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05 The Holiday Book Its our 5th Annual Holiday Book. EWM has sourced fun gifts from our favorite clients.
10 Holiday Staycation Check out the HOT and TRENDY spots for a fun filled staycation holiday in Chicago.
14 Cover Story Meet Cydney C. Post. Mother, Wife, and Business Owner. She is on the move!
20 The Rage EWM catches up with Zooey Deschanel and her latest work.
Be a Santa for a Day
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BE SANTA FOR A DAY THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. N ow is the time to be a blessing. As our country continues to find ways to recover from COVID-19, finding charities is the best way for locals to lock arms and help. On Davis and Sherman.. Santa has set up a work shop, BE A SANTA FOR A DAY. Where community members can volunteer their time in giving, packaging, and more. This unquie concept has given many children around the county an opporunity to celebrate Christmas. "Santa for a Day is just that: a means for people who “have” to become Santa for kids who "have not". Unfortunately, there are disadvantaged kids writing letters to Santa this season, whose wishes will go unanswered... unless you step in." Santa for The Day's mission is to show kindness in the face of adversity. Teaching youngsters the power of the pen… and then rewarding their efforts, by translating their wishes into reality, not only positively reinforces their nascent literacy skills, but it also helps them author a different, more positive narrative about life, one sparked by optimism and the vision of a brighter future. How you can get involved. Visit santaforaday.org or stop by the Santa workshop at 716 Davis St. (the Old Williams Shoes).
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“While at the Chicago Housing Authority, I worked with Santa for a Day firsthand and saw what it meant to that community. Now, as President & CEO of the Atlanta Housing Authority, I recognize similar circumstances here in Atlanta, and I think SFAD will be a god-send for our constituents. This is a great opportunity to provide hope to Atlanta’s most disadvantaged kids. I beg you, let’s all do our part, and be ‘Christmas angels’ all year long. Every donation translates into new-found hope for these boys and girls who have been through so much this year…”
Eugene Jones, Jr. President & CEO Atlanta Housing Authority
MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE! #shoplocal
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DROP THE MIC
chicago TO THE NEW YEAR
Commute with Santa Via CTA The Holiday Train and Bus Service | Photo: @zutimama | Open til January 2022
leigh bells ringing are you listening??... HECK YA!! Let's go to Chicago and have some fun ... STAYCATION FUN this holiday season!! Celebrate this holiday in Chicago and experience of the holiday's Chicago style. Gather your peeps, family, kido's, and poos.. and head to CHI TOWN for some fun, laughs, and create memories too! Commute into the city on the CTA on one of the The Holiday trains. Metra, L and several CTA buses have holiday transportation lines. For more information: cta.com Check out the City of Chicago famous Christmas tree. Known for being the TALLEST Christmas Tree with over 50,000 lights. Enjoy hot coco, treats, and take lots of photos.
Millennium Park | Open til January 9, 2022
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chicago TO THE NEW YEAR
JOJO's Winder Wonderland is known for the array of holiday shake's. River North 23 W Hubbard St Chicago, IL 60654
JOJO'S Winter Wonderland has become a tradition for many! Open til mid - January 2022, JOJO's is Chicago's go-to spot for all things savory & sweet, welcomes the holiday season with JoJo's Winter Wonderland. JoJo's has filled the heated tent with a 17ft Christmas Tree, a 1954 Red Ford Truck, Giant Presents & 2 Igloo Domes and more. The world-famous Walnut Room was the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. With Circassian wood paneling imported from Russia and Austrian chandeliers, the 17,000 square foot dining room is both elegant and comfortable. Conveniently located in the heart of the Chicago theatre district, the Walnut Room is an excellent choice to take a break from shopping or for a meal and a glass of wine before the show. Reservations: opentable.com
Decorated with more than 2,000 ornaments and 6,600 sparkling lights.
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chicago TO THE NEW YEAR
The Godfrey Hotel Chicago invites guests to enjoy its annual Winter Wonderland, offering the chance to embrace rooftop season year-round. I|O Godfrey, the hotel’s rooftop lounge and restaurant, is transformed into a Winter Wonderland escape, fit for the season, no matter how chilly it gets in the Windy City. The enchanting Winter Wonderland returns to The Godfrey with its popular clear-domed, heated igloos, which allow guests to cozy up inside and enjoy sweeping city views, whether it’s snowing or sunny outside. Groups between 2 and 10 people may reserve an igloo, complete with plush furnishings, robes, and blankets on a firstcome, first-served basis. Winter Wonderland visitors can also enjoy outdoor heaters, toasty firepits, s’mores-making kits, a selection of bubbling hot cocktails served in interactive siphon coffee makers, and a seasonal menu of shareable plates and sushi. The Winter Wonderland fun once again expands to I|O Godfrey’s west side terrace this year, allowing visitors to roast marshmallows for s’mores at a two-level fireplace and take in both south- and west-facing views. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago is an award-winning luxury lifestyle hotel, a relaxing boutique spa, 24-hour state-ofthe-art fitness center. Celebrated as one of Chicago's most anticipated hotel, the Godfrey has earned multiple awards and earned notable mentions by Travel + Leisure, Fodor's Travel and National Geographic Traveler.
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Anchored & Grounded LINDA DEL BOSQUE I am walking in the rain to Curt's Cafe, headed to learn more about a wonderful vision. Cydney C. Post reached out to me on Facebook. She was going to open up a Yoga Studio. She mentioned to me she was in the process of scouting locations and wanted to pick my brain for any resources or information. I was happy to help because I believe Evanston Woman Magazine is the best source for woman entrepreneurs in the North Shore. Meeting Cydney C. Post was like meeting an old friend. She shared her enthusiasm for health/wellness, community, and family. None the less she also shared that after searching for months for the right place she became frustrated. She was going to take a break. Luckily, fate would intervene; she stumbled across a site in the summer of 2021. Central Street in Evanston is known for eateries, boutiques, and now, the new home of THE YOGA POST. The Yoga Post is Cydney C. Post’s new business. Cydney kept her Facebook friends informed of her progress by consistently making updates. She detailed the process from build-out to opening the doors. The journey of a new woman business owner would make a great article, I thought to myself. I had an opportunity to knock on the door to catch up with her. I needed to learn about her journey
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Cydney implemented a historic philosophy method of yoga. She learned the importance of breath work, poster, movements, and how these simple positions could be used to stress decompression. She credits her parents for teaching her this. As she continued practicing as she continued the physical and philosophical study of yoga she became more empowered her to live a balanced life. Once her children became toddlers, Cydney practiced throughout the day as a way to maintain balance, and energy. Mostly, yoga was a way to keep up with her “active children”. Practicing yoga helped her maintain a mental and spiritual wellness. She felt so great; she wanted to share her passion and knowledge for yoga with her neighbors. Cydney set out to transform a passion into a profession. She stated, “creating the space to contribute to her community”, was a priority. After months of calling landlords, touring locations, and scouting sites, she finally found the perfect location. This space was like finding a “gold little nugget”. As she toured the empty space, the large molding, natural hardwood floors, and white organic walls pierced Cydneys heart. Being a spiritual woman she looked at her husband and said.. “I feel it.” She knew she found the a place where she was able to grow her vision and create a community. The Yoga Post opened on September 8, 2021. The Yoga Post is an inclusive studio providing community members access to wellness that is accessible and consistent.
In creating simple yoga queues to help clients identify each position, eliminates any intimations, and judgment. Staying consistent with the practice method develops intimacy and accessibility for each client. Cydney took her time looking for additional instructors. Her research brought in solid teammates, instructors who have the same vision as she does about yoga culture. Each class will provide clients a safe space to learn and find balance. “It is really energizing to be in this space. It truly is an anchor for me, my community, and I feel energized! I enjoy the environment. I know we have a wonderful community at The Yoga Post,” say’s Cydney. Due to Covid-19 and teaching on-line last year, The Yoga Post has clients all over the country. When we opened and our out of town yogis would purchase classes at The Yoga Post to donate to less fortunate people. Sometimes there can be a number of reasons someone didn’t have the disposable income. Yoga class is important yet there usually would have to be money to spend on yoga classes. Because of these donations The Yoga Post was able to donate yoga classes to many. Especially honorable was the gift of yoga given to everyone who works in a neighborhood elementary school. We hope to continue to donate classes to more elementary schools each year, says Cydney. We are also hosting a pay it forward lightly used workout clothes drive in Dec/Jan. Details to follow. Join a class today. theyogapostchicago.com
Engage your mind. Move your body. Fuel your life. The Yoga Post
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4 MINDFUL TIPS TO DE-STRESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Neda Gould
ot feeling particularly cheery this time of year? You’re not alone. Many find that the holidays bring as much stress as they do joy. But there are ways to ease through the season. To help make the most of your festivities, Neda Gould, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and director of the Johns Hopkins
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Mindfulness Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, shares some mindful tips.
the past or the future, and returning our attention to the present — the only reality,” explains Gould.
What is mindfulness? “Mindfulness is bringing your attention to the present moment with an element of nonjudgment and acceptance. It is noticing when we get caught up in thoughts about
While mindfulness can be a formal meditation practice, there are also informal ways to practice this skill. This can give us perspective and decrease stress.
1. Accept Imperfection Can good be good enough? “As we gear up for the holidays, we often set the bar impossibly high for ourselves and then feel upset when our celebrations don’t live up to expectations,” says Gould. Before you start preparing, acknowledge that things may not go exactly as planned. “It’s OK if it’s not perfect. Imperfection is healthy and normal. For some of us, it might just take a little practice,” reminds Gould.
4. Rethink Your Resolutions
2. Don’t Lose Sight of What Really Counts With long lines and nasty traffic, the holidays can get hectic. When overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle, ask yourself: Where does this fit in the grand scheme of things? If you’re frustrated by the long grocery line you’re standing in, remember that it is just a long grocery line — nothing more. Don’t let it spoil your afternoon. Can I use this moment of frustration as an opportunity to reflect? While the cashier rings up the customers ahead of you, take inventory of the good things that have happened today or the things you are grateful for. Even if this moment seems stressful, can I find a way to make it pleasant? Connect with someone else in line with a compliment or kind gesture, or notice what’s around you with fresh eyes and an open mind.
3. Respond with Kindness You can’t change how others act during the stresses of the holiday season, but you can change how you respond to situations: “Whenever I encounter a difficult person, I tell myself, ‘this person is suffering, and that’s why they’re acting this way.’ It softens my frustration, helps me be more compassionate and reminds me that it’s not personal,” says Gould. Keep in mind that the holidays are especially difficult for those who are alone. See if you can extend an act of kindness to those you know are without family and friends during this time of year. If things do get tense with someone, take a few deep breaths. “Those few breaths can shift things and give you new perspective,” says Gould.
“Typical New Year’s resolutions set you up for failure,” warns Gould. If you want to better yourself in the New Year, follow these tips for success: Start small. Break your goal into tinier steps over the course of the year. If weight loss is your goal, it doesn’t have to be drastic. Try to eat more veggies during your first month and gradually cut back on sweets throughout the next, suggests Gould. Be kind to yourself. If you didn’t achieve last year’s resolution or stray from the path this time around, let it go. “We often contrive these stories (‘I’m never going to quit smoking!’) that only add to our distress,” says Gould. “With practice, we can notice this self-critic, let go of that negativity and pick our goals back up without the guilt or shame.”
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30 Day Self-Care Challenges Stretch all your muscles
Drink more water
Go for a walk in nature
Eat your favorite treat
Listen to favorite song
Eat vegetarian meals
Take a nice bubble bath
Cook your favorite meal
Go on a solo date
Give yourself a facial
Try a DIY Project
Watch your favorite movie
Give yourself a manicure
Go to bed early
Watch the sunrise
Read a book
Explore a new venue
Get some sunlight
Start a new hobby
Write out your goals
Organize your closet
Watch the sunset
Give yourself a break
Learn a new skill
Create your ideal future
Surround yourself with positivity
Drink plenty of water
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STAYING TRUE BLUE Northwestern graduate, Zooey Deschanel majored in acting, and has given moviegoers an appreciation to her work, talent, and skills on and off the screen.
Her latest work celebrates the re-launch with band member, M. Ward of its 10th year anniversary record, A Very She & Him Christmas. This new album recreates the older songs, and plugged in some new ones as well like; In addition to holiday classics like “Sleigh Ride” and “Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,” the new version of the album includes covers of “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” Madonna’s “Holiday” and the Wham! song “Last Christmas.” Both Deschanel and Ward decided to hit the road and celebrate the holiday's with fans across the U.S.A. hitting cities like Chicago, Santa Barbra, and many others. Christmas is Deschanel's favorite holiday and excited to share with you!
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“All that singing over Christmas was just so magical and wonderful to me, and I love the feeling of being together with a group and expressing that joy and togetherness through song.”