I partnered with Fidelity & MEFA in support of the U.Fund Dreams Tour. As always, all opinions are my own #UFundDreams.
As my daughter finishes up fourth grade in a couple weeks I am full of mixed emotions. I for one, have NO idea how or when she grew up. She walks around in my heels like she’s been doing so for years! She is finding what makes her heart happy and is focused on helping others. I never thought I’d hear my daughter happily exclaim – Mom, I helped clean up my teacher’s classroom today! Who-is-this-child?! And why can’t the same enthusiasm be found when she cleans her room at home? She is shedding her baby layers and emerging into the most amazing human being.
Like so many other parents, I want to bottle up her youth and innocence and shield her from the darkness that the world can bring. Protect her from heartache, rejection and disappointment. Letting go is not something I excel at. And as she grows taller and becomes more confident I cry a bit on the inside while also feeling so incredibly proud of the person she is growing up to be.
There are only a limited number of years until senior year and then real life, and I’m scared. She is so excited to grow up and travel and experience the world on a deeper level. I strive to support all of her aspirations, but it can be difficult without the right planning and resources. Part of setting her up for success means investing in her future and ensuring that higher education is within her reach and is not a burden to our family. Living in the heart of Massachusetts has given us exposure to the 200 colleges and universities that call Mass home and it’s instilled a sense of lifelong learning in my curious tween.
Did you know Massachusetts has more colleges per capita than any other state? Given the variety of higher education options there is an organization committed to ensuring parents and students feel empowered to smartly save for college in a way that is aligned with what their family can contribute. Saving for college panics me, to be honest. I didn’t save properly and as a result will be paying student loans off for many many long years. Just think about it – what if there was a way to invest in your child’s higher learning through making small contributions every month? Yes, it is possible with MEFA. I encourage everyone to check out MEFA’s UFund Dreams which is an interactive experience for parents to learn more about the programs offered by MEFA while your kids get to have fun through play while peaking their curiosity for learning. A total win-win for everyone.
While I’ll be soon wiping away the tears as we say goodbye to fourth grade, I am looking confidently towards the future excited to support my kiddo in pursuing her dreams.
Making time to exercise feels impossible. The extent of my current exercise regimen is speed walking to the train, sprinting to catch the train and walking the dog. Pretty lame. I would love to have a workout routine and have been striving to carve out more time for self care, but it’s a work in progress. I find tons of classes I’d love to attend, but there’s the cost per class, childcare issues and my availability. But, friends – there is a solution. Get Excited!!
I absolutely love Barre & Soul Harvard Square in Cambridge for so many wonderful reasons. Kind staff, calming and welcoming environment and an amazing full body workout that has me feeling the burn for d-a-y-s. AMAZING.
I’m super excited to share that Barre & Soul is adding another amazing class offering – VIRTUAL CLASSES! I have gotten many many exercise DVDs but they aren’t interactive and I get easily distracted and don’t think I’ve actually ever finished one. Whoops. The virtual classes at Barre & Soul give yogis and barre addicts the opportunity to tune into live instructor classes via their phones or tablets! Perfect timing as summer is coming up and people’s schedules are changing. Now, you can literally bring your workout with you wherever you go as long as there is wi-fi!
Barre & Soul and founder Andrea Isabelle Lucas remarks:
“The beautiful thing about the virtual classes is that they’re live, allowing for real-time feedback from the instructor as well as connection to the other class participants. This will allow our community to stay connected even when they can’t make it to the studio. Summer can be a hard time to maintain self-care routines, and the ease of this platform will make it that much simpler to continue making mind-body health a priority all year round.”
And to celebrate the launch Barre & Soul is offering F-R-E-E virtual classes over Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 28 – Monday, May 3). I’ve already signed up for virtual classes all weekend and can’t wait! Check out the class schedule and register today so you can reserve your spot….hurry space is limited!!!
My name is Alexandra and I suffer from mental illness.
I have suffered from mental illness since I was a child. Now, at age 30 I am unpacking my trauma and understanding how and why mental illness came knocking at my door. Mental illnesss is a liar and has altered my thoughts in ways I never could have imagined. I am plagued with negative thoughts and can not trust what I think anymore.
I hope to #BreakTheStigma surrounding mental illness by providing a honest look at the lies my mental health tells me on a daily basis. My mental illness has kicked me down and made me cry and bleed. It’s impact is felt in all aspects of my life and rattles my soul to the core.