The only online publication for women in Greater Cincinnati
Social

by -

We‘re all in need of seeing beyond our current circumstances and moving into something better, but it begins from within. Our life coach columnist offers advice.

Well the moment we’ve been waiting for, drumroll please, will schools stay open or shut down? Will students attend in person, virtual, or continue to be homeschooled? It is evident that our educational system has been forced to take on new strategies for educating our children, and parents are faced with big decisions.

My heart goes out to those students and kids who are having to navigate an unforeseen, and unpractical, and just an unfortunate way of spending their time in or away from school, and the parents who are having to make big decisions and major shifts.

If you’ve been following me you know my go-to line in times of not knowing the answers or having a solution is “All is well. Out of this situation only good will come. I am safe.” It’s a mantra I learned from Louise Hay.

What can you do in this moment to be helpful not only for yourself, but for those around you, and those who are stepping into a new beginning?

The saying goes never to judge someone unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. And until you are in their situation you can’t say how you would feel or react. Take control of your opinion of others and stay in your lane. 

In addition, if you are a bystander, you work in the educational system, or you have children that you’re concerned about, or other things that have you on edge, allow your thoughts to run rampant, for just a moment, and then call them back in and reframe the story.

Recognize what stories you are telling yourself, or stories that you are hearing, and decide with an educated mindset if these stories are true for you!

Oftentimes you are given a story and you hold it to be true without doing any type of research, without going to the person directly, or without really processing the understanding that there is always two sides to every story and then there’s the truth in the middle.

So, whatever this looks like for you know that you control your thoughts and the manner that you perceive circumstances. Meaning, you will only get what you have the mindset to change and the capacity to understand and recognize your part in all of it.

Be a “good finder” (always looking for the good in a situation)  and seek out ways to be encouraging and supportive to others. We are all in need of seeing beyond our current circumstances and moving into something better, and it begins from within.

Sending Love and Light,

Melissa

by -

Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Strings Attached 216: Calling all my plant lovers! How cute are these succulent and Ohio inspired string art pieces! @strings_attached_216 creates beautiful string art of all kinds to make the perfect home decor! Check out their page to see all their amazing pieces! Head to their website and DM/email to purchase!

The Kidd Coffee Co: Did you know today was national s’mores day? Celebrate today with @thekiddcoffeecos’mores latte! This latte is filled with flavors of chocolate, graham, and marshmallow to bring your Monday right to a campfire!

Stop in the shop to get your hands on one of their delicious creations! You can also shop online! PLUS: their having 15% off storewide!

Handzy Shop: How adorable are these face masks 🤩 With schools and campuses opening up so soon make sure to stock up! @handzyshopstudiohas these amazing masks and so much more for you! Bffs Brittney and Suzy opened their shop to bring you clothing, accessories, gifts, and more! PLUS: they just announced that they will be opening a new location!

Shop online or visit their shop to get your shopping on!

The Empanada’s Box: Everyone has those days where they just don’t feel like cooking! Having one of those days? Discovery the world through empanadas! Try out @theempanadasbox empanada box filled with flavors from all over the world!

Check their page for where to find them! You can also contact them via phone or email!
– 909 670 8108
Info@theempanadasbox.com

Meranda-Nixon Winery: It’s Wednesday which means.… wine time! @merandanixonwinery is a family run vineyard offering a variety of delicious wines for all wine lovers! Head over to their website for more details on how you can enjoy a beautiful and delicious wine tasting with them!

The Learning Kitchen: How fun does this sound…a cooking class with your kids! @thelearningkitchen is hosting a parent child date night cooking class coming up! Discover your inner chef while getting hands on and learning how to make the perfect steak and more!

Head to their website for a full class schedule and to sign up! PLUS: check out their other classes, camps, and more offered!

Sarah Scripts: Covid is definitely a perfect example of a time that we all need to “just keep swimming!” Sarah Droder, owner and artist of @sarahs.scripts , creates these beautiful custom lettering for you! Looking for the perfect gift, a sign for your home, weddings, and so much more these are perfect!

PLUS: everything is custom! From the frame, color, background, sizing, it’s all made just to your liking! DM for more details and make sure to check out her website linked in bio!

Wing Champ: Wings, drinks, and cheesecake…doesn’t get much better than that🤩! You need to get your hands on @originalwingchamp mouth watering wings and more! PLUS: they’re more than just a restaurant! They’re a juke joint! So stop in and not just enjoy amazing food, but amazing music as well!

The City Flea: Looking for a fun Saturday activity this weekend? Head over to @thecityflea TOMORROW! Support local artist, foodies, and so much more! Make sure to grab your mask and support local from 10-4 in Washington Park! Check out their page for more details!

Gomez Salsa: Drinks, turtle shells, homemade salsa… @gomezsalsa has your Friday night plans covered! Get your hands on their famous turtle shells and don’t forget a signature cocktail to go with! PLUS: take the party home with a marg-to-go!

Click the link in their bio to get your order started or head over to one of their locations!

Comeback Photo: Have an old photograph that need repaired? @comeback_photo has you covered! Just look how amazing it is that they can make old photos come back to life! Petra Semikova, creator of come back photo, uses a customized approach to each document to bring them looking their best! Head over to their website for more details on how you can enjoy these amazing services today!

The 86 Coffee Bar Uptown: Good morning and happy Sunday everyone! Looking for some delicious Sunday pick-me-up coffee today? @the86uptown has you covered! Coffees, teas, baked goods, and more they have it all for you! Stop by today!

Hours:
Monday-Friday: 7-6
Saturday: 8-6
Sunday: 2-6

Storyteller Stylist: Find yourself confused and feeling “lost” when it comes to fashion? @storytellerstylist is your fairy godmother here to help! Carrie Hagee is passionate about “helping women build confidence and self acceptance through style education!” She is here to help you not only look your best, but feel your best! Click the link in their bio to see all the services offered and check out their blog posts!

by -

Cincy Chic and Cbus Chic are teaming up to host Ohio Fashion Night, a virtual art experience featuring Ohio-based designers. Click for a sneak peek inside.

This Tonē Bekka clutch and mask set is one of the looks featured in the upcoming Ohio Fashion Night event

Cincy Chic is teaming up with sister publication Cbus Chic to bring you an art, fashion, and fun-filled virtual experience with the first-ever Ohio Fashion Night on August 15 from 7-8:30pm. 

One of the Degroot Handbags featured in the Ohio Fashion Night virtual fashion show

This exclusive event features three independent designers from across Ohio in a dynamically digital fashion show series, with virtual pop-up shops of several local boutiques and businesses, and an incredible online auction benefiting ArtWorks.

Ticket includes access to event experience, virtual swag bag, charity donation, and first dibs in the online auction before bidding is opened to the public. Auction items include a Degroot Handbag clutch, Vera Bradley tote, spa packages and a variety of hand-crafted face masks by local artists and mask-inspired art — sneak peek below!

 

When: Saturday August 15, 7-8:30

RSVP: https://cincy.live/events/ohiofashion

Fashion Show Sponsors: Malvar = Stewart, DeGroot Handbags, Tonē Bekka

Supporting Sponsor: The Christ Hospital Healthcare Network, Lexus RiverCenter, Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, 1-Tom-Plumber

Vendors: Slate + Vine, Chapeau Couture Hats and Outerwear, Mary Kay with Tiffany McMillon, Paparazzi with Bonita Harrison, Ann Phillips Color Street, Pharm CBD, Rapid Results Cryo, Stella & Dot with Alice Lin, Hamall Oils and Wellness

Hosted by: Cincy Chic and Cbus Chic

 

by -

Learn about a local organization leveraging volunteer tutors to help students stay on track in the new educational environment.

There is a company in the Cincinnati area that wants to provide help to K-12 students with help in the midst of the pandemic we are in. Tutor Teens “are volunteer high school tutors helping to keep greater Cincinnati students K-12 engaged and learning,” says Erin Finn, Tutor Teens Coordinator and Sophomore at The Seven Hills Upper School. Starting late March of 2020, Tutor Teens has 40 tutors, but are expanding all around the Greater Cincinnati area. 

The inspiration behind starting the company was Aidan Finn, Tutor Teens Coordinator and Senior at Saint Xavier High School, and Erin’s cousin asking for help with math. “On top of this, we had also been hearing stories on Facebook about parents who were struggling to teach their kids and work from home during school shutdown,” Erin says. 

The business offers three different services and they are:

▪ Subject Tutoring: “We help students with specific school subjects (think traditional tutoring),” Erin Finn says.
▪ Homework Buddies: “We help the students stay focused on their homework/packet by working alongside them to help motivate,” she says.
▪ Big Sibling: “We keep students engaged (read, play games, etc.) and provide them more social connection,” Erin says. 

Success with Tutor Teens is defined by helping as many families as they can in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company is unique because it’s free of charge, virtual and led by students. “We are also local, which helps us better connect with our students and other tutors and allows our tutors to help in their community,” Erin says. 

Tutor Teens is important for the community because it helps students stay on track in school. “We help students stay ahead in their learning and help take some of the work and stress off the parents,” she says. “We also provide a source of connection and community for our teen tutors.”

Aidan and Erin love their jobs. Aidan loves to joke around with the students. “I love making my students laugh at some bad joke, which they think was some masterful wordplay,” he says. “In general, I love making my students smile and helping them learn something new.”

Erin loves connecting with the students. “I love the connections I make with the students I’m tutoring,” she says. “You know you’re doing something right when they are sad to see you go.”

To keep up with what Tutor Teens in doing, follow them on FacebookInstagramTwitter and their website.

by -

See how a local children’s theater is launching several virtual programs to keep kids engaged, inspired and educated in the arts.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (TCT) has been creating lifelong memories for families and school audiences since 1919. TCT’s mission is to educate, entertain and engage audiences of all ages through professional theatrical productions and arts education programming. 

Located right in the heart of Cincinnati, TCT continually engages and supports the community by offering many different activities – such as TCT Academy Classes, Summer Camp, and TCT Everywhere. In 2017, 1,200 were enrolled in TCT Academy and that number continues to grow as the arts inspire the next generation. TCT Academy offers performing arts instruction from a professional theatre company, introducing children to all elements of live theater while instilling confidence and life skills along the way. The Educational Team that teach the classes feature national and world-renowned educators and Broadway and Hollywood performers. 

Due to COVID-19, the show must go on! The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati will only be offering online classes for the Fall Session. There are many class offerings that each focus on a different form of theatre. 

Musical Theatre Medley, a 7-week course meeting weekly on Zoom. Throughout this course, students will engage with live training in theatre, dance and music, as well as explore a specific show based on their age group. At the end of the course, the students will perform a section of their selected show for their whole family!

Musical Theatre Dance, a 7-week course meeting weekly on Zoom. In this course, students will explore musical and theatre dance pieces and learn a new 30-second combo each week. At the end of the course, students will have a strengthened knowledge of dance and choreography memorization skills that can be found in a variety of styles of dance. 

Drama Club, a 7-week course meeting weekly on Zoom. Throughout this course, students will rehearse a script that can be performed virtually, along with basic acting techniques and a warmup every class. At the end of this course, students will learn how to build characters and create scenes that they can perform for their families! 

Living Room Musicals, 4 videos total, delivered bi-weekly, allowing flexibility for when the student attends class. In this course, students will be taught the fundamentals of musical theatre from the comfort of their own home. Each video will include 30-seconds of a song to learn, a 30- second dance combination, monologue and a printable activity. Registration is now open for TCT Academy’s fall classes, starting the week of September 8th.For more information on TCT Academy, visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/tct-academy-classes/

TCT will also host Summer Camp online. This will be made up of 3 hours of activities daily Monday-Friday, a bag of supplies and activities, live theatre arts training from TCT Professionals, pre-recorded tutorials and a whole lot of FUN! 

For more information on Summer Camp, visit https://thechildrenstheatre.com/camps/. TCT continues to make an impact in the community, even while at home, through TCT Everywhere. TCT Everywhere is composed of entire shows and clips, activities, Tik Tok’s, and many crafts. 

Fun for the whole family is only a click away by visiting https://thechildrenstheatre.com/tct-everywhere/. You can stay connected with TCT on their website and Facebook

by -

Wish you could hit a reset button on 2020? Learn about an upcoming virtual conference that offers the reset, motivation inspiration you need to get back to fulfilling your dreams.

Cincy Chic: What is the Reset Conference?
Kendra Ramirez, Founder of Reset Conference: At the Reset Conference, we are helping each other move from fear and anxiety to joy and gratitude through conversation and resources and tools provided by our certified coaches. Your mind stops you from fulfilling your dreams. When we are in a good headspace, all things start to fall into place.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Ramirez: The inspiration for the Reset community comes from my own life journey and work. I feel like I have found a secret sauce to living a full life and I want to share it with others. Thirteen years ago I was coming out of divorce and depression. Also, in the beginning stages of my first business in the midst of all of it. Good timing. It was a long road. I now live everyday with gratitude and joy. I have spent a lot of money and time navigating this journey and want to share it with others and hopefully they can figure it out quicker than I did.

Cincy Chic: When is the next Reset Conference?
Ramirez: The next Reset Virtual Conference is on October 1 from 9-12. Yes, this is through zoom but it won’t be talking heads. Myself and the speakers will be coming to you live from a production studio. We are creating a top notch interactive virtual experience. As always our events are never just “sit and get.” It is interactive and a wonderful opportunity to connect with others. We can all use a little more connection in a disconnected world right now.

Cincy Chic: What can attendees expect at the event?
Ramirez: Our attendees can expect the same high energy, inspiring stories and mindset exercises to implement after the event. Attendees have shared that they leave Reset feeling motivated to take next step, renewed sense of purpose, learn mindset exercises to unlock limiting beliefs, feel connected to others, found new friendships, feel that they are not alone, overcome negative self-talk, inspired to dream again, and encouraged to take time for themselves. We love hearing months after the events that people are still using tools that were given to them at Reset. 

Cincy Chic: Who should attend the Reset Conference?
Ramirez: The dreamers; Want to be Entrepreneurs and Side Hustlers; Entrepreneurs and Business Owners; Stuck in your career due to staying in your comfort zone; Getting passed over for promotions; Not sure you trust your own voice anymore; Gain back your confidence; Want to make a shift in your life but not sure where to start. All are welcome. This is a co-ed event.

Cincy Chic: Why are you going virtual for this event?
Ramirez: This was a hard decision to make for us as we love seeing and hugging our friends. We have decided to make this event virtual so we can honor health regulations and help others beyond our amazing Cincinnati community. 

Cincy Chic: Who are the speakers participating? 
Ramirez: We have three incredible speakers lined up for you. 

Danyetta Najoli grew up in Harlem, New York City. She and her two older sisters were raised by her grandfather and uncle, after her parents tragically passed away, a year apart when she was just five years old. Although her childhood had the absence of her mother and father, Danyetta was loved and cared for by her close-knit family and special family friends.

She self studied coaching at the Graduate School of Coaching – Coachville and Harvard Business School. Along the way, Danyetta became the dean of an international coach training school where she worked with coach trainers from around the world to pair them with coaching students in their countries.

Danyetta has written Unstoppable Confidence: Sustaining a Posture of Success and was the editor and a collaborative author of, It Takes Money Honey, a book with proven strategies on Wealth Creation, Financial Freedom, and Developing Faith. She created a gift card set called 40 Keys to Excellence-Based Living which compliments one of her signature coaching experiences. Currently, she launched Maisha Bora, a publishing company for local authors who write or want to write on personal growth and empowerment topics.

Topic: Reset. Allow. Attract. Act.

Mary Miller is an International Motivational Speaker and CEO of JANCOA, Cincinnati’s largest family-owned & operated commercial cleaning company. Mary has a passion to encourage people to move in the direction of their dreams. Author of Changing Direction: Ten Choices that Impact Your Dreams, Mary outlines steps anyone can take to achieve their wildest dreams.

In addition to running a business with almost 500 full-time employees, Mary has been an Associate Coach at Strategic Coach (the premier coaching program for entrepreneurs) in Chicago for 19 years. She is a popular keynote speaker for audiences around that world that want to focus on a vision of a bigger future.

Mary’s forward-thinking and caring entrepreneurial spirit is evident in all aspects of her life. An energetic and enthusiastic business leader, she is notorious for her positivity and desire to help others realize their uniqueness and personal power.

Mary’s life-changing work has earned her numerous accolades including the local 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award & a Doctorate of Humane Letters from College of Mount Saint Joseph. Yes, Mary is indeed the Doctor of Dreams!

Topic: Changing Direction-Transform the pains of the past into fuel for the future

LaMarque Ward

LaMarque Ward spent 9 years teaching and leading in Job Corps, but over time, he realized that the young people he served needed more than just academic instruction. They needed life coaching, someone to help them identify their personal goals and dreams, so they could build plans for their success. That’s when the idea for Dream Builders was born!

LaMarqué founded Dream Builders University in 2009. His vision was straightforward: to educate people with relevant life-changing information, to challenge old ideas, and to inspire people in organizations and schools to deliver their highest potential to humanity.

Topic: Dream Builders

Cincy Chic: What makes you most excited about the upcoming event? 
Ramirez: Over the last six months, I have talked with over 400 people who are struggling with uncertainty, trusting themselves and putting their dreams on hold. The timing of Reset couldn’t be more appropriate. We booked this date in January not knowing what would unfold. We are grateful to bring this enriching experience and highly sought after speakers to Reset. Each speaker will help you get unstuck no matter where we are in your journey. We also started a Reset shop where you can buy “Keep your fork” gear.  Why Keep Your Fork? Keep York Fork and Expect Good Things. This is a mindset for life. Our grandparents always told us to keep our fork for dessert. We keep our fork after dinner because we know something good is coming. https://shop.spreadshirt.com/reset-co/

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more, purchase tickets, etc.?
Ramirez: You can learn more or purchase tickets at https://thereset.co/ or on Eventbrite. Can’t make the event but would like more information on mindset coaching, let us know. We would love to help. This event wouldn’t be possible without US Bank’s unwavering and continued support.

by -

Does 2020 have you filled to the brim with fears, emotions, and pain?  Our life coach columnist shares a helpful releasing technique.

Hello? Is this thing on? Have you ever seen someone go up to the mic and that is the first thing that they do? Or speaking into the cell phone asking, “can you hear me now”? Perhaps this is how you are feeling about 2020. Hello!?

Isn’t it interesting to think just a year ago your life appears so different? Over the past several months, you have truly been bombarded with the ongoing emotions of 2020. You definitely didn’t have this on your vision board, and now you are tapping into mic speaking to the Universe saying hello is this thing on? Are you out there?

What if the tapping I’m referring to could be a way for you to release your own fears, emotions, and pain? Would you be interested?

Think outside of the box for a moment.  There is a tool/practice that is highly effective in shifting energy and moving through the uncomfortableness of negative emotions. This practice is called EFT (emotional freedom technique) and is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. Also referred to as tapping.

The practice uses the meridian points (much like acupuncture and acupressure) for moving energy in the body so it does not get stuck. Stuck energy can often lead to not only uncomfortableness but illness. Tapping is support for the body by creating a balance in your energy system and can be done at anytime and anywhere.

Today I encourage you to step outside of the box and start working with yourself in the manner that you can shift stuck energy and find balance in your system. Here is a video to get you started.  Jessica Ortner explains the practice in more detail and walks you through the tapping points of EFT.

I hope you find value in this practice. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.  

Sending love and lots of light,

Melissa 

by -

Check out a recap of the small and local businesses we've featured this week on our new sister page Spend With Cincinnati.

Cincy Chic recently launched a new sister account called Spend With Cincinnati. The goal of Spend With Cincinnati is to share how the public can still support small and local businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. Below is a recap of what we’ve featured this week:

Bee Haven: Check out how amazing @beehavenhoney products are! They are passionate about bringing you products with the natural benefits from bees! From CBD honey, to lip balms, and so much more they have it all!

Head over to their website to see how you can get your hands on these goodies today!

Smoothie Cafe’ 513: “A smoothie shop that cares about your health!” @smoothiecafe513 is dedicated to brining you not only the best tasting smoothies, but ones that will make you feel your best as well! Whether in a bowl or a cup, their smoothies are packed with nutrients and protein! PLUS: stop in this week and make sure to pick up a vitality shot to help boost your immune system and energy!

Open:
Monday-Saturday 8am-4pm

Hello Sunshine Yoga: Strengthen not only your body, but your mind as well! @hello_sunshine_yoga is “a place to move and be moved!” They’re inclusive to people of all backgrounds and levels of practice!

Click the link in their bio to sign up for classes today! They offer not only yoga but barre and aerial as well!

Unwind Wine Bar: It’s our favorite day of the week…Wine Wednesday! Celebrate and get your wine on tonight with @unwindwinebar !! They offer not only a delicious selection of wine, but food too! Enjoy the beautiful weather out on their patio and unwind with a glass of wine!

Sunshine Acres Lavender Farm: Anyone else obsessed with not only the smell but the taste of lavender? 🙋‍♀️ At @sunshineacreslavender you can not only stick up on goodies, but pick your own lavender as well! Head over THIS SUNDAY to enjoy their beautiful lavender and more like their honey or coffee!

Down to Mars Vintage: How cool looking are these newspaper face masks! 🤩 @downtomarsvintage has created these to keep you stylish while doing your part in keeping you and others safe! Their shop is for all my vintage lovers out there! Click the link in their bio to book your appointment or start shopping online today!

Open:
Wednesday-Saturday 12-6

Sugar: My mouth is WATERING just looking at these goodies!😍 @sugar.513 creates delicious sweets for you and the whole family! And the best part? They’re delivered right to your door!

Their next menu goes live August 10th for preorder to be delivered on the 13th-15th! Make sure to mark your calendars so you can get your hands on these amazing creations!

Haven Cafe: NOW OPEN! @havencafecov is opening this weekend! Today and tomorrow from 9-5 stop in and enjoy coffee and pastries to help them celebrate opening! Make sure to grab your mask and head on over!

Camargo Trading: From home decor, to jewelry, to bath products, and so much more @camargotrading has everything for you! Since 1999 owner Meggan has been brining the latest trends and necessities for customers!

Stop by to get your shop on today! If you wish to not come in, call the store and they will help you in your selection!

The Fix Coffeehouse & Bar: Happy Saturday everyone! Get all you need to both start and end the day with @thefixcoffeebar!! Stop by this morning for a delicious coffee and pastry to kickstart your day! Then grab a cocktail, beer, and some food tonight!

Open:
Monday-Tuesday: 6:30-6pm
Wednesday-Friday: 6:30-10pm
Saturday: 8-10pm
Sunday: 8-3pm

Title Boxing Club Cincinnati: This puppy is definitely my mood every time I have to workout 😂 however, @titleboxingdowntowncinci will keep you motivated and wanting to come back for more! Strengthen your body from head to toe with their boxing classes!

Click the link in their bio or head over to the MINDBODY app to sign up today! PLUS: your first class is FREE!

The Fairfield: Happy Sunday! Get your brunch on today with @thefairfieldbellevue !! They offer coffee, cocktails, and more to kickstart your Sunday! PLUS: enjoy a nice cocktail from the comfort of your home with their boozy bags😍

Open:
Monday: 8-3
Tuesday-Thursday: 8-11
Friday-Saturday: 8-1am
Sunday: 8-9

by -

Using the homeschool option this year? A local nonprofit organization is offering a way to help keep kids clean, safe, and supported this school year.

Cincy Chic: What is the Remote Learning Center of Anderson?
Mary Beth Knight, RCL Administrator: It is exactly what it sounds like, the answer to so many working parents’ dilemma; How are we going to manage remote learning for our children while working from home, or from the office? The RLC of Anderson is a clean, safe, supportive environment in which children from 1st-8th grade can participate in their school  or districts’ online learning program with academic assistance from certified teachers and safe (socially distant) interaction with a limited number of students.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it? 
Knight: We are parents and teachers, and we struggled with trying to juggle helping our children with their  online learning while  we were working/teaching from home. We just couldn’t shake the feeling that there had to be a better way. It was devastating to watch our own children cooped up in their rooms, with no interaction, and, at times,  asking them to wait for us to finish our lesson or zoom before we could assist them with their work.   Needless to say it was a less than ideal situation for children and their parents. 

We know that many parents,  including ourselves, need a plan. There  are just too many “what ifs” and while we understand the need for flexibility in an ever changing scenario due to  Covid 19, we know that families need the peace of mind that having a solidified, safe plan can bring. 

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it? 
Knight: The RLC of Anderson will be managed by MyWhy, a 501 c 3 who’s mission is to provide healthy food and athletic/movement based activities to grade school children in Cincinnati living in poverty.  The RLC of Anderson hopes to offer a number of “scholarships” for area families in need, and we will base that on the number of paying students that we serve. 

Cincy Chic: How can parents utilize the Remote Learning Center of Anderson if they’ve chosen to homeschool their kids this year?
Knight: We offer a 2 day, 3 day or 5 day a week option, and parents can choose to drop off at 8, or 9 am and pick up at 3pm or 4pm. 

We offer flexible scheduling, as we know some districts schedules will be rotating between 2, and 3 days per week.

We have space for up to 40 children, but will most likely limit our numbers to 30 in case districts switch to an all remote plan so that we can then serve our students all five days.

Cincy Chic: What makes the Remote Learning Center unique? 
Knight: With such a small number of students we will have a 1 teacher to 10 student ratio. We will disinfect the facility daily, and the bathrooms after each use, offering our families the peace of mind they are looking for.

The center will also offer indoor and outdoor PE, fitness, yoga and art, as well as active brain breaks between subjects in small groups of 4-6 students, all 6 feet apart. 

Students will be able to enjoy time with their peers, instead of being secluded at home while learning.  Parents are welcome to come and enjoy lunch with their children, or even take them out to lunch then return the student to finish the days’ academic work.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon? 
Knight: If need be we will open a second location in Anderson to accomodate another 30 students.

Cincy Chic: Where is the Remote Learning Center located? 
Knight: The Patriot Center – Clough Pike, Cincinnati Oh 45244

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Knight: Readers can learn more at the Remote Learning Center of Anderson’s Facebook page. To contact us or find out more, please send an email to remotelearningcenterofanderson@gmail.com, we will set up a time to call potential students’ families. Registration will close August 20, 2020!

by -

Our life coach columnist discusses the difference between burning and crossing various bridges on your journey, and which moves you toward a higher level of fulfillment.

Growing up you may have heard the expression “don’t burn a bridge” meaning not to end a relationship (personal or professional) in such a way you make it impossible to return if you need to go back that way. And although there is validation to this statement, what if instead of not burning the bridge you simply just cross the bridge? This thought came about when I read an affirmation from the Louise Hay calendar saying, “Every bridge I cross brings me to a higher level of fulfillment.”

Nothing in that statement implies to burn the bridge but it does indicate forward progress. And if you think about it long enough you will discover crossing the bridge to higher level keeps you in forward motion and not looking back. Therefore, a burned bridge isn’t the issue, it’s the staying connected to the past that limits you in moving toward a higher level of fulfillment.

In this moment, I encourage you to pause and think about the bridges that you cross (and perhaps burned) that are keeping you from moving forward and continually to look back. What’s “back there” that you haven’t resolved or come to an understanding from the experience? How are you allowing it to keep you in story that doesn’t serve you today? And, when will you be ready to let it go and move forward out of the past? 

Crossing those bridges that didn’t serve will often bring on the same pattern moving forward if you haven’t fully released the energy around the experience.  

Here’s what I suggest moving forward from the past: Set a clear intention that you will no longer allow that moment in time to hold you back. From there, you can visualize walking across the bridge in confidence that you no longer have the time or energy to hold onto that story and are free to let it go. Now be open to find new bridges to cross that brings you to a higher level of fulfilling.

Sending you love and light,

Melissa

X