This is what happens when you choose to say YES!

Today I rose with intention. After spending the past three days in the woods with dozens of creatives from all over the world, I'm entering August with a fresh, new perspective. 

I went nightswimming with a pink blow-up flamingo simply because. I jammed to Corrine Bailey Rae's live performance on the water at dusk and danced with her under 100 disco balls in the middle of a forest. I guided yoga and meditation (twice!) in a field. I explored a treehouse and dove down a slip and slide that would make your nephew scream with joy. I was unapologetically myself around a group of creatives I barely knew. I had conversations with myself, and others, that needed to be had. And I am better for all of it. I am enormously grateful to Soho House and Camp Wandawega for hosting the experience, to Grey Goose and Peroni for sponsoring it, and to my small tribe of creatives that I now have. And I'm grateful for my own willingness to say YES! What can you say YES to today? By the way, if you're interested in applying to Soho House, let me know. Let's chat. I'm a believer in their vision, and am blessed to be a member! 

Mark your calendars: join me in Chicago and NYC!
(Spoiler alert: giveaways!)

I'm proud to be partnering with Nike (pinch me!) for the launch of the Nike Women BraHaus! As a member of my inner circle, I'm happy to invite you to enjoy fitness and fun with me this Wednesday at 5:30 in Chicago! If joining me for a complimentary high-intensity NTC workout, Nike Pro Bra fitting and customization experience, and post-workout juices and refreshments sounds fun to you, e-mail me back and I'll forward you an invitation with a link to register! Space is limited, so e-mail me soon!

One of my favorite humans, producer and multifaceted artist Calid B., is celebrating the release of his amazing EP, Afrobang, this Thursday evening at Tonic Room in Chicago! I'm hosting it with fellow Party Noire co-founders Nick Alder and Rae Chardonnay and Ciera McKissick of AMFM Mag! Join us? Major perk: you get to see me rap (yes, rap). 

Dreamchaser and bosslady Tiffany Hardin has organized her inauguralShe Knows Now Summit on September 10! I'm planning on attending this one-day intensive in NYC this September! With just 200 guests, the intimate experience features dynamic highly curated panels, workshops, mentorship and networking opportunities for aspirational multi-faceted millennial women! Pre-sale tickets are just $75. If you are able to attend, share one thing that you think ALL millennial women need to know on Instagram or Twitter and tag @SheKnowsNow and me (@HelloLaurenAsh)! Tiffany and I will be selecting one person by the end of the week!

I'll be speaking at W.E.L.L. Summit in NYC on October 21-22nd! I'm so honored to be speaking alongside some dynamic women, including Latham Thomas, Brandie Gilliam, and Luvvie Ajayi! Learn more about the experience here and get your tickets for this inspiring weekend rooted in wellness! Also, Gianne Doherty, founder W.E.L.L. Summit and of Organic Bath Co., sent me some of her amazing organic sugar scrubs! I'd love to share it with you! I'll send one of you her scrubs if you follow me and Organic Bath Co. on Twitter and tweet me how you're choosing to live WELL this week!

What I'm digging lately.

I'm still obsessed with all of the conversations Zakkiyyah and I get to have on the Black Girl In Om podcast. iTunes has been featuring our podcast on their mainpage lately, too! Hear us chat about all things wellness in any of our first five episodes! I'll love you forever if you leave us a review, too!

Party Noire turns 1 in September! From hosting Everyday People's recent Chicago event, to selling out two of our most recent parties, we have so much to celebrate! Plan to join us on Labor Day, or thisSaturday at The Promontory. If you're down to celebrate Black Joy and Black Girl Magic, I invite you to vibe with us! Keep your eyes on our website or our Facebook page for the inside scoop!

BUNCH Mag, my favorite print publication for creatives, featured me. Hooray! Read it here, loves.

That's all, for now. Because there's so much goodness to share, I'll be in touch in a week or two with more goodness. As always: be well.



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