Do What Feels Good: Our Morning with Hannah Bronfman
Chicago Ideas was up bright and early to dance and “do what feels good” with author, DJ, fashion icon, beauty guru and so much more, Hannah Bronfman. All our event attendees woke themselves up with a Body Worship dance class lead by Mel Safford and then sat down for an intimate Q&A with Hannah to discuss her new book Do What Feels Good. During our conversation Hannah touched on body image, wellness and accessibility, speaking up, and dandelion tea lattes. Below we’ve rounded up some of our biggest takeaways from the morning.
“It’s a millennial lifestyle book in the way that I’m a millennial and this is my lifestyle… I’m encouraging you to tune in and understand yourselves because when I did my whole world changed.”
“My favorite routine is my wind down routine…I’m a big bath person and I’m always trying to concoct new bath potions.”
We were so inspired by this morning’s event topic of wellness that we have rounded up some of our top picks for local spaces for you to do what feels good for YOU, and to support Chicago advocates who are bringing wellness to those who need it most.
Finding space to breathe and find your flow in our busy city can be hard, that’s why there is Bottom Line Yoga. With studios in the Civic Opera Building, the Board of Trade, the ability to bring a yoga class to your office and specialty weekday classes, Bottom Line is the best way to unwind during your long lunch.
Scratch Goods was born out of a desire between two high school friends for beauty products without artificial dyes or chemicals. Thus, Scratch Goods and then their first brick and mortar location was born in 2015. Shop online or visit their Roscoe Village location for a collection of custom face masks, scrubs, essential oils, homemade soaps and wellness centric events.
At today’s event, Hannah and our moderator Vanessa touched on the intersectionalities of self-care for black women. Here in Chicago, Black Girl in Om creates spaces, whether digital or physical, that encourage self-love, self-care and self-empowerment for communities of color. You can listen to their podcast, follow their blog, catch up with their “BGIO Beauties” and attend their events all through their website.
4. Sista Afya
Sista Afya has a community approach to mental wellness. We believe that community support for black women living with mental health conditions can foster healing, growth, freedom, and self-actualization. Sista Afya builds this community through Mental Wellness Education, Resource Connection and Community Support. Drop by their merch page or blog to learn more and support the mission.
5. A Sweat Life
When Jeana Anderson got bored of her typical abs, back, arms workout routine she set off trying different gyms and blogging about. Thus, A Sweat Life was born as a media company where you can learn, connect and sweat. Check out their events around Chicago for some of the most unique workout classes you can experience.
Watch this morning’s Q&A with Hannah Bronfman: