Our first #WINEDOWNWEDNESDAY was a HUGE success thanks to all the babes that came to show their support. It was held right here at the JIVA head quarters surrounded by some local JIVA babes and vendors.
We had an amazing turn out for the 50 minute yoga class led by the talented Lisa Luther. Don't forget about her Surf & Yoga retreat in Southern Nicaragua taking place THIS summer on July 23-30th. There are still spots available- so sign up while you can!!!
Check out her website to find out more about retreats, teaching schedule, and upcoming events she will be at!Shout out to the amazing local vendors that came out for ladies night as well:
Sol Stoned Jewelry
>>Website: www.solstoned.com>> Instagram: @solstonedjewerlyInner Child Wellness>> Website: www.innerchildboutique.net>> Instagram: @inner_childNot only are we are lucky enough to call these ladies JIVA babes, but they also sell stunning products sooo show them some love!Photos are by the AMAZING Shaye Babb >> if you need ANY kind of photography done, she is your girl. Shaye is the eye behind almost all JIVA photography & comes highly recommended by us!
>>Website: shayebabbphotography.com>>Instagram: @slimshayedy>> Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPS. tag yourselves, your friends, and share them via any social outlets you'd like - please don't forget to include a little #taglove for JIVA Active + Shaye!
>>BIG Shout out to our raffle winner Vivian who will be taking home a bag full of goodies from JIVA, Sol Stoned & Inner Child Wellness.
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS EXPERIENCE WITH US. STAY TUNED FOR OUR NEXT EVENT!
JIVA's go-to photographer
Need a photographer in Florida? Book this girl. This lady is so so talented, seriously! Our founder Nikki really wanted to showcase this girlboss on the blog, and for obvious reasons- she's the real deal! She shot out Spring 2016 collection that is due out mid March (soo excited!!), and when I went on her website to check out her work, I was blown away! Simply stunning. Her dream series was a personal favorite along with her nature photos. The way she captures life is so authentic and beautiful, and I am so happy to bring you this interview from our go-to photographer!
1) What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up that helps kick-start your day on the right track?
I get up, have my coffee, and then I hit the gym! Sometimes it’s tough to get myself to go, but I always feel so good after I workout
2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?
I make sure to always say my gratitude. It can change your whole mindset if you just take a few minutes to be quiet and think about what you’re thankful for. I think saying affirmations are great too.
3) Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?
Sometimes I overwork, or put a little too much pressure on myself. When I start feeling like that I go talk to my mom about whatever is on my mind. She always gets me to take a step back and view things a little differently. Thank you mom!
4) What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?
Headphones, chapstick, all of my camera gear, and some healthy snacks!
5) What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration?
I put on some good music and scroll through tons of photography blogs. I also look at the work of photographers who I aspire to be like. That motivates me, and gets me excited about starting a new project!
6) How do you go about setting goals?
I sit down and think about where I want to be in a few months. I always think big, but that pushes me to work really hard. I figure out what my end goal is and then plan out what I need to do to achieve it.
7) What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion?
Don’t worry about what others think, and don’t be intimidated by others who have the same passion as you. There will always be competition in your field of work but you can’t let that scare you. Be different, and be proud of what you do!
In action shooting JIVA's spring line due out mid March!
8) Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?
Child’s pose and Cobra pose are definitely the most comforting to me.
9) What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?
I recently read Ask and it is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks. It’s about the laws of the universe, and how your thoughts manifest into reality. Keeping a positive, happy mindset it crucial to success.
10) Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?
Every night I have tea before I go to sleep. Lately I’ve been making lemon, cayenne, honey tea because I know it’s really detoxifying, it also tastes really good! Before I go to sleep I think about everything I’m thankful for. Doing that makes me feel relaxed, and I almost always wake up in a good mood.
Connect with Shaye (or book her!):
When I first stumbled upon Rachel Rouhana and her styled stock photography business called, Haute Chocolate, I have to admit, I had a girl crush! I don't know about you, but I absolutely adore all things stationary and girl bosses kicking ass, and that's basically what Rachel is all about too!
As Rachel says, "As a woman entrepreneur, you know how important it is to instantly attract your ideal clients & customers when they visit your website. You understand the importance of using stylish and professional images on your site and in your social media. Unfortunately, it can be nearly impossible to find feminine and chic stock images that will enhance your brand."
So who exactly is her styled stock for specifically? Haute Chocolate is Stylish & Affordable Stock Photography for Women Entrepreneurs, Bloggers, and Creative Professionals.
Whether you want custom stock or choose to become a member of the styled stock library, we know that we have some bomb lady-boss JIVA fans out there, so we knew that we needed to introduce you to Rachel! Enjoy!
1. What is the first thing you do in the morning to kickstart your day on the with track?
The first thing I do in the morning is write down my intentions for the day and then spend a few minutes in meditation feeling gratitude. It helps set my energy and focus for the day to come.
2. Do you have a go-to Motivational Mantra?
“I am enough” – as entrepreneurs we are constantly being challenged outside of our comfort zone. There are lots of times when I feel self-doubt creeping in and I need to remind myself that I am enough to keep moving forward.
3. Kicking-ass in your field of expertise can sometimes be a lot of work, how do you stay connected to your center on those inevitable tough days?
To stay connected to my center, the first thing I usually need to do is disconnect online. Shut down email, Facebook, Instagram and everything else and just move. Sometimes I take a dance break, go for a walk, or even clean the house. It helps me clear my mind and re-focus my energy.
4. What are your MUST HAVES in your carry-on when you're about to leave town on a big jet plane?
My must haves are pretty simple - Mascara, Lip Gloss, my iPhone and iPad.
5. What is your favorite thing to do when you need some creative inspiration?
Shop J As a product stylist and photographer, I get a lot of inspiration from the colors, patterns, and displays in stores. I also like to peruse on Pinterest and in fashion magazines, and then I like to just start doing - I find that’s when everything starts coming together.
6. What’s your best piece of advice for our younger generation when it comes to following your passion?
Push past perfection. Don’t wait, start now.
I love the saying ‘don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle’ – it’s easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing and think that you’re not good enough, that you don’t have anything unique to add, or that you have to be perfect to make money doing what you love. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just start where you’re at, stay focused on what you want to offer the world, and keep taking inspired action every day.
7. Favorite yoga pose for chillin’ out?
I’ll admit that I don’t do as much yoga as I’d like to, but yoga pants on the other hand are my wardrobe staple.
8. What’s the most recent inspirational book that you’ve read?
I’m currently reading Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein and loving it. It’s the first non-business book I’ve read in a while.
9. Do you have a nightly ritual that helps clear your mind for a restful sleep, creating a productive day to follow?
My agenda is my best friend. Each night I review what I’ve accomplished that day, and then plan out what needs to get done the following day. That way when I wake up I ready to get to work.