Barefoot and Free Festival

We’ve been safe at home for over a year, and it’s time to get back out there and enjoy our favorite things. One thing I am super excited for are festivals and have you heard the news? Barefoot and Free Festival is taking place August 6 – 8, 2021 at Proud Lake State Park in Michigan.

Barefoot and Free Festival is so much more than a yoga festival. For instance there is butts and guts and boxing classes you can attend. Oh and a silent disco (which I am so beyond excited for). If you know me you know that I am not a yogi and maybe attend one yogi class a year. Yet here I am beyond excited for this fun festival and I hope to see you there!

What is Barefoot and Free Festival?

Barefoot and Free Festival has a diverse selection of yoga, music, healing arts, workshops, talks, and classes.

What if I don’t like yoga?

Barefoot and Free Festival isn’t just a yoga festival, in fact you can skip the yoga all together and just buy a music pass. There’s also plenty of local vendors and food for you to enjoy.

When is Barefoot and Free Yoga Festival?

Friday, August 6 – Sunday, August 8

Where is Barefoot and Free Yoga Festival?

Proud Lake State Park, Commerce Township, Michigan.

What kind of kind of setting is Barefoot and Free Festival?

Located at the quiet and peaceful Proud Lake State Park. Barefoot and Free Yoga Festival takes place within the trees, and features a nice swimming spot. If you have your own SUP, kayak or canoe bring it along to enjoy it on the river.

What events will be at Barefoot and Free?

From yoga to boxing and even line dancing Barefoot and Free Festival is filled with something everyone is sure to love. Check out the full Barefoot and Free Festival schedule.

What events am I excited to attend at Barefoot and Free Festival?

The Barefoot and Free Festival is jam packed with fun, and after looking over the schedule and reading about the different classes and workshops here are some of the events I am excited to be attending:

Saturday, August 7

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Evan Brendtke – Kundalini Yoga

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Nina Ma Swati – Sound Journey

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Fortune 500 (owner: Jabs Gym) – Boxing Class

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Kelly Hein – Line Dancing

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Ali Long – Bootylicious Barre

8:00 – 9:30 PM
Soojin Kim – Journey Through the 5 Senses – Silent Disco Ecstatic Dance with Live DJ to Follow

Sunday, August 8

8:00 – 9:30 AM
Tricia Auten – Butts and Gutts

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Taylor Beardsall – Mindfulness & Art

2:00 – 3:30 PM
Taylor Beardsall – Intuitive Art Making

5 Great Ways to Win a College Scholarship

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We all know that college tends to come with a hefty price tag, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways that you can reach the goals you have set for yourself. If winning a scholarship is what is standing between you and your college dreams, then you’ve come to the right place. This post is filled with five ways you can win a scholarship. Just remember, if you want the best chance to win a scholarship, make sure that you are applying for every single one that is available. You’re not going to get all of them, but by applying for everything you have a better chance of getting scholarships.

5 great ways to win a college scholarship

1. Put in the work

Many college scholarship applications require you to write an essay, and this is where a lot of people just shy away. They don’t want to put in the work of writing the essay. Fewer candidates are out there writing an essay, so if you’re willing to write one you definitely have the upper hand. Look around for scholarships, you never know what you might find.
Pro Tip: If a 500-word essay is required make sure you’re only writing 500-words and not 1,000. You won’t be looked at when you try to go above and beyond. 500-words is plenty for you to get out what you want to.

2. Proofread 
I cannot say this enough, you need to make sure you proofread your work. You don’t want to have your first impression be filled with spelling and grammatical errors. While in a previous job position, we had someone apply. Her resume was filled with grammatical errors. As a result we didn’t even invite her in for an interview, because our first impression of the her was that she is not detail oriented.
Pro Tip: Grammarly is a great free tool. 
3. Be aware of your online reputation

Once you put something on the internet it is there forever. Seriously, even if you personally remove it, it’s out there lingering in cyberspace somewhere just waiting for the right moment to haunt you. Not only is a good online reputation important when you’re applying for scholarships, but it’s critical when you’re looking for a job as well. Nancy Etz wants to empower women and help them reach their full potential. If you a not so glamorous reputation how is someone supposed to promote you when you’re doing a keg stand in your profile picture?
Pro Tip: Google yourself and see what comes up. If it is not positive, work on changing that. 

4. Get involved in the community

Give back, get a difference, or get involved in your community. Volunteering not only looks great when you\’re applying for a scholarship, but it’ll also make you feel good that you’re doing good. A lot of scholarships come from non-profits whose mission is to help people, so why not show you care by doing something good.
Pro Tip: Volunteer at a nursing home, to clean up around the city or even at a humane society. The possibilities are endless.

5. Don’t ignore the optional questions

But they’re optional! I know, they are! This is where you will get the upper hand once again. Many candidates will skip the optional questions to get it over sooner. If you answer the questions, you have a better chance of standing out, because they know that you take extra care and consideration when it comes to things.


Save the date! Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM is sure to be a night to remember. Experience the music of Star Wars like never before when the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) takes you to a galaxy far, far away at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University on Friday, August 13, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Grab your tickets today!

Conductor Steven Reineke will lead the orchestra in a brand-new program that includes music from throughout the Skywalker Saga as well as the two anthology films, Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story, all in chronological order. Don’t be a “stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder” and join us for this incredible concert. In the immortal words of Master Yoda, “Do, or do not. There is no try.” 

The music of Star Wars was written by famed American composer John Williams and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra for all six feature films from 1977 to 2005. From the “Main Title” from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope to the ominous “The Imperial March” associated with Darth Vader, fans will be taken to a galaxy far, far away rekindling memories of their favorite scenes as well as recurring, individual themes and battles that took place throughout the Star Wars saga films.

Giveaway Closed!

5 Reasons Why I Love The Roc Sup Co. Explorer

Raise your hand if you’re ready to hit the water this summer? I’ve been posting pictures and videos on my Instagram of me exploring the Great Lakes, rivers and lakes on my Explorer standup paddle board from Roc Sup Co., in the sun and rain.

One question that keeps coming up is what board would I recommend for a beginner, and to be honest the only board I ever recommend is the Explorer standup paddle board from Roc Sup. The board is great for everyone, dog and budget friendly. No joke! Last summer my aunt (who has no previous SUP experience) was able to paddle board around the lake on my board with NO issues. She didn’t fall off, and she loved it.

While this post is a humble brag about Roc Sup Co. having the BEST inflatable paddleboards on the market, I am giving you my top 7 reasons why I love my Explorer from Roc Sup Co.

5 reasons why I LOVE Roc Sup Co. Explorer

Price Point

The Explorer Standup Paddle Board from Roc Sup Co. typically runs for $699.95—which is a great price in general. Most inflatable SUPs will run you closer to $1000 and over, and Roc Sup offers boards that are just as good or better than the others on the market at the higher price point.
Pro Tip: Roc Sup Co. puts their SUP boards on sale often. For instance the Explorer Standup Paddle Board is currently $399.95—literally a steal!


The Roc Sup Co. Explorer comes with THREE fins (one is detachable), which makes this board truly engineered for stability. Cargo bungees at the front of the board allow you to stow essentials (I like to attach my keys, water bottle and cooler), EVA foam deck is comfortable even after hours on the water. The Explorer SUP features military grade construction. Plus plenty of room for your pup!

Dog Friendly

The grippy deck pad is design to stand up to your puppers claws, and won’t scratch or ding. Strap a life vest on your pup and enjoy fun in the sun with your best friend.


The all around shape of this board means versatile performance. You can ride with friends, do yoga, go fishing, have your four-legged friend join and more. Ride on lakes, rivers, inlets, lagoons, the ocean, the Roc Sup Co. Explorer standup paddle board is made to go everywhere.

Travel Friendly

The Roc Sup Co. Explorer standup paddle board comes with a large, comfortable backpack that is designed to hold the board and all of its accessories. Inflating and deflating is quick and easy. The high pressure hand pump makes inflating your standup paddle board anywhere a breeze.


Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain hit theaters Friday, July 16, 2021

Three years after the suicide of Anthony Bourdain he’s brought back to life in Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain. As a huge fan of Anthony Bourdain, let me assure you this documentary does not miss the mark. Bourdain wasn’t your typical television show host, he was someone his fans could relate to. He showed us the world and food like it had never been seen before. He connected with his fans, and we connected with him.

“Life’s about finding a cliff worth jumping off, I’m going to look for something feral and wild”

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is just that, a documentary that gives you a better understanding of the chef, author, and traveler we all knew and loved thanks to his shows and books. The documentary gives you a few glimpses into Bourdain’s childhood, but mainly focuses on his adult life and career where he went from a line cook to publishing the book that made us all take notice. With quick looks into his childhood, the documentary mostly focuses on his adult life and career from when he went from a line cook to publishing the book that launched him into the public eye. If you’re looking for a food focused documentary, that is not what you’ll find.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain lets fans see glimpses into Bourdain’s life like never before. The amount of video footage they have of him is crazy, and really is a testament to his overly documented life. As a huge Anthony Bourdain fan the first part of the movie was difficult to watch, as it opens with Bourdain talking about his eventual death and how he wants it handled. That right there made me made some tears start to flow.

Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is probably one of the best documentaries that I have seen. It’s beautifully scripted, you hear things right from Bourdain himself, and those he impacted. While Bourdain may be gone, his legacy will live on forever.