Loving, Living and Leaving Lansing: Week 2


What’s better than living and loving in Lansing?!?!


But visiting Lansing to see why we all love it so much comes close.

I tell everyone to come visit me in Lansing. Friends from all over the country. Just to see if one day, somehow, they will decide to make the trek to the mid-mitten, assuming I was worth it–even if the only thing they knew about Lansing was that it is the capital of Michigan.

I was about to leave Lansing without ever having the chance to share the benefits of living in a small city to some of my big city friends. And then it happened.

As I come to week 2 of my reflections, I’d like to tell you how sharing my love for Lansing was one of my favorite moments…..

My fellow social workers, my favorite couple and my dearest friends, Seva G. and Pita Pocket arrived in REO Town at the stroke of midnight from the windy city of Chicago. Now you may think, that’s not that far–but hey, I was thrilled.

I wanted to show them a day in the life of Anika in Lansing. Or rather, a weekend in the life of Anika in Lansing. I wasn’t worried about entertaining them, something is always happening in Lansing and I was sure fun times were upon us. Because I am fun. And Lansing is great.

SaturDAY: My friends may not consider themselves regular yoga practitioners, but I knew Just B Yoga would be a welcoming and safe place for them to explore their practice. And just as I had imagined, Belinda facilitated an environment that was warm and compassionate. Allowing them to be in their space amidst the beautiful community we have here in Lansing. 

SaturEVE: The Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine 80’s fundraiser!

We danced the night away to Starfarm with our mouths full of our favorite candies, our hair decked out and faces dolled up. When they played ‘Like a Prayer’ by Madonna- I was sold. Play that song anytime, anywhere and my night is made. Top it off with amazing company and big hair and I couldn’t be a happier brown sauce.

And as if it couldn’t get any better, proceeds went to the REACH Art Studio Center which is currently located right in my neighborhood and on my street.

SunDAY: We woke up slowly, cuddled…yes, all three of us..and began to make breakfast in my cute house in REO Town. We then proceeded to catch up on love and life under the sun on my back porch.

I love my neighborhood. It’s safe, clean, friendly and centrally located. I wanted to show my friends the perks of living in REO town….so we went on a tour of my hood.

First stop was Moore’s Park,¬†where the River Trail ends and leaves you at the smokestacks of the Board, Water and Light of Lansing. It’s industrially chic. If that makes sense. I like it. You can often find people fishing, take a walk up the steps of the old Moore’s Park pool and get a great view of the park, play with your dog or enjoy a picnic. We decided to climb trees and lay in the petals. We continued our tour doing crunches on the bleachers of the Moore’s Park pool and then meandering through the streets of my neighborhood. Fun times indeed.

We ended our afternoon together with a stop at Old Town, where I showed them the many shops to find sweet treats and unique gifts to take back home. I feel confident that if anyone ever asks Seva G. and Pita Pocket about Lansing, they will not hesitate to say, ‘Oh I’ve been there, that place is baller.’

Love you both.