Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

Hi friends!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

The past 10 or so days have been an absolute whirlwind! There was a ton of celebrating (my birthday, seeing family again, and a wedding) and I had an absolute blast.I made it to the Outer Banks in NC on September 1st, aka my favorite place on the planet, and got to enjoy the next week soaking up some much-needed time with family. In between moments of fun were plenty of relaxation on the beach and a bit of work, too. Oh, and I ate like a friggin’ QUEEN. Here’s some proof:

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

My favorite ice cream from Big Buck’s – peanut butter cups and fudge on the bottom, coffee cookie on top! 2 scoops because #yolo.

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

The most incredible and doughy bagel with pastrami smoked salmon & veggie cream cheese – I kid you not when I say I had 4 bagels in 6 days. What can I say, we just don’t have good ones back in LA!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

Homemade crab cake benedict with hollandaise sauce – I can’t take credit for this one, my dad & bf were some very impressive chefs!

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And Frozen grapes by the pool because literally nothing is better on a hot day!

There was also some blogging involved (did you catch my recipe for nutty whole grain chocolate chip cookies?!) and therefore eating of the props, as well…and I taught my boyfriend how to take photos on my fancy camera! I’d say he got pretty into it 😉

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

We also caught the gorgeous sunsets that are characteristic to the island and one of the things I love so, so much about my annual trip there. What is it about rainbow skies that makes us feel happy and grateful and humbled?!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

…And the love my parents have for each other? That’s another thing that makes me feel happy & grateful 🙂 I know this picture is kind blurry, but it instantly makes me smile. These two have been married for 37 years, how incredible is that?!

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

One thing that was extra special about this year was that my boyfriend was able to join me. It was pretty wonderful getting to share my favorite place with my favorite person. It just makes me love it even more 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | Hitting the Re-set Button in the Outer Banks + Autumn Goals

And then we rounded out our amazing week with a wedding for one of his friends in Minneapolis, a city I’d never been to before. As exhausted as I was, it was so much fun. I also really liked the city from what I could tell, it’s very clean! I’d love to go back someday.

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Now that I’m back, a part of me feels a bit sad that I don’t have this trip to look forward to anymore. I know that’s kind of silly since I had such an incredible trip, but I get so completely blissed out while I’m there that the week just flies by. This trip also always coincides with my birthday (and the start of a new school year), which makes it feel like both an end to the previous year and a kickoff for the one ahead. I like to take advantage of the down time I have while I’m there to check in with myself, re-evaluate my goals, choices, and general path in life. And I guess as much of a bummer it is that it’s over, I without fail always come back with a new perspective. I have so many goals for my 28th year, but here are just a few top-line ones!

Autumn Goals

-Try one new fall recipe each week

-Get back into a fitness routine and aim to workout 6 days a week (I need a serious re-set after all the celebration and vacation this past month!)

-Start bullet-journaling

-Blog 2-3x each (something I’m generally already doing, but want to be more consistent about)

-Carry my DSLR camera  + fancy lens everywhere and take more photos!

-Map out my blog goals both short and long-term, and how I will achieve them

-Spend more time outside (I know this one sounds counter-intuitive because the weather will be cooler, but I’d much prefer the cold over the heat from the summer!)

-Give my beauty routine a re-fresh and upgrade, it is MUCH needed!

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Do you make seasonal goals, too? What are you focusing on as we head into fall?

xo Jordan

The Best Advice My Dad Has Given Me (So Far)…

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful dad’s out there!!! 🙂

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And of course I want to give an extra special Father’s Day shout out to MY dad, the wisest and most incredible man I know. I was lucky enough to be on the east coast for Mother’s Day this year, but I so wish I could be there to celebrate with my family again today!!

Growing up, I was so fortunate to have two ridiculously supportive and encouraging parents (sometimes I can’t even believe how lucky I am). And over the years, my dad has given me so, so much advice that has absolutely helped me get to the place and state of mind I am in today. I want to share and write them down, even just for myself so I can remember them always, in hopes that we can all benefit from his wise words!

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1. Don’t forget to have fun. – Want to know who actually encouraged me to go on Spring Break in college and party with my friends? My DAD. And who moved me into a frat house 6 years ago when I first got to LA and had no idea what I was doing or where I wanted to be? Yep, that was my dad. And what about when it’s Friday night and I’ve been invited to a party, but kind of just want to stay home and save money? My dad will tell me to go out, see my friends, and enjoy. Just enjoy life as much as I possibly can. And though it seems counterintuitive for my dad to have to tell me to have fun, I totally need the reminder sometimes 🙂

2. Quality first, then price. – Always a bargain hunter, my dad is constantly doing his research before making a purchase, and he’s taught me to do the same. In all honesty, both of my parents are that way and I attribute my frugality to their example! Just the other day, I was searching for flights to go home for a visit and went with United (my main rewards points program) for one leg, but American for the other since it was so much cheaper. No matter how thrifty I am though, I absolutely refuse to fly Spirit or Frontier not matter how cheap! I know this might be kind of a silly example, but it’s the truth. You can only sacrifice quality so much to save a buck before it’s just not worth the struggle or consequence!

3. If you’re doing all the right things and trying your hardest, that’s all you can do. – Now this one might sound more pessimistic written down than it does when he’s actually saying it out loud in his wise-dad voice, but essentially, if you’re doing the best you can, you kind of have to just leave the rest in the universe’s hands. There’s no point worrying about something you can’t control the outcome of (like after a audition, job interview, or test) and if you tried your hardest, that’s the best thing you could’ve done! Whenever I call my dad freaking out, he usually says this to me and my perspective changes almost instantly. After years of having to repeat it, I’m thankful that he did because it took about 27 years for it to sink in as the truth 🙂

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4. Don’t run yourself down. – This one is quite possibly the most valuable piece of advice I’ve ever been given. As someone who (oddly enough) enjoys packing my schedule to the absolute brim, I for sure need to be reminded of this on the reg. Self care might be all trendy now, but my dad was on top of that trend yearsssss ago! Though he always encourages me to work hard and play hard (y’know, within reason!), he also knows how important it is to rest when you need it.

5. You have to spend money to make money. – Ok this one might actually be my favorite through (saved the best for last)! During my past 6 years in LA, particularly while I was dancing professionally and working about 8 part-time jobs to make ends meet on top of going to business school, I felt like I couldn’t ease up on the purse strings at all whatsoever. But if you’ve ever heard anyone say, “the best investment you can make is in yourself,” believe them. My dad has been reminding me for as long as I can remember that you’re not going to make anything back if you’re not willing to spend money on the things you need to get there. His voice saying “Buy the extra headshots,” “Take the dance class,” “Drive the 2 hours to the audition,” and “Get your Master’s” will forever play on in my head. Sometimes you just have to take the plunge and make the investment if you want to make the return. Thanks for keeping me business-minded, dad 🙂

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Well, if you read through all of that I give you credit, but I also hope you really did since I know anyone could use this advice! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!

xo jordan

 

Colorado Recap.

Hi there! Sorry I disappeared for a second there, I was in Colorado for my family’s annual ski trip and then this week has been absolute craziness catching up!

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After a crazy flight out of LAX (re-routed to Vegas for a medical emergency and then grounded for a technical error), I finally reunited with my family late last Wednesday afternoon! Shoutout to Southwest for killer customer service though, I have to hand it to ’em.

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The drive to Breckenridge, where my family has been staying for the past 15 or so years, takes about 2 hours. We’ve been staying there versus Vail, Beaver Creek or Keystone (which we also love and visit!) because the town of Breck is so stinkin’ cute. They have incredible restaurants, great shops, and the skiing is incredible.

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We’ve always stayed with Vail Resorts, but for the past few years in particular we stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 (highly recommended!). Breck has 5 different peaks you can stay on and a ton of variety in the trails, which is another great reason to go there! Something for everyone 🙂

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Wednesday night we went to one of our favorite restaurants, Hearthstone, which is definitely one of the fancier ones in the area. The food is always unrealI can honestly say that we haven’t had a sub-par experience there in decades! (Also how cute are those Christmas lights?) My mom and I split the salmon and steak, but we all ended up kind of sharing everything anyway because everyone’s was so delicious!

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Thursday I skiied at Breckenridge with my mom and dad. The snow was so perfect and the mountain wasn’t too crowded. We even stopped for hot cocoa and my brother met us outside. It was the best!!

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That night, we went for taco’s at our favorite place, Breckenridge Taphouse. Talk about another place that never lets us down – their tacos are to die for and the drinks don’t disappoint either! If you can make it there for happy hour too, you will not be disappointed!

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By Friday morning, my boyfriend was in town and we all headed over to Vail where the Burton U.S. Open was being held. We skiied in the morning and then watched the competition all afternoon.

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I’ll tell ya, nothing gets me inspired like watching snowboarders absolutely crush it on the half-pipe and those giant ass jumps they carve out of the side of the mountain. I’m a pretty decent boarder, but I’m way too much of a pansy to try any tricks :/ I’m so afraid of getting hurt, but next year I really want to take a lesson to learn some basic jumps. If you’re still reading this in a year, please remind me that I’m saying this and hold me accountable so I can’t puss out again. I really want to look like this guy someday (or never)…

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Saturday it was back to skiing at Breck for another perfect day. I can’t even tell you in words or pictures how beautiful is was, but I will say that it 40 degrees and sunny on a snow covered mountain top with near 360 degree views. Aka the most gorgeous Saturday I could ask for.

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My family had to head out Saturday night back to Denver, but before leaving we all grabbed happy hour at Twist, one of our newer favorites in town! My really parents like to over order and it’s pretty much the best thing ever. Standouts from this meal were hands down the mac and cheese, trout dip and sliders, but absolutely everything was amazing!

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Saturday night was spent with the boy, first by the fire and then in the outdoor hot tub with some hard cider.

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We left Sunday morning after breakfast at Columbine Cafe (a must if you’re in town, but go early ’cause the line gets long!) and drove back to Denver for our flight. We surprisingly didn’t hit traffic, so we had time for Bloody Mary’s before heading back to LA.

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The trip went by so quickly and I was definitely sad to leave and say goodbye, but I’m so happy I was able to spend the days I had with my favorite people.

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As I get older, I realize how precious vacation is and how important it is to use that time to just be with people you love. I’m so lucky to have a family that reunites throughout the year and I’m already counting down until our next trip!

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I hope everyone’s having a great week – promise I’ll post a recipe soon, I’ve been cooking up a storm these days!

xo jordan