Spring Favorites

Just popping in to share some of my recent favorites with you guys!

I know it’s been a hot minute since I shared a monthly favorites post, but I’m doing things a lil differently today and doing it in a video instead😊

I’ve been having so much fun shooting and editing videos, plus you can hear me describe the items a bit better this way, too. Let me know in the comments if you’ve been loving anything lately, and if you have any videos you’d like me to shoot!

xo Jordan

What’s in My Purse: Summer Edition!

It’s humpday y’all and I’m comin’ atcha with something a little different today!

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Summer Edition

I’ve been wanting to weave in more lifestyle content in general on here (I hope that’s okay with you!) and I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what’s in my bag on a daily basis. I feel like the items people carry around with them everywhere say quite a bit about who they are and what’s important to them, while also shedding a bit of light into their day to day!

So here’s what I’ve been keeping on hand at all times this summer…

Planner + Pencil – When I tell you that I write everything down in my planner, I mean I write everythingggggg. Everything! From my meals to my work tasks to plans with friends to blogging calendars, my planner keeps me sane. People ask me how I juggle so many different things and this is the answer! As for the pencil, things for me tend to change on the daily so being able to erase when I need to is so important! I also just love writing with pencil better, there’s something about it that I find soothing because I’m a weird who hates pens😂

Reusable Water Bottle – You guys I am a water FIEND. But! Only when I have it on hand. I absolutely hate buying plastic water bottles (except for when I’m traveling) but I’m also thirsty, so I make sure before I leave the house that I have my water bottle. Between sitting in traffic here in LA and sitting at my desk, I actually find myself drinking a ton of water just out of boredom. No matter the reason though, I know it’s important to stay hydrated for soooo many reasons (better digestion, metabolism, clear skin, etc.) and knowing that I have water on hand at all times just makes doing so a lot easier!

Snacks – If you know me at all, you know I neverrrrr go anywhere without extra food. I’m one of those people that needs to know where/when there next meal is, so I like to carry around a bar or whole fruit or something so that I always have a healthy option no matter what. I just know myself and if I don’t have a snack with actual protein/fiber/etc., I’ll get hangry REAL quick. It’s also so much easier (and cheaper and healthier!) to have a stash in my purse rather than having to run out to a store to pick up something!

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Dandy Bee Company Organic Lip Balm

Dandy Bee Company Chapstick – So fun fact and possibly TMI about me, my lips are ALWAYS chapped. I know, it’s not cute, but it’s real. I recently tried the chapstick from Dandy Bee Company and have legitimately fallen in love with how this stuff feels on my lips. I also love that this company was founded by a mom who wanted to limit the amount of toxins around her children (we LOVE a woman-run business🙌) and uses only organic ingredients. I’m looking at the label right now you guys and I can pronounce every single thing on here (like avocado butter, stevia extract and shea butter).

In an effort to move towards more clean-beauty, I feel really good about carrying this in my bag! I’m actually doing a *giveaway* with them on Instagram today, so be sure to head to my post to enter! They were also generous enough to give me a coupon code for you guys so if you use ’10dancingbee’ to checkout at Amazon or through this link, you’ll get 10% off through July 24th!!!

Sunglasses – Can I tell you something outrageous? I used to like, not wear sunglasses. I thought they were annoying (which I sometimes still do) because I have a small head and they all slide down my nose when I’m sweaty. While this totally still happens, I’m like HOW the heck did I not wear sunglasses? Driving here in LA where it’s sunny 95% of the time, it is a must. Not to mention I’m overly concerned about wrinkles these days and scrunching up my face/squinting ain’t a good look.

Headphones – I talk about my daily “podcast walks” on both the blog and my Instagram quite a bit, and having headphones an absolute essential part of this obviously! I’ve forgotten my headphones on at least two occasions and I can tell you my walk was a loooot shorter. If you’d like to check out my favorite podcasts (I’m obsessed with them), head to this post.

Now I wanna know what’s in YOUR purse!! Tell me in the comments one thing you can’t live without having on hand👇

xo Jordan

 

My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Peace out 2017, hellooooooo 2018😍

Dancing for Donuts | My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Happy New Year, my sweet friends!! I’m a couple of days late, but getting back into the swing of things after break hasn’t been easy, as I’m sure you all know! I so badly wish I could be transported back to a week ago when I was still on vacation with my family on the east coast, but you know what? It’s okay because I’m actually looking forward to getting my sh*t together this month. I’ve just signed up for ClassPass and am super excited to start a new fitness plan, have started to work on some really exciting business opportunities, and will be finishing up decorating our apartment. Lots of good stuff in the works!!

As you probably all could’ve guessed, I’m not really one of those people that waits until January 1st to make resolutions. I tend to make them all year round, writing out my goals and plans monthly, weekly and even daily most of the time, so when I thought about how I wanted to approach 2018, I felt like writing down a list of new year’s resolutions wasn’t going to work for me. Instead, I thought I’d choose a focus word or two, something easy to remember, and truly aligned with my goals for this year. So, without further ado, here they are!😊

Dancing for Donuts | My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Love

It took me a long time to decide if this one was too cheesy or not, but the more I thought about it, the more I knew that it was the perfect fit for this year. First of all, I want to make sure that I’m showing my love for those around me on a regular basis. I live across the country from my family and many of my friends, and don’t even get to see the ones in my city nearly enough either. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned, a little distance can’t come between a strong friendship and nothing is more important than that.

I know a little goes a long way – a letter, phone call, or even text will do if that’s all I can manage. I want to take this year to strengthen the relationships I have, and also take time to cultivate new ones. At the end of the day, it’s who you surround yourself with, and I think it’s so important to express love and gratitude for those people I’m lucky enough to have in my life. I want to lift them up, motivate them, encourage them, and make sure I’m there when they need me.

I also want to take this year to love myself. I’m not necessarily a self-conscious person, but I’m certainly not the most confident, either. Hearing “no” a gazillion times in your professional life can really take a toll on ya😅 (helloooo entertainment industry, I’m lookin’ at you). But seriously, in this era of social media, it’s pretty much the easiest thing in the world to find someone else who looks like they live a way better, more perfect life than you. So how can we not feel inadequate sometimes?

I know that these comparison traps exist, but I want to let them go in 2018. Like BAI, see ya never because if looking at it and thinking about it doesn’t bring me joy or inspire me, I want it GONE. I want to let go of self-doubt, lack of self-esteem, and the things that don’t serve me. I want to take the time to treat myself, even if it’s to something as silly as that iced latté I’ve been craving for a week, or a haircut that’ll make me feel like a million bucks. It’s not about money, but really just taking the time to do what makes me happy because that is the start of self-love. Of living a life I’m proud of, and being the best I can be so I can help others do the same.

Dancing for Donuts | My Focus Word(s) for 2018

Dream

Yep, another cheesy one (because what can I say, I love all things Pinterest and inspirational quotes). I literally could not decide between this word and the one above because this one is so freakin’ important to me, too. I’ve said this before, but about 8 years ago, I decided to move across the country to a place where I knew no one and had no job, no nothing, because what I did have was the dream of becoming a professional dancer. I had this crazy drive in me to just say f*ck it, and drop everything (in a well-thought out, very calculated manner of course😂) because I wanted to make it happen. And guess what? I did.

In the last couple of years, I’ve found myself doing so many wonderful things like meeting new people and traveling and starting a new career, which is great, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like I haven’t been doing much daydreaming lately. Does that make sense? Like I’ve been super focused on getting through the day to day and just being a girl with a life and resumé I’m proud of and honestly just watching a crap ton of YouTube videos when I have down time because I LOVE them. But I miss the dreaming part of life. The part where you have these insane ideas and imagine yourself just GOING FOR IT.

I’ve been asking myself lately, if I could do anything right now, like absolutely anything, what would it be? Would I go to Bali? Would I write a book? Would I go for a walk in my neighborhood and find a new restaurant? Who knows! But the possibilities are kind of endless. And I don’t have to stop my life or do something drastic to think this way, I just need to be present and find what fills my cup.

If I had to describe myself in one word, I’d probably say that I’m a hustler. I kid you not, I could be working a job that pays me a six figure salary and I’m 99% sure that I will still say yes to babysitting on a Saturday night because why not? I figure I get to hang out with some super cute kiddos and then get a boat load of work done once they’re asleep. I have a looooot I want to accomplish this year, and sitting on my tucas isn’t going to get me there. I want to take this year to focus on what I really want out of this life, and then go grab it by the ball$. I want to have crazy daydreams and then make them reality.

Dancing for Donuts | Focus Word(s) for 2018

So yeah. Those are my focus words and I’m SO excited to wake up every morning and choose to love, to dream. I hope I keep doing those things well after 2018, but hey, it’s a start😊

But enough about me – what about you?! Did you make any resolutions this year or choose a focus word? I’d love to hear because chances are, I’ll be adding more to my list as time goes on!

xo Jordan

all photos taken by Carrie Rogers

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What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [+ My Teeth Whitening Experience!]

I know, I know, the title of this post may be throwing you off a bit, but I promise it’ll make sense soon 🙂
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
I think about 99% of the time, people immediately think food and fitness when they think about what the word “healthy” means, myself included. In the past year though, I’ve started to realize that health is also about the way you treat yourself and the words you say. It may be a little out there, but I honestly think there may even be a connection between being kind (again, to yourself but also to others) and your actual “health.” Does that make any sense? Like, let’s say every morning we looked in the mirror and thought “I hate my hair and my face is breaking out, I’m fat and this shirt looks terrible on me,” I don’t think we’d be setting ourselves up to be healthy (or happy) at all. We’d probably spend our day self-loathing, may choose to do something we don’t love because we’re too insecure to stand up for ourselves (been there!), potentially be rude to someone else because we’re in a bad mood, and maybe even force ourselves to go to the gym (because we hate the way our bodies look) or the opposite, shovel in a bunch of greasy food because we’re emotionally eating.
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
Now let’s flip that around – say we started the day instead by looking in the same mirror, but this time we think, “I love my smile and my hair looks awesome today. This outfit is everything and today is going to kick a$$.” To me, that sounds like the PERFECT way to start a day and one that’s most likely to be filled with what makes us happy, that unfolds with us being good to ourselves and our bodies. Sure, we may go to the gym, but to celebrate our health this time. Maybe we’d even treat ourselves to our favorite foods because hell, but because we know we deserve them…is it starting to make sense now?
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do with Living a Healthy Life [ + My Teeth Whitening Experience!]
I used to work in entertainment, as an entertainer, so my self-confidence wasn’t exactly at an all-time high with people telling me NO six times a day for one reason or another (too tall, too curvy, not pretty enough, etc.). Now that I’m not in that world, I’m actually starting to love myself again, which feels pretty damn great. And let me tell you, I treat my body (and my heart/mind) with more kindness, too. One of the things that constantly bothered me back in those days was how yellow my teeth were because, let’s face it, homegirl generally needs two cups of coffee a day. I seriously used to hate smiling with my teeth, which I needed to do alllll the time for headshots and auditions. Even after I stopped doing those things, I was so used to be self-conscious about my smile that I kind of just continued to feel weird about it in the back of my mind.
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
An easy fix for this was teeth whitening obviously, but we all know this blog is for #BabesOnABudget, aka this coffee-obsessed millenial has neither the funds nor the loose purse strings to splurge for a teeth cleaning in a dentist’s office! The good news? I was recently able to whiten my teeth, at home, for waaaaaaay less thanks to Smile Brilliant. Their at-home teeth whitening kits could not be easier – you create the mold yourself (which is, by the way, dummy proof), send it back, receive your custom trays, and do your thing with their super easy applicators. For the last couple of months, I’ve been whitening my teeth before bed while watching This Is Us and browsing Pinterest, often with a face mask on…And now? I can drink (and eat) what I want without feeling like I need to hide my smile. So believe me when I tell you that this process could not be easier, and it WORKS. So much so that I’ve actually started drinking my coffee with a Koffie Straw to keep them white because I’ve been feeling so much better about smiling when meeting new people or taking photos. Good thing Smile Brilliant gives you plenty of whitening and de-sensitizing gel so that you can do routine touch-ups whenever you feel necessary!
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
One more thing I want to note is how incredible their customer service is. First of all, the entire process from the moment you receive your package, to creating your molds and then getting your custom trays is super speedy, and you’re updated every step of the way. Second of all, if you have any questions, or are experiencing sensitivity (enter their amazing de-sensitizing gel!), they are more than happy to help guide you. I always appreciate a company that legitimately cares about its customers! So, if you’d like to start feeling more confident, aka starting your day off with that second scenario where you smile in the mirror thinking “DAMN I look good,” I highly recommend a kit from Smile Brilliant. Do something for yourself, take care of your body, your heart, your mind, whatever it is you may need to live your healthy and happy life.
Dancing for Donuts | What Confidence Has to Do With Living a Healthy Life [And My Teeth-Whitening Experience}
If you’d like, you can enter to win your very own Smile Brilliant teeth whitening kit here,​ ​since they’ve been kind enough to offer a kit to one of my readers! I know we all love coupons too though, so you can get 10% off your kit with code dancingfordonuts10 🙂
Now I wanna know: have you overcome any insecurities from your past? How did you shift your mindset?
xo Jordan


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