Clay, Chanting and Conversation: The Shailene Woodley Guide to Life
Rather than lazily rolling out of bed in the morning, Shailene Woodley starts her day with a few rounds of "Good Morning" (screamed, not sung). To further pump yourself up, finish your chants off with "Exciting day! Exciting day!" She attributes this high-energy routine to setting a positive mood for the whole day.
SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF
Even in a fame-filled world, Woodley never forgets about the little things in life, her Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars costar Ansel Elgort told Nylon. "Shailene appreciates the simplest things: farmers' markets, hikes, hanging out with friends," he said. "I don't think that's ever going to change."
DON'T LET YOURSELF BE DEFINED
When Woodley told TIME she didn't consider herself to be a feminist, she was the subject of some serious Internet backlash. But she stands by her statement: "The reason why I don't like to say that I am a feminist or I am not a feminist is because to me it's still a label," she told Nylon. "I do not want to be defined by one thing."
Woodley told Elle that she was born to "a family of warriors," and she takes that strength to heart: She lives by her grandmother's decree that "the most important thing in life is self-love. You've got to take care of yourself, and you gotta live from your deep heart." Words to live by, regardless of your lifestyle.
TRY NEW THINGS
When it comes to culinary choices, Woodley never says never. She once told New York magazine that she likes the taste of dirt, and later dished to Nylon that she thinks ants, june bugs and pigs' feet taste "great." she explained.
MAKE IT COUNT
The Insurgent star doesn't waste time with small talk: Instead, she uses every conversation as a chance to connect. "We've got a set amount of time in our lives, you know," she told The Hollywood Reporter. "You might as well make every conversation count."
If you want to live like Woodley, your beauty routine needs to get down to earth – literally. She counts clay among her favorite beauty products (and uses it as a substitute for toothpaste), and makes her own body lotions and facial oils. By the same token, consider making daily grooming habits monthly ones instead: The Fault in Our Stars actress says she only washes her hair once a month ("The oilier, the better," she told Into the Gloss).
SEEK OUT REJECTION
No one could accuse Woodley of not keeping it real. So much so, that she relies on regular doses of rejection to combat the attention her blossoming career has brought her. "I'll seek out someone on the street or at the farmers market and ask for something where I know they'll say no," she told New York. "No one likes rejection, but it's real. And I don't want to lose that feeling.”
GET TO WORK
If you don't want to emulate Woodley's career as an actress but are still eager to capture her carefree lifestyle, she'd suggest a food-related occupation. But not just any culinary pursuit: One that heals. In another life, she told Into the Gloss she'd "open a place like Moon Juice and have an elixir bar where people could come in and say, 'My tooth aches,' or, 'I have a sinus infection,' and I would be able to help them."
UNPLUG (FOR GOOD)
To live like Woodley, try your best to shake your smartphone addiction. Or better yet, your technology dependency altogether. As she said to the The Daily Beast, "The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have." Not only does she not have a smartphone, she doesn't have any phone. However, the actress isn't completely disconnected: She told Jimmy Kimmel she does have a computer.
PREPARE TO PURGE
Perhaps the most important part of "Being Shailene Woodley" comes from her nun-like abandonment of worldly possessions. While she's not completely item-less, she told Kimmel that she can pack her entire life into a carry-on suitcase. Quite a feat, considering most of us can barely pack a carry-on for a weekend away.