• Hoboken Girl of the Week: Jacquie Bird {of StressBusters Guided Meditation}

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    Holidays got you stressed? We thought this might be a good time to introduce you to Jacquie Bird – owner and creator of StressBusters Guided Meditation. This incredible creative has a ridiculous line of accomplishments including performing on Broadway, the Academy Awards, and the opening ceremonies of the LA Olympics. She’s also an international Master Teacher + Choreographer having worked in India, Japan, Colombia, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Bermuda, and the DR {with the possibility of going to Singapore in 2018/2019}, and has also choreographed for the Broadway Dance Center and the Young People’s Chorus of NYC. On top of this, she’s the owner of two businesses – SilkWire Jewelry and StressBusters Guided Meditation. Both these businesses are centered around bringing a sense of well-being to those she works with. If extended shopping hours and meticulous gift wrapping have you stretched super thin, take note: Jacquie is hosting two meditation workshops coming up called Vibe + Visualize the New Year, one of Decemeber 30th, and the other on January 6th {event info here!}. Oh, and did we mention she’s learning to play an instrument called an mbira? Time to dive in and learn a little more about this week’s featured Hoboken Girl {who lives in Jersey City}: Jacquie Bird.

    ^photo cred: Solwazi Afi Olusola

    So, tell us a little about yourself

    I am a long-time JC resident and a creative. My first life was that of a dancer-singer-actress who’s performed on Broadway, stage, TV, and film. My second life is that of a jewelry artist/owner of SilkWire Jewelry {which is Jewelry Art for Your Well Being} and I also helm StressBusters Guided Meditation. Oh, almost forgot, I am also a choreographer/Master Teacher.

    On what inspires her

    Basically, LIFE is my biggest source of inspiration. And my brain — I am always flooded with ideas, constantly. I have scraps of paper all over with stuff jotted down and a folder I refuse to look at because I know those are ideas from years ago when I made an attempt to keep everything in one place. A lot of my ideas come when I am on the yoga mat when my mind is quiet or when I’m just staring off into space {which is a favorite pastime}. I am also very inspired by people’s stories of how they achieved their goals, often overcoming some pretty heavy odds. Also, ingenuity is sooo inspiring to me, when I see videos of people making something out of nothing, like taking flip flops that are strewn all over in their area as trash and turning them into useful objects, kick-starting a burgeoning business, and recycling trash. Man, stuff like that geeks me up

    About her passions and goals

    I am passionate about well-being. I am passionate about learning as much as I can about holistic healing and using that knowledge in my work. I am passionate about being as much of a source of Light and support to people as I can. My goals for 2018 are to continue growing my businesses — SilkWire Jewelry and StressBusters Guided Meditation. I’d like to see my JewelryArt on actors in film and television. I’d like to assist medical staff to rejuvenate themselves with my guided meditation and to complete my meditation digital album SoundSoulVibin’ {that will be released under the name of Sephiva}. I will also continue offering my StressBusters Guided Meditation workshops and want to offer them at conferences, events, and have a private clientele. I want to be global, bay-bee!

    Read more: Hoboken Girl of the Week: Vanessa Clark {of Best Buddies International}

    A “typical” day in the life

    Umm… I don’t really have a typical day, as my schedule changes a lot, which I LOVE. My days are always creative, between working to grow my businesses, research, practicing my mbira, choreographing, planning a class if I am going to teach as a guest, etc.

    About the highs and lows of what she does

    The highs are that I am my own person, I work primarily for myself. The lows are that there are only 24 hours in a day. In all seriousness, everything can’t be a high, there can be fluctuations in finances when you work for yourself, some pretty low ones.

    ^photo cred: Solwazi Afi Olusola

    Her career and life highlights… so far

    I’ve had so many highlights in my performing career — that first Broadway show, that first film, dancing on the Academy Awards with my skirt coming off in front of Jane Fonda {and all the other stars, oh, and the television viewing audience}, seeing Tokyo Disneyland for the first time, seeing the Taj Mahal, {pictures do it NO justice}, dancing in Olympics and not being able to see the markers to know where to stop because the dirt was kicked over them and we were all laughing hysterically as we were saying OH CRAP {insert expletive of your choice}. But what is so rewarding in another kind of way is when a customer tells me how a particular gemstone in my jewelry assisted them energetically, and seeing the faces of participants at the end of my meditation workshops. It’s like the stress was flung off of them into a dumpster, it’s truly amazing to be a catalyst, a part of that process. And extremely rewarding.

    Read more: Hoboken Girl of the Week: Seema Bansal {of Venus Et Fleur}

    How she spends a day off

    What’s a day off? I don’t have days off — I love what I do!

    Her advice to someone trying to pursue her career path

    Hmm… I’ve had many career paths, but ultimately my advice is to do YOU. And if you don’t know who that is, figure it out. Because when it’s all said and done, if you are not fully engaged and behind yourself in the will power department, you will be a feather for every breeze that blows. No one can tell you what or how to do your passion. It’s your vision – stay the course and keep seeing – even when things get rough – your success. There are billions of people on the planet, there’s got to be a bunch of ‘em who get what you’re doing and will pay for your product/service/idea. Remember that everything starts with a thought. There would be no airplanes if there wasn’t an idea first. If you’re passionate about it, go for it no matter if it looks wonky to others.

    ^photo cred: Solwazi Afi Olusola

    And now, a little about her Hoboken + JC favorites

    Oh man I have lived here a long time. I even remember when the PATH train had regular weekday service on the weekends up until 7:30ish – that’s how long I’ve been here. I have lived in Jersey City for 28 years.

    Favorite restaurant

    In JC, I love Park + Sixth and Saigon Café — it’s all about the crabmeat fried rice. And while this is probably stretching it, when The Cheesecake Factory moved to the mall, I was DONE. Carrot Cake Cheesecake anyone? Thai Glazed Salmon?

    Favorite boutique

    Well again, this may be stretching it, but I’ve got to say my showroom Of Hand, Spirit & Earth Studio.

    Favorite thing to do in Hudson County

    Water again. Sitting along The Hudson and walking in Liberty State Park. And of course, eating cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory.

    Favorite outdoor space

    Liberty State Park.

    Favorite place to work out

    My yoga mat at home.

    Favorite place to bring friends

    I’m not a party/bar kind of gal. I keep it simple and sit in the park and stare at the trees, lol.

    Favorite overall thing about JC

    I love to walk along the water. And I like the funky-down cool vibe of the city.

    Thoughts on something that needs to come to the area

    Oh, I know, a Whole Foods! We need a Whole Foods.

    ^photo cred: Solwazi Afi Olusola

    How to contact Jacquie

    Follow SilkWire Jewelry on Facebook or IG & Twitter: @SilkWireJewelry. Or check out StressBusters Guided Meditation on Facebook or IG: @SoundSoulVibin andTwitter: @StressBustersGM. You can also view her YouTube Channel “To Inspire, Educate & Motivate: Life Gems

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    Michele mostly writes about her two favorite things - people and food. Though she’s been a Jersey girl since her mother danced on a chair at a Bruce Springsteen concert while 8-months pregnant, Michele’s life is anything but basic. During the day, she's a payroll specialist for small + local businesses, but on the nights and weekends, she's trying new places to write about and stopping for snacks along the way {so it's a good thing she's a marathoner and soccer player}. Aside from adding to her already extensive collection of throw pillows, Michele enjoys a good beer, nachos, and chillin’ with her kitties, Bo and Samson.