Tonya is a freelance writer, editor, content strategist, author-in-training, wife and homeschooling mama.
Why Tonya is lovin’ Nashville right now:
I am loving Nashville right now for its growing writing community, accessible outdoor recreation, and endless festivals in and around the city. While I am not a native Nashvillian (the Abari’s are transplants hailing from the northeast), we have called this area home for almost a decade. Music City is officially home to our daughter, who was born here in 2015. Since we’ve become residents, I’ve been on a mission to discover Nashville’s rich history and culture. Juggling homeschooling with professional endeavors is quite the task, but I believe we’re in the perfect place to balance them both. Nashvegas is the “it” city right now; but there’s so much more to this place than hot chicken, bachelorette parties, and country music.
Hale family––I second your claim that, “it takes endurace” to keep up with a preschooler. That’s why prioritizing personal health and well-being is non-negotiable. After a morning routine which includes mindfulness practice, we workout as a family in our garage. Local trainer, Anica Parrish, makes house calls and brings the heat during every sweat session. Weather permitting, I take the little on a nature walk at one of the many area greenways. A great activity for kids is nature scavenger hunts. Give them a list of items to find along the walk (such as special rocks or leaves) and watch them go!
The kiddo and I are stopping by Vege-licious Cafe for a quick bite. An intimate spot that carries delicious plant-based options at affordable prices, we’ll grab our food to go and head over to Charlie Daniels Park––an oasis for little kids. Plenty of park space, courts, a walking trail, splash pad for summer days, and a huge playground that accommodates children of all ages.
*A rainy day activity might include a field trip to Metro Nashville Public Works. They offer a free, one-hour recycling workshops for children. Advanced registration is required.
Let’s dance! The girl takes classes at Global Education Center (South). Since parents aren’t allowed in the studio, this is a wonderful time for me to catch up on some reading. Her teacher, Summer Shack, not only instructs the little babies–she teaches adult classes, including the mindful meditation series “Breath and Soul.” After the long day is complete, it’s time for the Abari family to wind down at home.
On any given day, I can be found toggling family fun with freelance work. I attempt to participate in activities that are cost efficient and close to home (convenient for my family’s lifestyle). There’s lots of activities for homeschooling, work-from-home parents. Stay tuned for more updates.
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