You know I LOVE sharing stories about incredible people doing beautiful, change-provoking things! Jordana is by far one of those people.
I met Jordana through a mutual friend as we were talking about working together on her new project and blog – Let’s Go 180, where she writes about being a catalyst for change in her life. After chatting for a bit, I thought you HADDDDDD to hear her story because it’s beyond words inspiring, just even rereading her words today gave me a huge spurt of inspiration!
BEWARE: This interview is full of awesome out of your cozy, comfort zone adventures that will make you want to pack your bags and head to Bali tomorrow, just saying ?! But I won’t give away too much.
Before you head out after reading Jordana’s story, I’d absolutely LOVE to hear from YOU about your journey to stepping out of your comfort zone in your life + business.
1. Most important question 🙂 What exactly is Let’s Go 180?
Thanks for asking! My site, www.letsgo180.com is part research, part inspiration and part storytelling. It’s centered on the idea that making big changes, doing things differently (a 180), get us out of routine and supercharge creativity, leading us to live zestfully. As I consider 180s in my own life, I want to draw knowledge and inspiration from others who’ve gone down a similar path. Because of Let’s Go 180, I have an outlet to share stories of people who inspire me. So I can do this and continue to question my own status quo, ask myself the hard questions like: “what is your yes?” “what do you represent?” “who do you want to be?” “what makes you feel the most free?” You know, the light stuff! Ok, it’s not light, but I’m having fun with it which is part of the unique flavor of Let’s Go 180. 180s are challenging, but they are also opportunities to enjoy what unfolds and laugh about it. In my Facebook group I share some of the stretches I’ve given myself and the 180 community – everything from taking improve or learning how to rhyme to the forthcoming leap I’ll take out of an airplane! Anyone else up for that 180??
2. What was your life like leading up to this point? What were your adventures that inspired this?
I was someone who said, “I want to travel! I want to go to Thailand and Bali! But…” What came after the “but” was: I don’t deserve it, I have to work harder, there’s not enough time, I don’t want to go alone and what if I like it so much I never come back?
I got to a point where I decided to face the fears and drop the stories holding me back and I booked a five-week trip. I was able to organize the time away and when I ended up alone in Bali, I figured out how to thrive pretty quickly. The biggest 180 for me in that was letting go of expectations. Of myself, of others, of the journey. I have been someone whose expectations are set and high and it wasn’t working for me. Mostly these high expectations crippled me from having adventure. The trip had to be “worth it” to do it. Replace “trip” with “I” and then I realized I was worth it, no matter what the trip looked like.
It looked a lot different when I started planning it. I had planned a trek in Nepal with my friend Stephanie. Mother Nature had other plans as the devastating earthquake hit just days before the scheduled trip. Stephanie was already in Nepal and ended up staying there to help in early relief efforts. I couldn’t get there and had to decide what to do. Stephanie’s path led her to the islands in Southern Thailand instead of to Bali where I rerouted. I was sad and disappointed that I’d be in Bali alone. I spent some time processing that and realized what a gift Stephanie had given me by pursuing what she wanted. I wouldn’t want her to come to Bali out of obligation to me and she knew that I had been doing just fine. She wasn’t abandoning me, she was giving me the freedom to explore for as long as I wanted and then to meet her where she was at when I was ready. And I did just that.
So while I was in Bali, I was meeting inspiring people. Though I was a tourist, I also found myself gravitating to the locals’ scene. Because I’m vegan, wherever I travel I always look for the vegan cafes so I can continue the lifestyle I love so much. In these places I meet like-minded people. It was at Alchemy, a vegan café in Ubud, that one afternoon that I met Bassam, a teacher of meditation and “rebirthing” techniques. We sparked a two hour long conversation, worked on his website and personal branding, then I got to practice meditation with him. The experience of meeting him, trusting him and meditating with him was one in which would’ve worried my momma, all the risks I took – I’m going to tell this story in the blog soon, but long story short, I could’ve disappeared without a trace. Clearly I didn’t and the adventure of it all impacted my life greatly. This experience and others on the trip inspired me to shake things up when I got back to LA. I realized that while I love travel, I could have adventure and profound learning experiences connecting with anyone, anywhere. I picked the topic of 180 and life changes because that’s where I’m at in my life right now.
3. How do you select people to support during your 180 experience?
When I first started Let’s Go 180, I wanted to give away my talents for free in support of the artists, entrepreneurs and brilliant people I was meeting, similar to how I had supported Bassam in the café. After the first few weeks of doing this though, I realized two things 1) There’s a tipping point. Adding more to my plate leads to insanity. I’m doing this for fun, to play, to share a point of view. When it became “work” the point was lost. I found that I wasn’t able to balance my job, writing, consulting, friendships, family and health while supporting everyone, as much as I love each and every person I’ve highlighted. 2) Sharing each story is already support and doesn’t require more from me. In having a story written about you where you speak about something as personally impactful as your biggest life change has been powerful for my interviewees, the 180. It’s like reading your diary from a triumphant time in your life.
I select people who inspire me. I either meet them randomly: at a party, a yoga class, a lecture or a restaurant or I know them. I’ve been contacted by some people via Instagram as well. The selection criteria is authenticity, good vibes, an interesting story and someone who genuinely cares about sharing the story, dark and bright, in a relatable way. It’s also not famous people per se, but the extraordinary among us, whatever each person’s own definition of extraordinary is. For example, someone’s personal extraordinary might be to change their work/life balance from one of cash-cow workaholic to one of lower means but where they can travel six months out of the year. What’s it take to be OK with making less money than they are used to? How did they set themselves up for success in that? How does it feel to live that dream? Those who take paths like that, in their own truth, even if at first it falls flat, is still something I believe should be celebrated.
4. Where can we find you on social media?
The best place is on the 180 Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/letsgo180/
And I’m on Instagram sharing 180 inspiration, yoga, travel and vegan deliciousness here: www.instagram.com/jordanaisyoga
My Twitter & Periscope is @JordanaR
5. You gave your house up for a month which I personally was super inspired by. What was that like? What is the biggest take-away from that experience?
It was liberating and fun! For the most part, I had the feeling of having a secret life: the life of a traveler, waking up in different homes across the city, but then always in the same office and status meetings at work.
I was immersed in different lifestyles, areas of town and got an extra dose of quality time with friends. You get to see a lot more of someone, in all aspects of that, when you’re sharing space. I have incredible friends who inspire me, who are loving, interesting and playful so I got even more of that.
Shaking up where you live can also throw everything into a transitory state. In a way, I felt like I was riding a wave of 180, but not landing anywhere. In a sense I’d lost roots because I didn’t have a “home.” That brought up questions for me like, “well what if you didn’t?” and “what do you have?”
What I got in the experience was more of me, better or worse. I found home within me. To learn that I experience life with myself, not with possessions or anyone “completing” it for me. I always have me, I’m here for me. And of course the discomfort in that I don’t always have the answers for myself.
When I came back to my home at the end I felt immense gratitude for it. Pride in that I had created the life I have in which I own this home. But at the same time, I had no attachment to it. So now I very much enjoy it when I’m there, I have friends over for breakfast, work sessions, whatever it may be. And I also give it up on the regular to further explore the vagabond life.
6. Let’s Go 180 launched early August. What have you learned so far? Is there anything you would do differently?
I’ve learned that creating something, no matter how small or large, and continuing to push the creation, to let it develop and to use it as a vessel for expression and learning is enough. I have often been caught up in results: where is this going to lead? How will starting a storytelling site evolve into some sort of platform?
What I’ve learned is that in just doing it, I evolve. And putting myself out in this space allows for others to see me, to relate and to connect. That’s everything really. So much can come from that that I could never predict and it already has. From dates, to business opportunities to some of the best conversations I’ve had.
I want to say if I could do something differently, I’d be less hard on myself about the results. But I think that’s part of my own lesson and without going through the torment a little bit, I wouldn’t be able to feel the sweetness of the ease I’m now creating in my life.
7. What does it mean to you to live authentically and how can we incorporate this in our lives and businesses?
Living authentically means to unapologetically do what you want to do for you. It comes from a place of love and desire to be a beneficial energy in the world. We can be the most impactful and beneficial to others and the planet when we are aligned within. The inner alignment is authenticity.
If I’m aligned with myself, I bring the people and projects into my life that bring greatest fulfillment. So I have to get to know myself and I do that by challenging my status quo, by being alone with myself and by paying attention to others and how I relate with them.
If everyone took the time, created the space, made the effort habitually, to get to know themselves, to keep all areas of their worlds alive to the inevitable fluctuations, there would be the internal alignment which leads to the alignment with others, of community, whether that be business or personal. Authenticity as alignment with the self is what creates beneficial energy in the world.
8. What kind of magic happens when we get out of our comfort zone?
Oh the places you’ll go and the people you’ll meet! Everything you could ever want is available when you look outside the box you’ve always sat inside. You already know what’s in there and that means that everything else is outside of it. Without facing the discomfort, the next level doesn’t come. We’re all meant to live extraordinary lives, that’s why we’ve only been given just this one life for certain. Without popping the lid off the box, we’re conceding to limitations we’ve convinced ourselves are true, often without experiencing anything that could confirm it.
9. If who you are right now could be represented by a color, what color would it be and why?
I love this question. I was dreaming of textures and patterns and colors just the other day. Teal, gold, sequence. I think right now I’m all of these colors – an abundance of color, beauty, spirit. To embody that.
10. Lastly, how can we get involved in your community and all the magic happening at Let’s Go 180?
The best way is to join the Facebook group and share your 180 or things that inspire you to change and grow, even a quote or a photo or a meme and to like and support others who share in the group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/letsgo180/
And I’m also looking for writers who want to help share the stories of 180 people who’ve made 180 degree changes.
I want to hear from you!
HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR YES &
AUTHENTICITY IN YOUR BUSINESS + LIFE?
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