If it wasn’t obvious already, I haven’t been on here in awhile. I posted about the Phocumentary and then just…disappeared. For a quick update, we had an amazing trip in Southeast Asia. It was beautiful, it was raw, it was life changing, it was transforming. To say the least.

It ended up being more than we ever expected and more than we ever could have asked for. There is nothing in my life that could ever add up to how amazing of an experience it was.

BUT it’s not why I haven’t been on here.

CONFESSION: I’ve been cheating on this blog. I’ve been spilling the words of my heart out into another website for the past few months. I’ve tried to write on here, I really have. There’s multiple drafts just sitting in the back end that I had every intention of posting and didn’t because, well, I just wasn’t feeling it.

The website that has been taking up all of my attention is a website that I recently started with Freeman, his sister and her husband. The website is called Highly Zen and it’s Healthy Living for the Stoned Yogi. It’s something I’m completely passionate about; I’m a huge advocate for marijuana and it’s medicinal properties and have been for over a decade. I’m a yoga teacher, a lifelong student and someone who is constantly searching and exploring ways to better my health. The idea is so perfect and fitting, I’m almost bummed I didn’t think of it a long time ago. But I can’t be bummed. Everything has it’s time and place and Highly Zen’s moment is now.

If you’re interested in following the journey of Highly Zen, feel free to follow on instagram, twitter and the facebook page or if you’re really feeling intrigued, sign up for our newsletter on the website!

I’ll still be blogging on here, probably more personal posts now that what I do in my free/personal time is completely out in the open but consider this a forewarning: I’ll be continuing to spend a majority of my time blogging on Highly Zen. I feel devoted to this project; I’ve put so much love, heart, brains and imagination into this I can only continue to get deeper. I’ve truly found something that calls to me. I hope all my readers on here understand and I can’t wait to show you all what Highly Zen is capable of. Have a lovely Sunday and I look forward to seeing you over on Highly Zen :)

If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. ~ Emile Zola

<3, Josie

If you frequently visit this site, then you’re probably aware that not only have I not given any updates on inversion excursion, but I haven’t blogged PERIOD in a few weeks. Which brings me to this very moment!!

For the past few weeks my love and I have been super busy preparing for a new project. To explain this project, let me take you back to about a year ago.


Freeman and I had just become official Californians and we were frequently going out for Phở (his all time favorite soup). You see, Orange County happens to have the largest vietnamese community in the US so of course and fittingly, we were always going out for Phở. Well we were eating Phở so much, an idea was born. An idea about Freeman one day making a documentary about Phở because he loves it that much. This idea wasn’t really a serious one but it never died and continued to live on throughout our stay in California. Fast forward a few months after our move to our stay in Santa Fe, that little joke about vietnamese soup is becoming a reality.

YEP! that’s right. My love has decided to make a documentary about Phở! appropriately called the PHOcumentary and yours truly will be assisting :)

At this point you might be wondering, “soooo what’s next?”

and that’s my cue to tell you we’ll be spending about two months in Southeast Asia!

We’ll be bringing our chef friend Curtis for the first two weeks while we’re in Vietnam (when a majority of the filming will be done), the two of us will be staying an extra week after he leaves, and then we’ll be spending about a month in Thailand (we’ve always wanted to go- two birds, one stone).

We just bought our tickets which made for the perfect moment to announce this. I know deep down, there’s excitement and anticipation but on the surface it feels mostly surreal and slightly stressful considering the impending nonstop schedule our near future holds. More than anything else, I’m feeling gratitude. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be going to Asia let alone with the love of my life. This will be by far the biggest, wildest, craziest, most ambitious trip we will have gone on to date. We don’t know any asian languages, any asian words, we’re completely unfamiliar with asian customs or mannerisms. AND we’ll be away from our home country for the longest amount of time we’ve ever been away. See what I mean by surreal??

With all of that being said, my plan is to get back into my blogging groove. I’ve started to post some health and wellness blogs over at THC Insider, but keep a lookout here especially as this is where I’ll be posting about our Asia travels, about new and crazy foods, and of course about yoga on the road. I couldn’t be happier getting to share all of this with all of you! If you’d like to follow our journey, of course you can follow me on instagram but you can get even more details if you follow the phocumentary on facebook, instagram and twitter. We’ll be doing a kickstarter for the phocumentary as well so keep your eyes peeled for that post when the time comes! namasté my loves, I can’t wait to share this amazing experience with all of you :)

To travel is to live. ~ Hans Christian Andersen

#inversionexcursion 2.0

February 16, 2015 — Leave a comment

It’s as if the #inversionexcursion has been resurrected! I can’t help myself, I love me some inversions ;)

#inversionexcursion is back and it’s starting TODAY!

I’ll be honest though, this time things are a little different.

First off, this is lasting three months and it’ll have more structure.

First month will be headstands, second month will be forearm stands, and third month will be handstands.

I’ll be doing inversion warm ups every day, sometimes repeating warm ups, sometimes trying new ones.

The purpose is to build core strength and muscle memory.

The two are both extremely helpful when incorporating inversions into your practice which is the purpose of #inversionexcursion.

First week I’ll practice for at least 15 minutes, second week will be at least 30, third week will be at least 45 and the last week will be at least an hour.

I have a crazy few months ahead of me for other reasons that I’ll get into in a future post, so I might have to adjust those rules as all my crazy plans start to take action but this is pretty much the idea for now.

I’ll be posting weekly updates on here but if you’d like a more thorough update, I’ll be posting more on instagram using the hashtag #inversionexcursion.

Also, feel free to join in! the more the merrier! not to mention, inversions keep you young ;)

Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come? ~ Rumi