GRATITUDE SPEAKS: Chocolate Love with Sage & AnnaBlanca of Addictive Wellness

I’m over the moon to share today’s interview with you! My friends, fellow unicorns, and founders of Addictive Wellness, Sage and AnnaBlanca, are some of the kindest, coolest, and most conscious people you’ll ever meet. And they make the best chocolate in the universe!

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PSA: I adore them and their creations so much that I’ve come on board as an independent sales rep and affiliate. Feel free to reach out to me if you want to carry Addictive Wellness in your health food store, gym, spa, boutique, yoga studio... and order your own stash of magic here.

In fact, while I’m writing this, I’m nibbling on lusciously creamy pieces of the Beauty chocolate. Tough job, I know, but someone’s gotta do it.

Sage and AnnaBlanca’s dedication to creating the purest, most delectable chocolate is what captured my attention initially. Could there finally be a chocolate that would solve the age-old dilemma of “I want to eat yummy chocolate but I also want to be healthy”? Yes, indeed 🙂

Addictive Wellness is my favorite chocolate because it satisfies my sweet tooth and nourishes my body. For instance, it’s raw and sugar-free (sweetened only with organic birch xylitol* and organic, non-bitter stevia), and chock-full of tonic herbs, medicinal mushrooms, and superfoods. Cacao’s called food of the gods for a reason, and it’s a supreme vehicle to drive the functional ingredients deeper into your system for better bio-availability.

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Sage & AnnaBlanca lovingly hand-pour the chocolates in a dedicated facility free of soy, wheat, gluten, and dairy in Los Angeles, CA. One can feel the passion and precision that’s gone into developing the recipes. Each one of the functions -- Beauty, Tranquility, Energy, Love, Focus, and She -- is tailored to enrich our wellbeing. Try ‘em, you’ll love ‘em. And whether your mom’s vegan or paleo or doesn’t care and just wants scrumptious chocolate, gift her the delight of Addictive Wellness.

After running a massively successful Kickstarter campaign last year, the awesome Angelenos have set a new standard for what chocolate can be: pure pleasure. I’m thrilled that Sage & AnnaBlanca have taken the time out of their productively busy schedules to share their hearts with us. I’m especially grateful for their reminder of how divinely powerful love is; get the scoop in the story below and know that the golden unicorn is with you.

*Please remember that xylitol and chocolate are toxic to dogs. I know you love furry angels as much as I do so please KEEP CHOCOLATE AWAY FROM DOGS.

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1) How do you define gratitude and what are you grateful for?

Sage: I think that there are two kinds of gratitude. The most common kind is the one in which someone makes a conscious decision to express gratitude for something and then casts around in his or her mind to pull together a few things he or she is grateful for.  This is fantastic, of course, but I think there’s another one that’s even better. It’s harder to achieve and maintain, but worth striving for.  This second version of gratitude is one that comes as a natural byproduct of complete and total presence and being in the moment.  When we can be present, we are not just grateful for certain aspects of our existence.  We can actually achieve a more unconditional state of gratitude in which we are grateful for everything right down to pure existence itself.  It’s far easier said than done, but I think this kind of gratitude is what I’d like to aim for.  So coming from this place, the complete answer to “What are you grateful for?” really feels like it transcends language, but can best be captured by the word “Being.”

AnnaBlanca: I am grateful for having a life full of gratitude. It means you're appreciating what you have and while you’re striving for more for you, for your loved ones and for the world, you still don’t lose sight of all your blessings. Sage started us on a tradition that each night we tell each other what we’re grateful for….  Some days this ritual is a serious reflection and other times it just becomes a full on belly-laugh. I encourage you to try it!  It is a conscious exercise that will be a beautiful filter for your daily life.

2) What is art to you?

Sage: I feel art is any way in which one is able to transpose his or her feelings, emotions, and perspective onto others.  I suppose the only exception to that description would be one who transmits feelings to others through direct conversation… I don’t think making someone angry through conversation counts as art.  But whether it’s painting, music, acting, or surfing, it’s a way of sharing a feeling with the observer.

AnnaBlanca: Anything that brings an expression of beauty into your life, alternatively something that makes you feel deeper or maybe even think thoughts that wouldn’t randomly appear in your mind just by living your everyday life. A medium that brings you and the creator of that art closer to an understanding of each other. Art has endless number of forms, expressions and I consider making our ART~isanal chocolate a form of art….

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3) When did you experience significant growth and how did it impact your perspective on life?

Sage: I’ve been on a pretty non-stop intense path of personal growth since I was 15 and first realized that my personal growth and development was something I could take an active role in.  When you take the driver’s seat in constantly evolving and creating a better version version of yourself, it just adds so much more juiciness to the experience of life!

It started for me when I was gifted Jack Canfield’s The Success Principles by my aunt and the whole concept totally blew my mind!  I had never even heard the words “self-help” or “personal development” before and this totally lit up my imagination just thinking of the possibilities for creating a more fulfilled life.  I read the book cover to cover multiple times and then when I got my driver’s license, I got the CDs and listened to them non-stop anytime I was driving.  It really gave me a deep understanding that if you’re clever, focused, and make a concentrated effort to put together the right tools and strategies, anything is possible!

AnnaBlanca: There were two years in my life when everything has fallen spectacularly apart.  And I mean everything that you can imagine.  Every time I tried to get up I was knocked down again.  Serious illnesses, deep family losses, heart breaks and many sudden changes in my circumstances that were unexplainable and seemingly insurmountable.  I retreated into myself and to my surprise I found strength even I didn’t know existed.  I needed to be in a place where things could not get any worse to be like the mythical phoenix and rise again.

Around the last months of this transitional period is when I met Sage.  He is the most wonderful partner that I could've dreamt of.  Those tough years in my life allowed me to become the person I always wanted to be although going through the pain I would’ve never imagined that it had an important purpose.

Now I see life’s challenges in a different way.  Sage and I actually have a saying when something bad happens:  “It’s ok, we have magic together and we’ll figure it out!"

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4) What other gems of joy and wisdom you like to share with us?

Sage: I think my best gems at the moment would just be a gentle reminder for people to share more love and warmth with each other.  And even though people may sometimes be challenging, do your best to treat them compassionately and remember that they are doing the best they know how to.  I’m still working on this one myself.

AnnaBlanca: Family is the most important support system.  Find time to unplug and meditate even if only for 10-15 min a day.  Don’t give up on finding your true partner in life. Fear of failure stopped more dreams on their tracks than any real obstacles. And don’t forget that real chocolate is a major food group!

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“What are you grateful for?” really feels like it transcends language, but can best be captured by the word “Being.”  

“It’s ok, we have magic together and we’ll figure it out!"  

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