Andrea Isabelle Lucas

My Favorite ‘Secret’ Hidden Gems of Boston

hidden gems of boston

Spicy Margaritas, karaoke and hula hoops… these are a few of my favorite things…

 

Thanks MySecretBoston.com for asking me to share some “secret” Boston spots that I love!

 

Ready to discover some hidden gems and maybe find a new favorite of your own?

 

Read the article here!

 

 

 Circus Michael Winters

Do you ever say yes to something when you really want to say no?  Isn’t it the worst?

I have a hunch we are better at spotting this on the small scale (I wish I’d said no to this event,) than the large scale, where it really matters (I wish I’d said no to this major life choice.)  Some of those major life choices just seem predestined, handed down to us in such an expected way that we forget we have a choice at all.

When we remember we have a choice, we are empowered.  When we choose something “unconventional” or “nontraditional,” we exercise power over our own lives.

I didn’t write this list to brag or show off, although I can see how it might come off that way.

I simply believe that by being honest about the ways I’ve chosen to do the unexpected, it might help someone else feel OK about making the “weird” choice.  (Or being in the “weird” situation, as not all of these are conscious choices exactly.)

So I guess what I’m saying is… Here’s to being unconventional!

OK, here goes:

  1.  I had my first child when I was 19.
  2. I’ve been with my partner, Jason, almost 8 years.  We don’t own property together.  We don’t share any bank accounts.  We’re not married. We don’t ever plan to get married.  However, I would still like to come to your wedding. I think they’re fun!  Please invite me.
  3. Jason and I don’t have any kids together, and we don’t plan to, but he has been around since my youngest was 1 year old and my oldest was 7.
  4. After my divorce, I didn’t go back to my maiden name. I chose a new last name from my maternal grandmother’s side of the family.
  5. Jason, the kids, and I all have different last names.  So there are 4 on our mailbox.
  6. I don’t send Christmas cards. I think they’re just a total pain at an already crazy time of year.  However, I like getting your Holiday cards, so please keep sending them.  If you want.
  7. I didn’t finish my bachelor’s degree until I was 30. It took me 10 years and I changed schools and majors several times, until finally settling on a self-designed Women’s Studies major from Lesley University.
  8. I have performed in burlesque shows (for fun, and sometimes dressed as a dude) and worked at strip clubs (mainly to pay the bills when I was young and poor.)
  9. I saved up and bought my own condo at age 22.
  10. I don’t have any tattoos.  It’s a commitment thing.  However, I love your tattoos.  Very much.
  11. I never dyed my hair until I was in my thirties and now I cannot stop putting rainbow colors in it.  In fact, I refuse to stop.
  12. Highly mentholated products such as Altoids mints make me sneeze.  There’s nothing anyone can do about it.
  13. I have been through domestic violence.  It was awful.  Sadly, I don’t think this is “unconventional,” but talking about it definitely is.
  14. I play the ukulele.
  15. I consider myself a feminist, and enjoy using the “F” word shamelessly.  (I also enjoy saying “fuck.”  It helps me express myself.)

You’re still here?  Nice!  What fun facts don’t I know about you yet?  Will you share them in the comments?

Also, would you like to see any of the topics above expanded into its own post?  Let me know!

aerial yoga with andrea featured on fit or fad!

LOVING this great video just released on Fit or Fad with comedian Kelly McFarland, with help from some amazing friends and yoga students! (I couldn’t figure out how to embed the video here, but you can click on the image below to be taken to it.)

aerial snapshot

This was a BLAST!! You can read more about the class in this blog post by one of my students.

Thank you to Kelly, to Fit or Fad, and to all the students who participated!  And a big thank you to South Boston Yoga for letting us use your awesome aerial room!

Try Aerial Yoga MA at Barre & Soul, Melrose Yoga Studio.

Hope you all had a great weekend!  Mine was pretty full with teaching, family, and working on the new business.  I admit, I can get a little obsessive with work projects so I took the kids to the Boston Rock Gym for a little climbing and some time on the silks.  There’s nothing like physical exertion to get you out of your head for a while!

Thought I’d share this video of a basic aerial routine I’m working on — it’s actually my first!  I’m no Cirque du Soleil performer yet but I’m so glad I picked up this hobby and look forward to continuing to develop my skills.

It’s never too late to start something new — the first time I touched the silks I was 29 or 30.  Not that that’s old!  My point is I didn’t grow up doing this, or even doing gymnastics for that matter.  My favorite quote:

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is today.”
-Chinese Proverb

Have a great week!
Andrea

You can experience Aerial Yoga MA at Barre and Soul, Melrose, MA

vamps’ night out recap

A quick (belated) post to say that Vamps’ Night Out was a blast and a huge thanks to everyone who made it possible!  We had a great turnout and all of the lovely vamps who participated couldn’t have looked more radiant, happy and confident!  Success!!  And just as important, this event helped to raise $1,700 for yogaHOPE’s Project Haiti.

This was the first installment of Vamp Camp, my most recent creative endeavor.  My vision is for Vamp Camp events to encompass different aspects of body empowerment and self-expression.  Going forward, I see Vamp Camp continuing to be a vehicle to empower not only the participants but to help raise funds for women’s charities.

I’ve been thinking about returning to Haiti with yogaHOPE to complete my trauma-informed yoga training next April — the fundraising requirement for this trip is $10,000, but thanks to you I’m already on my way toward reaching it!

The beautiful Julie Potvin was our makeup artist and eyelash glue-er extraordinaire! You can find Julie at Dellaria salon in Andover and Davis Square, Somerville.

My favorite colorist Patty Martin led the team of talented stylists from SHAG to create gorgeous vintage hairstyles for our vamps.

 

Julie Sterling of Oh Lah Lah Boudoir photography and Lucie Wicker captured the amazing images to make this event unforgettable!

A giant thanks to SHAG salon for providing the hip and inviting venue for our amazing night!  THANKS!

And THANK YOU to all who donated their time and funds to this fabulous event and incredibly worthy cause!