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

 

Monday Motivation & Inspiration.

Hi! I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend 🙂

I wanted to take a break from posting a recipe today, mostly because I’m sure everyone is struggling with going back to reality after a holiday, and I know I could use a little inspiration myself.

Sometimes I think the hardest part of living a healthy lifestyle is having a healthy mind.  It’s easy to schedule workouts and buy vegetables, but the challenge is really staying positive when things don’t go your way, or the universe throws things at you that don’t fit with your plans.

One of my favorite ways to ward off negativity, besides doing some kick-my-ass cardio of course, is focusing on my bigger goals. I know that if I keep working hard towards the things that matter to me, nothing can stand in my way. Totally aware of how cheesy that sounds, but I swear that if you refuse to give up, some amazing things can and will happen.

And, no matter how shitty things may seem, everything absolutely happens for a reason. If something or someone is threatening to steal your positivity, take it back. Everything works itself out in the end, and taking things day by day will make you realize that it does get better.

Surround yourself with things that make you happy. Getting outside is a guaranteed way to boost your mood, it’s been scientifically proven! Plus, you’ll get some Vitamin D, which is an added, but necessary, bonus.

Last but not least, don’t forget to treat yourself. There’s nothing out there a scoop of ice cream or chocolate chip cookie can’t fix 😉

Be back soon!

xo Jord

Friday Musings.

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The past 6 months have called for some major changes in my life, and I’m a much better (and happier!) person for it. As May arrives and my favorite season continues to be in full bloom, I thought I would share some of the things I’ve come to realize and am working on incorporating into my daily life.

Stop giving a crap about what other people think. But seriously.
I know this one is much easier said than done, but the truth is that once you stop comparing yourself to others and caring about how people view every little single thing you do or post or say or wear, you will feel so free. Do what makes you happy. If someone has something bad to say about it, it doesn’t concern you anyway.

Let people go.
If a person you once cared about decides to walk out of your life, they probably don’t belong their anyway. The most you can do is be kind and compassionate, but someone who doesn’t realize your worth is more than welcome to leave. Negativity is toxic, surrounding yourself with people who make you better will change your life.

Do nice things for other people.
Not only will it make them happy, but it will make you happy. There’s nothing better than making someone’s day with a compliment, a sweet gesture, or a fresh batch of cookies. Karma, people.

Stop and smell the flowers.
Life is hectic. As an entertainer, freelancer and business student, my days are always different and unpredictable. If I don’t take a moment to look around me and realize just how beautiful this city and this life are, I’m going to look back one day and wonder where the time went. I highly advise that you do the same. Buying yourself a bouquet of flowers for the kitchen table never hurts either 🙂

Have a great weekend, y’all!

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