAnAttitude I know November has already begun, but if you want to join in the revolution, my free Playgroup #gratitudeasanattitude runs through Nov. 23rd

Join in on the FREE Playgroup HERE

It’s been fun! Thanks to my dear friend D for having me share some thoughts with all of you today. Enjoy + be grateful!

♥ Katie K.

 What are you grateful for?

GUEST POST: What’s Your Freedom Story?

November 4th, 2014 | no comments


Hi Beauty, Anna & Yvan here from,

Words can’t express how grateful we are to be sharing our ideas with the #CreateYourGreatLife Community! 

We believe in the power of aligning with like-minded, purposeful, ambitious individuals who are going after their dreams so that we can empower, inspire, and support one another through the outstanding days and through the character building days.
What are we all about?

#TheFreedomProject is a movement of entrepreneurs who are leaving a positive mark on the world and are designing their own freedom filled lifestyles. Four years ago someone very special believed in us and gave us an opportunity, now we are paying it forward. 
How can you Participate?
We want to know – What’s Your Freedom Story?
You’re creating or have created your Freedom Lifestyle and are totally obsessed with it! We want to know: What’s Your Freedom Story? We’re featuring inspiring and moving freedom stories all over this page and we want to features yours too! All of the profits from the #Freedom gear is going to funding start-ups with a purpose. See who’s participating:
Find us on social media and share the goodness, YOU can start inspiring your communities to live life in total freedom too!!
Wishing you an abundance of Freedom,
Anna & Yvan Lozano
#TheFreedomProject Co-Founders

*Guest Post* Recipe: Pear Cacao Green Smoothie

September 17th, 2014 | 183 comments

Hi everyone, Elanna here! I am absolutely thrilled to be guest posting here at Create Your Great Life! It’s even more of an honor because I was a fan before I was a friend! I stumbled across DeAnna’s site while working for The Institute for Integrative Nutrition after she wrote in with a question and I immediately started following her posts. It wasn’t until a serendipitous meeting at her Clean Eating Support Group 2 years later that we started to become friends. And because I share in DeAnna’s love for smoothies, I chose to share one of my all time favorite recipes!


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This decadent seasonal smoothie is perfect for a quick breakfast or healthy dessert! The pear chocolate combo is so delicious and provides a ton of nutrition. Raw cacao is chock full of magnesium which is great because 80% of Americans are deficient in it. This mineral supports hundreds of chemical functions in our body including; regulating blood pressure, cardiac and brain health, even the strength of our muscles and bones. Magnesium is also awesome for boosting mood and calming nerves – no wonder we crave chocolate during that time of the month!


When I cut all sweeteners out of my diet, this recipe was a go-to when I needed something to satisfy my sweet tooth. I hope this inspires you to pick up some pears at the farmers market and swap this in place of your favorite dessert!


Pear Cacao Green Smoothie 
– 1 very ripe pear
– 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
– 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
– 1 cup (large handful) baby spinach
– 1 tsp. vanilla extract
– Tiny pinch sea salt
– Ice to taste!


Wash and cut pear; if it’s organic leave the skin on for more fiber + antioxidants! Place all ingredients in blender and whip it up! Add ice to make it cold, add thickness, and make it more like a milkshake!

*Vegan *Vegetarian *Gluten-Free *Dairy-Free


Pear Cacao Green Smoothie
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  1. - 1 very ripe pear
  2. - 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  3. - 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
  4. - 1 cup (large handful) baby spinach
  5. - 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  6. - Tiny pinch sea salt
  7. - Ice to taste!
  1. Wash and cut pear - If it’s organic leave the skin on for more fiber + antioxidants!
  2. Place all ingredients in blender and whip it up!
  3. Add ice to make it cold, add thickness, and make it more like a milkshake!
DeAnna Lynn Englezos, Certified Life Coach, Wellness Expert, Speaker
00headshotElanna Edwards is an AADP certified Health Coach and wellness blogger based in Brooklyn, NY. She works with clients one-one-one or in group programs virtually by educating and cheering them on while they make simple healthy shifts towards higher health. She believes health can be easy, cheap, and fun for anyone and is on a mission to prove it. Check her out at and follow her on Instagram and Twitter!