From top chefs to designers and writers, Chrome City has been honored to introduce some of our super inspiring Chicago creative homies over the last three years. But where are they now? We've been following up with our favs and are excited to feature them, once again, as our #ChromeHomie. Let us reintroduce our homie, Anna!
Anna Jackson, Certified Yoga Instructor and Hairstylist at Maxine Salon
Q: What was your biggest challenge in 2016?
A: My biggest challenge in 2016 was getting through Yoga teacher training. Yoga has always been my go to place for all sorts of stress relief. It also helps my body release built up tension patterns from my job as a hairstylist. So I decided to enroll in teacher training in Nicaragua to get to know the ancient practice a little bit better. It was an amazing experience but boy was it hard. Not only was I secluded in Nicaragua, but Yoga is a beautiful practice of self reflection, and sometimes those things are hard to confront. Also learning to talk in front of a group of people is very difficult, I'm still a work in progress but it's great to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone.
Q: Any changes work wise? If so, tell us about your movements and growth.
A: I have been very interested in female hair loss, I see a lot of that in my work and it is mostly due to hormonal changes such as post-pardum and thyroid issues. I am currently in nutrition school to learn a little bit more about that and hopefully I will be able to apply my new knowledge with my clients.
Q: What are you most proud of that was accomplished in the last year?
A: I have received my 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate and I am currently enrolled in a hollistic online nutrition course called IIN (Institute for Integrative Nutrition). I'm hoping to blend healthy living and hairstyling together.
Q: With so much uncertainty ahead of us, what keeps you feeling grounded?
A: The world is a scary place right now, and I can't help but get a panicked feeling almost daily about the future. For me I like to support small businesses and spend my money where it counts. Thi syear my husband and I joined a CSA, commnity supported agriculture. We get farm fresh food delivered to our door once a week. Its amazing, we get to support local farmers, eat organic and feel good about all of it. Also Yoga keeps me grounded and connected to a higher spirituality. Meditation is a must and taking some time for self care, because if I'm not healthy I won't be able to help others. I love the quote "don't talk about, it be about it".
Thanks again for being a #ChromeHomie, Anna!
You can check out Anna's original #ChromeHomie post here!