Ladies Night Out at University Station

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Last week, I attended a fun women bloggers night out at University Station in Westwood.

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First, we got manicures at Miniluxe.

I’m a huge fan of Miniluxe and when I lived in Boston I had my nails done at their Newbury Street location nearly weekly. It’s great to see them have a location closer to me on the South Shore.

Next we visited Nordstrom Rack, where the manager pulled some clothes to show us examples of the brand names at discounted prices available at their store. I bought myself a new pair of flats.

Finally, we headed over to Not Your Average Joe’s for some appetizers and met with their executive chef for the whole chain. It’s a different space for Not Your Average Joe’s – but in a good way. The restaurant was packed even though it was a Wednesday night.

I’m a Not Your Average Joe’s fan – since I love that their cooking is from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. You can usually find me at the Randolph location though – so this was a nice change of pace.

Thanks to Miniluxe, Nordstrom Rack, Not Your Average Joe’s, and University Station for hosting us!

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Fitness at the Nonprofit Technology Conference

I’m back in MA after a week long trip to CA for the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

It was my 1st year attending and I was blown away by how awesome the event was – educational and amazing networking opportunities.

I was a speaker on the panel “How Nonprofit Staff Can Regain Control of Their Work Lives and Get Better Results“.

I was also impressed by the effort to offer active networking opportunities at the conference.

During lunch break on the 1st day of the conference, I went on a walk lead by Beth Kanter and Aliza Sherman – Authors of “Happy Healthy Nonprofit“.

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Group photo from the #16NTCwalk

The following day at lunch there was a cycling tour – but I am not a fan of riding a bike without wearing a helmet, so I skipped that in favor of lunch with my fellow panelists and Nonprofit Marketing Guide All Access Pass members.

On the last day of the conference, there was “Geek Yoga” during the lunch break.

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I’m on the right side, facing the camera, ready to yoga – despite wearing a dress

I had a great time at both active sessions and am super glad I joined in.

I hope to be able to attend the Nonprofit Technology Conference in 2017!

 

Lady Project Summit 2016

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On Saturday, I spent my day volunteering at The Lady Project Summit.

I’m a BOS Lady Project member, so I was excited to see what the Summit was like.

I started the day as a volunteer at registration and then was the room host volunteer in the Lower Lobby for the sessions there.

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It was an extremely inspiring day!

Definitely worth the hour drive from my home to Providence, RI to attend.

Emily Belden spoke about her journey to get her book published and how talking to people with no expectation helped her get where she is today. Along the way, she ended up on the Today Show talking about her “penny floor“.

Natali Wachtman Perilo spoke about effective leadership practices – and shared some cringe worthy personal experiences of times that leadership was ineffective.

Tiffany Yu spoke about disability, diversity, and identity. I was moved way more than I expected to be by this workshop.

Easy Entertaining hosted a healthy cooking demo – with delicious samples post demo. There were fish cakes, kale salad, and cauliflower “fried rice”.

Kelly Jensen spoke on taking risks, which I found very appropriate to me since I’m job searching post lay off, and in light of the theme of the photo blogging challenge I participated in last month.

The feeling the whole day was electric! I got to reconnect with a friend from college that is also a BOS Lady Project member, and make lots of new connections that I hope turn into friends.

It was a great beginning to my month of attending conferences. This Saturday I’m attending a nonprofit governance conference. The following week, I’m both leading a session and attending the Nonprofit Technology Conference.

I’m Back! Yoga at Beacon Hill Yoga

On Sunday night, I joined a small group of bloggers for a yoga class at Beacon Hill Yoga.

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The class was lead by Kyle (Instagram: GuyUpsideDown).

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that the new year was not kind to me health wise, culminating with surgery in early February. I’d been cleared to work out again, but was scared.

I’m so glad that I signed up for the yoga class and attended. It was exactly what I needed to feel back on track, fitness wise.

Kyle was great leading the 5 of us and offering modifications for yoga novices.

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I felt a little bit like there was “no place to hide” with such a small class, but I know that’s all in my own head and something I need to work on.

I’m proud of myself for taking a fitness class before I’m over the fear of not being ready.

Northeast Comic Con Winter 2015

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Last Saturday, my husband & I attended the Winter 2015 Northeast Comic Con. We’ve attended twice before, and had a great time each visit.

(Read previous posts: Northeast Comic Con June 2015 & Northeast Comic Con December 2014. My husband also blogged about NECC at Recap: Summer Northeast Comic Con 2015 & Recap: 2014 Winter NorthEast Comic Con.)

Once again, it was an amazing event we enjoyed every minute of!

This year, we wandered the show floor instead of attending panels.

We got 2 autographs from talent attending the show and a sketch from comic illustrator George Perez.

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My husband Dave and George Perez

I highly recommend attending Northeast Comic Con! We’ll be back for the summer 2016 event.

Holiday Glamour Swap at Cambridgeside Galleria

One of the things I love about the blogger community in MA is how many in person events there are where I can meet fellow bloggers. It really adds to feeling that we are a community!

Last week, Cambridgeside Galleria hosted a Glamour Swap event for bloggers. It was great to see some new faces, and spend time with bloggers who’ve become my friends.

Here are some photos from the night.

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Beautiful fashions were on display from stores in Cambridgeside Galleria

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A Yankee Swap was held & I ended up with a snazy new wallet thanks to New York & Company

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Santa stopped by for some photos

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Jodi, Erica, & I enjoyed the photo props

A huge thank you to Cambridgeside Galleria for hosting us and the stores for donating prizes for the Yankee Swap.

I’ll be back soon to finish up some holiday gift shopping (and probably buy some clothes for myself as well).

Blog and Fly at Flywheel Boston

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It’s no secret that I used to think spin classes weren’t for me.

Then I discovered Flywheel in Boston.

Wow!

Their spin classes were so good that they convinced me that not only were spin classes something I could do – I actually enjoyed them!

Flywheel is my favorite spin studio!

On Saturday, I joined some bloggers from Blog & Tweet Boston for a #BlogandFly free class. I brought my friend Maggie with me to try out her first Flywheel spin class.

We both had a great time and a good workout.

The class was lead by Catie Macken. She was encouraging and kept the class up beat.

To  my pleasant surprise, I found out that anyone who brought a friend that was new to Flywheel got a free class – so thanks Maggie for that!

The bikes are arranged in a stadium configuration so seeing the instructor is no problem. Also, you pick the bike you want to ride at check in, so there’s no jostling with other class attendees to get to bikes when the doors open. They also have gel bike seat covers available for free, in case your behind isn’t used to spin/cycling.

The spin equipment at Flywheel is actually comfortable! Spin shoes that clip in are provided as part of the class fee. There is an the electronic board on your bike that showed the resistance level, your Revolutions Per Minute, and how much current you’ve generated. After class, you’re e-mailed your stats, so you can compare your classes to see if you’re improving.

After class, we were treated to salads from Sweetgreen, and they were delicious!

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A huge thank you to Flywheel Boston for hosting us!

I’m looking forward to spinning with you again soon!