Monday, May 7, 2018

The Brunch Series Tour Dallas.





Happy May my lovely friends! I recently attended an amazing workshop called "The Brunch Series." This incredible event was brought to you by Danika Brysha, Chef Bill Haley, and their 200 lb Mastiff, Kingsley. Danika Brysha is a beautiful model for IMG Models, Founder and CEO of Model Meals, and creator of The Brunch Series Tour. Chef Bill Haley is a private chef and also a model for IMG Models. They started this Brunch Series event out of their home in Costa Mesa, California and decided to take it on the road all over the country and Canada for the rest of 2018. 

The Brunch Series Tour is an event filled with like-minded women who are ready to create their best lives possible. The second I walked into this event I was filled with love, kindness, and respect. I decided to go to this event alone and I am so glad that I did. Anytime you are going anywhere alone it can definitely be a little daunting, especially with other women. I was so taken back by all of the immediate vibes of women supporting other women. I knew the day was going to be great when I walked in while the song "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield was playing- cue all of my Lauren Conrad and "The Hills" dreams. Danika met me with a huge hug and all of the ladies were crowded around the bulletproof matcha station and sitting in the amazing tent. Meanwhile, Chef Bill was rocking it out in the kitchen with the amazing brunch spread. 

If you haven't figured it out by now I was there to have an awakening. I was there to meet like-minded women in my community, I was there to learn the Self-Care checklist that Danika uses, and most of all I was there to find inspiration within myself. After that sunny Sunday, I found all of that and more. 

The beginning of the day began with some of the best bulletproof matcha that I have ever had, meeting all of the amazing souls, and a few exercises to break the ice. It was incredible being in the tent with all of these women who were there to do the self-work and they were there to be a better version of themselves. I met other bloggers, lawyers, psychiatrists, business owners, incredible mamas, and just overall women not to be underestimated. We did not sing Kumbaya or hold hands and dance around a fire. We did, however, do work. We dug deep down into the crevices and we were able to pull out love for ourselves. We discussed how important it is to have affirmations or some sort of phrase that you say on a daily basis about what you are, who you are, and what you would like to manifest. One of the affirmations that stood out to me was: "I carry nothing that doesn't serve me-physically, emotionally or spiritually"-Danika Brysha.

The next part of our day was discussing the Self-Care checklist that Danika practices. Danika came up with this checklist for daily accountability and an action plan to paint your best life. In all honesty, this is one of the main activities I was most excited about. I have been following Danika online through Instagram for almost a year now and I saw her practicing her self-care checklist. I was immediately intrigued by what this was and how she incorporated this into her day-to-day life.  I took an excerpt from the workbook that we received that was written by Danika: 
"What is a self-care checklist?"
"The self-care checklist is a tool I created for daily accountability towards your best possible life. It is an action plan that allows you to take daily baby steps to build a big picture. It starts and ends your day with positive thinking, manifestations, clarity, and self-love." 
"What does the checklist include?"
"1. Top to-do's: These are the tasks that are weighing heavily on you. You can pick a max of THREE. This helps us to prioritize without feeling overwhelmed.
2. Monthly Challenge: Something new each month to challenge you. Start by eliminating the thing you know is holding you back or incorporating the thing you know will make a huge difference for you. 
3. Daily routine elements: These are daily things that you do to keep your body, mind, and soul in a healthy place. These are often monthly challenges that are completed and have turned into daily practice" 
All words in quotes above are from the workbook that we received at The Brunch Series and were written by Danika Brysha. I simply wanted to share her knowledge with my readers to give you a better idea of the self-care checklist. These words do not belong to me and I am crediting Danika Brysha. Please feel free to follow her on her social media platforms to learn more.

I've created my self-care checklist and I have been using it for about three weeks now. I've started my mornings with my self-care checklist and a big cup of bulletproof coffee or matcha. The time that I have been taking for myself first thing in the morning has been absolutely life-changing. I have loved spending this time with myself first thing in the morning and really getting down to my feelings and how I am feeling that day. I use this time to manifest, I use this time to meditate, but most of all I use this time to take care of myself. In my opinion, I think that self-care and self-love are so important and we all need to take the time, even if it is just five minutes to focus on ourselves. I know I have touched on this before but as women, we constantly have at least 12 different tabs open in our heads. We need to use our self-care time to let those tabs go and really be in the moment. After have incorporated this practice into my life I have seen a monumental difference in myself. I am not as foggy, I am more alert, and I am using this time to truly manifest what I would like to have for my future. 

We began the end of our day with a delicious brunch by Chef Bill. The food was super simple but full of so much flavor. Everything was gluten-free, dairy-free, and all organic. We had a green salad with heirloom tomatoes and avocado, scrambled eggs, baked sweet potato hash with quinoa and other veggies, fall off the bone cilantro lime chicken, and some amazing fruit. Everything was absolutely delicious and I am still dreaming of that meal. 

After lunch and snapping a few pictures we went back into the tent. We ended the day on a high note. We promised to continue the safe space that we had as a group. We did an exercise where we wrote a bio about our future self. This was a very neat exercise where we wrote out who we wanted to be and what we wanted to manifest in our future best self. The conversations that we all had together was a great way for us to solidify the relationships that we made throughout the day. I am incredibly grateful for my time with these amazing women and boss babes. I am also so thankful for Danika to have created this event where like-minded women can come together as a community and do the work internally to help us live our best lives. If you would like to learn more about this event or when they might be coming to your area, please check out her website here. You can also check out their Instagram platforms that are full of tips, tricks, and their journey across the country bringing The Brunch Series to this amazing world: 




Since it is a new month I challenge you to take some time and write out your self-care checklist. If you would like you can email me at dakotah@dakotahsocial.com if you have any questions. I am certainly not the creator of this amazing checklist but I can definitely share with you how I have used it in my day to day life. You can also comment below with some of your ideas that you are thinking about putting on your checklist, I can't wait to read them! 




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