Mantra of the month: I am bold.

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December Mantra: I am bold and completely open to what my boldness may bring.

Last month was incredible. I turned 29 and with it, I have felt myself get a bit more bold. To be bold connotes risk-taking, confidence, and courage. Being bold isn't easy. Being bold isn't always enjoyable. But I believe it is always rewarded. Maybe you will join me this month in committing to do one thing every day that scares you, but that will ultimately lead to your growth. If you're in, let me know! (P.S. Twitter is a pretty fun way to interact with me!)

Here's what's on my agenda this month:

I'm blessed to be able to curate an amazing community and meaningful turn-up every single month with two of the dopest women in Chicago. Will you join Nick Alder, DJ Rae Chardonnay, and I for Black Metropolis on New Year's Eve? Tickets are on sale now for what will be one of the most memorable Party Noire affairs yet! 

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Like arts and crafts? Cool, so do I! Deun Ivory and I are launching our exciting (and much needed!) new brand, Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash, right around the corner and we're slow launching it with a gratitude and art-making gathering at Soho House Chicago this upcoming Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Want to come? E-mail me quick! We have room for five more people.

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Swing by my studio at the Arts Incubator on Saturday, December 10th from 1:00-5:00 p.m. or Sunday, December 11th from 2:30-5:00 p.m. I'm having open studio hours duringVends & Vibes. Deun and I will also showcase Ivory + Ash. Calid B. will be DJing, and I'll probably be inviting people to dance with me. Yes: I accept studio-warming presents. Plants are nice.

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Come through the very last Black Girl In Om Self-Care Sunday of 2016! I'll be guiding yoga and meditation and the playlist will be on fleek, per usual. We're still offering $10 off for students (use the code STUDENT and use your student e-mail address to sign-up). Sign-up today, or register on behalf of someone in your life who needs to s-l-o-w down. What an amazing gift!

Needing some inspiration as 2016 comes to a close? Subscribe to the Black Girl In Om podcast on iTunes or Google Play to hear our latest conversation! Zakkiyyah Najeebah, Deun Ivory, and I discussed creativity, creating from an authentic place, and self-care at the first annual Chicago Podcast Festival. It has been so very well received, I hope you enjoy it, too!

To bold, courageous steps today through the rest of your month!

As always: be well.

Lauren Ash

Intention of my year: Find More Joy. Be More Bold. Cleanse from the Inside Out.

Mantra of the Month: I am open to abundance.