Again I want to say thank you for taking the time to come visit me here.
I asked you what you wanted to see here, so amongst my random musings, I will be writing about fitness, London, travel when I am lucky enough to, recipes, lifestyle, my classes, events I’ve been to, events I’m hosting... hopefully lots more, and all with accompanying photos don't worry!
For a long time I always considered my voice, my views, my opinions uninteresting to others… and I’m sure that they will be to a lot of people. Something that I came to learn about myself through becoming a yoga teacher is that I can’t please everyone, and nor do I want to. Whether that be in a yoga class, through my opinions, or the way I choose to live my life, I don’t care if people don’t like it! And that is such a liberating feeling! When I stopped trying to please everyone and live by other’s standards I finally gave myself the freedom to truly be myself, and that is what I try to do in all aspects of my life. The way I teach, the way I dress, the way I speak are all authentically me. Not to say that I can only ever dress in one way, one day I might be sporting a captain America t-shirt, other days I’m heels and diamonds. Both are me.
Anyway, writing more content has been something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now so here I am, writing… If you’re interested then read on, if not that’s cool too.
It seems a good place to start would be to introduce myself, I asked you what you wanted to know so here goes...
The personal deets...
"How old are you?", "Where are you from?", "How tall are you?", "What is your star sign?" and the classic "What do you weigh?"
So I will be 27 soon, too soon! My birthday is in January which makes me an Aquarius, I'm sure star signs for a lot of people don't resonate but mine is literally me to a T!
I am born and raised Kent, currently living in London, UK. I get a lot of people asking if I'm Australian... apparently I have a twang in my accent but nope! Just plain old English.
I'm a shorty, just 5'4" and my weight hovers around 50-53kg not that I check all that often though. If I feel good then I don't care what a number on the scale says.
My fitness journey...
"What got you into health & fitness?", "What age did you become so focused on your fitness goals?", "How did your yoga practice begin?" "How long have you been doing yoga?"
I always loved the idea of yoga from when I was young and I would always beg my mum to take me on a yoga retreat, alas she didn't. So I only started when it was offered at my school as a "sport" when I was 16. Suffice to say I wasn't really into any other types of fitness at all until I left Uni.
Up until then I lived on nachos, creamy pasta & popcorn! I was always small but at Uni I might have got a bit "puffy", as my dad likes to say! I was one of the many people who believed that to lose weight I could just not eat, I even fell for the con of buying slimming tablets! Yep, I was that lazy and misinformed.
After Uni it was actually my
(favourite 😉) brother who got me into fitness, he helped me with my nutrition which completely changed my outlook towards health. I left Uni feeling a little bit lost, as I think a lot of people leave, and he actually encouraged me to look into becoming a yoga teacher and that is what I did.
I could say so much more but I think that's enough for now, it was really that small step in starting to take a little more interest in my nutrition that got me started on the lifestyle I live now, and I am so thankful for it. So if there's one thing, eat better, the rest will come.
I wasn't expecting these...
"How has having a famous mum impacted your life? Pressures to succeed etc..."
"Who are the top 3 people who inspire you?"
I guess I don't really know any different, and it's not the kind of famous that draws attention. Most people won't even know who I'm writing about... I would rephrase that question to ask how having a successful mum has impacted me.
I have never felt any pressure to follow in her footsteps or even reach the heights she has, we were very lucky growing up that we were encouraged to follow whichever paths we decided. I do feel inspired by everything my parents achieved and proud of them everyday.
So number 1 on my list of 3 goes out to Mumma Millen x
I'm not sure that I could name any 2 people more than others, I feel inspired by so many people, by small acts of kindness, by people overcoming huge challenges, by athletes at the top of their game. I guess professionally who inspires me? I think I would have to say J K Rowling as one of them, the magical world she created, the obstacles she overcame to share it with us all and for speaking up where others don't always have the courage. She has set a high bar for others to follow.
I have a number of close friends that inspire me and I think if you can surround yourselves with those kinds of people then you are on to a winner!
Bit of fun to finish on...
"Did you ever get detention at school? If so for what?"
I was generally pretty good at school, I enjoyed it for the most part, however I did get a fair few detentions, even one Friday and a Saturday 🙈 I'm going to say most of them were probably just for missed homework. I did often get told off about my uniform... however I still maintain that I looked smart, despite slightly higher than permitted heels and a couple more rings than fingers 🤷.
If you've got this far I hope I've not bored you too much!
Thank you for all of your questions and I hope you feel as though you know me a little better now. Keep a look out for my next post, I promise it won't be too long coming! Let me know what you though and if there's any other topics you'd like to see please leave a comment and I will get writing! Until then, if you haven't already, find me on Insta @JordanStanford