7 Favorite Moments From the Mother of Fire Retreat in Maui

Aloha, babes! I am back from Maui and feeling so inspired, motivated, and grateful🌺

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This post might be a long one, just because trying to sum up 5 incredible days in the most beautiful place surrounded by exceptional women is pretty challenging! But, I do want to tell you a bit more about the We Are Haumea Mother of Fire Retreat, which was originally organized by Joie Ruggiero, a Maui native, fitness instructor, and all-around stunning human being inside and out!

I was given the opportunity to participate in the Mother of Fire Retreat after meeting Joie last month at an event. I knew that with the timing of things to come (aka me launching my business!), going to Hawaii for a few days of fitness, fun, manifestation, empowerment, and connection was just what I needed to kick things off.

So, without further ado, let me share with you some of my favorite moments from my trip to Maui, Hawaii with We Are Haumea!

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Athletic Geometry with Joie – You guys. If I had to pick a favorite workout of all time (that isn’t a dance class), it would have to be Joie’s class. It’s a combination of cardio dance and sculpting, and though it’s quite possibly the hardest workout I’ve ever done, it’s SO fun. Each move has a true purpose and helps sculpt more than one muscle group at a time, so it’s efficient, too. Joie teaches at ModelFit in LA and Alo Yoga too, if you’re in the area and ever want to go to her class!

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Manifesting with Gwen – On our first full day of the retreat, we had our first workshop with Gwen, who was the vision and healing coach throughout our days in Maui. The first of her three workshops was my absolute favorite because we got to dive deep into what we see for ourselves in the future. We wrote down on paper who, what and where we want to be. Instead of writing these things down as “I want” we wrote them in present tense as “I am.” We then spoke these desires out loud to one another and somehow it made them feel more tangible, like there was no question that we could achieve each and every one of them. Afterwards, I felt like I could do ANYTHING, and still do.

Yoga with Elise – I can’t even tell you how sad I am that Elise is based in New York because I would literally take her yoga class every day! While her classes definitely call in strength and make you sweat, they also stretch and move the muscles in ways I don’t do very often. Her voice is incredibly soothing, she’s funny, kind, helps with poses if you need any adjustments, and really brings something unique to her practice. If you’re based in NY too, find her at any of the three Sky Ting locations! 

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Getting to Know the Women – I truly think the best part of an experience like this is meeting the other people. It’s kind of amazing, but all 9-10 of us had incredibly unique backgrounds and yet had so many things in common, too. For example, Elise and I actually went to NYU at the same time and even have mutual friends. How crazy is that?! I just couldn’t have asked for a more incredible group of strong, powerful women to be surrounded by. Some were in their late 20’s or early 30’s like me, some were mothers, some were business owners and some were just trying to figure out what they wanted to do, but we ALL connected in a way I can’t even begin to describe.

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Sunrise at Haleakala – So I’ve seen the sunrise at Haleakala before, but I can tell you that it is just as breathtaking the second time around (and probably the 3rd or 4th, too). We woke up at 4:45, drove up the mountain and caught the sunrise from the 3rd tallest mountain in the world at 7:05am. I’ve never seen anything like this anywhere else in the world – you’re high up above the clouds and the colors are just spectacular. If you’re lucky, the park rangers will be chanting in Hawaiian as the sun rises, but no matter what you’ll be able to see the incredible crater with deep red rocks once the sun has fully risen.

Exploring the Grounds at Lumeria Maui – Man did I try to take a photo beautiful enough to do this property justice, but I don’t think I even came close. Imagine the most lush place you’ve ever seen, add in some gorgeous red and purple plants, palms, and hibiscus flowers. Then include a few beautiful buddha statues, twinkle lights in the trees, an area with 4-5 hammocks, a great lawn and a stunning pool. Please just come visit this magical hotel if you ever get the chance! The food was to die for, too.

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Beach Workout + Cleanup – This one was another super special moment to me. On day three, we did a bit of sculpting on Baby Beach, then spent about 40 minutes picking up micro plastic from the beach. At first you don’t even notice it (it almost looks like specks of colorful seaglass) but then you realize it’s EVERYWHERE – just tiny pieces of plastic that sea creatures like turtles can accidentally swallow littering the beach. Seeing how real this micro plastic problem is made me feel a bit helpless, but also motivated to reduce my plastic usage now that I’m back home. I’m also grateful that we had the opportunity to give back to the land we were visiting.

Well, if you made it the end of this post, you’re a rockstar and I can’t even begin to express how much gratitude I have for this platform and the incredible people it’s brought into my life. If you want more, you can watch my vlog from the trip below:

Thank you for reading and please let me know if the comments if you have any questions! I truly think anyone could benefit from attending a retreat like We Are Haumea – it truly is life changing!

xo Jordan

Kauai Travel Guide.

Happy Humpday, friends!

I know it’s been a minute, I’ve just been easing back into things after my incredible trip to Kauai, Hawaii. It’s hard to think that just a week ago I was sitting on the beach eating fresh fruit and looking out at crystal waters when LA has been so chilly and rainy lately! Though I don’t totally mind it, I do miss waking up in the gorgeous Garden Isle and planning adventures to see it all. I’m counting the days until I can go back and I hope someday you get to go, as well! Keep reading for some of my favorite spots & highlights from my trip 🙂

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Where to Eat:

Jojo’s Shave Ice (Hanalei) – For shave ice the size of your face, aka a classic Hawaiian treat, you’ll have to come to Jojo’s. Their syrups are all-natural and homemade (legitimately) and the shave ice is so finely shaved it almost tastes like ice cream. Speaking of, make 100% sure you get the macadamia nut ice cream on the bottom. You can thank me later.

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Savage Shrimp (Koloa) – Guys. You have to come here. The garlic shrimp is an absolute must plus the Aloha Shrimp with coconut rice – my advice? Get both and split ’em. You won’t regret it!

Hanalei Bread Co. (Hanalei) – Do yourself a favor and come here for the most delicious Coconut Iced Coffee you’ll ever have. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. The food & pastries also look amazing, though I didn’t get a chance to try them!

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Monico’s Taqueria (Wailua) – If you’re looking for some good old-fashioned mexican food, come to Monico’s. We sat at the bar and had the garlic shrimp quesadilla and tacos before our flight home and it was so good. The service was phenomenal too, you can tell the locals come here!

Kilauea Fish Market (Kilauea) – Two words: Ahi. Burrito. We split one of those and one of their famous ahi wraps on our first day and I couldn’t have been happier. These are so worth the price and are also the size of texas, so come hungry!

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What to Do:

Hike the Na Pali Coast to Hanakapi’ai Falls – A hike through the jungle in the rainiest place on earth? Sign me up. This 8 mile roundtrip hike was quite possibly my favorite thing of our entire trip. I can’t even begin to describe how lush the coast is, how blue the water is, or how beautiful the views are. If 8 miles sounds daunting (though I will say the waterfall at the end is the best reward anyone could ask for), cut it in half and do 2 miles down to the beach and 2 back.

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Waimea Canyon – Whether you hike or not, this unbelievable “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” is not to be missed. We did a hike down to Waipo’o Falls, which admittedly kind of kicked my butt, but it honestly didn’t take that long and the views are so, so worth it. Just be wary of stepping too close to the edge!!

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Kilauea Lighthouse – This gorgeous spot on the north shore is also a wildlife refuge. You can see Hawaiian birds in their natural habitat and look out over the turquoise waters of the Pacific and Kauai coast. Keep an eye out for whales – we saw 2!

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Hanalei Farmer’s Market – The fruit and vegetables on Kauai are incredibly delicious and exotic. Though you can get them at the grocery stores, I recommend going to any one of the markets on Kauai (they have them every single day somewhere on the island except for Sundays!). Some of my favorite things to buy – Sarah’s Tropical Granola, taro chips, apple bananas, fresh juices, passion fruit, passion fruit, zapote (these are my new favorite!) and papaya.

Spouting Horn – This is an awesome spot pretty close to Waimea Canyon where you can stop to see the blowhole where water comes up through a natural lava tube. I’ve never seen anything like it!

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Queens Bath – This was one of my favorite spots on the entire island. Located in Princeville, it’s just a short hike down to these volcanic rocks that in the summer create little pools to relax in. The waves were too big to swim while we were there, but you could walk around on the rocks that wrapped around the coast and watch the waves. A bonus? Come for sunset, it’s so beautiful, just leave and hike back up before it gets too dark!

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Beaches to Visit:

Hanalei Bay Beach – This was the beach we went to the most and I wouldn’t have it any other way. From your beach chair you can look out on the Na Pali coast and take in the views that are so gorgeous, it almost looks like a movie set. This is also the perfect spot for surfing since the waves aren’t too big, but if you’re not looking to shred some gnar, dipping in for a swim is pretty perfect, too 🙂

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Shipwreck Beach – Down near Poipu, we visited this one on our way back from Waimea Canyon. Because it’s next to hotels, it’s definitely more crowded, but it’s pretty cool to watch people jump off the giant cliff into the ocean. The waves were also bigger here than other places on the south shore, so it’s a good one for body surfing.

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Tunnels – Another one up on the north shore, this beach is great for snorkeling and a favorite of surfers. You’re at the base of the mountains along the Na Pali coast, which makes it even more epic, but there are also tunnels, or lava tubes, from the underwater caverns that lend themselves to exploring!

Anini Beach – If you’re looking for some good snorkeling, you have to come here! This beach is narrow but super long and super gorgeous. We saw all kinds of fish (including the Humuhumunukunukuapua’a!) and even a sea turtle! The waters here are a bright turquoise and so clear, I’d recommend it in a heartbeat even if you’re not into the snorkeling thing.

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Where to Stay:

I was lucky enough to stay in a condo in Princeville near Hanalei, and I’m so glad I did. Though the resorts are beautiful and tend to be on the south shore where the sun shines a bit more (did you know Kauai is the rainiest place on the planet?!), I think the beauty of this island is that it is less developed than the others. Where Hanalei is on the north shore, it feels more like you’re experiencing Kauai more like a local. I also think the views are a bit better, but I might be partial now! I would also say the a condo or rented apartment is the way to go. There is a ton of fresh fish, vegetables and fruits on the island so cooking homemade meals is an amazing way to taste them!

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Alright y’all, that’s it for now! Hopefully you found this guide helpful if you’re planning your own trip, or even thinking of going to Kauai. Pin this page and return to it later when you’re creating your itinerary 🙂

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Be back soon!

xo Jordan

Maui Travel Guide.

This summer, I was fortunate enough to go to Hawaii with my family as a graduation present. Though I’ve been back for two months, the trip is still fresh in my mind and I catch myself daydreaming of Maui sunsets and clear blue waters often. There are far too many incredible things to see and do in Hawaii to fit into one blog post, but I’ve rounded my favorite spots and adventures in case you decide to venture over to the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen!

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What to do:

  • Watch the sunrise at Haleakala Crater – one of the rarest, most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Aim to get there by 5am at the latest to snag a good parking spot all the way up at the top (past the visitor’s center at the summit) and maybe even one inside the lookout because let me tell you, it is cold. And very, very windy. If you’re not excited about driving up there in the dark, at the very least go for a hike or visit during the day, this site is a can’t miss for sure.

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  • Road to Hana – hands down my favorite part of Hawaii. I highly suggest picking up a tour guide CD from one of the local shops ($20), it tells you all kinds of interesting facts about Maui’s history as well as where to stop and where to skip. Be sure to make a pit stop at Coconut Glen’s for dairy-free ice cream, it’s unreal!

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  • Big Beach – also known as Makena Beach, this spot is one for the locals, too. The surf was crazy huge when we got there so the red flags were up, but we spotted some brave surfers killing it out in the biggest waves I’ve ever seen! If you’re feeling frisky, just walk up a bit to Little Beach, no swimsuits required.

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  • Walk along Front Street – when you need a break from the sun, walking up and down Front Street in the town of Lahaina is a fun activity. There are a variety of stores from brand names like Rip Curl and Billabong to touristy ones where you can buy souvenirs, art galleries and other cute shops.

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  • ‘Lao Valley State Park – a super chill but beautiful walk/hike in the center of Maui. Go for lush greenery, some exercise and to see the ‘Lao Needle, where King Hamehameha I conquered Maui’s warriors in pursuit of uniting all the Hawaiian islands!

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  • Kapalua Beach – just above Lahaina where the snorkeling is insane! We saw 3 huge sea turtles here. I’d highly recommend paying $100 for a tour and just come here with some snorkeling gear instead + a waterproof camera.

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What to eat:

  • Ululani’s Shave Ice – first on my list for obvious reasons. I don’t know what it is about this stuff, but it’s creamy and cold and refreshing all at once. My advice: mix 2 or 3 flavors and put the custard on the bottom 😉

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  • Coconuts Fish Cafe – hands down the best fish tacos I’ve ever had. We visited the location in Kihei, but oddly enough they have a few in the states, as well!
  • Flatbread Company – so good we almost ate their twice. In my favorite town on Maui, Paia, this restaurant was poppin’ and for good reason. Their pizzas are to die for with tons of options and even gluten-free crust.
  • Down the Hatch – another one of my favorites in Lahaina. This casual but fun fish restaurant is one of those where you order up at the front and they bring it to you, but there’s also a cool bar to sit at if that’s more your style. I had the fish tacos (again, I know, I can’t get enough!) but the lava lava shrimp were a family favorite!
  • Paia Bay Coffee – my favorite coffee shop on the island. Not only was the coffee and food delicious (go for the bagel breakfast sandwiches or a piece of banana bread!) but the super cute ambiance is the best part.
  • Simply Sweets Bakery – a must after your visit to the ‘Lao Valley. They’ve renamed the malasada, or Hawaiian version of a donut with crunchy sugar and a cream filling, a “mauisada,” and you’ll need to try at least one in every flavor. When in Hawaii!

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Where to stay:

  • My family stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Lahaina, and I can’t lie, I pretty much felt like a princess the entire week. The hotel, restaurants, pool, beach and workout facility were all amazing. I know I speak for all of us when I say it was one of the most relaxing weeks of my entire life. I took full advantage of the acai bowls and drinks and one day we event rented a beach cabana. If you have the opportunity to stay here, I highly recommend it! There are also a ton of resorts along this same strip, as well as just north in Kapalua, south in Kihei and obviously other great parts of the island, too!Maui Travel Guide | Dancing for Donuts
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Well that’s all for now, I hope I’ve inspired you to visit Hawaii 🙂

xo Jordan

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