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

And here we are, in 2017. How did that happen?

My mantra for this year is: Find More Joy. Be More Bold. Cleanse from the Inside Out.

I've already starting activating this mantra, consciously and unconsciously. I encourage all of you to develop your own mantra for this entire year. Write it down, say it out loud, and share it with those who support you.

Since my last e-mail, I've been manifesting and experiencing all kinds of goodness. I wrote my first beauty piecestarted my Facebook page, wasfeatured in Vice's i-D for the Black Girl In Om podcast, and threw Chicago's most incredible (and sold-out) New Year's Eve party focused on Black Joy with the always dope DJ Rae Chardonnay and Nick Alder (my Party Noirecrew)! 

This month, and early next, there are LOTS of ways for us to hang, in Chicago and NYC, and I'm offering some discounts and freebies, so you definitely want to keep reading...

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

This Saturday, join me and NikeWomen in Chicago, for NikeWomen Tight Night. We'll chat style, learn about their new tights, and everyone will walk away with a beauty goodiebag and a giftcard to use toward a Nike purchase! Space is limited and you're the first to know

This Sunday at 11:00 a.m., join me for Slow Jams Yoga: Chadarunga's for Chicago, where we'll vibe to some of my favorite local artists' music while breaking down some challenging yoga postures! Use my code: SELFCARE for $3 off!

I have a new meditation residency at Scratch Goods, my favorite local plant-based skincare hub! They also offer Chicago's only maskbar, which in addition to being luxurious and nontoxic, also happens to be affordable. Join me (space is limited) on Sunday night mindfulness, meditation, and community. 

Mark your calendars: Deun Ivory and I are hosting our official launch kiki for our new brand, Lifestyle with Ivory + Ash, on Saturday, January 28th in Chicago! Want in? Join our e-mail list by shooting an e-mail our way. P.S.Follow us on the 'gram for gorgeous images of our first collection! It's only around for a few more weeks, so order yours today via e-mail.

On February 4th, join me and She Knows Now in New York City for a talk about MindFULLness in 2017. Expect amazing networking, conversation, a guided meditation by yours truly, and community. I'm a huge fan of She Knows Now and the amazing woman behind it, Tiffany Hardin!Get tickets while you still can

P.S. Save. The. Date. Party Noire is popping up in BROOKLYN on February 5th. Stay tuned

As always: be well.

Lauren Ash

Mantra of the month: Where I am is not who I am.

Mantra of the month: I am bold.