We are so grateful for our Allomi Tribe! This month's member spotlight is Angela Lanahan. This special lady has been with Allomi since the beginning. We wanted to honor her and let you get to know her a little better!
Where are you originally from? How long have you been in the SouthBay?
I was born in Illinois and spent my early childhood years in Columbus, Ohio. We moved to Simi Valley, CA when I was 12. I ended up in the South Bay by chance. My husband and I “temporarily” moved here back in 2008, and never left.
What does a day in the life of Angela Lanahan look like?
A typical day for me involves getting up around 7am, making my morning acai bowl, and getting my daughter, Finley, up and off to school (she’s in kindergarten at Alta Vista). If it’s a good day, I get in a morning meditation and answer some emails, then race over to Allomi for a Plyojam class or Sweat and Sculpt.
What is your business?
I’m a Freelance Apparel Designer so my day-to-day schedule can vary widely. It may involve anything from pounding the pavement to source fabrics in downtown LA, to meeting with an eccentric client at his home in Beverly Hills, to presenting a new capsule collection in Rancho Cucamonga. Some days I work from home in my PJs. Those are my favorite.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
In the rare moments that I’m not working, or spending time with my husband & daughter, I really enjoy yoga, brunch with my girl gang and doing self-exploratory exercises (like self-help workshops, hypotonic breathwork, etc). I read a lot of non-fiction. My newest favorite is the book “Principles”, by Ray Dalio
I’m also currently taking the “Adventures in Writing” class with Caroyln Rothstein-Ziel. It’s been incredibly fun and informative using her technique for ‘finding your voice” and I find the exercises bleeding over into my day-to-day life (in a positive way). I highly recommend checking it out! We have a reading on Sat 2/9 from 6-8pm if you’d like to join.
What is your favorite class at Allomi and why?
This is a hard one…I love to get my sweat on, but I’d have to say my favorite class is Women’s Group.
I’ve found a safe space to go deep and work through some heavy stuff in those four walls. As Amber will tell you, the Dali Lama says, “The World will be saved by the Western Woman.” I believe that. I think we all can feel some major shifts taking place in the world right now. Feminine power is one of creation. And we create from a place of beauty and love. I see that deep feminine wisdom when I gather with other women and together we try to find our place in all of this. I always leave group feeling my load is lighter.
How do you balance being a working Mom, Wife, Friend … what do you do for self-care?
Bwahahahahaaaaaa! Balance? What is this balance you speak of?
On a serious note, a big theme for me as-of-late is practicing the power of “no”.
You have to decide what holds priority in your life, and anything in addition to that tight-and-focused list gets booted. It’s hard. But just like being on an airplane, you have to put the oxygen mask on yourself first.
A second trick is creating ritual in the small stuff. I try to close the door to the bathroom each night and take 5 minutes to remove my eye make up and wash my face. I do this slowly and with intention. I feel the warm water. I smell the comforting scent of my products. Just this small act of self care can really slow me down and help me wind into the evening.
Any other info you’d like to share?
Yes. I’d like to share my gratitude for the community I’ve found at Allomi. I’ve gone to many gyms and studios and I’ve never quite felt the loving welcome I get every time I come to a class or workshop. Whether it’s shaking my booty in Plyojam or finding my voice in writing class, I love doing it with this tremendous group of women. Love you ladies!!