Weekend Song

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Here’s a little song I wrote
You might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble
When you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

Each morning, after walking through my office door, I hit play on a shuffle list. Today Bobby McFerrin’s tune popped up first. It made me smile because it reminds me of my youngest brothers. Our age gap had me changing diapers and helping raise them from day one. Most of my ‘teachings’ consisted of song and dance routines. Don’t Worry, Be Happy was the first song they performed at age two as a result of the JBD school of nonsense (HA). It’s a happy memory and so I share it with hopes you kick off your weekend worry free! If you need a few more pick me ups, here are some links from the world wide web…

The photo above is from a beach day I had in San Diego County with the most darling little munchkin, my college bestie’s son. This live surf report is constantly updated nearby.

I recently refreshed the art in my home with prints from the incredibly talented Raven Roxanne. Check her out!

The Unicorn Project.

Everything that is the amazing Joshua Tree.

15 Universal Truths About Love

Cupcakes. Because cupcakes are cute.

It’s Spring-almost-Summer…which means you can’t go wrong with gingham, ever.

Cheers my dears, xx JBD.

Kinsale, Ireland

JBD copyrightPatience is emotionally freeing. Sometimes, when you least expect it, the gift of quiet greets you to open you up for the next big phase of life. The power of patience will now be a chapter in the book I’m writing, all thanks to a lovely land called Ireland. A four day spontaneous road trip morphed into a myriad of life lessons and incredible experiences. One of my dearest friends (who did all of the wrong-side-of-the-road driving, thanks Rebs!) remarked everything is a lesson. Amongst music blaring, windows open, sun shining in, a sprawling Irish countryside and cathartic conversation we acknowledged the distance we’ve come, feeling grateful and ready to airgrab all that awaits.

I shared a bunch of photos and anecdotes on my Instagram feed. More bits of Ireland to follow on the blog, too.

Sip a Guinness, climb a tree, whatever you fancy…hold some space for yourself today.  xx, JBD

Image Credit: Jenny Graham

The Benefits of Handstands

handstandIs there something you are striving for and diligently focused on achieving? Don’t give up. For four years I wanted to go up into a handstand without the assistance of a yoga teacher or wall.  Some days I got really close, but most days I surrendered to my body and mind. Yoga class or at-home practice, it wasn’t happening beyond a half-handstand or cartwheel. I kept trying. Year after year. And then two months ago, during a Saturday afternoon yoga class, I popped right up. Call it willpower, call it luck, call it whatever you want, I had a smile for a mile. An unexpected matter of fruition is an example of everything: patience and practice pay off. Curiosity lead me to the benefits of adho mukha vrksasana as told by Krista Stryker on Mind Body Green:

They’ll make your upper body super strong.

In order to stay upside down for any length of time, you’ll need a massive amount of shoulder, arm, and upper back strength. In fact, it’s not uncommon for beginners to start shaking after just a few seconds of holding a handstand.

To build up strength, start by holding a handstand against a wall for three sets of 5-10 seconds. Work up to holding them for a minute or two at a time. Practice often, and watch as your upper body strength skyrockets.

They’ll increase your balance

If you’ve ever tried a handstand, you know that besides needing to be strong to do them, you’ll also need to have substantial balancing skills as well in order to be able to hold yourself up. Freestanding handstands, especially, require you to be able to have full control over your muscles and to constantly make small adjustments to avoid falling.

Practicing freestanding handstands or doing handstands against a wall and trying to take your feet off the wall for as long as possible will help increase your balancing abilities like no other exercise can.

They can boost your mood.

Not only will handstands make you strong and help improve your balancing abilities, handstands can also make you feel happier, since the blood flow to your brain has an energizing and calming effect, especially when you’re feeling really stressed out.

Another way handstands can help your mood is by reducing the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, which can not only de-stress you in the short-term but could also help relieve minor depression and anxiety.

They build core strength.

There’s no need to spend hours focusing just on your abs — you can have fun doing handstands and build core strength as well.

Since staying upside down forces you to stabilize your muscles, you’re constantly working your abs, as well as other key muscle groups such as your hip flexors, hamstrings, inner thigh muscles, obliques and lower back while in a handstand. Training handstands every day will get you a well balanced, super strong core.

They help with bone health, circulation and breathing.

Since handstands are technically a weight-bearing exercise, they can help strengthen your bones, making you less prone to osteoporosis. Handstands are also beneficial for your spine, and help aid bone health in your shoulders, arms and wrists.

Not only that, the upside-down nature of a handstand can increase circulation to your upper body, while relieving pressure on your feet and legs and stretching your diaphragm at the same time, which in turn can increase blood flow to your lungs.

March Magic

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March has me feeling like anything is possible, more than ever. A handful of unexpected, but ultimately positive, changes happened in my personal life last month. The one step at a time theory is everything, all of the time. Keep tuning into how you feel. Question yourself for your own growth. Say no and say yes. March to the beat of your own drum and surround yourself with your kind of high vibe folks.

P.S. here are some sparks of my daily March…

En route to Ojai next weekend, a getaway that doesn’t have me on a plane but feels like an exciting escape!

Hosting friends for a dinner of delicious fresh fish tacos and some cold brews. Homemade yum yum sauce is the trick.

I’m not a gardener, at all. However, I’ve attempted to grow African Violets…and it’s happening.

Homes with a heart are always after my heart. Loving this French home. Each room tells a story.

 

Heart Overflowin’

What can you do to get your heart overflowing this weekend? Sparks and reminders are all around. Even my best friends lovingly roll their eyes at me, but I am telling you, look out and be aware. It’s all always happening. We are alive and breathing! Bare with me a few moments more, massive stream of consciousness happening. Last month I was on yet another cross country flight. Seated next to me was a most handsome Argentinian man. We sipped red wine and shared family, career and love stories way up in the air. Six hours later it felt like our first date. Studies show your senses are heightened while flying, as in 55 percent of travelers said they had “experienced heightened emotions while flying.” Truth be told, a few years ago I was seated adjacent to another handsome (American) man who ended up my boyfriend of half a year+. Things like this do happen. But back to the Argentinian…it was just a moment, a we are alive and life is rad when you connect with people moment. We did what you do nowadays: immediate social media friending. Fast forward to a few weeks later, I’m blasting Leon Bridges’ music in my office on a Friday, creating content for a film campaign, subconscious-simultaneous scrolling of Facebook happening and low and behold the Argentinian posted the same exact song I had playing. You still with me here? If so, this is a silly, fun reminder that it is freaking Friday and it’s time to open your heart and your mind to what feels right. Roll with the patterns that pop up in your life. xx, JBD.

Tipi (or Teepee) Living

New year, new ideas. After spending some glorious holiday family time between South Carolina and Seattle, I returned to my cozy LA beach abode this past weekend. I swiftly plopped myself on the sofa and rejoiced in knowing I will not step foot on another airplane for exactly 22 days (the longest duration of no air travel in over 13 months!). Daydreaming set in and I floated into frequent notions of driving through the canyon roads of Topanga, moon roof wide open, breezy sunshine bursting in. A few small bits of world wide webbing later, I found myself glued to looking at photos of tipi glamping and promptly declared this the year of why not?

b556eae9_originalThe authentic 18 foot tipi lives on the grounds of a Topanga, California area farm house, furnished in genuine aboriginal decor of the past, according to Airbnb.

hkgtohgonfucdgpp2nd0Enjoy the experience with up to three of your favorite people, evening soaks in an outdoor hot tub, and the general fun of sleeping in a kitschy tipi…because why not? For information on costs, availability and more, check out this link.