The Whole Of Each Other

FullSizeRender-6I discovered Dallas Clayton’s illustrations and wonderful words a few summers ago as I sauntered through a book store, buying gifts for the cute kids of my college best friends. A Is for Awesome was my first purchase. Dallas quickly became, for me, a modern day Shel Silverstein.  And so I share his message today. I sure do hope you keep going and know what you’re worth. xx, JBD.

Text within image by Dallas Clayton


menu-bottomPieGram is the perfect gift for a regular day or a holiday. One pie, two pie, four pie…you select the flavor and a handmade delight is shipped overnight. Their sweet hometown of Milwaukee (my Dad’s, too!) doubles as a regional resource of local ingredients – no preservatives, ever. Shipped anywhere in the continental United States, feel free to ask them to include a personalized note. What a delicious way to say hello.

Playa Maderas, Nicaragua

JBD nica1Two weeks ago I vacationed in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua and shared a bunch of moments here. The experience hit my reset button. I woke up to the inner light within, surrounded by old and new friends. Surf, boating, yoga, community, thoughtfulness and more await you. We lived in a jungle tree canopy at Maderas Village. Three words: go there now.JBD nica2Direct flights from the United States can be found out of Houston and Miami. Upon landing, be prepared to drive two and a half hours to reach this piece of paradise (100% worth the drive). Family-style dining encourages new (lifelong) friends, howler monkeys are a daily alarm clock and if you’re down for some tunes or yogis you are in luck as Maderas Village is home to on-site recording and yoga studios.

JBD nica3Sunrise and sunset surf before or after a day on the sea. The living is easy. And breezy.

IMG_1481FullSizeRender-7 IMG_1581We met new local friends who day tripped us out to Playa Hermosa. A 45-minute drive from Maderas, it is equally mind blowing. JBD nica4All of it was an escape that brought me back in touch with the reality of being alive. Radical, heart-beating jungle beach living.

Image Credits: Jenny Graham


9 Facts A Girl With Brothers Knows

JBD darjeelingSweet baby Jesus, being the only sister amongst three brothers has taught me a lot. As I procrastinate writing a book and packing for a Central American jungle vacation, here are nine known facts of girls who grew up with a boatload of brothers.

1. Brutally honest feedback is offered like a casual hello. You will always be given a reality check. With love, but like the Real World Season 1.

2. Any group of dudes invited to the home you share with your boyfriend or husband will never, ever trump the noise and chaos of having brothers who filled up your parents’ finished basement like a frat house.

3. You have immediate, lifelong best friends who double as your bodyguards.

4. You are never the only weirdo in the room.

5. No matter the decade, you are clued into current music, sports, baby goat GIFS, and random WWE heavyweights.

6. If you get dumped you’ve got the toughest, funniest crew to put it all into perspective (and to remind you how dumb the guy was anyway)…

7. When you fall in love you’ve got the toughest, funniest crew to test the new guy’s sense of humor and his intentions for dating you.

8. You are a diplomatic, patient, strong woman because growing up with brothers gave you stellar problem-solving skills and honed an inherent ability to communicate.

9. You’ve got invaluable insight into how men think and will always be able to laugh at yourself.

Image via IMBD / Written by JBD



“I love you,
I’m sorry,
Please forgive me,
Thank you.”

Ho’oponopono is a Hawaiian healing mantra. There is much history behind it. Like anything, gravitate to what feels right. I was drawn to the simple, beautiful nature of how it relates to a release of the past. When we acknowledge, forgive, and listen to our intuition we are present to receive.

Links like this and that offer more information. And, I am reminded of this gem, too.

Photo Credit: Jenny Graham

Radical Upgrade

boden-fall-2015-1My relationship with this blog is changing. She is not what she used to be. I am not what I used to be. You are not what you used to be. I have already lost touch with a few people I used to be. Amen to all of us ever-changing human beings. It’s weird, I do not have a lot of words to share with you today. I was thinking of the JBDers out there as I scribbled more notes for a bigger project tied to this origin. Are you listening to your inner voice? Are you being honest? Do you have clarity in choice? If you need some mojo, hop on over to the one and only Mystic Mamma. She’s got your back. And so do I.

Hot Air Ballooning

At five o’clock the morning of the Summer Solstice I ballooned for the first time. The experience was a Yellow Brick Road in the sky. Mother Earth illuminated. A group of us glowing bright in the pure reflection that is, simply, a new point of view. You can hit up more of my Albuquerque experience this October or hitch some hot air in your hometown.







FullSizeRender-4Image Credits: Jenny Graham (+a few more here)