Would you be so kind as to give us the wellness challenge for the month of June?
Hell yes. Let's have it be a two-parter:
1) Everyone drink more water. Even if you think you drink enough. Simple.
2) I want to encourage everyone to take the month of June to push your own wellness boundaries more than you have before. If you go for a run, even if it's for a slow jog for 10 minutes, see if you can make it 12 or 15. If you've been wanting to try a class but have been too nervous - just do it! If you're already a gym rat like me, see what happens when you add another plate to each side. Obviously be physically safe, but part of self care is (and should be) pushing ourselves so we can understand what we are really capable of. Take up boxing (except don't go to those silly Insta-famous gyms, go somewhere where you'll get f*cking proper technique). Just try it.
How can people tune in to what you and 86 the Barrier are doing?
I will be doing most of the updating on my personal IG, @thejoannac while I retool what @86theBarrier's page looks like. Social media is really at the bottom of my list, after making sure that this relaunch is doing what it needs to do for these asylum seekers. But I will update as often as I can, and I have such an amazing group of educators working on this with me (big shouts out to Leo Cazares, Rachel Wasserman, Mairys Joaquin, Yvette Regalado, and Eliana Gonzalez!) that I can't wait to share the impact they're having on these learners. We have also already been approached about scaling, which tells me that we are going in the right direction; by the time people see this, I will be making my Broadway debut so I'll need a few weeks to get my feet under me but as soon as I do I'm looking to the future of 86 and what's possible in NYC and beyond.
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