Only 4 Spots Left for This Sunday’s Yoga Brunch!

I am excited to teach yoga this weekend and apparently some of you are excited about it too — we only have FOUR spots left for my Yoga Brunch sessions this Sunday, January 7th!

Here’s what you need to know about these events:

  • I teach a 60-minutes all-levels yoga class at 9:30am on select Sundays at The Cultural Center – above Dante Next Door in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.
  • Your $15 class registration includes a complimentary mimosa or coffee at brunch after.
  • Can’t stay for stay for brunch? It’s okay — come just for the yoga class and head on out after!

Register at the Eventbrite page to save your spot!

SAVE THE DATE: Here are the upcoming Sundays with Yoga Brunch sessions in January and February 2018:

  • January 7, 14, 21
  • February 4, 11, 25

Please note: Pre-registration is required either by signing up at the Eventbrite page or emailing me in advance at aliciamhansen@gmail.com. 

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my weekend out & about in #CLE (the Brewnuts edition)

After more than a decade of marriage, I know the ways to my husband’s heart and two of them are donuts and LeBron James. You see, my loved one is one of the biggest fans of the King around (I have proof via stories upon stories to prove it), so when I heard that local donut makers, Brewnuts, was celebrating LeBron’s birthday including specialty donuts, I knew it was time for our first visit to their Gordon Square location.

What really got Hans there that day? When I told him that they were playing game 7 of the 2016 NBA finals on their big screens. (Even though we have all seven games saved on our DVR at home.)

After a glancing at their menu and asking the very kind Brewnuts staffer way too many questions, we placed our order:

We settled on two of the LBJ inspired donuts: the Wine & Gold, a yeast-raised donut with a red wine glaze and gold stripe, and the Black Out: a donut made with activated charcoal plus buttercream filling and a chocolate glaze. They were both well received by everyone in our family, even though the Black Out was a bit on the messy side with all that delicious buttercream! Hans complemented his meal with a Sibling Revelry Brewery Pecan Brown Ale as I sipped on a Phoenix Coffee blend.

Not pictured: our one year old CRUSHING the Wine & Gold donut and chugging her bottle all over Brewnuts

Pro Tip: You GOTTA check out the fun decor choices made by the Brewnuts team. Please forward all my mail to their ladies’ restroom… IT HAS FLAMINGO WALLPAPER, PEOPLE. I’ll be here if you need me.

You can take the girl out of Parma…

LONG STORY SHORT: Don’t wait as long as we did to make the trip to West 65th and Detroit to get your hands on one of their dones. If you’re lucky, they’ll be celebrating another holiday of sorts! Like I need an excuse to eat donuts though…

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Resolutions for the New Year (Or The Lack Thereof)

Ever sit down to make some new year’s resolutions and your brain felt like this:

Scattered? Mangled? A mess? That was me yesterday when I tried to take my annual moment to figure out what I wanted my new year to look like via those pesky, usually-long-gone-by-February New Year’s Resolutions.

Sure, there are the usual ones that I’m sure I set every year:

  • Lose XX amount of pounds. (Thank goodness I have pretty much knocked off all of the baby weight and am working on that “freshman 15” I gained when I started my job 2+ years ago — they keep us well fed, ha!)
  • Drink more water (but we’re all chronically dehydrated so we all need to be reseting this every day/week/year.)
  • Make time to meditate daily. (I’ll be lucky to just sit still for a minute with a one year old around…)
  • etc, etc, etc…

So I thought, and thought, and thought some more. I still came up with nothing. To be honest with you, I had the same issue when trying to come up with an answer for when my bosses asked me where I saw myself in five years as part of our annual reviews process. It took me another six months to realize that I have been so distracted in living in the moment that I wasn’t at all looking at the future. I put two and two together again when I tried to make my resolutions today and I was 100% okay with it.

I know 2017 was generally a rough year in many ways, but for us personally, we kind of hit the jackpot with this last one. Brenna settled into daycare fabulously and is the happiest, healthiest baby we could ever imagine. I got back into the swing of things at work while getting back into teaching yoga. Hans had a fulfilling year at his job (with several interesting travels including to Japan). We also accomplished a huge long term goal — we moved into the house of our dreams in the community we’ve been longing to live in for more than a decade. So, not to brag, but we’ve been in a sweet spot lately. And I’ve been REALLY enjoying it. Living in it, thriving in it. And it feels GOOD.

As someone who spent far too much time in her life struggling with anxiety (what will happen) and depression (what already happened), it feels like a bit of a breakthrough mentally. Learning to focus on the RIGHT NOW. What I need now, what my family needs now. This former Type A+ person is more of a Type A-/B+ these days — just enough planning to get by, but more apt to throw out the plan need be. (Case in point: Ask me about our visit to Walt Disney World trip last week!)

It’s not been a necessarily smooth journey. Sometimes living in the right now means being noncommittal in advance – often because of the nature of the many hats I wear, sometimes because I know I need to say “no” to things to manage my anxiety. Have I frayed some ropes and burned some bridges along the way because of those decisions? Probably. But I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, so it’s worth the trade off.

Should I be setting reasonable, S.M.A.R.T. short and long term goals? Most definitely. Am I working on some drafts of a few? Sure. Am I ready to share them? Nope. So here’s what I will resolve to you this New Year’s Day: I will celebrate those moments when I’m living in the moment…

Okay, and maybe one more resolution: to drink more champagne. After all, what’s a celebration without some bubbly?

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Ready for Yoga Brunch in 2018? Join Me!

You say you’ve been working on setting your new year’s resolution and the following thoughts have popped up:

  • “I’ve always wanted to take a yoga class, but where/how/when do I start?”
  • “I want to try something new, something out of my comfort zone.”
  • “I want to get out more and hear there are some great places to eat around town, especially in Tremont…”

Well, do I have something for you, you new year’s resolutionary!

I personally invite you to join me on select 2018 Sundays as I continue teaching my Yoga Brunch combo sessions into the new year.

Here are the details:

  • I teach a 60-minutes all-levels yoga class at 9:30am on select Sundays at The Cultural Center – above Dante Next Door in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood.
  • Your $15 class registration includes a complimentary mimosa or coffee at brunch after.
  • Too busy to stay for brunch? No worries — just come for class and be on your way after!

Here are the upcoming Sundays with Yoga Brunch sessions in January and February 2018:

  • January 7, 14, 21
  • February 4, 11, 25

Register at the Eventbrite page NOW to save your spot!

Please note: Pre-registration is required either by signing up at the Eventbrite page or emailing me in advance at aliciamhansen@gmail.com. 

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