Last week was one of those weeks that didn’t feel like anything would go right. And I kept finding more and more things to get upset about. I was drowning in frustration. And my attitude just made things worse. It’s amazing what a negative attitude can do. At one point, I was cry-yelling at home, by myself, to no one. I had finally hit my tipping point.

Now looking back on it, getting that upset about simple stuff was so incredibly pointless. It was a waste of energy and a waste of cortisol. But at the moment, it was such a big deal. I called a reputable company (zero res – seriously don’t ever use them) for carpet cleaning and couch cleaning and the creepiest guy came out. Maybe he was creepy because I listen to so many murder podcasts so everyone is up to no good in my head, but he was pretty creepy…and I was home alone. Anyways, he first cleaned our couch which took about 2 hours then quickly cleaned our rug. When I walked in the room, I noticed that the tarp he put down was covering part of the rug…turns out, he never moved that tarp so he forgot to clean the dirtiest part of our rug. How do you forget to clean the one thing that you’re cleaning?

My anger truly engulfed me. It was so unattractive but I couldn’t rid myself from it even with a good workout, a good meal, and working my ass off to get my work done before I left for Vegas.

Then Vegas came along. Thank the lawd for Vegas last weekend. I swear, if you are thinking about going to Vegas anytime soon, make it one night. There is really no reason to go more than one night. I worked out in the am back home in Colorado, flew out in the afternoon with two of my friends, went to dinner at my favorite Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam, went to the club until 4am, got 4 hours of sleep, breakfast, then flew back home. And luckily, my phone didn’t really work when I was there, so I got away from work completely. But it was only 20 hours so it wasn’t a huge deal. And I came home feeling refreshed and not angry anymore. Until I saw the rug again.

But why none of this story is entertaining today and why none of it really matters is because I lost a friend suddenly this week and really none of this crap matters. Not the dirty rug, not the money lost, not my stupid minuscule frustrations. None of it. In this post I planned on talking about making better choices on Halloween and making treats for yourself so you aren’t tempted by the sh*t fake food available, but I just can’t comprehend putting on some sort of lecture when all I really want people to do is not sweat the small stuff and to be aware that we never know what others are going through. So be kind to others. When someone cuts you off on the highway, remember that they may be going through something. When someone is rude to you on the phone, remember that you don’t know what their day has looked like. There are plenty of assh*les out there, but there are also plenty of people who are just going through something that we just don’t understand. So today, just try to be kind to others. Compliment someone you don’t know, smile at someone on the street, pay for someone’s coffee in line. Just do something nice for someone that may be able to turn their day around. We live in a tough world and you never know when a small act of kindness could go a long way. So enjoy a Halloween treat, enjoy the people around you, and enjoy the little moments.

PaleOMG Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

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  • Yield: 15 energy balls 1x




  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor (except for the chocolate chips) and pulse until completely combine.
  2. Then fold in chocolate chips until combine. Place in fridge to firm up for about 30 minutes.
  3. Use a cookie scoop to scoop mixture then press mixture firmly in the cookie scoop. Remove then form ball with hands. Repeat until all mixture is gone, about 14-15 energy balls.
  4. Store in fridge until serving.

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  1. Paige says:

    If I am going to make this recipe again, I need to invest in a better food processor. My food processor seized up- I think that my “batter” was too thick for it’s little motor. I added all my ingredients to a bowl one by one, folding them in as I went. Then, put the dates in the food processor to chop them up before adding them. It still turned out amazing, as do all your recipes.

    1. Paige says:

      “its” little motor- I hate bad grammar, how embarrassing.

    2. juli says:

      a good food processor definitely makes a huge difference!

  2. Nicki says:

    Hey Juli,

    Just subscribed to your podcast this week for my commute to school and you mentioned these… I immediately went to the store and bought ingredients and made them. SO effing delicious. Thanks for being so funny and getting me through my commute and making great recipes. Also, I am in love with your pup. He’s too dang cute!

  3. Ivy says:

    Hugs and light to you, dear.

  4. Sarah says:

    I’m allergic to coconut. Do you have a recommendation for a substitution for the 1c shredded coconut?

  5. Veronica says:

    Just saw you made these for your SIL in your stories so of course I had to make them myself. Perfect fall inspired treat. However I sped through and realized I forgot to put in the chocolate chips after I already formed all the balls lol. They were fantastic even without the chocolate. Thank you Juli.

    1. juli says:

      so glad you liked it!!