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    Take a pause and refresh at a new retail space opening up in Short Vine featuring a variety of local businesses to help you live your best life.

    A group of four entrepreneurs is teaming up with Mortar to launch their very own retail space. With an official grand opening date of Valentine’s Day, Pause Cincy will offer a space that allows customers to take time for themselves. 

    “The name represents pressing pause on your life and making time for yourself,”  says Mortar co-founder William Thomas III. “There’s an increase demand in the wellness space, and a lot of people are searching for a way to make time for themselves.”

    In its opening, Pause will include these Mortar graduates:

    • Matunda Juicery, a vendor of fresh cold-pressed juices founded by Timothy Harris, named for the Swahili word for “fruit”
    • Perfect Touch Helps, services from licensed massage therapist Lolitha Perry
    • Diamyn’s Crystal Bar, by Diamyn Rembert, a vendor of crystals and stones as well as host to mediation classes and courses for spiritual wellness
    • District 78, founded by Erikka Gray, a lifestyle brand and vendor of handcrafted candles

    The space is inclusive and complimentary of the businesses that team up to occupy it. And since it offers both retail items and personal space in its meditation classes and massages, customers can treat themselves with spiritual and physical wellness. 

    “Very soon you’ll be able to make your own candle at our scent station,” says Pause’s Gray. “Our space is coming along and we can’t wait to be open.”

    The Grand Opening celebration for Pause Cincy is currently planned for Valentine’s Day from 4-9pm. The team is excited to open its doors and bring something new to the community. 

    “2020 is the year I can say that I manifested a store front with some pretty incredible entrepreneurs,” says Diamyn Rembert of Pause Cincy and Diamyn’s Crystal Bar. “I hope you will support us and the work we’ve been doing.”

    Pause Cincy is located at 2908 Vine Street in Cincinnati’s Short Vine neighborhood. To learn more about them and to stay up to date on news, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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    Spread a little bit of positivity everywhere you go with these affirmation stickers!

    Cincy Chic: What is Tangibles?
    Diana Yates, Owner & Founder of Tangibles: Tangibles is an online gift shop that creates positive affirmations for everyday spaces, so you never feel discouraged again. We also partner with coaches, youth empowerment groups, and other like-minded organizations to create custom affirmations for their clients and communities.

    Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
    Yates: The idea for tangibles came from a personal story. Through a battle with eating disorders years ago, I would stick post-it notes with hand-written encouraging notes in my most triggering spaces – mirrors, refrigerators, cabinets, etc. These simple affirmation notes, like ‘you are loved’ and ‘you are enough’ helped to give me pause before my once-systematic binge. These messages gave me encouragement, even subliminally, and helped me check in with myself. These simple but powerful words were a turning point in my recovery journey. 

    And then it hit me one morning around 4:30am a year later. If a tangible message of love and encouragement – that I could see every day – helped me, could it help others? And that’s what we’ve set out to do with tangibles.

    Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
    Yates: Tangibles is proud to be a woman-owned and operated business run by me, Diana Yates.

    Cincy Chic: What will readers find when they shop online?
    Yates: When visiting our online shop, you’ll find multiple ‘kits’ of affirmation vinyl stickers, which is our main tangibles product. Each kit includes 3-5 stickers, each with their own simple affirmation, and all flow together under one theme. For example, our best-selling (and first-ever!) tangibles kit titled ‘you are loved’ includes five stickers with the messages ‘you are loved,’ ‘you are radiant,’  ‘you are strong,’ ‘you are brave,’ and ‘you are enough.’ You’ll see affirmations that we’ve tagged great for women, great for kids, social justice-themed, and more, to help you find the perfect gift.

    Cincy Chic: Tell us more about your custom orders and how they work!
    Yates: We would love to work with you to create custom affirmation stickers! Some of our favorite collaborations are with coaches, community-driven companies, inspirational events, fitness + wellness businesses, recovery groups, and youth empowerment organizations. Custom tangibles also make great party favors and swag bag add-ons. Once we receive an inquiry, we’ll set aside time to learn more about your vision for these, and then dive into creation mode to come up with your simple, powerful affirmations. Custom colors, fonts, graphics, and even packaging for the stickers are all possible as well.

    Cincy Chic: What do you hope to accomplish through Tangibles?
    Yates: Through Tangibles, we want to encourage more people on an individual level, with simple but powerful words they need to hear right now. We want to be the first gift you think of for a friend, family member, child, or colleague who’s going through a tough time or a big life change and needs some consistent encouragement.

    We want to be a fun and meaningful way that coaches reach their clients, organizations empower their teams, and teachers inspire their students.

    Cincy Chic: What makes Tangibles unique?
    Yates: While there are other affirmation stickers and products out there, tangibles is unique because our products are simple, versatile, and customizable. To dig a little deeper, our products are created to be simple in both words and design, so you don’t miss the message. Second, tangibles work great in so many spaces, so they’re even more useful for our customers – or your gift recipient. And finally, you have the opportunity to create your own affirmations with us, whether you’re a coach, team leader, teacher, or just looking to send unique affirmations to your inner circle!

    Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for 2021?
    Yates: Yes, yes! We’re currently developing new products – beyond our vinyl stickers – that embrace the tangibles mission. We’re also working on new partnerships with local businesses so you can find tangibles in more of your favorite places! And, we’ll be launching a fun giveaway in May, so be on the lookout for that, too.

    Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
    Yates: Head to or follow along on Instagram


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    On reaching a state of relief.

    My version of running is a slow, steady pace, for 2-5 miles. When I start running, the first 10 minutes tends to be the hardest. It is hard because I am shifting my body and lungs into a new state – from slower and passive to active and aggressive. I am pushing all my physical elements to go. There is resistance. My lungs must adjust. My legs need to warm up. My torso and arms are adjusting to the jarring pace as my feet steadily hit the concrete and propel me forward. It is never my favorite part, but always necessary: the least comfortable part of the process. 

    That is why, within the first few minutes of my run, I head for the largest hill in my neighborhood. It is about a quarter mile from my house, and about a half mile long. Once I arrive, I run downhill first. Thankfully is the natural order in this process – you have no choice but to start at the top because it is a cul-de-sac. Therefore, it becomes strategic because when I run downhill, it gives my body a little break while it adjusts to the pace. Gravity propels me forward. It prepares me and closes out the warm-up. It is a small victory that provides momentum for the hard part. 

    When I get to the bottom of the hill, I always turn around, pause and look up and assess. I pay attention to the cars parked on the side of the street. These objects turn into tickers of progress. I look at the sidewalk – are there any obstructions, like garbage cans or people chatting in the middle of them? I need clearance because I do not want to stop once I start. If you stop in the middle of an uphill run, game over. I need steady momentum. If there are obstructions, and most times, there are, I will start the uphill run on the street. It is a slow traffic street, so it is relatively safe to run when necessary – a calculated small risk, easily mitigated by turning my audio down, and paying attention to the sounds around me as I go. 

    When I start my steady climb up the hill, I stay on the street until the obstacles on the sidewalk have been passed. While running up the street, I use the cars as my markers for progress. Each car is only a few feet from my peripheral. I never look too far ahead. Once I pass a car, I focus on the next. Occasionally I glance a little further, and think, wow! Once I get to the silver truck ahead, I will be halfway! I then refocus on surpassing what is right in front of me. Bit by bit. Car by car. Each parked car propels me to the next. By the middle of the hill, I feel winded but able to keep going. It is around this point that I begin to make my way to the sidewalk to complete the latter half of my run, because as I start to get winded, I need markers of progress at a quicker pace to keep my mind present and engaged.

    The sidewalk is made up of cement panels. These panels are roughly 2.5 jogging steps long. At the halfway point, they are wonderful markers and a good mind shift. The smallness of them allows me to continue momentum when I am growing especially weary of the trek, because I just remind myself – only 2.5 steps and you are onto the next one! It is so simple to look down and see what is right in front of me, and push forward, checking off another panel. The panels add up much quicker than the parked cars. I surpass one, and then the next, and the next. I glance ahead and find a small marker that shows I am almost there. A street lamp. Once I hit that streetlamp, I think, I will have just a few more yards until I reach the top. The sidewalk panels seem to go faster when I see the end is near. 

    When I summit the hill, I am short of breath, sweaty, and in a state of general discomfort, but my mind is filled with something so pure: relief. 

    Relief is a powerful because it grants us freedom. When we push through something hard, we gain freedom. Freedom sets us in a place of neutrality, and neutrality puts us in a place to receive. As I continue my run, which has only just begun, what tackling that first hill does for me is shift my body from resistance to reception. As I hit the top of the hill, my body is now neutralized while in a state of motion. When we’ve neutralized ourselves, resistance dissipates, and we are conditioned to receive. The relief is enjoyable and subconsciously reiterates what I am capable of. What has happened is, my body has aligned to the new state of motion because it has completed something hard. In other words, I have grown or expanded in my capability. When my body aligns to my mind, the rest of the run becomes fluid. Not easy – because I am still in a state of motion and still pushing – but fluid. I no longer feel resistance. I caught the current going in the right direction and am letting it carry me, instead of paddling upstream. Even on other hills, I propel with much more ease. I have done this before. I can do it again. No hill is harder to clear than the first hill, because showing up from a rested state is the hardest part.

    Getting to the top of that first hill and beginning again on flat surface is a powerful reminder that we can do hard things, as Glennon Doyle would say. We can do hard things and find relief at the end. It does not mean we stop, it means we are fully capable of carrying on. 

    Marks of progress are important. They keep us going when we are amid the hard things. Celebrate those marks of progress. The sense of joy raises your vibration and carries you forward. What parked cars or sidewalk panels can you look for that tell you, you are on the way, when you are in the midst of a challenge? Find them – they are little universal hints that the divine has your back. Reinforcement of your power. 

    And remember – I made the choice to run that first hill. I brought that first hill to myself. When we become a part of a challenge, it is because we invited that situation in. We have it into our lives to prepare us, and to use it as a tool to gain freedom. Our subconscious is powerful. We may not realize we have run ourselves to the hill, but believe me, nothing else brought us there but our mind and our own two legs. Do not deny yourselves the hills. Summit them and grow. Allow the relief you are capable of and deserve, to propel you. 

    Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram where you can find all of her Enneagram series interviews and other comings and goings.

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    Click here to understand how the words we use are a sign of the internal work that needs our attention.

    I met with a spiritual teacher last week. It was powerful. There were a handful of times that I used the word “hate,” and when I did, it was fueled with emotion. She would pause me after I would say the statement, “I hate it when that happens.” Or “I hate malice,” in the context of when I suspect people of have ill intentions toward me (a discussion for another day). I consider myself to have some strong tools, so you can imagine the shame and sadness that hit me when I realized this truth about myself. Darn it – there it is again: that ever-present and gently uncomfortable reminder – I am still work in progress.

    We talked about the word “hate”. About how we can choose freedom from that word and the burden it presents. Hate does not serve us. I reflected on this. I believe and teach that forgiveness is the ultimate freedom: for and from ourselves. It unshackles us from the thing that happened to us. It is an action not meant to unshackle the other person- they were never shackled by our pain to begin with – only by their own. The effect of the pain we harbor, caused (accidentally, subconsciously, or intentionally) by another only holds us hostage – and if we do not reckon with it, it comes back and comes back and comes back. Even when we try to block it and control it with words like “hate”.

    Hating something or someone makes us feel small and is the opposite of freedom. It returns us to the wounded child who desperately needs our love and affirmation of worthiness. It cycles until we reckon with it – by identifying the source or the roots – and extracting them. Words like hate are simply flags that there is internal work to be done.

    I have found work to do.  And thank God, I suppose. Because the day I stop finding more spiritual work to do might be the day I depart from this Earthly plane, and I am not particularly interested in leaving too soon. 

    What I learned from this conversation is that there are places, things and people that have triggered a pain so deep, I have only been able to label my response and beliefs grown from that pain as hate or other low vibrational emotions. This allows a continued assault on myself. Allowing hate in – even if just in semantics – really means I have allowed the pain to settle and fester. If I want to continue to lead and help others rise, I must also continue to help myself rise by unloading the weight that holds me back.

    Hate begets hate. Love begets love. I choose love. It was love that brought me to this conversation, love that helped me see I have work to do, love that will support the processing and love that will allow me to forgive – both myself and others. It is love that makes way for freedom.

    That is my truth. What is yours?

    Whitney Ellison is a thought leader and coach of the Enneagram and Quantum Energy. Learn more about her by visiting her website, and following her @wellisonenterprises on Instagram.

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    Learn about a local lady who helps people experience joy through her custom graze boards.

    Boardful is new business based in Mason that creates artfully arranged graze boards. 

    What is a “graze board” you may ask? “It’s a fun, new eating experience combining charcuterie, cheese, crudites and even desserts,” says Jenny Bostater, owner of Boardful. “It’s a ‘food experience.’ Each item on the board is hand selected with pairings in mind and then, hand-crafted into artful displays.”

    The business is located out of Half Day Café restaurant kitchen and was started in February 2020, and soon thereafter took a pause due to COVID. “I started back up in May and have seen a steady increase in business ever since.,” Bostater says. “I think people are staying ‘in’ more and looking for ways to make their at-home dining special, so the idea has really been something that people are excited about.”

    Boardful came from her creating graze boards in her personal life. “I had created boards for our personal parties and gatherings for about 18 months before I started the business. When I would make them, my family and friends would always tell me I should sell them,” she says. “My husband finally persuaded me that I should give it a try and here I am!” 

    The name of the business came from Bostater throwing out ideas and her close friends helping to critique the ideas that she had. “One of these friends added Boardful to the list, to encompass the ‘full’ board and also the ‘beautiful’ arrangement. I only thought about it for a couple of hours before declaring it as the official name of the business. Sometimes you just know it when you hear it.”

    The products offered through Boardful are: graze boxes, graze boards and even graze tables. “Each item on my board is hand selected based on seasonal marketing availability, but can always be customized for preferences or allergies. My newest menu item is my mini box, which feeds one to two people,” Bostater says. “These have been a huge hit as a giftable item and also for those who are wanting a safe way to have a dining experience with their friends and family.”

    Her vision for 2021 for the business is to keep making her boards. “One of them being workshops to teach the basics of creating your own beautiful graze boards,” she says. Bostater’smission was “for food to be more than nourishment. Food gathers us. It connects us. Food is the centerpiece of many of life’s deep conversations, wild laughs and beautiful memories,” she says. “My mission is to create food that tastes and looks as beautiful as those memories.”

    Bostater says she loves running Boardful because it brings joy to others and it’s a creative outlet for her. “It combines art and a dining experience to be shared with your family and friends,” Bostater says. “It is important because it is a unique to-go option-whether you are needing something to take to a get together, something to create a special dining experience at home or something to gift to someone. Boardful has an option for you.”

    To keep up with what Boardful is doing, follow the business on Facebook and Instagram. “I have an ongoing gallery of work on both pages and take orders directly through the messaging feature on either platform,” she says. You can also email Bostater for more information at:

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    One of Cincinnati’s very own has been named a top small business owner in the state. Learn more about her and how she’s adapting in a changing industry.

    Nestled among the streets of Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine is Spruce Nail Shop, a neighborhood nail salon specializing in manicures, pedicures, and skin care services.

    The owner behind the shop is Molly Nagle, who also works in the nail salon as a nail tech and nail artist. Also behind the scenes of the business is a team of managers, front desk coordinators, nail technicians, nail artists, and estheticians. 

    Spruce Nail Shop will celebrate its five year anniversary in February, thanks in large part to its unique concept of focusing on non-toxic products and services that are good for you.

    “We carefully choose products that are free of toxic materials and we select our services based on research for what is best for your nail and skin health,” says Nagle. “The foundation of our business is based on having Good. Clean. Fun. – both for our clients and employees.”

    The mission behind Spruce Nail Shop is to use the safest alternatives for polishes, products, and practices while creating one-of-a-kind manicures and nail art designs for every client who walks through the door.

    Nagle knows that the beauty industry is constantly changing, and she embraces that evolution and change. “It’s so fun to follow trends you see in design, art, and fashion and incorporate them into our nail art designs,” she says. 

    Those changes and adaptations have been especially difficult for many local businesses during COVID.

    When COVID arrived, Nagle says that Spruce Nail Shop went back and worked from scratch during the lockdown to streamline as much as they could. 

    “We reworked our booking system, purchased sneeze guards, face shields, and masks,” she says. “We created a separate entrance and exit, new protocols for check-in and check-out, new systems for our technicians, and so much more.” 

    In addition to new safety protocols, Spruce Nail Shop has also had to adapt to a smaller capacity.

    “We are running at 50% capacity, which has been a challenge, but, thankfully, we have our new space that is almost twice the size of our old one so we are able to socially distance much easier,” she says. “We keep getting creative and thinking of new ways to bring in revenue. Launching our online shop has been a huge help for us, and we are so thankful for the support we have received. Things are not easy, but our team has stayed so positive and encouraging, and that is truly what keeps me motivated.” 

    Spruce Nail Shop is proudly women-owned and operating. In addition to the staff in the storefront, the product vendors at Spruce Nail Shop are also women-owned. 

    More recently, Nagle was named as the top small, woman-owned business person of the year in Ohio, something that she says is humbling.

    “I am so appreciative,” she says. “I often get caught up in working day-to-day and pushing Spruce, so it’s really nice to be able to take these moments to pause and look back on how much we have accomplished. There are so many incredible women-owned small businesses in Ohio, and I am so honored.” 

    Nagle says that what keeps her motivated as a small business owner is her team and clients. 

    “I am so proud of the team we have at Spruce,” she says. “The talent is unparalleled, but what I really love are the teachers. We hire a lot of techs straight out of nail school, and most have not done nail art before. We have a nail art educator and all techs work together and teach each other nail art. Seeing the growth in this skill set is one of my favorite things.”

    Nagle says that Spruce Nail Shop is looking forward to a lot in the new year. “I know that we will be operating without current COVID standards for some time still, but I look forward to hopefully being able to bring back our Spruce Mobile and plan some more events and collaborations with other local businesses,” adds Nagle. 

    To learn more about Spruce, visit You can also follow along on Instagram.

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      In a world where celebrations are more important but complicated than ever, one local planner launched a business to offer easy ways to make a big deal out of the smallest milestones.

      If we’ve learned anything this year while trying to navigate a deadly pandemic, it’s that life can be short. We never know what the next day will bring, and that’s why Rachel Maley wants to encourage others to enjoy the journey and pause to celebrate life’s moments along the way.

      Rachel Maley, founder of Foster the Fun

      “I believe in celebrating those important milestones: birthdays, weddings, anniversaries – you name it and it can be celebrated,” she says.

      Maley has been in the fun-making business for years, and she’s learned that sometimes people just need an extra hand in making those celebrations and fun moments happen. 

      That’s why she created Foster the Fun.

      “Foster the Fun is both a resource to help you plan or prepare for your next celebration, or, for those of you that are just looking for someone to help you make those Pinterest dreams come true, I’m here for that, too,” she says. 

      The inspiration for such a party planning business came from Maley’s grandmother. “It’s a testament to my Grandma Judy,” she explains. “She always believed in putting every ounce of energy into our birthdays and holidays. She was known for having the most American Flags in her yard for the Fourth of July and packing so many beautifully wrapped presents under the Christmas Tree.”

      The name for the business, Foster, encourages extra homage to Maley’s grandmother as Foster is the family name. 

      In addition to paying tribute to her maiden name, Maley says that “Foster” also means to encourage or promote. “So here I am living and breathing her legacy, every day, and aiming to make it easy for you to celebrate too,” she says. 

      Rachel Maley, Founder of Foster the Fun

      When you turn to Foster the Fun for your celebration requests, Maley says that she can customize and adapt to any customer’s needs. “With a background in Early Childhood Education and a career in Corporate Communications, I have had a hand in kid parties, weddings, and corporate events,” she says. “I also have a background in Technology, making those virtual celebrations easier and meaningful.”

      As we head into the most celebrated time of the year, Foster the Fun is ready to roll out a plethora of options.

      She says that for the holidays you can expect to see an Elf on the Shelf Kit, a New Year’s Celebration Box, and so much more. 

      “I am also able to support you in curating a gift to the ones you love – just let me know your budget,” she says. 

      She can also offer Zoom support and the ability to customize the background set up so that it’s special for all those who join in. 

      Maley says that she’s most looking forward to getting her start with this venture. “I love when customers ask for help on their events because it may open a new opportunity for others,” she says. “I hope to help cater to all the future holidays and make it easy to celebrate the ones you love.”

      Maley adds that she’s also interested in partnering with local businesses to offer workshops, collaborations, and more. “I’m excited to see where this might go,” she says. 

      You can learn more about Foster the Fun at You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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      What should you think in those moments that hold you back? Our life coach offers insight and a free workshop to reprogram your mornings for more positive and productive days ahead.

      Can you remember a time when you were at the top of your day feeling happy, alive, and excited? A time that was going so well you didn’t realize it was about to be changed by one unfortunate misguided action — on your part. Like, you felt so good you almost had to blow things up to bring you back down off the high because no one should ever feel this good?

      Whatever the scenario, know that you have a choice to make. Either spend time worrying about something that happened in the past or regroup and align with the present. What can you do in this moment to allow yourself to not hold onto the energy of what happened that makes you feel the guilt and shame? You can choose to take the path of knowing you can release those emotions and conversation going on in your head. You can let it go and reframe the story.

      Easier said than done, I hear ya. There are still events that pop in my mind from things that happened that I wish I could change and the zing in those thoughts take me back to reliving the event.  

      What I have found to be helpful is when I can pause and ask, “what do I need to know about this situation”? “What are the limiting beliefs showing up for me to let go of that no longer feel true”? “What am I doing now that brought that memory back onto my radar?” “How will this serve me moving forward?”

      When you can focus on the experience with eyes of love and understanding, you receive what is clearly there to learn.  When it is from the eyes of guilt or shame you receive more of that. Law of attraction stays like-attracts-like. 

      If it still seems difficult to move through the story try releasing by crying, punching pillows, writing out the story and burn the paper, and when you find you are back to thinking about it just shift into “I deeply and completely love and accept myself” which allows you to come back to you and in your heart space. And remember just breathe. You are human and things happen. It won’t be the first and certainly won’t be the last. Keep moving forward. The past is the past. Stay present in the moment!

      Also, if you’re interested in creating new habits and learning how to start each day with a routine that sets you up for success — personally and professionally — I invite you to join me this Thursday for a free Morning Routine Virtual Workshop. It’s July 16 from 8-9pm via Zoom. You can learn more and RSVP at Hope to “see” you there!

      Sending love and light,


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      Learn about a local lady who was inspired to launch a yoga studio as a way for people to exercise their faith (and body) in every day life.


      Worthy Yoga takes on yoga as a process of continual adjustment and alignment. 

      At Worthy, yoga is a practice not focused solely on the attainment of a pose. Instead, it is a process of continual adjustment and alignment.

      It’s not unlike one’s walk with Christ, says Brenda Westfall, owner of the Mariemont-based Worthy Yoga. It is non-competitive, she adds, christian yoga is not about emptying the mind, rather it is a way to incorporate more of Christ in all parts of life: heart, soul, mind, and strength.

      The inspiration for the business, launched three years ago, began when Westfall was involved with Holy Yoga Teacher Training in order to improve her own yoga skills.

      “Soon after I completed my training, God put it on my heart to open a studio. I definitely felt inadequate but it was a step in obedience. Often times, Holy Yoga instructors will lead in a church, a YMCA or community center but God called me outside of the church,” she says. “I wanted to try to bridge a gap between Christians who might be uncomfortable with a traditional Eastern yoga practice and the yogi who is searching for something special. I also wanted to offer a practice that wasn’t too fitness focused as that’s where the comparison lies can start to creep in. Every bit of it, every style belongs to God and it can all be redeemed for His glory.”

      Westfall thought of the idea from spending time with the God. “I sat down to meditate on it and God gave it to me instantly. I think it covers a multitude of meanings,” she says.

      There are a variety of services that Worthy Yoga offers. “We offer a variety of yoga classes for all levels and barre classes. We also offer private yoga instruction for individuals. We also have book groups and bible studies,” Westfall says. “We host survival events including private small group classes, bridal party yoga and ladies nights out. We are hoping to bring back our Worthy Girls class this fall. The class is tailored to the heart and souls of girls age 10-14. I also offer private Reiki.”

      Worthy Yoga is a unique business it’s a non profit in the Cincinnati area. It is set up as an LLC, but there are a few people who are volunteers. “We do this because we love people and believe in the benefits of this practice,” she says. There are special events and donation-based classes for organizations in the area. “I am super interested in developing Holy Yoga Teacher Training Scholarships for the undeserved, so they can take this incredible practice into their own communities as well. There is healing and freedom here and everyone is worthy!”

      Worthy Yoga defines success by growing a community of people care and invest in each other. “If we could all begin to take ‘Namaste’ off of our mats and look at each other in the eye and see the light within as the Holy Spirit,” Westfall says. “This is our inheritance as Children of God. The Spirit is at work in each person. We just need to pause and allow the Spirit within to fan the flame in that same Spirit in another.”

      If you want to keep up with what Worthy Yoga is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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      Exciting changes are in store as the art museum ramps up visitor experience through an innovative gallery redesign. Read on as our art guru gives us a sneak peek inside.


      Schmidlapp Gallery from Summer 2016, featuring temporary exhibition mural (Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977), United States, Sleep, 2008, oil on canvas, Rubell Family Collection, Miami)

      Anyone who’s visited the Cincinnati Art Museum has likely traveled through the Schmidlapp Gallery, the art-filled walkway that connects the lobby to the museum’s Great Hall. Thanks to a generous $1 million grant from Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee, along with additional financial support from the State of Ohio, an innovative redesign of this centralized gallery is currently underway. The renovations will allow the community to connect with art, engage in focused study of collections, and provide orientation and connection to the historic Bimel Courtyard.

      The design for the new Schmidlapp Gallery focuses on its position as a central architectural artery essential to every museum visit. The renovation will invite visitors to pause, converse, linger and discover highlights of the museum’s collection.

      The integral features of the plan include the addition of a courtyard wall of windows for natural light, seating to encourage congregation, individual looking lounges and detailed curatorial interpretation around singular artworks, and the installation of Saul Steinberg’s cherished large-scale “Mural of Cincinnati.” New floors, lighting and state-of-the-art temperature and humidity controls will be part of this revitalization.

      Cameron Kitchin, the museum’s Louis and Louise Dieterle Nippert Director, notes that the plans incorporate new interpretive and visitor research and reflect the museum’s comprehensive 2016–2020 strategic plan. “The Schmidlapp Gallery will be welcoming and immediately embrace the needs of contemporary visitors. These changes will provide innovative modes of art learning incorporating our collections. The vibrant and accessible space will be modern and look to the future while honoring our past.”

      Cincinnati companies emersion DESIGN and Monarch Construction have been contracted for this project. The renovation will be completed by the end of 2017. Installation of artworks, interactive technologies, and other features will be added in early 2018.

      Although changes to the space will be significant, care is being taken to minimize visitor impact during the construction period. The Schmidlapp Gallery will be closed for one day, on Friday, March 3, to complete the final stages of removing the artwork from the gallery space. A selection of bronze sculptures will be temporarily relocated to the Great Hall.

      A temporary wall is being erected along the west side of the Schmidlapp Gallery and will remain in place until mid-June. During this time, the space will be open as a walkway and partial gallery. The space will remain ADA-compliant and allow room for wheelchair and stroller access. From mid-June through early September 2017, the museum plans to close the space and detour visitors through the Hanna Wing.

      The Schmidlapp Gallery is one of the most used spaces within the museum. The Schmidlapp Gallery has recently been used to feature “icons” drawn from the museum’s permanent collection including Warhol, Monet and Degas. Prior to October 2011, it showcased the museum’s Antiquities collection.

      The Cincinnati Art Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1886, making it one of the oldest art museum buildings in the country. The Emma Louise Schmidlapp Wing, which includes the Schmidlapp Gallery, opened in 1907. It was designed by Chicago architect Daniel H. Burnham in the Doric temple style.

      The museum has experienced numerous expansions and renovations since its original construction. Many aspects of the most recent Cincinnati Wing and Make Room for Art renovation projects successfully drew on the same architectural principles to be used in the Schmidlapp Gallery renovation, putting visitor experience, inspiration and orientation at the center of the project.

      The museum’s Great Hall was renovated in 1993 and the main lobby in 2014. The renovations in the Schmidlapp Gallery will connect these spaces and create more opportunities for learning, exhibition, congregation, conversation and comfort.