Wednesday, November 25, 2015

roadtrip playlist

Today I am off on a family roadtrip to the mountains to celebrate Thanksgiving. Music is essential to a great roadtrip, especially if I am going to spend all day in a car with my sibilings. I put together a playlist of songs both new and old, that I grew up listening to or that I have recently fallen in love with. Songs that are perfect for singing along to, or just listening to on long stretches of highway. It's a playlist that should please everyone from my dad to my little sister, and I hope you enjoy it as well!

Saturday, November 21, 2015


We've got some new additions to our family... two adorable kittens! My friend was giving them away and I'm the biggest cat lady so I desperately wanted to keep them myself, but unfortunately I can't have pets where I live. My mom however, decided to adopt them, so now I get to see these little furballs everytime I go home! I got some pictures while they were napping- the only time they're still enough for a photo- so of course I had to share them with you!

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

penpal letter

I received this beautiful penpal letter in the mail last week from Abby. I know how much I love looking at pretty snail mail inspiration, so I thought I'd share it with all of you! Letters make me so happy, and I can't wait to show you my reply as well (in a blog post coming soon!).

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I was so excited to receive some adorable stickers from her shop!

I hope these photos gave you a little bit of inspiration. Happy letter-writing!

Monday, November 16, 2015

DIY hamsa incense holder

diy hamsa incense holderMy favorite thing to do at night is grab a good book, light a few candles, and burn some incense. It's the perfect way to spend a cozy autumn evening. I came across this beautiful incense holder on Free People and my first thought was "I want that" and my second thought was "I can make that". So that's what I did- and I made a tutorial so you all can make one too!
xo Jordan

Thursday, November 12, 2015

faux bob tutorial

I haven't had short hair since junior high (when I decided I wanted to cut it past my chin!), but every now and then I get the urge to chop it all off. I never go through with it, because I love having long hair too much, so instead I opt for faking short hair. This faux bob is essentially just a really loose low bun, but from the front it looks like a short hair style. When I've worn my hair like this, I've actually had people tell me how much they love my new haircut! (until they realize it's just my hair tied up)

I put together a short video tutorial to show you guys how I do this! I want to start getting back into making videos, but I've actually been kind of scared to start making them. I've been telling myself for months to just make something, so I finally decided to put together this short and sweet video to motivate me to make more. I'm not sure what direction I'm going to take my Youtube channel in, but I'm excited to get back into this!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Power of Now

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I recently finished reading "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle and ever since then I have been telling everyone I know about how incredible it is. I actually bought this book several months ago and tried to start reading it, but for some reason I just wasn't getting into it. But I picked it back up a few weeks ago and I don't know how I didn't want to keep reading it before.

We all hear people say how important it is to "live in the present" or "let go of the past" but I don't think we're actually understanding what this means. In this book, Tolle explains that we are not our thoughts (contrary to what many great philosophers have said), but we are the awareness behind our thoughts. And by recognizing this, we truly live in the present and find inner peace. Any negativity we feel is our mind's resistance to the present moment. No matter our life's situation, no matter what happened to us in the past, no matter if we are happy or not, it is possible to feel completely at peace in the current moment. This book will teach you how to live in the now, and awaken from identification with your mind.

"It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living".

“Die to the past every moment. You don't need it. Only refer to it when it is absolutely relevant to the present. Feel the power of this moment and the fullness of Being. Feel your presence.”

“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.”

“Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle.”

“True communication is communion- the realization of oneness, which is love.”

Do yourself a favor and read this book, I promise it will be worth it.

Monday, November 9, 2015

my week unplugged

A week ago I wrote here that I was giving up social media for a week, and 7 days later I'm here to tell you what I learned.

For the past week, I haven’t used any social media. This means no Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube, and Bloglovin. I did this because I have been finding myself too wrapped up in the digital world, and I needed some space to clear my head. I realized I was becoming that person with their phone out all the time. I was beginning to spend more time looking at what other people created online instead of actually creating. I was looking for validation in the form of numbers and likes and followers when all that really matters is if I like what I am doing. I always swore I would never become one of those people who lives their life through a screen but that’s exactly what was beginning to happen. So I decided to give it up for a week. And it was incredible.

I carried a book with me everywhere so I would pull that out if I was bored or waiting. In the evenings after I had made dinner and done homework, I would normally open my laptop and see what was happening online. Instead I pulled out a journal I hadn’t used in a year and began to write. I fell asleep reading a book instead of scrolling through my phone. I woke up feeling peaceful because I wasn’t starting my day by seeing what was going on in social media. I found the time to give my room a deep cleaning, something I had been telling myself to do for months. I felt so much lighter, both because I had gotten rid of so many of my belongings and because I just had time to be with my thoughts. The loneliness that I at first felt without the constant stream of notifications and updates quickly transformed into a peaceful stillness that I hadn’t felt in a long time.

My week without social media showed me what was good and bad. Things like Pinterest and Youtube are great because I go to them for inspiration- I just have to make sure I use them in moderation and don’t let them stop me from actually creating. But I realized it was other social media like Instagram and Snapchat that were just not putting me in a good headspace when I used them. Both because I was comparing myself to other people and because I was using them to somehow validate that I was “living”. Instagram especially was just leaving me with bad vibes,- I was tired of other people’s contrived photos to prove their life was cool and I was tired of feeling the urge to post pictures to prove I too was living an exciting life. I’ve decided that now I’m going to approach Instagram in a different way- I will only follow the people that really inspire me or who I actually want to see their posts, and I will only use it if it is coming from a place of wanting to simply share a beautiful moment or something creative- not use it if I am just trying to prove that I’m “living”. Because I’m not truly living if other people have to see what I was doing for it to matter.

After this past week, I have decided to make some changes. I’m going to spend less of my time looking through the internet at what other people created and more time doing the creating myself. I’m not going to rely on numbers or likes for validation. I’m going to live as authentically as possible, and not have to use #liveauthentic to prove that I am.