Today (November 15) is truly a blessed day -- not only has Gaia blessed this earth with another sunset, but it's Shailene Woodley's 23rd birthday! The "Divergent" and "Fault in our Stars" actress has officially conquered Hollywood with her free spirit and divine energy, so we thought we'd pay tribute by offering up our gratitude to 23 of our favorite Shailene quotes:
1. When she freed herself from the confines of hair.
"Oh my God, you guys."
"It’s fun to embody this sort of different energy for a while. I feel lighter, and I also feel strong."
“I always wanted to know what it would be like to kiss my brother.”
“Lately, I’ve been getting too much attention with the Met Gala and work going so well that I try to find rejection in my day. I’ll seek out someone on the street or at the farmers’ market and ask for something where I know they’ll say no. No one likes rejection, but it’s real. And I don’t want to lose that feeling.”
"Another thing I like to do is give my vagina a little vitamin D. I was reading an article written by an herbalist I studied about yeast infections and other genital issues. She said there’s nothing better than vitamin D. If you’re feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get. Or, if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine."
"I think everything about my lifestyle is fairly alternative. I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food. I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils. I could go on for hours. I make my own medicines; I don’t get those from doctors. I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants. It’s an entire lifestyle. It’s appealing to my soul."
“I can’t empathize with the process that a teenager mentally and emotionally goes through now like I could even last August, just simply from my own phases and my own personal life. It was a really neat, amazing moment, and also a totally terrifying moment of like, ‘Wow, I have to be held accountable for playing my own age for the first time.’”
"I think a really good one is, if you live by yourself, if it's yellow, let it mellow. I think that's the best advice you could give. Every toilet, every time you flush it you waste up to like four gallons of water depending on your toilet."
"There is an herb called mugwort that I've tried, which is supposed to help enhance dreams. You can burn a little before bed or sleep on a mugwort pillow. It's found in all parts of America, East Coast and West — anytime you see weeds growing through cracks in a parking lot, there's probably mugwort. You can harvest it yourself, dry it, bundle it, and burn it like sage. Specifically, mugwort is associated with lucid dreaming, which I've experienced a few times. I'm no expert, but when I've tried it, I've used a technique where you fall asleep while knocking on a wall. Something about that keeps your brain awake while your body goes to sleep, inducing that great moment when you realize, 'Wow, I'm conscious of the fact that I'm dreaming.'"
"I'm not a big technology person. I don't even have a smartphone. I don't even have a cellphone! And if I were to have one, it would be a flip-phone. . . . Since I got rid of my phone, having to pull over and be like, 'Hey, buddy — do you know how to get here?' I'm talking to people more than I've ever talked to in my life because I no longer have that crutch. The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have."
"The second I wake up, I scream very loudly, 'Good morning! Good morning!' And then I scream out,' Exciting day! Exciting day!' I feel like it completely sets the mood for the whole day."
"I just haven't met anyone where I was like, 'Wow, I could definitely see myself spending a season of my life with you.' I don't even know if humans are genetically made to be with one person forever."
"My whole life, I've been so self-conscious about being skinny. And just recently, I don't care anymore. All insecurities are projected because of what you think others are saying about you, but they don't really matter at all. My only real insecurities in high school were having such long legs and thick hair — things I'm so very grateful for now."
"'Twilight,' I'm sorry, is about a very unhealthy, toxic relationship. She falls in love with this guy, and the second he leaves her, her life is over, and she's going to kill herself! What message are we sending to young people? That is not going to help this world evolve."
"I love that it’s just so open, and it’s not a big deal. It’s so different than [in America].”
"I got rid of everything just so I could have one suitcase that would be easy to transport between houses and just kind of couch surf for a few months. But it's so refreshing and it takes so much stress away when you're like, 'Ugh, I only have one pair of jeans to wash.' It's so nice."
"Clay is one of the best things you can put in your body. One of my friends was making a clay toothpaste that you swallow instead of spit out. But I first heard about the benefits of eating clay from a taxi driver. He was African and was saying that, where he's from, the women eat clay when they're pregnant."
18. ... And oil outside of pasta and salad dressing.
"I love a natural way to heal. You can do something called 'oil pulling' where you swish coconut or sesame oil in your mouth when you wake up and spit it out. It's amazing! It really makes your teeth whiter, because the plaque on your teeth is not water soluble, it's fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth. I prefer sesame oil, but they're both good."
“You have only 30 seconds with a new person. I will give you a hug so you know I’m real, and then you’re real too.”
20. When she longed for the sexually liberated days of youth.
“There’s something so sacred about being a teenager and exploring your sexuality. I feel like you’re so much more open to things, and you just want to have fun. You have this freedom and this liberation that you kind of lose as you age.”
"I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are."
"I find myself living in two worlds sometimes—being this person who can walk a red carpet in a huge, fancy-ass ball gown, high heels and mountains of makeup, but also being the girl at a hippie festival in the middle of the forest with war paint on my face, dancing around with hair armpits. I exist so well in both, and I used to feel like I had to choose one or the other,"
"My religion is the Earth, man. I believe in trees."
Happy birthday, Shailene!