September 24, 2019
Wow, what a day. I am on a high.
First off, the POPFLEX shoot went so incredibly well! We worked with a few new people I scouted online (it’s always a little scary because you never what you’re gonna get), but I am SO happy to report that they were INCREDIBLE HUMANS. Like full of light, full of positivity, and full of joy. Our POPFLEX shoots are always so fun because everyone is just having a blast, laughing, dancing, singing, and CREATING gorgeous things together.
I literally cannot wait for you to meet the models we partnered with for this next collection. Each one – so beautiful inside and out! You’re gonna LOVE them. We’re actually all planning to take a “heels” class together (that’s a dance class where you wear high heels cuz WHY NOT) because we had so much fun today that we needed a reason to hang out soon again!
Now, speaking of dance – I did a thing.
Today after a long day of shooting, I decided to be crazy and take a dance class at 8:30PM. But not just any class…read below:
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Fun fact: when I was in high school, my dream was the be a B-girl. I even took lessons from a breakdancer cuz I was THAT serious!!! I loved how powerful, calm, and in control b-boys and b-girls were of their bodies. I specifically loved popping – the kind of style that makes you look like a gliding robot. 🤖 Anyway, the last lesson I took was in 2003 as a sophomore in high school. I didn’t get very far, but I did learn how to moonwalk! Eventually school and college admissions took priority over my silly dance dreams, so I stopped lessons and didn’t look back…UNTIL TONIGHT. You guys. I found a “Popping” class and I thought, what the heck, let’s do it!!!!???!? 16 years later, this is me popping again for the first time! My dancing is not clean and my moves are soooo far from perfect but you know what? Honestly I DO NOT CARE!!!! Because I AM SO HAPPY TO BE DANCING!!!! Music and movement make me so happy because it’s the magic elixir that washes away my worries. I don’t know what it is, but anything that was previously stressing me out prior to class immediately becomes non-existent when I dance. 💃 I hope you enjoy this lil video I shot in class…I’m proud of myself for doing something that brings me joy and has nothing to do with things we’re all often so concerned with…like how we look, how much money we make, how many followers we have, if people like us, if people hate us, if this is a good use of time, if we’re being productive enough etc. Literally guys, I urge you to do more things that make you genuinely smile from your soul. #blogilates
I feel so happy right now. So alive and so light!
All those negative feelings I was experiencing just a few days ago from the comments are gone. All it takes is surrounding yourself with good people and doing things that bring you honest, genuine joy.
I had a conversation with a good friend of mine the other day who was going through something tough, and she said something that really struck me. She said, you can choose to focus on the light – on the people who are here with you now – or you can choose to focus on the dark – on the people who are not here with you.
I choose to focus on you. My POPsters who are here with me, inspired with me, and on the journey with me. Why do I give so much energy to negativity? I shouldn’t. It doesn’t deserve my worry. I feel so much better today and I hope this feeling stays with be for a good while 🙂
Here is my Fit Journal entry of what I ate the day before my photoshoot.
Let’s see what happened that day because my stomach twisted in knots and I went to sleep in fetal position. My bed time did not help either. I ended up sleeping around 12:30AM.
After taking a weight lifting class, we went to work and when I got there I had 2 hard boiled eggs with umami mushroom seasoning from Trader Joes. So good.
Then for lunch, I had mahi mahi with green beans, cauli rice, and chanterelle mushrooms (OMG SO GOOD) drizzled with sriracha! I made the same for Sam and he said it was DELISH.
I snacked on some cashews and almonds. I know, I know. I really like my nuts! I’m gonna have to start measuring these out soon because I seriously can eat them by the truckloads.
For dinner, I made salad with chicken skewers and 1 egg white cup. DELISH. That’s Tessamae’s habanero ranch on top. LOVE.
Okay, so all was good until after this meal. My stomach started hurting like crazy. I had to lay down in fetal position and sip tea. I don’t know what happened.
I tried drinking kombucha. Maybe the bad bacteria was acting up. No clue. But thought it’d be a good idea to add some good bacteria in there.
It actually added even more gas to my stomach…and added more pressure to my belly…soooooo NOT the best idea!!!
I was staying up late to finish the shot list for the POPFLEX shoot and ended up getting the night time munchies. I really wanted more chili roasted pistachios. So, I had some chili roasted pistachios.
Because it was getting so late and I was STILL working, I started getting hungry for no reason! So I had some pumpkin pie dessert hummus. OMG, so good. But also, I know I ate that NOT because I was hungry. I ate it because it was late and I felt like it.
I went to bed, with my stomach still hurting like crazy (like I had to walk to bed hunched over). But when I woke up, the pain was gone. And the bloat traveled from my upper ab area to my lower ab area!
Anyway, it is 1:06AM right now. I am SO FAILING at this “go to sleep at 10:30PM” thing. If I have no progress this week, I WILL KNOW WHY!!!!