The Hobbies I Almost Forgot About

This post is sponsored by Wente Vineyards but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

When was the last time you spent an hour doing something that wasn’t work, prepping for the day or week ahead, chores, working out, or taking care of someone else? Are you someone who’s turned their passion into their business like me?

I feel like in 2019, it’s getting harder and harder to get away from work, whether it’s because we’re hustling or even working in an industry like social media where our life IS our work. If that’s you (it’s me, too), I think it’s important for both of us to remember to make time for our hobbies that bring us joy and have absolutely nothing to do with making money.

If I’m being honest, there are a lot of things I do that feel like hobbies but also help me in business – like listening to entrepreneurial podcasts, cooking/baking, editing photos, writing, etc. However, since these are now my job, they come with their own set of stresses that hobbies that are *just* hobbies do not.

Some of the things I used to love when I was younger were knitting, drawing, journaling, coloring, reading and sewing. You guys, I used to knit up a STORM – it was so much fun, you could make all kinds of things and it was cool to see your work create something tangible! My mom and I would grab a cup of tea or glass of wine, and sit down to knit together when I lived at home😊

I also used to read SO much, especially in the summertime! I could read 3-4 books in just a week-long vacation, but why do I need to be on vacation to do that? And coloring – there’s a reason that coloring books were so trendy a few years ago! They’re good for soul and are so much fun. Plus, none of them have to do with being on a phone or computer – the key to truly unplugging and doing something that brings me joy!

Honestly just writing this is getting me excited to sit down, open a bottle of white, and hop in the tub. I might color or read, and then when I get out, I think I’ll get back to knitting the baby blanket I’ve been working on for my dog (yep, you heard that right😂).

So, now I’m taking a 21 Day Pledge with Wente Vineyards to make time for my hobbies no matter what. Since it takes 21 days to form a habit, they’ll keep you accountable by sending tips, ideas and inspiration that can help you lead a more fulfilling life.

I know for me personally, taking this pledge and making my priorities a hobby may mean less time growing my business or out with friends, but it also means that I’ll be happier because hobbies = self care.

Wente Vineyards is actually the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery (founded in 1833) and is California certified sustainable, using earth-friendly practices throughout their estate vineyards, winemaking practices and in the community. Not to mention this Chardonnay is one of my absolute favorites😍

So will you take the Wente Vineyards 21 Day #MakeTime Pledge with me? I think we could all really use a bit more time to focus on what makes us happy, whether that’s getting back to our hobbies, spending more time with loved ones, traveling, or experience life to the fullest!

If you’d like to sign up, head to Wente Vineyards to take the #MakeTime Pledge and don’t forget to tell me in the comments what you’re making time for!

xo Jordan

My Workout Essentials [+ Why I Always Keep a Water Bottle Handy!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at FIJI Water, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

Happy Monday Friends!

This past weekend was packed with lots of birthday celebrating, moving out of my apartment, and hiking. It was definitely busy, but an incredibly productive and fun weekend! I don’t know if you’re in the LA area, but we’re supposed to be experiencing a heat wave starting tomorrow and I’m not exactly looking forward to it…extreme heat makes me want to sit on the couch in my underwear eating frozen grapes, aka the opposite of getting a workout in! I think what a lot of people forget too, is how important it is to drink extra water during hot days since we’re sweating so much more. I know I do!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you know me at all, you know I always have water with me. It’s actually kind of a savior when I’m just sitting at my desk because it helps keep me from mindlessly eating, and even more so when I’m at the gym. I grew up not drinking very much of the stuff, and my mom doesn’t actually have water with her when she works out, but I could literally drink 2 giant bottles during my hour workout!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

As much as I love (and use) my reusable water bottle, I don’t always have access to clean water or a purifying filter. For this reason, I love having bottle of water in the fridge for when I know I won’t be near fresh water (like on a hike!). Lately, I’ve been looooving FIJI Water. I don’t know what it is about it, but I swear this stuff tastes smoother than anything else. Do you know what I mean? It’s so hard to describe, but it’s crisp and soft, which makes it extra refreshing in the summer.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

So with that, here’s what I always keep in my gym bag always for a workout sesh…and I think we can all guess what’s #1 😉

1. Water bottle: Not only is staying hydrated important for healthy skin, faster metabolism, and better digestion, it also makes sure your body is working at its optimal level and is essential for your health. I’m absolutely loving FIJI Water lately since it is has 100% naturally-occurring electrolytes too, which helps replenish those lost during sweaty workouts!

2. Cute (and supportive!) workout gear: I honestly can’t think of anything more motivating that a good freakin’ piece of workout gear. I love cute activewear pieces just as much as the next person, but what’s really important is having gear that isn’t going to be uncomfortable or distract you from your workout. Pulling up saggy leggings or pulling down a sports bra that likes to sneak up is pretty much the worst #amirite?

3. Preworkout snack: I know they say fasting before a workout can help burn fat, but homegirl over here isn’t going to make it 10 minutes into my cardio without my stomach growling if I don’t eat before I leave the house. I love to snack on something small but packed with protein to keep me going as long as I need to like a banana with peanut butter (those little to-go packs are great to keep in your bag!) or a bar that has 5g or less of sugar and minimal ingredients! Anything you can’t pronounce is a no go, duhhhhh.

4. Charged phone + headphones: Music while working out is a MUST. I swear the best workouts I’ve had were because I was listening to motivating music that kept me going. Sometimes it even makes me want to workout longer just so I can keep listening, and audiobooks or podcasts make great hiking companions, too!

5. Backpack: I swear by those little backpacks that have the drawstrings because they’re small enough to stash next to whatever machine you’re working out on, but big enough to hold all my stuff. If you’re hiking, they’re perfect too since they’re out of your way without weighing you down!

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

With FIJI’s home delivery service (available in the continental U.S.) I never have to worry about not having water on hand, especially since it can be extra heavy to carry cases of water from the store up to my apartment! You can choose from 5 different sizes too (I went with 500mL because it fits easily in my gym backpack!) and even create a subscription so you don’t have to think about re-ordering before or when you run out! Convenient AF.

Dancing for Donuts | My Workout Essentials [ + Why I Always Have a Bottle of Water Handy]

If you’d like to learn more about FIJI Water (which is filtered by volcanic rock – how COOL is that?!) and their home delivery service, you can visit their website here. Now tell me – what do you keep in your gym bag?!

xo Jordan

Staying Healthy On-the-Go [+ My New Favorite Green Smoothie!]

This post is sponsored by my friends over at Kiwami Greens, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own, as always!

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

Does anyone else feel like they’re constantly on the move these days?

A little backstory on me: for 5 years I legitimately ran around like a crazy person, driving all over LA from auditions to work to class. When I started my big girl 9-5 a year ago, I honestly thought it would be easier to manage my health, both mind and body, simply because I’d have more structure to my schedule and I’d be in one place. No more snacking on just energy bars (since they were the only thing that’d stay in my car in the heat all day) and wondering when and where I’d get my next meal from. The truth, though? Sitting at a desk all day means wanting to eat out of boredom, the temptation to eat garbage for lunch since I can go wherever I want, and having less time to make a healthy dinner at night once I’m back from my commute, too.

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

That being said though, I’m trying to find healthy habits that work around my schedule since that office life probably isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But even if you don’t have a desk job, it can be really challenging to make health-conscious decisions if you’re constantly going from place to place. I know as a student, or mom, or any working human for that matter, having something right at your fingertips that’s going to give you natural energy and nutrients is key, and often hard to come by. Enter: ridiculously convenient single-serving packs of Kiwami Greens.

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

GUYS. I’m not even kidding when I say this stuff is a game. changer. It’s literally the easiest way to make sure you’re getting your greens in, especially when you need a little boost (helloooo 3pm slump). Inspired by the Japanese tradition known as Aojiru, a nutritional greens blend known for its nutritional properties, Kiwami provides an easy way to reap the benefits of high quality young barley leaf, ashitaba (fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin E, calcium & polyphenols), matcha and sencha. It’s non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free AND has prebiotics, which sustain probiotics. This means that if you’re taking probiotics or eating fermented probiotic foods like Kombucha or kimchi, Kiwami Greens makes these “good bacteria” even more effective and are basically pure gold for your gut.

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

Can I tell you the best parts, though? You know what, I’ll just go ahead an list them for you right here…

1. This stuff legitimately tastes AWESOME. If you’re one of those people that loves Starbucks unsweetened matcha lattes, I promise you will love Kiwami Greens too because it literally tastes the same but is sooo much better for you (and cheaper!).

2. You can mix it with water or your favorite milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but I bet it tastes delicious with cashew or coconut milk, too!). This makes it even easier to enjoy since you can literally get water anywhere. If you’re home though, you can totally put it in a smoothie – my recipe can be found below!

3. You can keep it in your purse, at your desk, in your gym bag, wherever since the packets make it easy to take on-the-go and don’t need to be refrigerated.

4. It dissolves sooooo much easier than regular matcha (and doesn’t have that bitter taste!). You know how regular matcha just kind of clumps together and you need that special whisk or a blender to make it blend? Yeah, Kiwami doesn’t need that.

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

If you’re one of those people that likes to hide their nutrients in smoothies, I like to blend 1/2 frozen banana with 1 packet of Kiwami, 1 cup kale, 1/4 cup frozen mango and almond milk or water to taste!

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If you’d like to try Kiwami Greens for yourself, just head over to their website and use code SUMMER10 for 10% off your order!! Let me know what you guys think, ’cause I’m absolutely in love with this stuff.

Have a great rest of your weekend 🙂

xo Jordan