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Think, Prepare and Leap…to Chicago

It’s been two weeks since I moved to Chicago to pursue Stand-up comedy and to teach Yoga in the third most populous city in America (about 2.7 million residents).  And what a city it is, with more than 50 million visitors last year alone, the “Windy City” has breathtaking historical architecture and world class culture including public art, theater and improvisational comedy, not to mention all the jazz, blues and house music. And don’t forget professional sports, which I should know since I’m currently living three blocks away from Wrigley Field…Go Cubbies!

And if you haven’t seen the sunrise over Lake Michigan, you should try it sometime. But wait, what about “I Love LA” and 9 years worth of plying my craft and producing 20+ hours of instructional Yoga videos throughout the streets of Hollywood? It’s all preparation for what comes next, and it’s all part of life’s wonderful journey. If you ask me I’ll always say never be afraid to take a chance on yourself, regardless of how scary it may be – or seem to be – to leave behind what you know best, i.e., your comfort zone.

The good news is Chicago’s not too foreign to me because I did spend two years here during my grad-school days at The Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Albeit, I spent most of my time in the comfy confines of Evanston, but of course I did venture down to bars in Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park and Rush Street for the occasional ruckus with my buddies – which you’ll know if you read my wild and witty memoir, Simply Between Millions: From Wall Street to Hollywood.

So never be afraid to LEAP…just make sure your move is well thought-out and even planned, although too much thinking and planning may lead to inaction (not a good thing). And if you make it to Chicago, give me a shout and come take my Yoga class.

Which, by the way, as of today I’m teaching at all 9 locations of Chicago’s premier fitness club, Chicago Athletic Clubs. In honor of National Yoga Month, I’ll be teaching a special class on Sunday, September 27th at the Lincoln Square location. Hope to see you there! Peace – R

Tola Talks Turning Everything into a Positive

No matter what life’s throws at you, turn everything into chicken salad and not chicken s–t. Just like a baseball batter who has no trouble adjusting to the curve ball, consider all life’s mishaps as a positive and not a negative. Plus, Lady Gaga’s love & relationship advice for Taylor Swift.

Weekdays on youtube.com/tolatalks

GYST #25: How to Move in Less Than a Week

Did you know that moving ranks up there with death of a spouse and divorce when it comes to life’s most stressful events? No worries, because anyone can G-Y-S-T and relocate to a new city within a week…stress-free!

GYST #22: Specificity Rules

Are you a clear communicator? Are you someone who’s effective and efficient in everything you do? If not, then simply your life and get rid of the fat…because Specificity Rules!

GYST #16: Date Night (with Yourself)

You deserve it, so why not treat yourself to some good old fashion self-love? Join the personal revolution on an individual level…and take yourself on date!

GYST #15: Don’t Be A Broken Record

It’s time you start manifesting good luck energy and getting rid of all negativisms, especially ones that have you repeating the same thing over and over again…like a Broken Record.