DFD Babe Feature: Candice of Beauty Bar Chocolate

I can’t even remember the last time I did a DFD Babe Feature, but I am SO honored to my friend Candice on the blog today!

If you’re new around here, I LOVE to interview incredible women entrepreneurs and share more of their stories on here! I myself am a business owner (who works with other female-owned businesses), so it’s super important to me to collaborate and support the women I see killing it.

Today, I’m chatting with my friend Candice who founded Beauty Bar Chocolate, a treat that uses only the highest quality ingredients with zero fillers. Keep reading for more on her journey to entrepreneurship, her biggest advice and where she plans to take BeautyBar in the near future!

Tell us a little bit about Beauty Bar Chocolate! When did you start it and why?

I launched Beauty Bar Chocolate after leaving a 19 year career in the fashion world. I  had major burnout, and was dealing with a host of autoimmune symptoms. I wanted to live a more inspired life and I found myself drawn into the wellness world, so I became a heath coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

During that time, I dove deep into my healing. I was able to start reversing my symptoms with lifestyle changes, diet and mindset.  I also went sugar -free, added adaptogens and collagen as part of healing from Candida and gut health issues. I then enrolled in Matthew Kenney Culinary school where I brought back my creativity and came up with the idea of BBC. I couldn’t find any clean, healthy chocolate in the market that tasted good, so I wanted to launch a product that helped people feel beautiful from the inside out. It’s my fashion-meets-wellness product.

What makes Beauty Bar different from other chocolate on the market?

There are so many things that set BBC apart from a sea of chocolates. You will most likely notice our beautiful floral box first (I was inspired by Persian soap boxes). I also don’t add many ingredients, there are no fillers or chemicals, and I use high quality brands that I believe in. It’s more than just chocolate – it’s about bringing inner peace into daily life. If we are calm on the inside, it makes if harder for disease to live, and anxiety to survive. When we are at peace our skin glows!! My tag line is: Eat For Peace, Focus & glowing skin. 

Can you share more about your previous work experience and/or education before launching your own company?

I worked for close to two decades in the fashion world and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve been in sales for most of my life, owned a women’s contemporary showroom in downtown Los Angeles where I used to sell clothing at wholesale, and helped launch many fashion brands. I knew nothing about the chocolate world before, but having these skills has helped me tremendously.

What’s your favorite part of running a business?

I love being the face of my company, networking with like-minded people and sharing my message. I also enjoy the process of producing the chocolate. I am still part of the process.

Is there something you wish more people talked about when it comes to being an entrepreneur?

I have a lot to say on this topic. To keep it short and sweet:  Have some patience, and to just start somewhere. I kept wanting to hold off until my site looked correct, and my packing was not perfect when I launched. It took so much work to get my packaging the way I wanted it to look, but once it came together, I had never been more happy!!

I’ve made many mistakes in this new world of mine, but I learn through each one and get better at it. For the days I really struggle, I’ll walk away from work to clear my head. Remember to breathe and try to enjoy the journey.

What advice can you give to someone looking to pursue their passion?

I would say to first to find something that you are so passionate about or you will grow tired of it so fast. You will be living, eating, and breathing this! Also don’t pick something for the money. Pick what you love and the money will come. Not only will people feel that passion coming from you, but they’ll want to be a part of what you are selling or offering.

How do you prioritize time for yourself?

Such a great question and what my business is all about! When I find myself trying to go back to my old Type A ways, I remind myself that I once was very ill, and filled with inflammation in my body. I will never go back to that life.

I love to wake up early around 5-5:30 am before anyone so I can have some time to myself before I start the day. I use that time to workout, catch up on tv, cuddle my dogs while sipping a matcha, or practice a grounding meditation to help get my out of my head. My evening routine has also changed from my fashion days. I traded in my nightly glass of champagne for magnesium and sleepy time herbal tea. I love going into my infrared sauna and to bed early (most nights in bed by 8:30-9pm) so I can get a good 8 hours of sleep. I know I am a granny but I love it. I wake up so refreshed!

What are you excited for in the fall season & beyond?

I have so much exciting things that are happening for BBC! I just launched in all the Erewhon locations! I am in the middle of relaunching my  site with more elevated pictures and upgrading everything. I am launching a holiday bar, and in the new year I will have a dream bar that helps relax you in the evening. 

Okay if you’re not a) fired up about going after the life you *actually* want to live and/or b) ready for some Beauty Bar Chocolate after that, I don’t know how to help you😂 Candice was sweet enough to give me a discount code to share, so feel free to use the code dancingfordonuts15 at checkout!

Find Candice herself on Instagram at @awholeandhappylife and BeautyBar at @beautybarchocolate. Thanks for stopping by and if you have anyone else in mind that you’d like for me to interview, drop their name/insta below!!

xo Jordan

3 Things I’ve Learned in 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

Well, it’s been almost exactly three months since I launched my business. I think it’s time for an update…

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

First of all, I just need to say that the last few months have FLOWN on by. I’m so confused because it feels like it was just New Year’s, but then all of a sudden it was then Valentine’s Day, I went to Colorado, and now I’m about to meet my mom in Texas for our mother/daughter weekend. WHERE IS TIME GOING.

All of this is to say that when you are doing something you love, something you truly care about, I honestly think time moves more quickly. I used to sit at my desk at work and by 10am I was ready to go home. That’s ONE hour in. Now? I start working at 7am and all of a sudden it’s 1pm. I think that’s both a good and bad thing, but the fact that I’m not sitting there twiddling my thumbs until 6pm is pretty fantastic 🙌🏻

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

If I had to sum up how the past three months have been, I would say they’ve been mind-blowing in the absolute best way possible. Never in my dreams did I think I would receive the outpouring of love and support or the opportunities I’ve been given. I wasn’t really worried about succeeding as an entrepreneur in the long run, but I do feel VERY lucky when I think about how far I’ve come in a short period of time.

There’s still a loooong long way for me to go, but here’s what I’ve learned since announcing my social media consulting business as a full-time endeavor…

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

That whole motivation thing is harder than you might think. I’d like to think I’m pretty good about self-motivation and time management, but MAN is it hard to keep yourself focused when no one is giving you real deadlines. I seriously have to implement my own for all of my clients so that I don’t drop the ball, and if I don’t plan my week down to the hour, I will forget to focus on things. This is something I struggle with on the daily, but am really working on! It’s gotten better, but I swear I’ve developed ADD or something…🙈

Kindness will get you unbelievably far. So here’s the tea: I haven’t actually had to send out any cold emails or proposals to potential clients that didn’t email me first…and for that, I am SO incredibly lucky. But you know what? I swear it’s just karma or something because I’ve found leads in the most unlikely places. People I’ve only talked to via Instagram comment or DM, friends of friends I met once, connections through alumni…those are the people that have now become my clients.

I couldn’t disagree more with the idea that women have to be hard, cold, and cut throat to get ahead in business. I actually think the complete opposite. You never know who you’re going to meet or speak to, so treat everyone with kindness and be generous with your time when you’re building those relationships.

Keep information close. So basically when you’re a business owner who offers shareable knowledge as part of their business (like I do), sending proposals can be tricky. While I want to present my thought process and strategy to win a client over, I have to be strategic in what I share because if I give too much away, they won’t need me.

If you’re in a business with skills that are not easily learned (like photography or finance), then you probably don’t have to worry about this! But for me? I know for a fact I’ve sent out ideas that were then taken and used by someone else, and that’s on me! Lesson learned.

Dancing for Donuts | 3 Things I've Learned in My First 3 Months as an Entrepreneur

Wow, just writing all of that actually just made me realize how far I’ve come since January, but also how far I still need and WANT to go. It’s a been a whirlwind, to say the least!!

I am so grateful for this life I live, the journey I’m on, and the support I receive from all of you every step of the way. I hope to be able to write another one of these in three more months, three years, and three decades😊

xo Jordan

all photos taken by Leah Davis of Kindred Soul Studios

DFD Babe Feature: Michaela of Michaela’s Motto

Oh yeah y’all, we are BACK with a DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

It’s been a minute, but now that I’m actually a full-time female business owner myself, this series means more to me than ever before. And, if you’re new around here, I’ll just be super quick in explaining why: the DFD Babe Feature is all about supporting women who inspire me with their drive, ambition and success in creating businesses they’re passionate about!

Today I’m putting the spotlight on my friend Michaela who I actually met through one of my closest dancer friends (hey, Larissa!). Michaela is also a professional dancer, but on top of that, she’s a personal trainer who just launched her own nutrition and fitness plan. Think she might be superwoman honestly…

In this interview, we talk a little bit about where her love for fitness began, her mission and goals for Michaela’s Motto, and how she handles the stresses of entrepreneurship. Keep scrollin’ to learn more!👇🏻

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

Okay, tell us when you first became interested in fitness!

I started dancing at age 3 and have always loved staying active. Once I graduated high school and became a professional dancer, I found myself wanting to take care of my body and it became a hobby of challenging myself physically even off the dance floor. It was a positive outlet for me and I found myself so passionate and wanting to share it with others.  

And what about Michaela’s Motto?! What was the motivation behind creating your fitness app and nutrition plan?

I wanted an affordable platform that could serve women all around the world and teach them a healthy lifestyle. I struggled with an eating disorder in my past, but found a love for macro nutrition that taught me how to have a healthy relationship with food without restriction. Flexible dieting provided me that balance and freedom while still achieving my goals. I became a certified Macro nutrition coach so that I can help others fuel their body properly and also enjoy the foods they love. Life needs BALANCE and I am a true believer that flexible dieting compliments that.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

I’d love to know your top three fitness moves for building muscle and burning fat!! I know burpees can be amazing but I can’t do more than about 5 of those, so hopefully that’s not one of your answers😂

I love to incorporate plyometrics into my training programs. They get the heart rate up and get the calories BURNIN’. Plus, there aren’t many people who LOVE to do cardio so I like to incorporate it within the workout versus spending hours doing cardio a week (no one has time for that)! Lifting weights is also a huge component to weight loss. Even after your workout, your body is still burning calories to recover muscle tissue from your workout.

Some of my favorite exercises: jump squats, timed circuits with weights and bodyweight exercises, box jumps, battle ropes, & ice skaters.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

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

A humble personality, outgoing/social (key to networking), and being genuinely passionate about what you do!

What’s your favorite part about being your own boss, and your least favorite?

I can work from anywhere, create my own schedule, provide and offer something to people that one else has. But being a one man show can be extremely challenging. I am learning SO much. If I don’t know how to do something, I have to learn how to do it and figure it out.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

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

Keep your current job and have your personal business as your side hustle until you become more established. It is nice to have a reliable/steady income each month while you work out the hiccups of your personal business. Take on a few customers at a time so that it isn’t overwhelming when you first begin, and slowly add clientele and your workload.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I always try to do something my myself, whether that’s working out or just sitting a watching a favorite show of mine at the end of the day. Creating work hours for yourself is so important, just like you would have a start and end time of a job if you were employed by a company. Take care of YOU so that you can efficiently run the best business.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Michaela's Motto

And there ya have it!! Just so impressed by my fellow female dancers and bada$$ business babes👏🏻👏🏻 You can find Michaela on Instagram here and check out her fitness app here!

Be back soon!!❤️

xo Jordan

I have news… (!!!)

I don’t think I’ve more excited for anything since I moved to Los Angeles to dance 7.5 years ago, you guys…

I am now…*drumroll please*…a BUSINESS OWNER!!!

Yep, I am no longer at my full time corporate job, I am now a SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANT at my own company called DFD Creative 😃

I’ve shared more about why I’m making this transition in my latest YouTube video (below), but essentially I just want to build a life I truly love, and that means being an entrepreneur. My goal is to help small businesses, particularly those that are women owned and run, increase their social footprint and hone their voice on social platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

I’ve actually been consulting for over a year now as a side hustle, so I’m super pumped to make this my main focus. You can read more about DFD Creative over on my “contact” page, but essentially I’m like a one-stop shop for social needs like content creation, product photography, copywriting, community management, data analysis, influencer outreach, and paid social.

If that sounds like something you or someone you know might need, please feel free to reach out to me directly at jordan@dancingfordonuts.com – I would love to talk all things social with you 🙂

Thank you so, so much for all of your support on here. I most definitely would not have the confidence or knowledge to take this leap in my career without this blog and this community!

xo Jordan

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

How on earth is 2019 right around the corner?!

Dancing for Donuts | Top Posts of 2018

I mean honestly this year FLEW by. Every single month of it! And I have a feeling next year will, too🙈 In true blogger fashion, I’m rounding out 2018 with a round up of my most popular posts! These are posts that resulted in the highest number of traffic to my blog this year, even though some of them are from previous years (like the energy bites I made in early 2017!).

I always find these interesting just for myself and content creating purposes, but hopefully you’ll find something in here that intrigues you, too!

Dancing for Donuts | My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service

1. My First Time Trying a Meal Delivery Service – I tried Territory Foods this summer and it was SO delicious!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

2. DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman – An interview I did for my DFD Babe Feature series – on it, I interview female entrepreneurs that are killing it and Staness is someone I truly look up to!

Dancing for Donuts | Spinach & Goat Cheese Egg White Frittata with AllWhites®

3. Spinach and Egg White Goat Cheese Frittata – A recipe I created in collaboration with AllWhites Egg Whites!

Dancing for Donuts | Easy Air-Fried Tofu & Shirataki Noodles (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

4. Easy Air-Fried Tofu and Shirataki Peanut Noodles for One – Guys I finally found a way I like tofu this year and it’s when it’s made in the air fryer. Total game changer.

Dancing for Donuts | The Smoothie I've Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + My 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins

5. The Smoothie I’ve Had (Almost) Every Day in 2018 + 5 Favorite Smoothie Add-Ins – Green smoothies dominated my breakfasts this year. They never get old and make me feel better, even if I don’t get veggies in during lunch or dinner!

Dancing for Donuts | Why & How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition with iWi Omega 3 Supplements #ad

6. Why and How I Choose Sustainable Nutrition – I made a conscious effort to move to a more sustainable lifestyle this year and I hope to be even better about it in 2019.

Babes on a Budget: 3-Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites.

7. Babes on a Budget: 3 Ingredient Cinnamon Raisin Energy Bites – Cheap, healthy recipes will always be my  bread and butter! I think making any kind of energy bite/bar at home is not only cost effective, but better for you ’cause you can control exactly what’s in them.

Dancing for Donuts | January Favorites - Food, Wellness, Fitness & Beauty

8. January Favorites: Food, Wellness, Fitness and Beauty – Favorites posts are some of my favorites (pun not intended!). I’ll be sure to continue these into the new year, even though I’ve been slacking towards the end of this year😬

Dancing for Donuts | What's in My Purse: Dandy Bee Company Organic Lip Balm

9. DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Co. – I’m so thankful I connected with Maria this year! Her interview talks about how she started her own clean beauty company after becoming a mom.

Dancing for Donuts | Pumpkin Protein Muffins

10. Pumpkin Protein Muffins – I will definitely be making this recipe well into 2019, I don’t care what you pumpkin-haters say!

And there ya have it!! I hope you all have an absolutely incredible New Year’s – I have a feeling 2019 is going to be absolutely EPIC!!!!! Thank you so much for sticking with me this year. I appreciate each and every one of you so much!

xo Jordan

 

DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

It’s been WAY too long since our last DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

I’m SO happy to be talking to Staness Jonekos of Eat Like a Woman on here today. I think you guys are really going to love this one – Staness is all about educating women on how their bodies are different then men’s in terms of health and diet. I actually had the pleasure of working with Staness a couple of years ago when she first launched her bars, shakes and cookies, and reconnecting with her has me so excited. You know how passionate I am about surrounding myself with smart, motivated women like herself!!

In this interview, we talk about how she got started with her Eat Like a Woman book that then became a plant-based nutrition line, why it’s so important that women understand how their needs are unique, and how female bodies are generally neglected from scientific research. You know I love every single person I interview for this series, but this one in particular is the perfect intersection of what I like to talk about on this blog (aka health and wellness!) + female entrepreneurship. Keep reading to learn more about Staness and her incredible company!

Tell us a little bit about Eat Like a Woman! What made you decide to write the original Eat Like a Woman book and then branch out into the food space?

During a TV show pitch session as one of the executive producers for Oprah Winfrey’s first TV network, Oxygen Media, she personally asked me how I was making a difference.  Health was always my passion and she knew there was something out there I should be doing. When Oprah speaks, you listen. I took a hiatus from television and wrote EAT LIKE A WOMAN after I discovered the FDA banned females from clinical research in 1977 until recently.

Women experience heart disease and stress differently than males, and burn carbs and fats differently, as well as metabolize nutrients at a slower rate.  This information inspired me to create a company that manufactures plant-based bars, cookies and shakes designed specially to support a women’s health. 

I truly love that you’re educating women on how their bodies are different from men’s bodies! That’s not something discussed often. Can you give us a quick summary of what women should be paying attention to in terms of their unique health?

Women have very unique life stages (pregnancy/lactation, reproductive years, menopause and beyond) that require specific nutritional support.  Our Life Stage Shakes® honor these requirements, so we can achieve optimal health at each life stage. We all have a healthy weight, we are all different – focus on health, not size!  We are born with BILLIONS more fat cells than males. How we perceive fat in our society does not embrace health for a woman.  

Of course, staying at your healthy weight is important – too much fat isn’t good either, but those curves are there for a reason. Carbs are not bad! In fact, a female’s neurotransmitter health benefits from a balance between protein and carbs.  High protein diets are not the best fit for females. You may drop some weight quickly, but one can get cranky and those pounds will return when the carbs do. The Mediterranean’s figured it out…lean proteins, lots of veggies, grains, olive oil, and some RED WINE!

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What’s your favorite part of owning & running Eat Like a Woman?

Discovering new science that included females so we can apply it to our daily life is one of my favorite Eat Like a Woman duties, and creating food products that harness this info so we can achieve optimal health as a woman! Every day I am spreading the word that differences matter, so the new science can help each of us. Medical text books still do not have this new research, so I am committed to sharing it with women so they can demand that future research include women.  

And what’s your least favorite part?

There are a million details to launching a food business – operations, financing, legal,  managing three warehouses, three co-packers where we manufacture our bars, cookies and shakes, a law firm to protect our intellectual property and ensure we follow all of the FDA regulations, raising money so the company grows so we can met our costumers demands, and seeking out new distribution channels.  Until recently I personally handled all of these activities, now we have an amazing team that has joined the ELAW family!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Staness of Eat Like a Woman

If you had to pick one piece of advice to give to others pursuing their passions, what would it be?

Ask yourself “what do I do every day that I love?” For me, I love to KNOW things.  Researching and writing is like breathing…I have no choice. When I was 6 years old, I found my Mom’s nursing/medical text book and studied every word.  Local kids would come over when they were sick and ask me what was wrong with them—so I started diagnosing my friends. It made perfect sense to write books and launch a disruptive business that can change how we think about nutrition.

Ask yourself: What do YOU do for free daily, because you love it?  When you can answer that question you have found your purpose in life – how YOU will make a difference.  The exact question Oprah asked me years ago.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I must confess, launching a start-up is super time consuming.  I need to work on making time for myself and finding balance. The answer – we must all make time for ourselves, me too. De-stressing and self-care is a work in progress for me.  That said, I think ALL women have the same struggle.

What are you excited for in the new year? Are you making any resolutions/goals?

We are officially launching Eat Like a Woman nationally next year. I can’t wait to get out there and share powerful information, and yummy plant-based snacks, that can help women achieve their optimal health. Women have a very different eating journey than men…from body image, to nourishing different life stages, to media pressure to look a certain way…it is time we embrace our differences.  We are ALL EQUAL, but our differences make each of us uniquely beautiful.

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Alright y’all, thanks for reading!! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and if you’re in the northeast or anywhere that got snow yesterday/today, stay warm!

xo Jordan

 

DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel’s Overnight Oats

It’s been a minute, but we’re back today with another DFD Babe Feature!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

If you’re new around here, I have a series called the DFD Babe Feature where I like to share stories about female entrepreneurs (particularly in the health/wellness space!) who inspire me. This week we’re chatting with Rachel of Rachel’s Overnight Oats, a company that makes overnight oats mixes in three different flavors (the Pumpkin Spice one is perfect for fall!). Her products are all non-GMO, vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, and have zero added sugars. They essentially take the work/effort out of making a healthy breakfast and as someone who’s been eating them for months, I can tell you they’re a game changer!!

One thing I love about Rachel is how driven she is. I know her personally and can tell you that she is basically superwoman running a business entirely by herself while also working on other projects, being a mom, and staying on track with her health goals. If that doesn’t sound exhausting to you, then I don’t know what does😅 She’s absolutely crushing it in all aspects of life, but she’s here to share what it’s really like being an entrepreneur with a food startup, how she balances life & work, and that not everything is as glamorous on the inside as it is on the outside sometimes.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

Tell us a little bit about Rachel’s Overnight Oats! What made you decide to start your own company?

I started right in my very own kitchen!! I made overnight oats nearly every night for my fiancé who typically skipped breakfast in the morning.  I was thrilled he loved my overnight oats recipes and was finally eating breakfast, so I found myself making them nightly for the both of us. After many nights of measuring ingredients and making overnight oats, I wanted something more convenient and less time consuming. I went to the store looking for an overnight oats mix, but was disappointed I couldn’t find what I was looking for. I tried everything on the market and they’d come out very chalky, plus I didn’t want all the added sugar. It was then that I decided I would try making and selling my own mix. Here I am over 2.5 years later and it looks as though I wasn’t the only one looking for an overnight oats mix!

When did you start becoming passionate about healthy eating and health in general?

When I was in high school I remember becoming more aware of my eating and exercise habits. I’ve also lived an active lifestyle whether it be horseback riding or an outdoor hike, etc. I think eating healthy and exercise go hand in hand. It’s just part of who I am.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

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

1) PERSISTENCE –  A food start up is full of challenges, growing pains and financial demands. You need to be persistent even though you may not get the response you are looking for the first time you ask.  You have to have the will power to keep trying even when things are tough. Some of my store accounts told me “no” three times before I finally got a “yes”. 2) PATIENCE – Things take time and although you may be the one in charge, some outcomes aren’t always your decision or within your control. Sometimes you just have to be patient. 3) ORGANIZATION- Staying organized is crucial. Knowing details and learning the systems that run a business is key, but that’s not always easy when you have emails flying and your phone ringing off the hook.

What’s your favorite part of owning & running a company?

When you create something of your own and experience the challenges and successes along the way, it creates a sense of appreciation for other entrepreneurs because I know first hand how hard it can be.  When I am at an in-store demo and someone asks, “Are you Rachel?” it’s also very moving to see their excitement when they meet the face behind the brand. I feel so connected to what I am doing and when I hear someone else loves or enjoys my overnight oats, it just feels good.

And what’s your least favorite part?

The long hours and balancing work, home and social life. Most weeks are 7 day work weeks. I know I won’t be working 7 days a week forever, but I have to now just to get things up off the ground!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Rachel of Rachel's Overnight Oats

What advice can you give to others looking to start pursuing their passions? Is there anything you would have done differently?

I would have started sooner.  Don’t hesitate if you have an idea or want to start a business. Yes, its scary because its out of your comfort zone, but once you start building momentum with your brand and business, it’s really special.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I try to schedule myself for a facial or a mani/pedi on a consistent basis. Once I have that on the calendar, it’s a commitment in my schedule that I plan to stick to. It helps me take time for myself and I plan it my schedule just like I would book a work meeting.

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

I am preparing for a launch in Northern California. This is a big step for the company and I’m really excited about it.  Although the business is growing, that also means performance expectations grow, financial demands grow and responsibilities grow.  I am also really looking forward to expanding the product line and coming up with new products to share with our loyal and growing customers.  

So that’s the scoop on Rachel – what do you guys think? I freakin’ love how she just keeps it real and I know with her persistence she’s going to absolutely crush it even more in the future. If you’d like to find her on Instagram, her handle is @rachelsovernightoats and you can shop her products on Amazon Prime here, or on her website.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of your week!!

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Co.

It’s been a minute, but we are BACK today with another DFD Babe Feature!!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

If you’re new around here, I have a series called the DFD Babe Feature where I like to tell the stories of incredible women that are chasing their dreams and have started inspiring businesses. On this week’s lineup, we have Maria of the Dandy Bee Company here to tell us a little bit about why she started her all-natural beauty company and how she navigates a busy life as both an entrepreneur and mother.

I actually had the pleasure of working with Maria & her company for an Instagram giveaway and blog post (do you guys remember the What’s in My Purse post from a few weeks ago?), and I can tell you first hand that’s she’s super organized, extremely kind-hearted, open to connecting with others (which is what this is all about, in my opinion!) and hard-working. Keep reading if you want to hear more about her business, values, and advice!😊

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

Tell us a little bit about the Dandy Bee Company! When did you decided to start your own company?

Hi everyone! I recently launched the Dandy Bee Co., an all-natural body, beauty and home brand that has been years in the making. After taking time off running a blog and women’s accessory line of mine to raise my two sweet kids, I decided this was the year to rebrand and relaunch my company. While it was a little scary and a bit overwhelming, I knew the timing was right and it has always been a passion of mine.    

What inspired you to start working on your own business creating non-toxic and organic beauty products?

Dandy Bee Co. was created out of a desire to provide my family with hard working yet non-toxic daily essentials. When my kids were born, I saw these little people who hadn’t yet been exposed to many of the harmful things in the world, chemicals and beyond, and wanted to prolong that as much as possible! I wanted to create a company that was transparent and trustworthy. That is the driving force and our bottom line for everything that we create for our customers!  

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

I think one of most important traits to have is determination. You really need to love and want it. I think sometimes there is this ideal of what running a business is – of getting to call the shots, being your own boss, flexibility etc. But at the end of the day, it is a lot hard, hard work, and hours devoted that may not pay off for a while. Another trait I think that is important is being able to enjoy the process, because success is rarely an overnight experience. For me, my previous company had very little to do with what I am doing now. But, I learned so many skills and lessons along the way.

I grew in my maturity and my vision, and while it could easily feel like I haven’t reached all my goals (especially as a mom who took time off), I know each step including the time off has played an important role in my success today and in the future. The last trait would be to understand and appreciate who you are, and to be willing to delegate. There is no one type of person who makes an amazing leader. Personally, I know I am not the best salesperson, but rather more vision driven and creative. Because of that, it is important for me to find people who I can partner with to help me in the areas that aren’t my strong points.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

What’s your favorite part about running your own company?

I love being able to create, to imagine, and to see my dreams take shape. I love the feeling of accomplishment that comes when the hard work pays off!

And what’s your least favorite part?

In many ways, the vulnerability. Putting myself out there and hoping that people enjoy what I’ve created. It makes me strive harder though, and develop tougher skin!

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

Look for a mentor if you can. Someone who has been there that can help guide you, or at the very least encourage you, through your journey. Test out your ideas on people around you to gauge if there is an audience for it. And become an expert in what you love to do: if you cannot do it to earn money yet, spend some time everyday practicing or experimenting with your passion. One day you’ll find you have developed your specialty!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I always try and take weekends off, and if I can’t, only devote an hour or two to work. That time is for me and my family. My husband who is also an entrepreneur has encouraged me that it is possible! I love to read, and will spend at least 30 minutes every night by myself enjoying whatever fiction I can get my hands on. I also find time praying my way of getting whatever is causing me anxiety off my chest. It helps me really dissect whatever issues I’m facing and come up with a game plan on how to tackle it.     

Where do you find inspiration?

Honestly, I am a problem solver by nature. A lot of my products are a result of some issue I am, or someone I know is dealing with. Or, if I see another product that I feel like I could improve upon also drives me. For example, my husband’s deodorant would leave this terrible build up on his shirt that I could not get out without major elbow grease. I formulated our own that he (the pickiest deodorant user I’ve met) loves, and the transformation of his shirts has been an amazing side effect.

I also love following other woman entrepreneurs. I once watched an episode of Chef’s Table on Christina Tosi and cried the entire time! It was so inspiring seeing this female who is an expert in her field, and the journey it took for her to get there.  

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

Launching many new products! We have been focusing on our organic lip balms and all the marketing aspects of it to build up awareness of our brand. Now that we have been making some headway there, I can start moving forward with making lots of new yummy goodies available for everyone to try!  

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Maria of the Dandy Bee Company

And there ya have it!! How unbelievable is Maria, you guys?! That quote right up there ^ might be my biggest takeaway from this whole interview, but I think there’s probably something in there that could resonate with anyone.

If you’d like, you can visit Maria’s site at the Dandy Bee Company and check out her organic lip balms (I’m obsessed with every single flavor), or find her on Instagram here.

Thanks so much for reading and if there’s someone you’d like me to interview next, please let me know in the comments!

xo Jordan

DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

For this week’s DFD Feature, I’d like to introduce you all to one of the most interesting, charismatic and kind women I know: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

Y’all know we like to showcase women of all different backgrounds, industries, ages, etc. and Marjolaine is a yogi, musician and life coach living in Germany! I originally met her via Instagram (as per usual) and had the pleasure of experiencing an hour long coaching call with her just a few weeks ago where we went over some of my business goals and dreams, and how to achieve them.

Her story is so unbelievably unique and beautiful, and once you start reading our interview, you’ll know exactly what I mean! I know you’ll fall in love with her just as much as I have, but just to give you an idea, Marjolaine went from having a background in theater to a traditional job in a call center, and now runs a successful business helping female entrepreneurs reach their full potential. She’s also hosting a 5 day retreat to reset your body & mind for a thriving business in SANTORINI this September (like hello, that is awesome) and she’s been generous enough to give 100 euros off to anyone who signs up using the code ‘Donuts’ at checkout – please go for me so I can live vicariously through you. Homegirl doesn’t have enough vacation days…

Anyway, let’s just hop into it!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

Tell us a little bit about Yoga With Bow! When did you decided to become a life coach?

I actually became a life coach super organically. I always loved guiding and inspiring people and I initially did a bachelor in psychology in French-Canada where I am from. My plan changed along the way and I was headed towards a master in speech language pathology. But on my last year abroad, I realized how many possibilities I had and felt a huge rush to LIVE a fuller life.

Fast forward a few years later, I now live in Germany with my Greek boyfriend from my exchange year, launched an album on Spotify and am working on the second,  built a super minimalist lifestyle and run a beautiful mindfulness resource for creative women entrepreneurs that inspires women to ignite their potential, spark their creativity and truly align their business with their purpose and gift. YWB is about being a creative woman and owning your unique story. Not defining yourself by what people see but creating yourself by tuning in to your flow and letting your vision unfold.

Can you briefly walk us through what a coaching session with you looks like?

Will you close your eyes for me? Arrive on your seat, star being aware of where you are at and how it feels. Bring slowly awareness to your breathing

I work with the flow. My sessions are a mix of incredibly insightful and practical moments on social media strategies, branding, message, money mindset and vision, but also welcoming moments of pure bliss and discovery with eyes closed and meditation. My clients tend to say that I am a lot of fun but also very strict, haha! I do like it when my clients are moving forward and seeing results, so I give homework. When I work with you, I believe 100% in your vision and I will do everything I can to provide you with resources and ideas to help you make it happen one sweet step at a time.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

What inspired you to start working on your own business helping others reach their full potential?

Life has a way to lead the way. I always knew I was a creative soul, having a background in Theater, makeup and community services, I always stood out as the girl doing everything and having magical opportunities happen to me like if my life was a movie (but I also was always a very spontaneous person) – no wonder that what is now Yoga With Bow started as an overnight decision!

I had been working for few months in a call center and one week after getting a raise, I got laid off because of restructuring. It felt great! I had become a zombie and my creative energies were so low. Fortunately, a few days after, I got a first gig as a small non-speaking actress role for a commercial and made a very crazy move. I built Yoga With Bow on WordPress in a day on that weekend – the website was terrible and I had not much of a clue about what I was doing, but it tasted like liberty. I do believe my expertise is heavily due to that mixed uncommon path. 

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

Passionate, confident, vision-oriented

What’s your favorite part of coaching? Is there a specific type of concern you love helping people work through (ie. entrepreneurship, relationships, etc.)?

I love the face of my clients every time we unlock something or open a door. It’s like watching tiny miracles and being aware of the vast possibilities that can open every time you make a move or get a new insight is addicting. Mostly, seeing my clients write their vision and gain clarity to a point where they achieve massive milestones is exhilarating. With my background in theater, I also love doing role play to raise the confidence and make you own your story and be ready for the pitch of your life or explain what you do to someone over coffee.

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

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

Make a decision. Decide that your vision is truly possible and honour that decision like it was the only one you would ever get to make. Breathe in like if it was already your reality and start building yourself first. It always starts from within. If you don’t believe in your project 100%, no one will. Show up for yourself.

How do you prioritize time for yourself when you’re super busy with your business? Do you have any de-stressing techniques or self-care routines you can share?

I think an easy way to go about that is to use morning and evenings for you. You have to learn to practice-single tasking for both when you are working and resting. If you can give yourself a real 10 minutes break a day when you consciously care for your body, shower, or practice sport or meditation without overlapping your business, you will redefine your idea of work & play. 

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

I can’t believe there is another 6 months to go because this year has already given me so many surprises and gifts!! I will be launching a second EP, taking on new coaching clients to work on amazing projects, and welcoming people for a RESET yoga retreat in Greece this September. Also, my podcast is officially starting and my online shop will start to have physical products!

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Marjolaine of Yoga With Bow

Okay HOW incredible is Marjolaine, you guys?! I see a bit of myself in her, just because of all these different paths in life have actually directed her to right where she needs to be in order to make her dreams happen!

If you’d like to contact Marjolaine for a coaching session (which I highly recommend – I still think about mine every single day), feel free to reach out on her website, Yoga With Bow. You can also find her on Instagram here: @yogawithbowand listen to her Spotify album here. Don’t forget – if you’re a lover of yoga and are looking for a little getaway, she’s also hosting a 5 day retreat in freakin’ SANTORINI. Like hello, I would do that in two seconds if I had the vacation days!!!!

Thank you so much for stopping by and hope you have a beautiful day😊

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* 🙂

Dancing for Donuts | DFD Babe Feature: Danielle DeBernardo

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