A Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

This post is sponsored by Palm Springs but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

My boyfriend and I have this tradition where before either one of us starts a new job, we go someplace to celebrate for a little getaway first. Our first trip was to Joshua Tree about two years ago, then there was Palm Springs last year for the weekend, Laguna Beach, and this year, even though we didn’t have time to do a big trip, we knew we wanted to do something different, something FUN. Turns out, Palm Springs is close enough to LA for a pretty solid day trip🌴

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

It’s only a couple hours each way (less if you don’t hit traffic, but good luck with that😉), and if you listen to a podcast/bring some snacks + coffee for the road, you’re good to go!

The day before we left, I did some quick research on where to go and used VisitPalmSprings.com as my main point of reference. Even though there are tons of places I know I already love there, I wanted to take this trip to find some hidden gems and cool local businesses. Turns out, there are LOTS of those in Palm Springs. It’s seriously the coolest and so, so beautiful. Here’s how our spontaneous little getaway went down…

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

The Broken Yolk Café

Our first stop on the trip, The Broken Yolk Café is literally all the things I want in a morning: a diner-esque ambiance, incredible service, huge portions of delicious food, and free refills on coffee. We splurged BIG time and got eggs benedict, a skillet with chorizo, and buttermilk pancakes. The skillet and pancakes were standouts, for sure.🙌

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Moorten Botanical Garden

This was probably my favorite part of the entire day, just because it was something so different! They give you a map at the beginning so you know what you’re looking at, which I love, and there’s so much to see both outdoors and indoors. The indoor cactarium is especially stunning because there SO many different types of plants. I recommend walking around it super slowly to really notice all it has to offer!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Next up – shopping!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Just Fabulous

After breakfast, I wanted to walk around and visit some of the cute shops in the area. If you’ve never been, Palm Springs has a pretty vibrant downtown area with all kinds of little boutiques and even some bigger stores, now that it’s becoming more developed! I knew I wanted to go to Just Fabulous – they have the CUTEST stuff. They were actually decorated for Christmas too, so they had a bazillion pretty & colorful ornaments! There were donuts, cereal bowls, popsicles, all kinds of things, but since we don’t actually have a tree here, I couldn’t justify the purchase😅

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Thick As Thieves

Another adorable shop, Thick as Thieves is really my style. It’s just…COOL. It’s one street over from the main one and the vibe is like…bohemian hipster, if that makes sense. I honestly wanted everything. They had some ceramics, local crafts, cute clothes, hats, crystals, jewelry, the works! I’ll 100% be back – it’s a great place for gifts, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Kreem

This adorable ice cream shop was the last place we hit in Palm Springs before heading home for the day. The inside is beautiful, but they have the coolest flavors! I tried the vegan coconut and peppermint latté, but ended up going with the latter. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I am obsessed with peppermint lattés, so I had to do it! Alex had the raspberry cheesecake I think – that one was incredible, too!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Other Places in Palm Springs I Love:

Ice Cream and Shoppe – A ridiculously Instagram-worthy ice cream shop attached to a cute boutique hotel. I remember their birthday cake ice cream being one of the best things on the planet.

Koffi– Alex and I went here for coffee and breakfast one morning last time we were there! The vibes are awesome, the breakfast sandwiches are tasty and reasonably priced, and the coffee was delish!

El Jefe at The Saguaro– We came here for late afternoon drinks before dinner once and the margaritas were fantastic!! I loved checking out the hotel afterwards, although I probably wouldn’t stay there during a busy time…lots of partying😅

Cabazon Outlets – So we actually DID hit the outlets on the way home this time, I just didn’t take any photos of our shopping! Alex needed a new wallet and even though I held back (go me for having willpower for once💪🏼), the sales were fantastic. They have a ton of good stores and it’s a good place to stop on the way home!

Dancing for Donuts | Spontaneous Day Trip to Palm Springs!

Talk about a jam packed day, huh?! It was SO much fun, I honestly didn’t want to leave and am already trying to plan our next trip back. If you’re in the LA area, or even if you’re not, I highly recommend checking out Palm Springs for a relaxing and fun little trip with your family, partner, or even solo! You can also head to VisitPalmSprings.com if you need any more inspo on what to do, see, eat, or even where to stay😊

xo Jordan

 

DFD Gift Guide: For the Wellness Babe

The DFD Gift Guide is BACK!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Gift Guide for Wellness Babes

I wanted to put together a list of some hot ticket items this holiday season in case you’re in need of something for you bff, mom, self (😉), whoever, and I’ll be honest – most of them are things I would want for myself!!

1. Banana Leaf Print Yoga Mat – How CUTE is this?! I think any wellness babe could use a cute yoga mat, don’t ya think?

2. Herbivore Brighten Face Mask– Who doesn’t love a face mask?! It’s a straight up form of self care and Herbivore is a really incredible green beauty brand. Pair this with the toner for an at-home spa day gift!

3. Faux Fur Hooded Jacket – Obsessed with anythingggg fuzzy and cozy this season. I seriously need LA to get the memo about fall/winter…

4. Coconut Rose Toner – I’ve been dying to try this stuff, but I hear amazing things!! A toner is always a nice gift because anyone can use it but it feels luxurious!

5. High Waisted Midi Legging – If you’ve been here before, you know I SWEAR by Beyond Yoga. Like I rarely buy anything else. They’re just so soft!!

6. Adidas Swift Run Sneaker – Cute and so super functional. With athleisure becoming more and more of a thing, you gotta make sure the footwear rounds out the outfit!!!

7. Healthy Human Insulated Water Bottle – I just got my first Healthy Human tumbler and water bottle and I tooootally see what the hype is about! These keep water (or anything!) at the same temperature for hours. I swear, I had ice in my tumbler and it was still there 3 hours later. Use code DANCING10 to get 10% off on Amazon!

8. Peach Booty Bands – Booty Bands are SUCH a game changer. They’re light and easy to travel with, plus you can do a million different exercises with them!

9. Velvet Scrunchies – Another thing you KNOW I’m obsessed with. I own about 10 of these and I’m already eyeing more…I feel naked without one on my wrist at this point.

10. Moodbeli Mushroom Adaptogen – I’ve been drinking Moodbeli for a couple years now and I absolutely LOVE their elixirs. Any wellness babe will be into adaptogens (aka mushrooms used in eastern medicine for normalizing the body!) and I find their blends to be absolutely delicious and use in hot cocoa or other drinks! Get 20% off when you order through this link!

11. Ancient Nutrition Multi Collagen Protein Powder – I have a serving of collagen every single day and I honestly think it’s made a huge difference in my nails/hair/skin. This brand is my FAVORITE, plus it mixes super well into coffee, tea, smoothies, yogurt, anything!

Have you guys started holiday shopping yet?! I haven’t, but I do have a list ready for Black Friday 🙂

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of yummy food!!

xo Jordan

Donut Workshop Recap (& My First Time Hosting An Event!)

Hi guys!! Guess what?!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

I hosted my first event this past weekend!! Oh man, it was so chaotic but SO much fun.

One of my goals for this year was to host an event and I kind of just assumed that it wouldn’t happen until I met my friend Charlotte at a wellness event early on in the summer. As someone who has thrown events in the past and truly enjoys doing it, Charlotte asked me if I would co-host a donut baking workshop with her and of COURSE I had to say yes!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

So for the past month of so, we’ve been working together to plan a sort of baking class with sponsors, swag bags, cute decor, and other fun things. I think all in all about 17 people showed up to bake with us and though it was a little crowded, everyone successfully baked a batch of their own donuts!! It was so fun to see their creations😍

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

We started out by making announcements on both of our Instagram pages and the event quickly filled up! It’s actually pretty awesome to be able to bring people together that are literally just from the internet. It makes me want to have a bazillion events just so that I can finally meet & hang with all my insta-friends!! Maybe someday🙏🏼

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Anyway, from there, Charlotte put together a spreadsheet (because she’s THE most organized person ever) and we started to keep tabs on who was attending, if they had any food allergies, and what kind of donut pan they wanted! For $15, we provided a donut pan, a mini spatula (courtesy of one of our sponsors, GIR!), all the ingredients to bake and frost a batch of donuts, a little swag bag, and some light bites/drinks! We had some mimosas and asked people to bring their own mugs for coffee – I really loved that idea!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

The event went for about 2 and a half hours and even though it ended with me shattering my phone screen trying to take a photo, it was SUCH a blast. I seriously want to hold these events all over the country, how cool would that be?! Maybe that’s the goal for next year😊

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Before I go, I just want to say a quick thank you to my beautiful co-host Charlotte, my friend Taylor for coming, helping us set up/clean up, and taking most of these gorgeous photos, and our sponsors including Varieteas, Sun & Swell, Goldsheep Clothing, Bob’s Red Mill, GIR, and Lily’s Sweets!!

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Workshop (My First Time Hosting An Event!!)

Thanks so much for stopping by & be back soon!!

xo Jordan

Colorado Recap + Vlog!

Hi friends! It’s been a minute, huh?

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

I’ve been back from Colorado since late last week, but getting back into the swing of things took it out of me and to be honest, I had a small case of the post-vaca blues. It happens to me every time! I think I just had such an amazing time with my parents that coming back to LA and work felt so anticlimactic…but in any case, I made a short vlog about my trip so y’all can see it! I also just really like the thought of documenting moments with video for myself so that I can look back on them in a few months or years. It’s nice to see things in action, so you can find that at the bottom of this post!

As you’ll learn in the video, I’ve been going to Colorado for my family’s annual ski trip since I was about five years old. I grew up learning to ski in Keystone and then started snowboarding in 7th grade since my brother was doing it and that meant it was the coolest thing ever. Turns out, I still think it is😏 We now stay in Breckenridge because the town is so stinkin’ cute and the food is unbeatable. I also love the mountain (Peak 7 is where it’s at, in my opinion!), but we usually venture to Beaver Creek or Vail once during our vacation, as well.

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

This time around, we actually spent one day in Boulder walking around, shopping, and grabbing some bites (it’s my FAVORITE town in Colorado. I hope to live there someday!) and then went up to the mountains on the second day. Though my trip only lasted 5 days, I wanted to share some of my foodie recommendations for Boulder and Breck, in case you find yourself there someday! I really hope you do because they are two really incredible places with so much to do. And as I mentioned earlier, you can catch my vlog at the end of this post if you’re more of a video person! It’s only 3 and a half minutes long, so I promise it won’t take up too much of your time😉

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

Boulder: 

Brasserie Ten Ten – Hands down my favorite restaurant in Boulder. When my mom lived there we’d go here allllll the time. They have such a variety of delicious food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and the price points are fantastic!

Jax – Best. Seafood. Eva. Seriously though, this place has a meaaaaan happy hour with incredible oysters, calamari, and drinks! They have incredible service, too – it was my dad’s bday and they brought over desserts without us asking. So sweet!!

The Buff – Another old favorite, the Buff has an insaaaaane breakfast. I’ve gotten the omelettes and skillets before, but literally everything on the menu looks B.O.M.B.

Dancing for Donuts | Colorado Recap + Vlog!

Breckenridge:

Clint’s Bakery – Our favorite place in town for coffee and breakfast on-the-go! Their pastries look absurd, but we usually go for the bagel or wrap breakfast sandwiches before heading out to another mountain for the day!

Hearthstone – This one’s on the fancier side with reservations defffinitely recommended. We’ve been coming here as long as I can remember and it never disappoints!

Twist – *Pictured above! To say this place has the greatest happy hour on earth is not an exaggeration. Their food is so unique and the menu is always changing with new innovations and flavors. Our favorites this time were the philly cheese steak egg rolls and smoked ham mac n’cheese. Come hungry!

The Canteen – We finally tried this place this year (after hearing good things from locals!) and you GUYS. You have to go here. They smoke their own meat and UGH is it good. We had the wings to start and I’m still dreaming about them a week later. My dad got the brisket and that was awesome, too. Highly recommend!

Giampietro Pasta & Pizzeria – Three words: white clam pizza. They only have it on Mondays, so be sure to plan your entire week around it, but if that’s not your jam/you’re not there on a Monday, allllll of their food is amazing. Authentic, hearty, delicious Italian food!

Columbine Café – Our favorite sit-down breakfast place in town! Be sure to get there early or you might have to wait (but it’s worth it) and don’t skip the biscuits – they’re a must!

Breckenridge Tap House – So this place actually used to be called Oscar’s up until this year and we thought it closed, but it just changed names! They have awesome tacos and sides, plus the margaritas are good😉

Thanks for reading/watching!! Let me know in the comments if you ski/snowboard or have been to Breck – we can bond over our love of winter sports and beautiful Colorado!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Another week, another roundup of my favorite links😏

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends! I’m so happy the weekend is here – I have my good friend Kelsey from The Mindful Chef here and we have lots of fun things planned! I’m looking forward to some super fun workout classes, good eats and hopefully some relaxing, too. Maybe I’ll make another vlog…I did get a microphone this week so I promise the sound will be muuuuch better moving forward😊

As per usj, here are some of my favorite links from around the web this week:

14 Recipes to Help You Reset After You Overdo It – Because who doesn’t need more healthy eating inspo these days? I always get stuck in a rut, but some of these stews sound so perfect for chilly nights!

5 Simple Shifts to Bring More Positivity to Your Life – Cannot even deal with how spot on these are. It’s all about mindset and I’m making a conscious effort to shift my this year!

10 Caffeine-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy Now – Literally falling asleep at my desk as I read this…might be time to get off my butt and break a sweat😅

The Seemingly Counterintuitive Thing That Helps Me Stay on Budget – These tips are AWESOME. I’m all about #1 honestly, it makes a huuuuge difference.

Healthy Lunch Recipes to Take to Work – I always say the #1 way to save money is to stop buying lunch out during the workday! Jeanine’s recipes are always so beautiful, I’m eyeing those quinoa taco bowls and hummus wraps!!

Go-To Formula for Anything-But-Boring Salads – A must! Salad doesn’t have to be plain and lame – I love that this one mixes textures!

I hope y’all have a FAB weekend!! Catch ya on the flipside😊

xo Jordan

 

 

Friday Finds

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Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds

MAN this week was a long one! I’m super looking forward to having some me-time this weekend…anyone else?! I’ve been seeing people taking baths with those gorgeous and colorful Lush bath bombs a lot lately, which may be good motivation to clean my tub and then hop in there! I’ve never tried using one, but they seem glorious.

I don’t know why, but this week not only felt long, but kind of hard to get through, and not even because work has been overly stressful or anything. I think after the holidays I have a bit of a slump, just because the excitement of Christmas is obviously gone and there’s not much on the horizon. I kid you not, I literally looked up last-minute tickets for a Hawaii getaway at the end of the month randomly during my lunch on Tuesday…who knows if I’ll actually pull the trigger but it sounded SO lovely in the moment!

Anyway, back to the usj! Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

How to Get Healthy on a Budget – Allllll about these tips. And that discount activewear business is REAL. I was just talking to my mom about this yesterday but there is NO need to spend $100 on great workout pants anymore. Save your money for something else!

The Best Search Engines for Finding Cheap Flights – For anyone else feeling that travel bug hard this month!!!

Pistachio Coconut Oatmeal – I’ve been having so many smoothies that leave me utterly freezing after I down them, so I’m thinking of adding warm oats to the rotation! These flavors sound incredible, which is no surprise since literally everything Jessica makes is unreal!

Permission to Do Less – Why do we always measure our worthiness based on our productivity?

6 Effective Workouts You Can Do in 30 Minutes or Less – ‘Cause honestly who has the time to put in an hour or more at the gym these days?!

10 Kitchen + Pantry Essentials for a Healthy New Year – This one’s another one of mine for ToBox, but I truly wanted to put it on here, too! These are some things I’m stocking up on this month to get my health & fitness routine back on track.

What about you guys? Have you found any new favorite blogs lately? Are you heading out for some mid-winter travels soon? Tell me where and make me jealous😉

xo Jordan

A Week’s Worth of Workouts

Hi Lovers!

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

How’s everyone’s week going? Does it feel like it should be Friday to anyone else? I think I got used to short weeks over the holidays that it just feels like we should continue to have those😂 I’ve actually been using my workouts as something to look forward to throughout the week since I just signed up for ClassPass (yaaaasssss!!!!) and have been trying some new studios. I’m ordinarily someone who is way too timid to try classes alone, but I’ve tried 2 new ones in the past week and I’m honestly really proud of myself. I’m hoping to try at least one more this weekend. If you’re in the LA area, please let me know which classes you love and maybe we can take one together!!

I also intersperse my classes with home workouts since we are so lucky to have a fitness room in our new apartment building. It’s not huge, but it has a treadmill, elliptical and a bunch of weights, pluuuuus there’s cable so I get to watch HGTV…THE. BEST. That alone is worth working out!! And I got a few pieces of new workout equipment for Christmas (booty bands and ab sliders!) so I’ve been using those, too. Y’all know I loooove my workout videos on YouTube, so I’ve just been trying some new stuff. Let me know if you want links and I’ll get those up really soon!

Here’s what the past week looked like for me in terms of workouts – I’m getting back into a groove and it feels pretty good, but I definitely haven’t pushed myself too hard. I used to work out 6-7 days when I was a dancer, but I’m pretty happy with 5 days of real workouts and walks other days! You’ll see what I mean😊

Dancing for Donuts | A Week's Worth of Workouts

Wednesday: 40 minute walk at lunch, PopFit Dance Cardio Class at Shine Studio (50 minutes)

If you guys are in the South Bay area, I highly recommend Shine! They have such an awesome variety of classes at a really great price point and I’m obsessed with the teachers. Come take class with me – you can actually get 10% off a class pack with the code DANCINGFORDONUTS10😊

Thursday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 10 minutes glute activation with resistance bands, 30 minutes elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5)

I recently got resistance bands and have been trying to use them a little before every workout! I’ll do a post soon on some awesome exercises to do with them because they’re SO handy, inexpensive, and easy to pack for travel!

Friday: 30 minute walk at lunch, 1 hour Cardio DanceHall at LA Dance Fit

I fell in LOVE with this class. I honestly probably wouldn’t recommend it to anyone without dance training, just because you might feel uncomfortable, but it was soooo much fun. They kept the room really dark and the teacher was insanely talented. It was like hip hop/twerking/club dancing and the hour flew by so fast!

Saturday: 2 hour walk in Santa Monica

This is my faaaavorite kind of friend date because you get to spend time with someone you love while being active. I went shopping for a little with gift cards from Christmas and then went to try a new-to-me donut place…I know, the donut kind of cancels out the workout but hey, life’s short😉

Sunday: 1 hour Bar Method class

This was my first time taking a barre class at this studio and I could not have been more pleased. Honestly that was what, 3 days ago? And I’m STILL sore, I kid you not. The teachers were super attentive and helpful, unlike some other barre classes I’ve tried, and I felt like even though I wasn’t sweating like crazy, I got an incredible workout. I used to be a cardio bunny, but I think I’m moving more towards workouts like these!

Monday: 20 minute walk at lunch, 40 minute walk on the treadmill at highest incline (15) and 3.5 speed, 5-minute ab workout

I probably could’ve given a little more effort on this day, but I honestly just didn’t feel up to it. I was super sore from class on Monday and I had to get some work done, so I opted for something easy. I listened to my audiobook while walking on the treadmill, and that felt pretty good to me!

Tuesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical/gazelle thing-y (resistance at 5), 40 standing lunges (each side), 40 rock-the-boats (each side), 40 sumo squats with 10 pound dumbbell, 40 clamshells (each side), 20 laying-down side leg lifts (each side), 20 reverse crunches 

This workout wasn’t exactly the hardest thing either, but it’s better than nothing! I’m trying to motivate myself to work my abs a little everyday, so I’m proud that I at least did that and some other fine-toning. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve felt kind of in a funk, just mentally, the last few days so instead of killing myself over a workout, I did this quick one and then baked a new recipe, did a face mask, and watched some YouTube videos. It is what it is!

What workouts have you been loving lately? Are you more of a class person, or a gym person?

xo Jordan

 

 

Friday Finds

Friday, we meet again😏

Dancing for Donuts | Friday Finds | Oat Milk Latte

Thank goodness this week is a short one – with all the post-holiday catching up to do at work and in life, I’m ready for another break! We also haven’t done a Friday Finds in awhile, so I think it’s about time.

There’s been a looooot of advice floating around this internet this week in terms of health, fitness, resolutions, and really just motivation in general. It’s been great for sure, since who doesn’t need more of that, but I’m ready to take all of these tips and put them into action! I think we sometimes spend too much time planning or making lists (I am the MOST guilty of this!) instead of making it happen. The whole point of to-do lists is to check them off, right?

Okay, tangent over…not sure where that came from but I suppose my point is to tell you to just do it. Whatever it is. Take the plunge and DO IT. Like Nike…

How to Spend Less, Save More, and Clean Up Your Financial Act – I know it wasn’t one of my focus words but this year is definitely going to be the year of the hustle for me! I’ve got big things to save up for😉

7 Steps for Planning the Perfect Week – I actually love this breakdown on how to optimize your week for balance. It’s hard to fit work and having a life and being healthy and happy into just 7 days, but this outline is a good start!

Why Cooking is Part of My Self-Care Sunday Routine – Full disclosure: I actually wrote this one! I don’t think I’ve told you guys yet, but I’ve started co-blogging for ToBox this year, which is pretty rad☺️ You can find more of my writing each week on their site!

New Year Glow Smoothie Bowl – If someone could just bring me one of these rn that would be great.

8 Best Podcasts to Motivate Your Work Week – I already listen to a couple of these, but the rest I neeeeed to download! I don’t know about you, but I have a podcast queue longer than most people’s Netflix queues😅

Loaded Kale Salad – ‘Cause I’m hoppin’ back on that salad-a-day train this month (as best as I can, of course) and this one is definitely getting added to the mix!

14 Healthy Dinner Recipes to Help You Reset – These all sound delicious. Coming back from the holidays and having to plan meals/cook again hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world, so some inspiration is always welcome!

Alright my loves, have a fab weekend!! And also – if you wouldn’t mind sharing with me some of your favorite blogs as of late, I would looooove to check them out. I feel like I’m always seeing and sharing the same things!

Thanks😊

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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Top 10 Posts of 2017

Hi friends and Happy (almost) New Year!!!!

Dancing for Donuts | Top 10 Posts of 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I obviously wanted to take some time this week to just soak up as much time with my family as possible, so I did take a mini blog-break. As I sit on the train down to D.C., I’m feeling so unbelievably grateful for having the opportunity to travel home for the holidays and to work remotely. I hope you all were able to, as well!

This year has been pretty nuts in so many ways, particularly for the world (and this country) in general, but personally I experienced a ton of personal growth, adventuring, and figuring out where I want to be in life. I expanded my skillset professionally, started growing my blog, strengthened new and old friendships, moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, and traveled to so many new places. It’s been quite the year!

I just want to thank you all so much for reading my blog, you have no idea how fulfilling it has been to create content and have this creative outlet. Reading your comments and hearing your feedback makes me so happy, and I’m honored to be able to share this bit of my life with you. With that, I wanted to take a quick moment to wrap up the year with my top 10 posts of 2017! I’m looking forward to spending even more time in the kitchen and on DFD in the upcoming year, so please let me know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like to see more or less of, or even something different entirely!

1. 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles

Dancing for Donuts | 3-Ingredient Fizzy Popsicles with Sparkling Ice.

 

2. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #1

Dancing for Donuts | What I Ate Wednesday.

3. WIAW – What I Ate Wednesday #3

Dancing for Donuts | WIAW #3

4. Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

5. How to Pick the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack

Choosing the Perfect Healthy Afternoon Snack with Shine Organics Superfood Pouches | Dancing for Donuts

6. Balancing a Healthy Life With a Fun One

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

7. Portugal Travel Guide

Dancing for Donuts | Portugal Travel Guide.

8. Saying Yes to the Big Things

Dancing for Donuts | Saying Yes to the Big Things.

9. Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls

Dancing for Donuts | Easiest Pumpkin Pie Crescent Rolls for an Immaculate Thanksgiving

10. Staying Healthy on the Go [+ My New Favorite Smoothie!] 

Dancing for Donuts | Staying Healthy On-The-Go with Kiwami Greens.

Thank you again for all of your always and I hope you have the happiest new year!!! See you in 2018 🙂

xo Jordan