Ananda@16thandU: A Lifestylista in Love with DC

Ask me anything   Join Ananda Leeke as she blogs about her love affair with DC, POTUS and FLOTUS Obama, and the White House.

Attending the #socentdc session on Breaking Into the Scene: The Who/What/How of the DC Social Enterprise Landscape facilitated by Alex Simon of Compass Partners.

Attending the #socentdc session on Breaking Into the Scene: The Who/What/How of the DC Social Enterprise Landscape facilitated by Alex Simon of Compass Partners.

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Learning about Social Entrepreneurship and Social Value Creation from Sara Herald @seherald at #socentdc.

Learning about Social Entrepreneurship and Social Value Creation from Sara Herald @seherald at #socentdc.

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Listening to Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman’s keynote on “Scaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping it Honest” at the DC Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit.

Listening to Honest Tea founder Seth Goldman’s keynote on “Scaling an Authentic Brand While Keeping it Honest” at the DC Sustainability and Social Enterprise Summit.

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#CreativityThursday Tip: Moving my body before I tackle the details of my creative projects opens my spirit, heart, and mind. It also relaxes and strengthens my body. Today my afternoon workout at Mint Gym jumpstarted my creative brainstorming session that put the final touches on a series of online workshops and a DC event series. I’m so thankful Mint Gym offers a quiet cafe and free tea and coffee. The cafe became AnandaLeeke.com’s satellite workspace! How does moving your body (physical fitness) impact your creativity and creative process?

#CreativityThursday Tip: Moving my body before I tackle the details of my creative projects opens my spirit, heart, and mind. It also relaxes and strengthens my body. Today my afternoon workout at Mint Gym jumpstarted my creative brainstorming session that put the final touches on a series of online workshops and a DC event series. I’m so thankful Mint Gym offers a quiet cafe and free tea and coffee. The cafe became AnandaLeeke.com’s satellite workspace! How does moving your body (physical fitness) impact your creativity and creative process?

— 3 days ago
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Happy Sunday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center!  I had a great day working with military families on creative projects. They reminded me of how grateful I am to do work I love as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

Happy Sunday from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center! I had a great day working with military families on creative projects. They reminded me of how grateful I am to do work I love as an artist-in-residence for Smith Center for Healing and the Arts.

— 1 week ago
My Saturday began with two invigorating writing workshops at John Hopkins University’s (JHU) Conversations and Connections, a day-long conference for writers. It was held at JHU’s Dupont Circle campus in DC. The first workshop discussed how to stop making excuses and start being productive. I enjoyed the writing prompt exercise because it helped me move into what I want to write about in my memoir about turning 50. I also gained some valuable tools about character development in a group exercise that I can use in my second novel.  The second workshop exposed me to experimental forms in nonfiction. It was LIBERATING to learn how I can use recipes, lists, obituaries, dictionary entries, text messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, blog entries, and other forms that are not traditionally used in storytelling to write my next memoir. During the lunch break, I took a walk and ended up at Pop ‘n’ Stop, one of my favorite tea and creativity havens. Honey ginger tea kept me company as I reread my notes from the writing workshops. What a spring creative day I’m having.  How are you spending your day?

My Saturday began with two invigorating writing workshops at John Hopkins University’s (JHU) Conversations and Connections, a day-long conference for writers. It was held at JHU’s Dupont Circle campus in DC. The first workshop discussed how to stop making excuses and start being productive. I enjoyed the writing prompt exercise because it helped me move into what I want to write about in my memoir about turning 50. I also gained some valuable tools about character development in a group exercise that I can use in my second novel. The second workshop exposed me to experimental forms in nonfiction. It was LIBERATING to learn how I can use recipes, lists, obituaries, dictionary entries, text messages, Facebook and Twitter posts, blog entries, and other forms that are not traditionally used in storytelling to write my next memoir. During the lunch break, I took a walk and ended up at Pop ‘n’ Stop, one of my favorite tea and creativity havens. Honey ginger tea kept me company as I reread my notes from the writing workshops. What a spring creative day I’m having. How are you spending your day?

— 2 weeks ago
#sync2014 presenter Sandra Houston says healthcare is shifting to value-based, collaborative,  and accountable care model.

#sync2014 presenter Sandra Houston says healthcare is shifting to value-based, collaborative, and accountable care model.

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#sync2014 attendees are chatting about their top 2 concerns in changing healthcare environment.

#sync2014 attendees are chatting about their top 2 concerns in changing healthcare environment.

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Listening to Sandra Houston’s #sync2014 presentation on sustainability.

Listening to Sandra Houston’s #sync2014 presentation on sustainability.

— 2 weeks ago
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#sync2014 question and answer period with Tom Kean of C-Change is enlightening!

#sync2014 question and answer period with Tom Kean of C-Change is enlightening!

— 2 weeks ago
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