To My Grandkids,
Island life is growing on me :)
We've been here for 2 weeks now, and the experience just keeps getting better and better. Yesterday, we started the morning at a dance class on the beach. We learned some traditional bachata, salsa, and cha cha steps, and channeled our inner 'sexy lady' to be able to move our hips the way the dance calls for. After movin and groovin, we found our way to a beachside bar for lunch- dos piña colada por favor!
Bellies full and spirits giggly, we walked along the beach for a while and found a swing hanging from a palm tree. Of course we had to stop and let our inner child shine; running to push the others as high as possible, rolling amongst the waves as if we were beached fish with no fins to push back to sea, finding a dead palm tree branch to wave in the salty air with coconut on hip... We made our way back to the main beach area which is an old boat dock in a bay. Hours were spent climbing out of the warm turquoise waters onto the concrete structure to run and leap off the edge a hundred more times. Practicing flips, dives, air time, and snorkeling took up the rest of our day together, and it was sweetly topped off with kisses of peach and pink hues dancing across the broad horizon.
As the colors continued to glisten across the ocean, resting the island into moonlit roads, we decided to head back to Lazy Jacks to add a couple more drinks to our tab. For some reason, my drink kept ending up empty so I'd have to ask for another one... Isn't that wild?! Anyway, now it's time to walk home and there's music blaring from a beachside bar... So, actually.. It's time to DANCE! We danced and danced, prancing all around the floor and spinning in and out of each others arms as we cycled partners.
By the time we finished dancing, we had another round gifted to us, and an hour walk home still in the agenda. Barefoot, shirtless, feeling good, and carrying a coconut (that I lugged around with us all day), the 4 of us made the trek home safely, sharing more laughs and stories before the night was over.
Yes we work- but it's mostly play right now :)
And yes mom and dad, I'm legal age here hahaha.
So.. We're kinda in love with the island, and have no plan to leave anytime soon.
This opportunity has been such a blessing, and it still feels surreal that I live on a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico with amazing locals, the coolest roommates, and my lover man ;)
Life is pretty effin good.
I manifested this years ago. I hoped it, spoke it and believed it into existence.
Change your mindset= Change your life.
Your badass life loving nana J.
To My Grandkids,
Sooo, we moved to an island in Puerto Rico!
This has been a big week for me. A couple days ago was September 16th, which is a big day for 'Jordan history'. 2 years ago on the date was my rock bottom. At a young age, I was going through a lot, and felt the weight of the world on my shoulders. I felt intense sadness, loneliness, anger, resentment, and overall hopeless for the near future. I had hit an all time low mentally, and on September 16th, 2019,
When I moved to Montana I started a brand new life. I turned those overwhelming feelings into hunger- ready to get serious about my wellbeing. I started taking care of myself, focusing on my health, practicing yoga, and spending more time alone. In those moments of solitude, I learned a lot. I dropped habits, cut relationships, recognized my desires, and started digging deep. I spent many months learning to heal a years worth of emotional trauma. I took a lot of time to look at the girl in the mirror, love her, comfort her, and recognize her strength for what she'd been through. In all my lessons, one thing rang through boldy, forcing itself to grow, flourish, and change my life: Self Love.
In the 2 years since then, I have seen myself go through many seasons of growth. I am so SO proud of the woman I have become, and I am extremely blessed to be where I am now.
Today, I woke up in a new country with Elliot. 3 planes, 3 taxis, 1 ferry ride, and a short walk later, we ended up at a farm on a small island off the coast of Puerto Rico called Vieques. It has been amazing so far, and we've already made a ton of memories here through several adventures. We will be living here indefinitely as we help rebuild a farm that was home to many volunteers and disaster relief teams.
This is exactly why I started SunGuided. I am using this website as a platform to reach out to young women like myself who are ready to get started on their journey, or who might need some big sister love and encouragement to do so. I am targeting people like myself that felt like their dreams were too big for the world nowadays, and didn't have the support or guidance to know how to reach for it.
This is exactly what I needed 2 years ago.
Life is so good, I am so blessed.
Thank you dear Universe for giving me all that I desire.
And thank you for making me experience rock bottom, it lit a fire in my soul.
Your BADASS island dwelling, self loving, EMPOWERED Granny J :)
To My Grandkids,
Stepping into my power.
Last weekend at the farm we had an Irish music festival, and I thought it would be hard to beat.. This weekend, we have an Old Time music festival (that is still partying for another 2 days) and it has been a blast so far!! We met a pair of newly weds who are super cool, and we've pretty much been glued to the hip with them since we got here. They are one of those souls that just feel familiar, and just makes you believe that something somewhere puts us exactly where we need to be to meet the people we need to meet.
At the beginning of the weekend, Jim, the owner, asked me to lead a yoga class here for the festival. Of course I said YES and was super excited! I have only led one other 'class' and it was very chill and informal, just a couple friends and I here at the farm. Sooo, this was my first 'official' yoga class ever.. WOO! I ran through a practice flow, wrote down some notes for myself, and listened to an hour and a half worth of yoga teacher advice.. Noooo, not nervous at all :)
Saturday morning came around and the class actually had a great turnout! 8 people showed up bright and early, and I got to lead them through a lovely morning flow! I set the mood by pulling some affirmation cards, leading some breath awareness, and a nice uplifting playlist in the background. I got everyone situated into a power pose, looked back at the class, and the emotions hit me. I felt so proud of myself. I'm doing it!! I am standing on this mat, sharing wellness amongst a group, living my truth! This is exactly what I plan to do for my career, and I'm finally here. That moment is the most exhilarating feeling, reflecting on my life right now and being able to truthfully say 'This is better than I ever could've hoped. This is exactly my purpose'. As I was taking it in, a song came on that was called "Right Where You Should Be" by Quinn XCII, Louis Futon.. See my point? It was the cherry on top! This morning I led my second class, and the emotions hit the same. I am so grateful.
As some may know, recently my family lost a very special lady. She was known as a ray of sunshine, and for spreading giggly love to everyone who got the pleasure to know her. Today would've been her birthday, but she is celebrating up in the clouds and stars this time. She has always been very supportive of all of us in the family, and always supported my non-traditional lifestyle.. She was so excited for me to grow into my yoga career, and I know she is so thrilled to see me putting it into action.
After our flow, I was feeling emotional because I was so proud of myself... I heard a little voice in my head.. Good job J!! and an overwhelming wave of love and gratitude- so I know she was proud of me.. She might've been the breeze that pushed me out of my pose too- ornery lady!
This life is whatever you make of it- so make something good for yourself!
I am so blessed.
I am so grateful.
Thank you, Thank you,
Sending love always,
Your loving granny J :)