Morning brew with Jane do

JANEuary really ROCKED...but why stop there??


We want to keep your momentum and motivation brewing and make sure you continue crushing your goals, so for the month of February, one day a week, JANE DO will be serving up some liquid energy.

This month, coffee will be served during the morning classes in:
HOBOKEN every SUNDAY
EDGEWATER every TUESDAY
JERSEY CITY every FRIDAY

Take a class, grab a cup of joe and, and keep kicking A$$ this month.  

DO what you love!

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By Cristin van horn, edgewater studio manager

What lights your fu*king soul on fire?  Have you done it least once this week? WHY NOT?

This month, filled with hearts and love letters, we urge you to start DOing what you love FOR YOU!  This doesn’t mean you have to quit your job, leave your husband, and move to India for a year- Eat, Pray, Love, style.  (But hey, if you want to, we are all for it!)

DOing what you love can simply mean to spend a little more time doing what lights you up!  Get back to painting. Find time to read. Dust off the piano keys or camera or hiking boots or makeup brushes or whatever!

...Not all of us have found our passion yet, and that’s OK!  DOing what you love can be as simple as finding time to share a cup of coffee with a girlfriend, or finally taking a day off.  Real life is REAL, but finding and more importantly CREATING JOY in your life right now, is just as important as paying your bills and helping your kids with their homework.

Take the time NOW to DO more of whatever it is that turns you on...no we don’t mean in the bedroom...although ‘tis the season for that too.    


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THE PLACES JANE CAN GO

Jane DO is all about taking your strength outside of the studio to DO incredible things in the real world...and WE WANT TO SEE IT!

Rock your Jane DO gear on your favorite hike.  Wear your CROWN while you cross the finish line of your first marathon.  Show us your WOMAN tank while you wrangle your little ones like a boss.


Jane is EVERY WOMAN!  Together, let’s show all the places she can GO.  

Remember to tag us @JaneDO  



DO jane EVERYWHERE!

2019, here we come! We’re poppin’ up all over - Check it out so you can Do jane anywhere.


BRYANT PARK

When: Mondays at 6:30pm
Where: Bryant Park - New York, NY 10018
Cost: FREE (must pre-register)
Registration: Sign up for class here.


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ATHLETA

When: Wednesdays at 6pm
Where: Flatiron Studio - 126 5th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Cost: $18, $150 for a 10 class pack (never expires)
Registration: Sign up for class here.






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NEO U

When: LIVE Classes Wednesdays at 530pm
Where: NEO U - 420 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018
Cost: $20
Registration: Sign up for LIVE classes here, Download the APP here.


Neo U App is free in its beta stage until March 2019!

She's a GOALDIGGER

By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio Manager

She’s a GOAL DIGGER, way over town.  Who digs on me…


Hey GOAL DIGGERS, we want you to dig on us this January!  At Jane we believe that together, not only can we set new goals for ourselves, but that we can crush the SH*T out of them.  

You are a GOAL DIGGER if you’re not afraid to put in the work to reach your full potential.

You are a GOAL DIGGER if you aren’t scared to roll up your sleeves and get a little dirty in order to get what you want.

You are a GOAL DIGGER if you don’t care about anyone else’s definition of success, because you are too busy DO-ing YOU and finding your truth!

Alone we are strong, but together we are fucking unstoppable!  Make this year YOUR year by being a GOAL DIGGER with us!

Dig deeper within yourself to set and crush your goals.  Dig deeper in the studio to gain strength and confidence.  Dig deeper at work to crash through that glass ceiling. Dig deeper in your friendships and relationships to make bigger, better, brighter memories.  

Join us for the JANEuary challenge, where TOGETHER we will inspire, motivate, challenge, and commit to being and DO-ing more in 2019.

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Lessons learned dancing with the Radio City Rockettes

By Jacey & Dani, your founding sisters and a$$ kickers

Hey Janes!
Jacey and Dani here to kick off the holiday season by sharing some lessons we learned dancing with the Radio City Rockettes

Surround yourself with strong ass women
As a precision dance team, you are only as strong as your weakest link.  The same goes for the tribe you surround yourself with everyday.  Find a team of women that are encouraging, honest, and give you the confidence to keep DOing. 


Attention to detail

What distinguishes the Rockettes from other dance groups is the uniformity that comes from the attention to detail. Honing in on the small stuff can set up apart from the rest.  We all know a little bit goes a long way and refining your attention to detail can give you that extra edge.    


All that planning and shit stills goes wrong 
Despite striving for perfection, the most memorable moments were the ones when things unexpectedly went wrong.  Whether it was a shoe flying off during a kick line or part of the set getting stuck off stage, these moments are the ones we still talk about today.  Embrace the imperfections life throws at you and roll with the unexpected cards you are handed.

Happy Holidays!
Jacey & Dani

POWER POSE

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Jane DO encourages women to stand together in their POWER POSE. Stand beside each other to empower one another, behind each other to support one another, and when needed, in front of each other to guide one another. We know that together, the strength of women is UNBREAKABLE. This is why we #POWERPOSE 👑💪🏼

Check out some of our Janes in their best #POWERPOSE!


Say no to the sorority squat!

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Be sure to show us your #powerpose! Tag us @janedo and use the hashtag #WEAREJANE so we can see it! We will be reposting our faves every week!

Let's Hear it For the Boys

By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio Manager

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As the saying goes, “a man is only as strong as the woman who stands behind him.” Here at Jane, we prefer to think that we are standing right next to the men in our lives, to support them as much as they support us. So this month, LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS!

As you may know, this month has begun to align with a movement surrounding men’s health awareness and cancer prevention.  You may have heard of No-Shave November, where men are encouraged to showcase their mustaches for a good cause. Movember is the leading charity dedicated to changing men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer awareness and prevention, mental health, and suicide prevention among men.  Basically Movember is super cool and Jane thinks they are awesome. Since we are boy crazy, we wanted to team up with them.

Jane is excited to share with you our Jane DUDE campaign.  Jane DUDE is our exclusive line of men’s apparel, for the Jane DUDEs in our lives.  


But who is Jane DUDE?

The men who love us, the men who challenge us, and the brave men who work out right beside us are all Jane DUDE. A man who knows that supporting the women in his office only elevates his team, is a Jane DUDE.  A partner who admires your drive and passion at home and also at work is a Jane DUDE. A father/brother/best friend who is there to help you anytime you need him, from apartment moves to career moves is a Jane DUDE.  

Snag our custom Jane DUDE t-shirt for the men in your life this month and all proceeds go to the Movember foundation.  Not only will your dude be rocking some cool duds and making a difference while DO-ing it, he will be reminded that he is only as strong as the badass women by his side.    



Live Your Breast Life

By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio Manager


Hey Janes, this month’s newsletter is about your GIRLS… the ones in your sports bra.  Knockers, tatas, jugs, or bee stings, we are celebrating your breasts this month!

October is breast cancer awareness month, so get comfortable with your girls!  And while breast cancer cannot yet be prevented, early detection can save your life.  So, if you don’t give yourself breast exams yet...what are you waiting for?? Pour yourself a glass of wine and get to groping.  If you’re not quite sure the best way to self exam, just check out the guide in all our Jane DO showers! Doctors recommend giving yourself a quick check at least once a month, to really get to know your body, that way you can recognize any changes early on.  Mammograms can detect tumors even before you can feel them, so if you have concerns, or are over 40 you should be getting a yearly test.

But this month is about more than just breast exams and an excuse to wear pink, it’s about body awareness, taking charge of your feminine health, and celebrating your sisters.  October is filled with walks, marathons, and gatherings to support and uplift cancer survivors, their families, friends, and advocates. And shouldn’t we all be advocates for our bodies and boobies!  

So grab your girls (the ones down your shirt and in your circle) and get to walking, talking, and celebrating your health, happiness, and strength this October.

Want to get involved? Jane DO will be leading the warm up for the entire Hudson County walk which will be taking place on October 28th at 10am in Lincoln Park. If you want to join our team for the Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk, sign up here. Create a login, join the walk, and search “Jane DO” under teams. We hope to see you there!

We are also selling tanks and a portion of sales will go to our team fundraiser for the Making Strides Walk! Get yours here.

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Jane's Book Club - Fall Reads 2018.

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1. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood. 
Recommended by Jacey Lambros & Taylor Green

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now... Buy the book here.


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2. Give A Sh*t, Ashlee Piper.
Recommended by an Edgewater Client! 

It's time to put your good intentions into action. It's time to give a shit -- about your health, your footprint, and your planet. Give a Sh*t guides you through the transition to a kinder, healthier, more conscious, and sustainable life like no book has done before. With a humorous and nonjudgmental tone, savvy eco-friendly lifestyle expert Ashlee Piper walks you through easy-but-impactful shifts anyone can make to live and be better every damn day: 
In your home - Room-by-room guidance and tactics for a chic, affordable, sustainable living space, no matter where or how you live.
In the kitchen - 20+ unfussy, quick, and delicious plant-based recipes for every life occasion, from pantry staples like White Witch Almond Milk to exciting everyday fare like Walnut Chorizo Tostadas to kick-ass desserts like Jamocha Silk Pie.
In your closet - Advice for building a polished, ethical wardrobe in a world of fast fashion
In the mirror - Beauty and grooming tips and DIY products (from skin care to foundation to, ahem, ladytime provisions) that are safer, natural, cruelty-free, and, best of all, effective.
In the wild - How to maintain your values (and your moxie) at work, in your social life, and when abroad. Give a Sh*t isn't a manual of restrictions -- it's a practical handbook that meets you where you are and finally harmonizes doing good with living well.


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3. Primates of Park Avenue, Wednesday Martin.
Recommended by Sai Somboon

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. Intelligent, funny, and heartfelt, Primates of Park Avenue lifts a veil on a secret, elite world within a world: the exotic, fascinating, and strangely familiar culture of privileged Manhattan motherhood.


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4. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn.
Recommended by Margaret Barschow

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family's Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming. Buy the book here.


Back to Werk

By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio Manager

September marks the unofficial start of a brand new year- the kids go back to school, we have to stop taking Summer Fridays, and the appropriate time to start drinking is no longer 11 am. As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, you may find yourself missing your carefree beach bum mentality, but instead of letting yourself feel the summertime sadness, grab your P.S.L. and let the fall help you RECHARGE and RESET.  

September happens to be Self-Improvement month, so take this time to get back to yourself and revisit the goals you may have let fall to the wayside during the summer heat.  

Self-improvement can also mean self-care, so now’s the perfect time to put in some low-lights, get a facial, and get back to wearing your favorite burgundy nail shade.

Check out our studio schedules to get back into your workout groove and don’t be afraid to set some new fitness goals for yourself.  Try a new class, new instructor, or pick up a heavier set of weights for a new challenge. If you took the summer off, now is the time to get back on track with your old healthy habits!  

We’d love to see you get your a$$ back in class, but remember, self-improvement is about more than just your biceps.  Check out our reading list to spark your brain power. If books aren’t your thing, there are plenty of podcasts and TED-Talks that are bound to quench your inner nerd and reignite some office motivation.  Check out Dani and Jacey’s favorite podcast on Spotify “How I Built This."

This time of year is also a really great time to try something new, like a new hobby.  There are plenty of adult classes that start back up in September, so no matter what your interests are, you are sure to find something this fall.  From photography to wine tasting- this is the month to jump in and give your spirit, social life, and soul some self-love.

Still not excited to get the fall ball rolling?  Luckily, Starbucks release their P.S.L, Chumpkin Latte (chai and pumpkin), and Caramel Apple Cider on September 1st...so if nothing else, at least there’s that!

Jane's Addicton: Weleda

 

Christine B, our fellow Jane is the Associate Finance Manager at Weleda, and is solely responsible for our addition with their vast line of natural and environmentally conscious products.  

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Just like Jane, Weleda believes it's more about just looking and feeling good - it's about DOing good.  They are committed to building fair-trade partnerships that honor the human spirit and respect the natural world.  

Weleda products are always free from parabens, phthalates, synthetic preservatives, synthetic fragrances and they never test on animals. 

We can't live without  their Skin FoodWild Rose 24hr Spray Deodorant, & Muscle Massage Oil  

Best part, Weleda is offering Jane's 30% OFF.  Explore their range of face, baby, body and personal care products today! 


Use code: JaneDo 
*Offer expires in two weeks

don't worry, beach happy!

By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio manager

And just like that, the summer is ⅔ of the way over.  Your inner child is screaming WAIIITTTTT  I haven’t even been to the beach yet!!  We hear you, but before you let those summertime blues creep in,  here are some ideas, that even the busiest among us will be able to squeeze in before the leaves change orange and our FROZÉ becomes a Pumpkin Spiced Martini.  

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For the Work all Week then Adventure on the Weekend type:
You work hard during the week, you deserve to get away for a few days.  These are some of our favorite weekend adventures.

  • See how beautiful New York State really is, with a weekend in the Catskill Mountains.  From breathtaking waterfall hikes to tasty wineries, the Catskills are for everyone in your group.
     
  • If you make it there, check out Dani’s favorite spot Scribner’s Catskill Lodge.  If that’s just a bit too far, try a day hike and dip in the lake at the beautiful and dog-friendly Ramapo Valley County Reservation.
     
  • If you are less of lake and more of an ocean girl, GET YOUR ASS DTS (down the shore for those of you who are living under a rock).  New Jersey literally has dozens of amazing beach towns to choose from. Not a big drinker? Spend the weekend in the gorgeous South Jersey family town of Ocean City and grab a slice at the world famous Manco and Manco.  Want something a little closer to home? Take the girls to Spring Lake or Long Branch for the day.  If you make it to Long Branch, stop at Max’s Hot Dogs...it never tasted so good to be bad!  And don’t forget your hangover cure from Rook Coffee for the drive home!

   

For the Busy Can’t Get Away For A Weekend type:
Maybe it’s the kid’s fault, or the endless list of weekend obligations you still have left to fulfill this Summer, but you just can’t get away for a weekend.  No Worries we have you covered!

  • Citi Summer in the Square
    Where: Union Square Park (a short ferry ride into the big bad city away)
    When: Thursdays in August
    What: A full day of FREE stuff like workouts, music, and fun… did we say it’s FREE??
     
  • Hoboken Movies Under the Stars
    Where: Pier A Park Hoboken
    When: Weds 8/1, 8/8, 8/15 8:30PM
    hat: Free movie screening.  Come early and bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.  Food is permitted, but unfortunately no booze. Movies (in order of date) include: The Isle of Dogs, Ferdinand, and Coco.  
     
  • Gelato Festival Jersey City 2018
    Where: Liberty State Park_CRRNJ Terminal Concourse
    When: Saturday 8/11 & Sunday 8/12 12:00pm-7:00pm
    What: One of 8 festivals in the US, Gelato artisans compete to be entered to compete in the American final in 2012.  For $30 you can spend the day seeing the secrets behind the best gelato in America.. Not to mention EAT AMAZING GELATO DUH

If all else fails grab your bestie, pop open a bottle of your favorite Rosé, and sit on your front stoop to enjoy the weather while it’s still here!  (Need a bestie who likes Rosé? You can find me in the Edgewater studio 5 days a week...I never let friends drink alone!)

Jane booze: Summer Cocktail Must haves 2018

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1. Whispering Angel Rosé 
As a negociant and vinificateur (winery), Caves d’esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from château d’esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world’s greatest rosé. 
Recommended by Taylor Good
 

 

 

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2. Malibu Bay Breeze 
1.5 oz Malibu coconut rum.
2 oz cranberry juice.
2 oz pineapple juice.
Recommended by Tricia Urgo

3. Vodka Soda 
1 part Vodka
1 to 3 parts Soda Water
Garnish with lime or lemon
"High in alcohol, low in calories."
Recommended by Sai Somboon

4. Whiskey Ginger 
2 oz Rye Whiskey
2 oz Ginger Ale
Recommended by Renee Frangione

 

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5. Mojito
1.5  oz White rum
6 leaves of Mint
Soda Water
1 oz Fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons Sugar
Recommended by Genna Mergola

 

6. Spicy Margarita (From El Vez in NYC)
1.5 oz Tequila
1 oz Fresh lime juice
0.5 oz Triple sec
0.5 oz Agave syrup
2 Jalapeño coins (seeds removed)
Recommended by Whitley Locks

 

 

 

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7. Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc,
The wine that started it all. The first Oyster Bay, which happened to win the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Enticing citrus notes and tropical flavors - youthful, elegant and fresh with a lingering, zesty finish. Flavors that are uniquely Marlborough, and undeniably Oyster Bay. 
Recommended by Mazz Mazzeo

 

8. Aperol Spritz, (From Dullboy in Jersey City)
2 oz  Prosecco
1.25 oz Aperol
Splash of Soda water
Recommended by Katie Hamrah

9. Margarita Spritzer
"Lime flavored seltzer and tequila. Rim your glass with Chile, Himalayan salt and (a little) sugar. Pour over ice and serve with a slice of lime." 
Recommended by Margaret Barschow

 

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10. Dark & Stormy
3 oz Ginger Beer
Couple dashes of bitters
2 oz Dark Rum
"Goslings Dark Rum with Goslings Ginger Beer is best!"
Recommended by Melissa Westlake

Pssst... Your Confidence is Showing.

By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio Manager

At Jane, we spend time building strength inside the studio, so that we can be the STRONGEST version of ourselves outside in the real world too.  We know that our physical body is only a tiny fraction of who we are and how awesome we can be! Part of our strength is learning how to tell our doubts to SIT DOWN and let our CONFIDENT SELVES STAND UP!  

We know that confidence comes from what we DO, so this July, get out there and claim your confidence by DO-ing!

  • DO try a new activity like tennis, paddle boarding, or kayaking.  Day drinking is awesome, but put down the can of rosé and jump into the water, onto the court, or the bike- your body will thank you.  Even if you skip a workout to beat the beach traffic, no biggie! Sports are super fun and a great way to workout without the gym. Water is also an amazing low impact form of resistance, so injuries are NO excuse not to stay active this summer.  
     
  • DO volunteer.  Nursing homes, homeless shelters, and food pantries don’t take summer vacations and they usually lose some of their regular volunteers, like students.  Go find a spot near you to give back. Spending time with others and making a positive impact on people in your community is a great way to build up your own feel good vibes!  It also helps to put silly little things (like stretch marks and pit tit) into perspective.
     
  • DO invest in a summer swim suit that makes you feel comfortable, confident, and hell-a SEXY.  Whether it’s a thong, a one-piece, or a damn wetsuit, find something that allows you to stop thinking about what you are wearing and start ENJOYING the beach or pool with your friends and family!  There is nothing worse than constantly fixing a swimsuit that just doesn’t suit you, so find something that fits and forget about it! Want to cover up a bit more- opt for a cute colorful wrap or boyish board shorts.  Just find something and DO YOU.
     
  • DO enjoy the long days.  Summer is short, but the days are nice and long.  Get outside, even for a 20 min lunch break, and take in the vitamin D.  The sun is clinically proven to boost mood, productivity, and immunity, so there is no reason to sit inside all day, just don’t forget your sunscreen.

When things get hot, stay COOL.

By Cristin Van Horn & Margaret Barschow

At Jane, we are no stranger to a lil’ heat. In fact, we typically prefer it nice and sweaty, but keeping your cool when the heat turns up, is the mark of a real JANE. We aren’t talking about pit stains, we are talking about remaining in the driver’s seat, when life shoves you into the HOT seat.  We’ve all been there- someone cuts you off on your way to work, you spill coffee all over your new white jeans, or your toddler throws their 97th tantrum of the day. How do we remain mindful in moments of red hot heat?

Screaming F%$# might feel good, but learning how to dust ourselves off and move forward in a constructive way, is far better than getting hotter than the summer heat.  Not only can anger be physically toxic (hello hypertension), but running on pure angry adrenaline drains your resources for the things that really matter- like making a plan and SOLVING THE PROBLEM.   
 

The conscious effort to RESPOND, rather than REACT makes all the difference.  Just like in the studio, what you DO creates a habit, and our habits create results.  Start to make it a habit to check in with yourself. Ask yourself “why am I getting so heated?” Regardless of the answer, your feelings are your feelings, respect them!  When we create the space to ask WHY, we can create an attainable action plan to move on..

Jump into the studio to drain the lymphatic system which acts like a highway for nasty toxic stress. DO-ing it in the studio releases endorphins that will help to calm you down, so that you can see a solution more clearly.   Not only will you be able to clear your mind but you’ll have the support of your GRLGANG!


Sometimes we like it hot, but when shit hits the fan, hatch a plan to respond-not react, in a way that continues to move you forward. Keep your cool, and remain in control...And if you’re really at a loss, never underestimate the power of a frozé. 

Jane's Book Club - Summer Reads 2018.

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1. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng. 
Recommended by Danielle DeAngelo & Jacey Lambros

Mia starts as Mrs. Richardon's tenant, then becomes her housekeeper, then a mentor and secret keeper for her children; Pearl falls into a love triangle with the two Richardson boys. Like Shaker Heights, "Little Fires Everywhere" is meticulously planned, every storyline and detail placed with obvious purpose.


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2. Tiny Beautiful Things, Cheryl Strayed.
Recommended by Renee Frangione

Cheryl Strayed's Dear Sugar columns give us 'a very real sense of a complicated, painful life behind the advice'. Cheryl Strayed is already something of a phenomenon in the US, where her hiking memoir, Wild, held the No 1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for seven consecutive weeks last year. You can buy the book here.


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3. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy Schumer.
Recommended by Katie Hamrah

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

 


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4. You Are a Badass, Jen Cincero.
Recommended by Mazz Mazzeo

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is an entertaining read with plenty of real-world advice. Her book aims to empower any readers and teach you how to stop doubting yourself and get stuff done. Sincero helps to identify key problems in everyone's life, she then explains how best to combat these hurdles and live the best life you can. Whether you want to start a business, learn how to make extra money or get another job this book is an excellent guide!


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5. Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 
Recommended by Margaret Barschow

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a childhood friend, a new mother who wanted to know how to raise her baby girl to be a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response: fifteen invaluable suggestions—direct, wryly funny, and perceptive—for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. Filled with compassionate guidance and advice, it gets right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century, and starts a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today. 

 

 

 

Let that Shit GO!

By Cristin Van Horn, Edgewater Studio Manager

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We all have baggage that can feel heavy at times, but in light of Jacey and Dani’s recent Doody Free* experience, let’s take a page out of their book (or rather a sheet from their roll) and LET THAT SHIT GO!  Put down the baggage and learn to live a little more freely; free from excess crap, free from expectation, and with a little more freedom to DO YOU.  If you need some help, here are some ways to get started:

  • DE-CRAP your closet
    Lucky for you, it’s Spring Cleaning time!  Gather up all of those outfits that are just taking up space and GIVE THEM AWAY!  Give them to a friend, a shelter, or drop them in a clothing drop near you. My golden rule is, if I haven’t worn it in a year- it’s free to go!

 

  • DE-CLUTTER your email
    If you are like me, you have about 375 unread emails in your inbox, most of which are junk mail.  Take a few hours to unsubscribe from all the junk mailers and delete messages that you no longer need.  Come up with a filing system for the emails that you need to keep, so that they are easily accessible, but make your inbox look neat and tidy.  It’s crazy how a clean inbox can help you free up your headspace.

 

  • DE-STRESS your routine
    The everyday commute, back to back meetings, or unchecked boxes on your to-do list can start to feel overwhelming, so come up with ways to de-stress the small stuff, so that you are fresh to take on the big stuff.  Little tweaks can make a world of difference in your day to day. Some of my favorites are:
  1. Wake up 15 mins earlier so that you don’t have to rush.  
  2. Pack up the kids lunches / your own lunch the night before.
  3. Lay out your gym clothes before you go to bed, so there is no excuse not to get up and tackle your workout.  

 

  • DE-PRIORITIZE things that stress you out
    Remember that everything is a choice.  After kids parties, family obligations, and work events, it can feel like you have ZERO time for yourself.  One way to make time for yourself, is to stop saying yes to the things that stress you out and start saying YES to YOU.  Sure little Bobby needs to go to the party, but that doesn’t mean you have to volunteer to make the dessert, carpool the entire neighborhood, and stay for the clean up.  Saying no sometimes doesn’t make you selfish, it makes you SMART!

 

  • DE-CONSTRUCT your expectations
    We live in a Facebook world, where we are constantly seeing pictures of what our lives “should” look like.  But we say LET THAT SHIT GO! Let go of the expectation of what your family, love life, job, or bikini body SHOULD look like and FLIP THE SCRIPT.  Start to see the beautiful way in which you are uniquely YOU. Your one superpower in this world is that you are the only YOU, so embrace it! Find strength in what sets you apart from the rest of the world,  and by letting go of the expectations of others (and the unrealistic ones we place on ourselves) you will finally be FREE to write your own story.

No Rain. No Flowers.

BY CRISTIN VAN HORN, EDGEWATER STUDIO COORDINATOR

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April Showers Bring May Flowers, but the fact is, the rain can slow us down, make us tired, unmotivated, and even emotional.  This April, instead of letting life’s little rain storms weigh you down, we challenge you to play in the puddles and remind yourself that flowers need the rain in order to grow.  There is no way around the storm once it hits, but here are some tips on how to get you through it.

 

  1.  Get by with a little help from your friends

Surrounding yourself with a support system of loving friends and family members is amazingly helpful during difficult times (and even more amazing once the rain has lifted!) If you are going through something you don’t want the whole world knowing, try to find at least one close friend that you can talk to openly.  Venting really does help!

   2.  Give yourself the gift of self-love

Self love and self care go a LONG way when you’re feeling gloomy.  Get a manicure, a new haircut, or try that new spring style you’ve been eyeing (white booties anyone?).  Take a day off and go to the spa, or just stay in and give yourself a face mask, bubble bath, and big ass glass of wine.  Taking time for yourself is an important part of recuperation, and after the clouds lift, your hair, skin, and wardrobe will thank you!

   3.  Pop some uppers

No we don’t mean drugs, EXERCISE is hugely important when you are braving life’s little storms!  It helps to increase blood flow, oxygen, and all those feel good endorphins! Jumping around and breaking a sweat not only lifts your mood and boosts your outlook, but according to the National Cancer Institute, higher levels of exercise are linked to lower levels of multiple kinds of cancer!  And if you train with other Janes, you’ll also be hanging out with some cool supportive women while you’re at it! WIN WIN.

   4.  Mind the important stuff

When life throws rain clouds your way, it is really easy to get wrapped up in negativity.  Try to practice mindfulness in order to keep the important stuff in perspective. Finding gratitude in even the smallest things can help us get through the tough times and practicing mindfulness helps us stay present in the moment, a universally useful tool.  Try to remember the things that are good in your life, even if they seem few and far between: like PIZZA and WINE! Finding joy in little things will help lighten the load when the going gets tough.

   5.  This too shall pass

I try to remember this during Train Jane with Jacey- 30 more seconds of hell, then I can breathe!!  Problems are like that too- you just have to get through 30 more seconds (then maybe a few more rounds) until eventually you will be able to breathe again.  After it, you are stronger because of it. Try to remember that whatever storm you are currently braving will not last forever. Everything passes: the good, the bad, and the ugly will eventually be over.   Unfortunately, no matter how much we wish and hope, we can’t hang on to things once they’ve passed and we can’t rush the things that aren’t yet ready to. So don’t worry after the rain passes, the sun will be back in no time!

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