(Can I get away with that, having been to Tennessee three times now?)

This past week, Northern California went through a shocking heat wave that hit 114 degrees. Since all of the best places to hide were indoors, I’ve enjoyed some of the coolest activities lately. One of the perks of living in Suburbia is the abundance of places to eat and be entertained by. Ready? Let’s go.

Aerial Yoga

The Group Effect Fitness Studio in Roseville offers group fitness and training classes, including aerial yoga. I know – it sounds fun, right? Having absolutely no idea what to expect, I went in with a friend and an open mind. Basically, if you enjoy hammocking or yoga or have ever wanted to be a bat, aerial yoga is the thing for you. It was a combination of relaxation and intense core strengthening and probably isn’t for everyone, based on the amount of upper body strength also required. My muscles are crying right now, but flipping upside down in a turquoise hammock is a pretty cool way to start a Saturday morning. I highly recommend you find a Groupon or drop in to try a class for fun!

Snow Fluff

The last few years, it’s been all about fro-yo. But lately, shaved ice shops seem to have cornered the market. I don’t know if it’s like this everywhere, but in the Sacramento region, there’s a shaved ice place on every corner – paired with strange things like cupcakes, crumbled cookies, and boba. My work team has been trying them this summer, usually averaging about one a week. Favorite dish? It’s a toss-up between coconut snow fluff or the Dragon’s Breath liquid nitrogen cup from Shave Monster. Because… hasn’t everyone wanted to breath out dragon smoke? If you’re local to Sacramento, give one (or all) of these places a try:

Just remember–just because you’re eating ice doesn’t mean you’re not still taking in calories. Balance your butterfinger, boba-infused shaved snow with some jogs around the park, and you’ll be a-okay.


Podcasts are something I savor when I have the time to listen to them. During a busy week, it’s hard to find a spare hour, but usually I speed through podcast episodes pretty quickly, either during longer drives, while chopping veggies, or as I’m winding down for sleep. Living alone, I find it oddly comforting to fall asleep to a stranger’s voice, teaching me what they know about entrepreneurship, writing, friendships, or marketing. Over the last year, these are the top podcasts I’ve enjoyed:

  • That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs
  • The Portfolio Life with Jeff Goins
  • The Beautiful Brave Podcast with Sarah Bond
  • Christy Wright’s Business Boutique
  • The Shauna Niequist Podcast
  • The Rabbit Room
  • The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey
  • Building a StoryBrand with Donald Miller
  • Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

That’s all for now! I hope you’re able to beat the heat this week (now that California’s back down to the 80’s) and find a day to pamper yourself with a fun activity like doing yoga or eating shaved ice. And feel free to tell me all about it!

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Logo   Bailey Gillespie is a writing instructor at William Jessup University and a freelance academic editor. She lives near Sacramento, California and loves connecting with people over health, creativity, and faith. Recently, her writing has appeared on Real Hope RisingThe Rabbit Room, and The Deeply, Co. Read more at baileygillespie.com or follow her onFacebookInstagramTwitter, and Goodreads.