Let Your Heart Be Light

It is with great sincerity and slight personal shock when I say I am homesick for Brooklyn. Twenty-three months since I moved back to the spectacular City of Angels and I can’t help but admit I am missing me some NYC. Brooklyn brought me back to life after a heart-breakdown and now (oh, the irony!) Brooklyn will forever be the hometown hero of a light in my heart at the holidays. No matter your coast or continent, have yourself a merry little month of Christmas, kids. xx, JBD.

nyc-christmas bk bridge
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight, my Lord
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough
And have yourself a merry little Christmas right now
Have yourself a merry little Christmas, have yourself a merry Christmas now
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the Yuletide gay
From now on, our troubles will be miles away
Ooh, here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends

And: for fun, check out this Suspended Forest of some Brooklyn trees.

Supermoon | Super You

moon JBDOra Nadrich was featured in a recent issue of LA Yoga Magazine. She shared a meditation to clear the mind for pure thoughts. I liked it when I read it, so much so I clipped it out to reference again. I share her words now in honor of living it all…the emotions, the adventures, the beautiful mess that is the banquet of life.

1. Close your eyes.

2. Take a few deep breaths in and out.

3. Ask yourself inwardly, “Who is thinking?”

4. Say inwardly, “I am.”

5. Ask yourself inwardly, “What do I want to create?”

6. Ask yourself inwardly, “What do I want to manifest?”

7. Say inwardly, “I am the creator.”

8. Say inwardly, “I am the master.”

9. Say inwardly, “I am ready to manifest my reality with clear intentions.”

Message via LA Yoga Magazine and image via Yoganonymous.

 

New Moon Reminder

stopoverthinkingeverything-6“I am in the exact perfect place.” This beautiful mantra is in a post by one of my favorite guides. It came today as I reflected on a magic filled, lesson filled, whirlwind of a spectacular week. I am reminded there are no coincidences. I am reminded we are all exactly where we are supposed to be. Good or bad, this is life unfolding. Be there.

Image via this website.

No Barriers

changetheoutlookJBDWhenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I call my Dad (or sometimes I watch Love Actually). Usually, okay, always, I realize life is simply about changing the outlook and being vulnerable. All of us in a way are climbing blind. That last sentence isn’t a remark from my Dad, although it’s similar to his ever prescient advice. It is a quote I read by a guy named Erik Weihenmayer. Erik is a human being who lives his life knowing what’s within us is stronger than what’s in our way. He is the founder of the non-profit organization No Barriers USA. Due to a rare eye disease, Erik lost his eye sight by the age of 13. Fast forward to May 2001, Erik became the first blind man to reach the summit of Mount Everest. His passion for exploration and a life of adventure led him to create No Barriers, an organization which encourages and leads people to overcome their challenges, to push themselves to succeed in discovering what they are capable of as breathing beings on planet earth. By not limiting himself he has taken the lid off of others’ self-limits. Erik’s story gave me goose bumps and reminded me why I feel lucky to exist. I hope you will choose to read a bit more about him here and feel inspired to be your best self.

Image via this unrelated yet equally rad story.

Radiant Being

I’ve been looking back in order to propel through what no longer serves me. I’ve felt quieter than usual when it comes to JBD the blog. In this meantime, however, JBD the book is slowly but surely navigating a wide open road. Sometimes I get stuck in a sea of thoughts, sometimes it’s a party in the moment and all I want is l i v i n’, ya know? We all experience frustrations, kindness, set backs, triumphs. As I step forward and reboot, one thing remains clear and true in past – present – future:

radiate-loveImage via WO & WE.

A Gathering of Life

cedar lake michigan JBDDo you weed your {metaphorical} garden? In order to do so, you’ve got to create space and time for yourself. It’s continuous work, it’s vulnerability at its finest, it is worth every bit of effort you give to it because it directly affects the development of you. I’m midway into some time off to reflect, revise, to just be. After a hot yoga class and a swim in the Pacific, designer Stefan Sagmeister came to mind. Have you watched his TED talk on the power of time off? Every seven years, he closes his business and goes on a yearly sabbatical. This time he allows for himself returns a bounty of creativity, and he prefers to be in Bali. While we all may not mirror Stefan’s exact time off movement, we can each adapt a portion of the core idea. In doing so, we gather a life worth living, one full of intrinsic value, a garden always growing.

For those of you who may need more oontz, here are eight ways to vacation like a French woman. I support each and every way, c’est vrai!

Photo Credit: Jenny Graham (Cedar Lake, Michigan)

Come Alive

 

 

La-Linge-shot-by-Ungano-Agriodimas1Another thing about ballet, like with any live performance, it’s in the moment, it’s unedited, it’s unfiltered. There’s no such thing as a perfect performance. Every show something goes wrong, but that’s the beauty of it. It’s the fragile transience of ballet, too, that makes it really special.  -Isabella Boylston

Ballet has been in my life since age three. What’s remained for you, no matter the ebb & flow & fragility? For more on Isabella and her life lessons, click here.  xx, JBD

The Future

IMG_3232Go to the people and places you love. Embrace, cry out, let go, start fresh. Love it all up. You belong, you are loved and you have this moment. Now, and into the future.

And, remember:

Don’t Quit by Unknown

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor’s cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out–
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

(in honor of the four year anniversary of a little idea, this blog)

xx, JBD