Friday Finds

Happy Friday, sweet friends!!

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This Friday feels about 150% different than last Friday (when I’d gotten off a red-eye and was back in the office for the first time in about two and a half weeks). Luckily now I feel almost entirely back to my routine, and even though I’m going back to the east coast (yet again…for ANOTHER wedding) next week, I feel like the chaos has died down significantly!

While I’m impatiently awaiting fall, I’m loving this time of year in LA when it’s not sweltering, but still feels warm enough to dine outside. I have a fun weekend ahead of dog sitting, catching up with friends, and seeing Beyoncé. Yep, freakin’ QUEEN BEY. I might cry honestly. We’ll see…I’ll keep you guys posted😂

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Fall Harvest Honey Crisp Apple & Kale Salad – Pretty much all my favorite things in a salad🙌🏼

Stability Ball Ab Workout – Something tells me that this would burnnnnn but I need to do it, anyway…

Are Pickles Actually Good For You or Not? – Wait this is so interesting. I actually ate a pickle last weekend for the first time in ages and was like WHY do I not eat these more often?!

Pasta With Butternut Squash Sauce, Sausage & Baby Spinach – Give me alllll the carbs once the weather gets cooler👏🏼👏🏼 Unfortunately it’s still about 85 degrees in LA though…

6 Outfits Rachel Green Would Definitely Wear Today – Just a fun one! If you know me in real life, you know I have all 10 seasons of Friends and used to watch it every single day for like a decade! Did you guys used to watch it?!

10 of the Coziest AirBnbs to Escape to This Fall – Wait I want to go to every single one😫

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

xo Jordan

5 Things I Learned at 28

Well, today I turn 29 years old and y’know what? I kind of really love being almost 30, and I never ever thought I would say that.

Dancing for Donuts | 5 Things I Learned at 28

This year has been a freakin’ WHIRLWIND. I moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend, switched jobs (twice…😅), got into a minor but very expensive car accident, broke my elbow, and started getting serious with my blog/Instagram. It’s been a year of ups and downs, exciting and new things, realizing what I do and don’t want to do with my life for the rest of time, and learning about myself. I have some maaaajor goals to hit by the time I’m 30, so knowing I have one year to get there is giving me the biggest, most exciting push EVER. I’m so ready to work, to accomplish, to grow, to change, and to make moves.

That being said, this year has been an incredible stepping stone on my way there, and I wanted to share some of the most important things I learned this year. I know most of them are particular to me and my life, but maybe there a few tidbits in there that you can relate to, also😊

Dancing for Donuts | 5 Things I Learned at 28

1. If you’re unhappy, make a change. As I mentioned earlier, I did switch jobs twice this year. Am I proud of that? No, not really, but what I AM proud of is the fact that I was able to recognize that a certain situation wasn’t allowing me to thrive, and then take action to remedy that situation. I learned so much from where I’ve come from (and met some seriously incredible people!!! I always fall in love with my coworkers, honestly…), and I don’t think I would have found the role I’m now in without those changes happening at those moments.

2. Save for a very, very rainy day. So in a matter of 2 months, I had to spend about $2,000 between my car (this dude straight up ran a stop sign and blamed it on me…thanks bro!) and my injury. I admittedly cried when I saw all the bills, but it wasn’t so much because I didn’t have the money, just because there were soooo many other things I wanted to be doing with my $2,000, y’know? That being said, I DID have the money because I’m pretty good at saving (hence why I’m always on a budget over here), and I’m so freakin’ glad I did because if I didn’t have savings I’m not quite sure what I would’ve done.

3. But don’t stress out or freak out when things don’t go as planned. Okay you know that $2,000 I spent in less than 60 days? I actually got some of it back after the car insurance company was able to sue the other driver (s/o to State Farm!) and the hospital made a mistake. I knowwww I am the MOST lucky person ever, but I swear I never counted on getting anything back at all. If I had, I wouldn’t have spent all that time crying and stressing out over money. I think regardless, the lesson here is that sh*t happens and then it works itself out. Even if I hadn’t gotten any of that money back, what was done was done and once I spent the money it was gone and over with. We experience things, we learn, we move on.

4. Meet people. All the people. This one does seem a little unusual for me to be writing – I’m an introvert like 90% of the time, I didn’t go to a single networking event in business school, and I still have the same best friends I did in middle school. But, I can’t even begin to tell you how much joy I’ve gotten from meeting people this year. And don’t laugh, but most of them I found on Instagram…yep, the freakin’ internet. I’ve also been saying yes to as many events as possible, and facing my awkwardness head on, to introduce myself to people at all of them. You know why? Because as I get older I realize 1) how important it is to surround yourself with solid people that understand you, 2) that networking really IS insanely important for your career, and 3) meeting other women in the community you’re in (or men! whatever, honestly) is insanely fulfilling and inspiring. I love helping others and the help I personally have received is immense. I am so grateful.

5. If you don’t have the time or money to go far away for a vacation, take time to explore someplace nearby or even in your own city. I don’t know about you, but I find myself getting upset when I realize I don’t have the vacation days (or funds) to take an actual vacation and all I want is to escape LA. This year was also the first one in a couple where my boyfriend and I couldn’t just go all over the place on a whim (like we did in business school or when I worked remotely every Friday), so it felt slightly different. That being said, I think we’ve had some pretty fun days doing new things around LA, or even venturing out for quick day or overnight trips to Santa Barbara, San Diego (I’m there now!) or Topanga Canyon. Not everything has to be a big event to make it feel special, break up the week, or help re-set the soul.

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If this ^ doesn’t make you chuckle inside, then what will honestly?😂😂😂

Okay, that’s it for today😊 Thanks for stickin’ by me through another year and hope you have a fantastic weekend!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

I literally can’t remember the last time I said this, but I this week kind of flew by!

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My new job has been really busy, in the best way, and I’m still adjusting to slightly different hours, so maybe that’s part of it. To be honest though, I feel like this entire summer is flying by and while I probably should be mad about it, I’m already excited for fall..is that bad?😅

Okay okay, I’ll change the subject before people come for me – it’s time for another round of *drumroll please* Friday Finds! I’ve been reading a ton about this new moon/full moon situation and I’m a little worried about it (hence the reason it’s at the top of today’s list!) and while I have a ton of fun things planned for the weekend, I will not be making any big plans, or big purchases, and trying to keep things as low key as possible. I never thought I’d say this, but I feel like Mercury in Retrograde is REAL people. Let’s just keep calm and read on:

How to Channel the Energy of the Full Moon in Aquarius – I’m like, semi-excited and semi-nervous for this full moon business…it sounds intense. Granted, I don’t know all that much about the moons & how they affect us, but I’m learning and it’s actually really interesting!

10 Staples Kitchen Editors Always Keep in Their Freezers – This list is everything. I feel like I don’t keep my freezer stocked enough for emergency healthy meals when the rest of the groceries run out!

The $3 Superfood Smoothie for the Girl (or Boy) on a Budget – To be honest, the recipe for this doesn’t actually sound very appealing to me (where’s the flavor?), but I LOVE that they break down the cost of the superfoods. I think spirulina, chia seeds and flax seeds are SO worth the investment! I add some to my smoothies every single day.

8 Key Wellness Travel Tips and the Truth About Charcoal – I looove these, especially the last one about taking melatonin or something that helps you sleep. I don’t know about you, but I have so much trouble sleeping in a bed that’s not my own.

Manifestation is the New Meditation: The Secret to Living the Life You Want – GUYS. I am ABOUT this. I know it didn’t end up working out, but I swear to you I manifested my last job – my cousin came into town last November/December and together we manifested during the new moon. January rolled around and the job I literally asked for came. I don’t know, but I seriously think this sh*t works sometimes! There’s something about it…

Sorry this week was so wordy, guys!! Hope that you found something interesting in there😊

Have a great weekend!!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds.

Oooohhhh has it been a minute since I’ve posted one of these!!

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Between traveling and the past month just absolutely FLYING by, my weekly roundup posts got away from me!! I’m happy to bring ’em back though, these are my favorite☺️

I’m actually wrapping up at my job today (and starting a new one next week!) so it’s kind of a big Friday the 13th for me! Fun fact: 13 is my lucky number! I got my license on a Friday the 13th and also won a check at a big dance competition in high school so I know today is going to be a good one…

Okay enough rambling – let’s just get into it!

Why it’s Time to Start Cooking with Ghee – I started using ghee in my cooking/baking a few months ago and haven’t looked back. The flavor is incredible, but there are so many other reasons to use it, too!

Edible Flower Popsicles – Because I’m obsessed with beautiful food.

12 Minutes to Crop Top Worthy Abs – Your abs are always going to be crop top worthy, but this workout looks v effective, anyway!

Smoky Jackfruit “Chicken” Salad – GUYS. I’ve gotten jackfruit twice now at restaurants and I am in LOVE. I don’t understand how this is not meat. It’s so good and it really tastes/feels like it!! I definitely want to try making it at home.

The 10 Best Hotel Pools in the World – I always love seeing photos of beautiful places I hope to someday cross off my bucket list, but I actually have been to #5 on here! It’s the Hotel San Cristobal that we visited in Todos Santos last week 🙂

20 Foods to Improve Mental Health – Sign a sista UP. I always love seeing how foods can affect different parts of our bodies – it’s fascinating. Maybe in another life I was an RD or something…

What is Collagen? – I raved about collagen (again) in my June Favorites post, but if you’re curious as to what the actual science behind it is, this article breaks down everything you need to know!

Well there ya have! Let me know in the comments what you’ve been reading, or if any of these articles resonated with you!! Have a great weekend😊

xo Jordan

June Favorites

Another month has come and gone and I swear yesterday was like February…

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Despite the exceptionally terrifying pace with which time is passing by, I actually ate/read/found some pretty amazing things in June and I’m excited to share them with you! This month was kind of weird for me – because I broke my elbow, I wasn’t taking any workout classes or even working out at all, but somehow found myself with no more free time than usual! Perhaps that’s why this month flew by…

Anyway! As always, most of these items are food related, but we’ve got a couple of random ones in there, too. I hope you find something you’d like to try, too😊

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Kite Hill Chive Cream Cheese – Okay I never in my entire life would’ve imagined that vegan cheese could be something I loved but you guyssssss. I legitimately prefer this stuff to regular cream cheese and I can tell you that pairing it with smoked salmon (aka one of my favorite food combos of life) is a match made in freakin’ HEAVEN. I got mine from Milk & Eggs but I know they’re at Whole Foods and probably Sprouts, too!

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CaseAppSo this one isn’t food, but it is how I got my cute logo on my laptop up there ^. So CaseApp is a website where you can design your own phone cases and laptop skins and the reason I love it is because I am allllll about that branding. I mean, I mostly just love my logo because I also love donuts and Vicky Leta did an amazing job illustrating it, but I also think it’s nice to have these things for you business…or just yourself! They’d made cute gifts, too😉 I have a coupon code for this one – to get 20% off just use the code 20JORDAN

Oatly Oat Milk – Oat Milk has been quite the craze lately and I can promise you there’s a reason! I can’t speak to other brands ’cause I haven’t tried anything other than Oatly yet, but this stuff is freakin’ MAGIC. I don’t know how they do it – it’s literally as creamy as regular milk and there’s just a veryyy slight flavor but I love it. I’m not allergic to dairy, I just like to have it in smaller doses, but if you are dairy-free and miss milk, THIS is your winner, my friends.

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Tonic Beauty Collagen– I’m not gonna lie to you, when everyone started raving about collagen last year I thought it was bogus. I was like, why is everyone trying to push this expensive powder on me when I already have protein powder and biotin gummies? Well I’ll tell you why – my NAILS you guys have literally never been longer. They’re so strong, they don’t break, my hair looks amazing and my skin has been pretty dang clear. I love Tonic’s Beauty Collagen because it’s flavorless, so I can add it to my coffee or smoothies. They also come in to-go sticks, which is amazing for travel! I’m bringing mine to Cabo this weekend😁 And I promise it’s worth every penny – even my mom has been loving it!!

Adidas White Sneakers – So y’know how I told you I hadn’t been working out this whole month? Well I replaced my normal sweat sessions with walks! I literally was walking over 2 hours a day trying to hit 12k steps a day and I actually kind of loved it? I usually walked while listening to a podcast and I walked in THESE sneakers. They are so stinkin’ cute with just about any outfit and I could pull them off at work, which made my lunch walk soooo much more comfortable than it would be in my booties. They’re insanely comfortable and they’re under $50. Can’t beat kicks that are functional AND actually look good!

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Square Organics Protein Popcorn– If there were a healthy version of crack, this would be it. I’m so addicted to this popcorn that I actually snapped at my boyfriend for taking a handful yesterday…it’s that good. My favorite is the Lightly Sweet flavor, but the others are incredible, too! And you can get 20% off with my code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ on their site if you wanna try – I won’t make money off it or anything, but I know everyone loves a good discount😊

Big Magic – I know this one seems random, and for a primarily ‘food blog’ it definitely is, but I like to this of this as more than just a food blog. It’s a healthy living blog in my opinion and since I’m all about healthy minds just as much as I am healthy bodies, THIS is a very important read. It might not be for everyone, it’s essentially about creativity and would appeal most to people who have a creative side and like things like photograph

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Phyter Food Bars – I know, I know, I’m alwayssss talking about bars on here…what can I say? I’m a snacker! But these bars seriously blew me away. First of all, I think it’s a pretty good sign when something needs to be refrigerated because it means it has fewer preservatives in it, so we’ll start there. The ingredients are clean as ever. Then I will tell you about Phyter’s flavors because OH MA DAMN are they good. The beets and cocoa has been my absolute favorite so far but the kale and apple was freakin’ delicious, too. Highly recommend these!!

Okay y’all, I’m actually off to Mexico today for a much-needed vacation! What are you guys up to this weekend and for the 4th of July?! Hope it’s something fun!

Xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

We’re back this week with another DFD Babe Feature!!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

This week I want to share with you all my friend Danielle!! I originally met Danielle on Instagram (shocker, I know) when the universe had us land on each other’s profiles since we have a ridiculous amount in common. I don’t even know how long I’ve known her, and though we haven’t actually met yet in person, I know this girl is my long lost soul sista.

An inspiration to women on their fitness and health journeys, Danielle brings such light and positivity to everything she shares, and everyone she speaks to. She’ll tell you in just a second, but she actually used to be in corporate finance…until she made the leap into entrepreneurship and fitness coaching. How COOL is that?! It always amazes me when people successfully jump from one career to another because it means they had that much drive, confidence, and fearlessness.

Okay let’s just get into it!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

Tell us a little bit about the #FitGirlGang and your life as a Fitness Coach! When did you decide to become one and why?

Health and fitness has ALWAYS been a part of my life as a competitive soccer player. I was fortunate enough to have played soccer in college – and once I graduated and that came to an end I felt a huge void. That feeling was even more amplified when I entered the “real world” and got my first big girl job in Corporate Finance (#nerdalert). I was extremely fortunate for that opportunity but I wasn’t genuinely passionate about the work. I knew in my heart I was always meant for something different, something more…

After 5 years of climbing the corporate ladder I heard about this coaching opportunity and it piqued my interest. I was a little skeptical and wasn’t quite sure what exactly it entailed but I knew I had nothing to lose. The pain of remaining the same was far greater than the unknown at that point. So I jumped in! I had no idea what I was doing, I never was very active on social media BUT I knew that if I was able to just inspire 1 person by sharing my journey it was worth it. And here I am today 2.5 years later with *hundreds* of women from across the country in our virtual #FitGirlGang. I’ve not only made an impact on the lives of others, but I’ve made some lifelong friends and am forever grateful I took a chance on myself. I’ve never been so passionate and EXCITED about the work that I do and the impact that I am able to make. And not to ruin the surprise, but I’m no longer in Corporate Finance 😉 HOLLA!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

What inspired you to start working on your own business?

My Dad. He has built his own real estate business from the ground up because he was willing to work hard and figure things out. And because he didn’t want our family to simply live an average life. A lot of people thought he was crazy in the beginning.. but at the end of the day nothing worth having comes easy. My Dad was also my soccer coach growing up and I am forever grateful for everything I’ve learned through his coaching and the example he set as a father , leader and entrepreneur.  

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

The only way to fail is to quit.

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

You need *passion* for your work, *self-belief*, and you need to be willing to *work your booty off* 🙂

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What’s your favorite part of running a business?

Knowing that my success is directly reflected by the work that I put in. I am in control.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The fact that it can be SO HARD for to unplug and “turn yourself off”… When you love what you do and are genuinely passionate about your work, there’s a tendency to always want to be “on”. Over time (in fact more recently), I’ve learned the importance of giving yourself that time to recharge and unplug. You can’t pour from an empty cup my friends… so focus on filling yours first and then bless the world with that overflow <3

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Start now. Make decisions every day that make you happy. Don’t necessarily wait for the perfect opportunity or perfect moment because that doesn’t exist. YOU create that by making those small decisions that compound over time.

Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

IT’S HARD!! Hot yoga is one of my favorites, baths, face masks, candles (always lit), WINE and popcorn.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

Where do you find inspiration?

I’ve always been very self-motivated and driven by success but to be honest sometimes it’s really hard. It’s impossible to always feel SO INSPIRED every single day. We’re all human and there are some really great days and some challenging days as well. Whenever I find myself having a harder day, I shift my focus to everything I am grateful for and how when I take a step back I am beyond blessed. When you focus on the good, the good gets better. And to be honest – workouts and wine always help too 😉

What are you excited for in the second half of 2018 and beyond?

Ahh where do I start?? I think what excites me most about the future is knowing that this is just the beginning. I know there are so many other amazing women out there that I’ll eventually cross paths with – and whether I inspire them or they inspire me… it’s never ending. And that’s beautiful.

So I don’t know about you, but after reading that I’m about ready to grab life by the balls and make some serious moves. Shoutout to Danielle for being such an incredible boss babe and inspiration for women in the health/fitness community!! If you’d like, you can learn more about Danielle on her website here and follow along on her Instagram at @danielledebernardo

If there’s anyone you’d like to see featured here, please let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for more role models and love sharing stories of women who’ve accomplished their dreams.

Have a great rest of your week friends!

xo Jordan

May Favorites + ANNOUNCEMENT!

Happy National Donut Day!!!!

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You’re probably asking yourself why this isn’t a donut recipe post and I FEEL YOU. I planned on sharing a much different variety of content with you this week but alas, the broken elbow strikes again.😑

Instead, I’m bringing you some veryyyyy exciting news…DONUT MERCH IS HERE! Yep, that’s right, I made friggin’ t-shirts and hats with donuts on them (mostly because I personally wanted some but then figured hey, maybe you would, too!)😁

Dancing for Donuts | Donut Merch!

You can find DFD t’s, both regular and cropped, and a super cute dad hat over on my Etsy site! If there’s something else you’d like to see/buy, just let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do! This is definitely just the beginning, so more options (like hoodies & phone cases) will be coming soon, for sure.

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And now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s jump into May favorites!!!

FOOD:

Coconut Wraps: Not gonna lie, at first I was skeptical about these but they’re so yummy and an awesome alternative to wheat wraps or tortillas!! They don’t break like tortillas either (y’know when they rip and everything falls out? The worst. These don’t!) and I love putting a little avo + hummus in ’em with turkey or veggies. I bet they’d be amazing with nut butter and banana too for a sweet snack!

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SmartSweets: GUYS. To say these are my newest obsession are an understatement. Alex keeps wanting some too and I’m having a hard time sharing…😅 The whole bag is only 90 calories (and that are a lot in there!), they have fiber, and zero sugar alcohols which can give me a stomach ache. They come in fruity and sour and they’re so perfect for dessert. If you live in the US and want to order, you can get free shipping with my code ‘dancing.for.donuts’ !!

Blender Bombs: So you know how sometimes when you make smoothies you’ve got like 22 bags of seeds and protein powders and superfoods and it gets overwhelming? Blender Bombs solve that problem and it is AWESOME. They’ve got all kinds of goods in them like bee pollen, chia seeds and walnuts, but then they also make more specific flavored ones like Aloe + Collagen (what I have!) and Goji + Coconut + Acai!

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Better Almond Butter: If you are an almond butter fanatic like me, you HAVE to try this stuff guys. The texture is out of control perfect and the flavor is even better. It’s made from sprouted almonds too (which are easier to digest!) so it’s better than you’re average store-bought stuff if ya know what I’m sayin’. Highly recommend!

Ellie’s Nut Milk Bag: You’ve seen me use this before (when I made my Lavender Vanilla Almond Milk!), but this bag has seriously changed the game for me. They send you a brochure with recipes and everything you need to get started making your own nut (r oat!) milk, as well as cold brew! I love having fresh nut milk on hand since I know exactly what’s in it, plus you get the nut pulp afterwards too, which is great for adding to smoothies or oats for extra protein! If you’re interested in making your own non-dairy milk at home, this (and a blender) are pretty much all you need!

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FITNESS:

Beyond Yoga Leggings: Ok y’all, I have tried about 67 different brands of workout pants and I can officially say I have zero interest in wearing anything other than Beyond Yoga. They’re the softest, most comfortable and flattering pants I’ve ever worn and you can get some seriously incredible deals when they go on sale (that’s when I got them!). They have a zillion gorgeous colors and they’re perfect for everything from running to yoga to sittin’ on your couch watchin’ Netflix.

Outdoor Voices Crop Bra: So you need a good sports bra to go with your perfectly-fitting yoga pants and OV is the move. I can’t say enough positive things about this bra – it’s high-neck so the girls won’t fall out in down dog or bounce on the elliptical, thick enough to hide when you’re cold, but thin enough to breathe. I can promise you I will be ordering this in at least 2 more colors😅

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Sudio Headphones: When I tell you that I’ve been looking for a good pair of gym headphones for years now, I am not exaggerating. Like does anyone have weird a$$ ears that like, nothing stays in or is that just me? Either way, these Sudio Tre headphones do not move, plus they send you different sized wings which is amaaazing!! I love hat they’re bluetooth powered too ’cause that means I can do things like lift weights without taking my music out! I’ve got a 15% off code for this one too guys! It’s DANCINGFORDONUTS (and I can promise you I don’t make commission on it, they were just nice enough to give me a code for y’all!

ECM Planner: This one is so much more than fitness related – it’s literally my favorite thing from this month for life in general. Aim + Glow sent me their Enthusiastic Change Maker planner after seeing some posts on Instagram that clearly show I’m at sort of an interesting crossroads in life, and this planner is just what I needed. It allows you to write down your current story, your desired story, some tools you have in your arsenal to help you get there, journal space AND a ton of room for you to write down your goals in various aspects of your life each week. I’ve never seen anything like t in my life and it makes me so happy/motivated!

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Okay y’all, that about does it for today!! Thanks for stopping by and go treat yourself to a donut today!!!!

xo Jordan

 

 

DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Guys. It’s already Wednesday which means two things: 1) Friday is in two days and 2) our next DFD Babe Feature is here!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

This week I’m introducing you to two of my favorite women of all-time. I actually met them through Instagram just over a year ago, and instantly fell in love with their bright, welcoming and energetic fitness studio called Shine down in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Hillary Lewis & Yaya Margarita are both former dancers (like me!) and decided to follow their dream of offering fun and effective fitness classes for people from all walks of life and experience levels.

Another thing that’s so incredible about these two ladies, aside from their drive, is their commitment to helping other women in any way they can. They’ve both made such a difference in my life (personally and professionally), and watching them collaborate with others, pursue their passions, and grow their business has inspired me beyond belief.

If you want to know more about how they got started on their journey as female entrepreneurs, just keep on readin’!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

Tell us a little bit about Shine Studio! When did you start it and why?

Shine Studio opened in October 2016 and its been an amazing adventure to see our #ShineSociety grow! We were inspired to open a fitness studio that offered a wide variety of workout styles that were challenging, fun, and taught in a empowering and positive environment. We felt like fitness wasn’t something you should dread, but something you should actually look forward to! That’s why we set out to create and choose specific workouts that would inspire women to show up and leave smiling from ear to ear! From cardio dance, to our PilatesRemix and Pound classes, you can always find a class that will work you out from head to toe and make you feel like that 50 minutes flew by!

What inspired you to start working on your own business, whether full-time or as a side hustle?

When we met each other, we both had grown up dancing and connected over the fact that we missed dance and loved to workout, but found that our gym workouts just weren’t cutting it anymore. We noticed that there wasn’t a studio in the South Bay that offered the type of workouts that we loved and so we were motivated to bring something different to our area! We thought, if we are thinking that we cannot motivate ourselves to get to the gym and we need a workout that is something we actually love, there has to be other people that feel the same way! We now have people that come to us and say, “I was never able to stick to a workout until I joined Shine!”

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given in regards to being an entrepreneur?

Persistence is key. We have only been open a year and a half and there are still days where we are thinking “oh my gosh, we are killing this boss-babe thing!” and other days where we think “can we really do this?!” We’ve heard over and over that it’s all about sticking with it, being flexible, trying something different if one thing doesn’t seem to work, and just keep plugging away. Success does not happen over night for most businesses! It takes years of hard work and persistence.

What are three personality traits you think are key to being a successful business owner?

Self-motivation, perseverance, and connecting with other women in business and helping each other in any way you can. We think its so important to empower and help each other along this wild ride that is entrepreneurship! We have met WONDERFUL women since we started the business and try to partner and connect with them in any way we can. We work better as a community rather than in competition with one another!

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

Definitely the people that we’ve been able to connect with. It kind of goes with the last question, as well as our clients who have become a dedicated part of our studio. It is SO rewarding to connect with people that believe in what you are doing and even more so if you can feel like you’re improving their life in even some small way. It is completely life changing.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The ups and downs! It is bound to happen in any business but not knowing where you’re next dollar is coming from can be incredibly stressful. You have to have A LOT of trust and faith that if you are working hard you will be rewarded with success, sooner or later!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

How do you manage your finances, both personally and for work? Are there any tools you use or do you set a weekly/monthly budget for yourself?

We both have had to make sacrifices to start the business, but to be our own bosses and do what we love, it is worth it! We are both lucky to have spouses who empower us and support us. We have had to budget and get specific with our businesses expenses. The biggest advice we can give is to live and work as lean as possible. We taught the majority of our classes for the whole first year at the studio so we could get on our feet. You have to be willing to do what it takes!

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions?

Think hard about your idea and if you can’t stop thinking about it, make it happen. Do the research, find something that you truly love and care about, make sure its something you cannot live without pursuing. You will have to sacrifice and work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life. But if you love what you do, your successes will feel that much more amazing when you have created them yourself.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business?

Business is literally always open when you’re the owner! So you are going to work on it every day. You have to remind yourself to schedule “you time,” even if its taking a long lunch or getting a mani/pedi in the middle of the week! Know when you’re getting burned out and schedule that time for yourself so you can keep going the next day.

Where do you find inspiration?

We find inspiration from other businesses and women in business that have had amazing success! It’s easy to look at others and become envious. We’ve all been there! But we choose to look at it and say, “They did it! That’s so amazing! So can we.”

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Hillary & Yaya of Shine Studio

If you’d like to check out their classes head here (my favorites are Pound and PopFit!).

You can also find Hillary on Instagram @hillmae, Yaya @yaya_margarita, and Shine @shinestudiorb.

Well there ya have it! I hope you find these features as inspiring as I do😊 Let me know in the comments who you think I should feature next!

xo Jordan

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, my friends!!!

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I apologize for the late post today, I actually broke my elbow rollerskating at an event Tuesday night and my week has been a bit thrown off ever since! Thank goodness it was my left one and not the right, otherwise I’d be totally screwed (I’m a right-y)! I’ve got about 5 more weeks of down time, but the pain isn’t too bad, it’s mostly just annoying!

Now that we’ve got that life update out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff! It’s the start of a long weekend here in the US and I’m soooooo freakin’ excited to have an extra day off! My best friends from college are in town about an hour away, so I’ll be spending time with the, at the beach, and hopefully laying low!

Here’s what I’ve been reading this week:

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Shrimp & Rice – Since I won’t be in HI anytime soon, I think this dinner might be a summer staple in this house!

5 Zero Waste Kitchen Swaps That Are Totally Doable – Ok I OVE these, I’m trying to live a more green life and these really are so simple.

The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils: Uses, Benefits, Extraction and How To Use Them – Do you guys use essential oils? I don’t but I’m about a hop, skip and jump away from buying a cute diffuser…

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables – Because balance. Grill some veggies and then pair ’em with a burger (veggie or meat, your call😉), some coleslaw and maybesome french fries for good measure.

The Best Memorial Day Sales to Shop This Weekend – Plz pray for my wallet🙏

Memorial Day Recipes and Easy Grill Tips from the TIU Girls – I would listen to anything these two say but the recipes legit sound amazing!

The #100SquatChallenge – Since my elbow is putting a major damper on my workout plans, squats and lunges are about the only thing I can do right now! Who wants to join me in this?!

Have an amazing weekend!!

xo Jordan

March Foodie Favorites

Aaaaand we’re back with another roundup of my monthly faves!

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Let’s just jump right into, shall we?

Sips by – Ok this one is AWESOME guys. I’m now on my second month of this subscription box, which is essentially four different teas delivered straight to your door each month for just $15. What I love most is that you can choose your preferences so that if you’re not a big green tea drinker, for example, they’ll choose other things to fill your box with. So far I’ve had some super delicious teas (an early grey has been my favorite so far!), and they also send you re-usable cloth tea bags for any loose teas, which is great since I don’t actually have a steeper at home. They’re offering $5 off your first box with my code JORDAN5 so definitely sign up and let me know how much you’re loving it!!

Yogi Cinnamon Vanilla Healthy Skin Tea – I don’t have a photo for this one ’cause SURPRISE. I drank a cup every single day and was devastated once I ran out, thus realizing how much I love this stuff. I’m a huge tea drinker (as mentioned above…) but I’m not much of a chamomile person, so decaf tea can be hard to come by. This flavor with a dash of almond milk in stevia is my JAM. Highly recommend. I was almost able to trick myself into thinking it was dessert…

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Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – Look, I know this blog is for babes on a budget, which I 110% am, but I honestly think collagen peptides are worth the splurge. And, you know me, I found a GILT coupon for them and stocked up then ’cause paying full price for these ain’t easy😅 Collagen is great for hair, skin and nails, joint health, gut health, the liver, the heart, and the list goes on. I don’t necessarily think this brand is better than the others, but I do think they have some really cool products like collagen coffee creamer and beauty collagen in different flavors. I’ve been adding the plain one (aka the cheapest) to my coffee and tea on the daily and I definitely feel like my ordinarily brittle nails have been growing more quickly!

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Maca Powder – I used to add maca to my smoothies like a billion years ago, but I recently fell back in love with it! I honestly love the ever so present nutty spice it adds, but more importantly it adds so many antioxidants and nutrients (like Vitamin C and iron) to whatever you mix it with! It also apparently helps with hormone balance (always a plus) and even boosts libido, so that’s interesting…I’ve been adding mine to my daily green smoothie!

My Air Fryer – So I’ve raved about my air fryer several times in both my tater tots post and my donuts post from earlier this week, but I’m still not done you guys. This thing is SO fun and there are so many different things that you can make in here that I’ve barely scratched the surface. In the giveaway I ran this past week (sorry it’s over☹️) I asked people to tell me what they’d make in theirs if they won and there were so many awesome ideas! I want to start putting more veggies in here (sort of like roasting them, but maybe it’ll taste even better!) and do buffalo cauliflower wings, fried pickles, and even fried fish. So many options!!!

Dancing for Donuts | March Foodie Favorites

Rachel’s Overnight Oats – I discovered this brand through a friend and I am LOVING this overnight oats mix. Basically it comes in a bag that’s got oats, chia, hemp and flax all in one making it suuuuper convenient to make breakfast ahed of time. Even though I have all of these ingredients in my pantry separately, when I’m really in a pinch this makes it ridiculously easy! Plus they’re certified organic, gluten-free, vegan and have zero added sugar. They come in three different varieties and are on Amazon Prime, so that’s a win! You literally can just add almond milk (or greek yogurt – my fave!) and you’re good to go.

Fourth & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee – So I first tried this stuff about a year ago when it was in a swag bag from a food event. I was literally obsessed with it and when I realized I’d reached the bottom of the jar, I was so sad! Ghee itself is kind of a strange thing to understand – it’s basically like clarified butter but simmered even longer, which means it 1) has a somewhat nutty, deliciously buttery flavor and 2) has a higher smoke point. It’s also lactose free but full of.fat-soluble vitamins and healthy fatty acids, making it a somewhat better option than plain ol’ butter (depending on how you look at it). Honestly, I didn’t buy this stuff because it’s ‘healthy’ though, I bought because it’s straight up DELICIOUS. The vanilla flavor is unreal and it’s soooooo delicious on top of toast!!

Dancing for Donuts | March Foodie Favorites

Dang Coconut Chips in Salted Caramel – I’d be lying if I told you I had to use serious amounts of will power not to go through this entire bag the night I got it. The family I babysit for sometimes has these in different flavors so I already knew I’d love them, but DZAYUM are they good. They’re extra crunchy and have just the slightest flavor, so they’re absolutely delicious on oats, smoothies, or even by themselves. I can’t wait to try the other varieties!

Beet Powder – I just started adding this stuff to my smoothies this week, but I already love it!! If you’re someone who likes beets in general, I know you’ll love it too, but if you’re not, it really has barely any taste at all and when you mix it with bananas, nut butters, and more fruit! Like the maca, I love that adding beet powder to my smoothies means adding extra antioxidants plus fiber, potassium, folate, and other nutrients. I just feel good drinking it, y’know?

Okay friends, that’s it for now!! I’ve honestly fallen in love with like three other products this week after I got my first Thrive Market order in the mail, but I’ll save those for next month😉

Have a happy weekend, Happy Easter, and happy April!

xo Jordan