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Simplify your life
Living simply does not have to mean living without, it truly means living more organized. Organization is the key to simplifying your life, and through simplification comes a more stress free lifestyle. The Confucius said it best, “life is simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
1. What Matters- The first step to simplifying is prioritizing. Make a list of everything and everyone you can think of. This list should include people, responsibilities, pleasure activities, and anything that comes to mind- because if you are thinking about it that means it requires mental space. If it does not come to mind, then it is not important. Include people, places, and things you don’t like as well. After you have compiled a list of everything you can think of cross off anything that is not important now and will not be important a year from now. This will feel great and is the first step in simplifying your life. Now that you know what is important, prioritize them. Think of the strength of the importance now and also how important it will be years from now to help organize your list. These are the only items you will focus on. Nothing else truly matters, and the people, events, and places crossed off are just mind clutter.
2. Buy a Planner- This is a life changing step to simplifying. No one can remember everything, and knowing exactly what you have to accomplish every day will help simplify your schedule. You should stick to your planner – nothing more and nothing less.
3. Never Rush- One of the biggest stressors I face is feeling rushed. Wake up early and then wake up earlier. Waking up early gives you more time to accomplish all your goals of the day. Have your schedule in your planner and add 30 minutes to every activity so you never feel like you are running out of time. This buffer room will allow your schedule to stay more intact and also allows a little deserved down time if you accomplish your task on schedule.
4. Eat Simply- Begin to see your body as a vehicle that needs to be fueled. Your body does not need processed junk food, it needs real and organic foods to run its best. Stock up on fruits, veggies, complex carbohydrates, fish, and meat. Cooking real food can take longer than cooking food that is made for the microwave, so plan your meals in advance. Start cooking for the first half of the week on Sundays and the second half of the week on Wednesdays. Also put down the complicated drinks and go back to the basics- water.
5. Declutter your Home- When your house Is a mess so is your mind. Take a weekend to purge your house of anything unnecessary. Unnecessary is something you don’t use at least once every 6 months or something that wouldn’t be sentimental for generations of family members to come. After you get rid of the extra things in your life, clean your home thoroughly. You will be so much happier and more relieved entering your house when it is clean.
6. Use Cash- Using cash will simplify your budgeting. Paper money allows you to see all the money you are physically losing with every purchase. On Mondays take out the amount of money you want to budget for the week. Use only that money and do not use any credit or debit cards. You will be surprised by how much less money you spend when you get to see the money leave your wallet.
7. Do One Thing well at a Time- Do not multitask !!! People can not do more than one thing well at a time. Focus creates the best product and multitasking does not improve focus. Multitasking will also not make you more productive. If you spend focused time on one project then that project will be completed faster and better than if you are balancing multiple projects.
8. Spend time with the people that make you happy- After making a list of what is important you have discovered the people who are important. Nothing is simpler than spending the time with the people who make you happy. Relationships make us live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Always schedule time for the people you love, they are natural stress relievers!

Pictured: Sparrow Tank, Albatross as Skirt, and Albatross as Dress

By Caitlin Harper of Beatnik Bold

Pictures taken from Pinterest

 

7 Morning Rituals to Survive and Strive as a Workaholic

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July 5th is national workaholic day, a day dedicated to those who go above and beyond for their career ambitions. A workaholic was once a rare kind, especially for a woman, but our fast paced culture has created an army of overachievers. A workaholic lifestyle can create a badass and independent woman, but it can also breed stress and unhealthy habits. This makes the morning the most important time of the day for the woman who craves to be productive. The morning hours are vital for preparing the mind and body for the stresses that the workaholic faces. A set of morning rituals are essential in taking on the rest of the hours in the day. These seven morning rituals are something that I am trying to live by to produce a healthier and happier worker, which thus produces a better workaholic

1. Sleep: A good morning ritual starts with a good night sleep. This sounds like a joke to the true workaholic, but a good night sleep is something you can feel in both your body and mind. Go to bed as early as you can. An extra hour reserved for bed instead of finishing a project will benefit both your work ethic and the value of the work produce.

paridaez morning
2. Wake up Earlier than Early: Waking up early may seem like a given to the workaholic, but wake up even earlier. Give yourself more than enough time in the morning. A rushed morning is the worst thing you can do to your day. It sets up a stressful day that will not lead you to be more productive. Wake up before 6:30 everyday so you don’t have to be rushing you can be relaxing. The morning should be a time dedicated to yourself, wake up at a time that allows morning relaxation.

3. Work out: After you have woken up, I suggest a work out. Getting your body moving and your endorphins pumping will set you up for a happy and productive day. A work out can range from a 7-minute app to a full work out class, but taking any amount of time to set up your day the right way is important.

Mocking J Joggers, Hummingbird Scarf, Bird of Paradise Top

4. Don’t Rush, Relax: Make the morning your time to relax and center yourself for the day ahead. The workaholic lifestyle is a busy one, so make sure your morning ritual prepares you to handle the stresses. Catering to the senses is a great way to start your day calm and collected. Taking a shower after your morning workout feels almost unexplainably good and is a way to both release tension and cleanse yourself for the day ahead. I suggest using a coffee scrub or something that makes you feel both awake and pampered. Throughout your morning routine listen to music that relaxes, energizes, or inspires you. Very few things can set the tone of a day better than music can. Don’t forget to please your sense of smell as well. Use candles or aroma-therapy in citrus, coffee, jasmine, eucalyptus or peppermint scents to wake yourself up with fragrance.
  • 5. Breakfast: Everyone knows this is the most important meal of the day but so few of us diverge from an all coffee breakfast ritual. Take under 20 minutes and make yourself a breakfast that will set your body and brain up to take on the day. Your body is the vehicle of the mind and needs to be fueled in order to function. The better the fuel, the better the functioning. Breakfast is the one meal you can always control because you can always be home for it. Try to balance your mornings with a source of protein and some carbohydrates in the form of fruit. This combination will power your body in the morning hours. Some go to breakfasts include:
  • Steal cut oats with honey, milk, fruits, nuts,
  • Greek yogurt with honey, fruits, nuts
  • Eggs with fruit
  • Great breakfast fruits: Watermelon, blueberries, bananas, grapefruit, strawberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, raspberries
  • Smoothie or smoothie bowl
  • Whole grain bread with some almond butter
  • Drink a lot of water
  • AND OF COURSE... start every day with coffee
  
6. Beauty: Give yourself enough time to feel cool, confident, and beautiful every morning. This can be a 10 minute process or a 40 minute process but it’s the end result that matters à You will be shocked when you dress and prepare yourself as the best version of you how much more confidence you’ll posses in both yourself and the ideas you produce. Taking the time to design yourself in the morning is your production of your personal brand aesthetic. Take the this time and don’t feel self-indulgent about it, feel self-empowered by it.
7.  Plan: Always take time to spend with your calendar and planner in the morning. Plan your day and what you want to achieve. Also remember to spend the time reviewing past obligations. Taking the time to be prepared for your day is important and will save a lot of anxiety. The workaholic is one busy woman and has a lot to balance. Write down what you want to achieve and then block out the time to accomplish it, along with extra time for each activity to avoid added stress.

How long your morning routine will take will depend on the person but taking the time to take care of your body, center your mind, and plan your day should be constants in everyone’s schedule. Make the morning a time for yourself and your days will become both more relaxed and productive. The workaholic lifestyle can be unhealthy and stressful, use your morning routine to combat this and support your productive and badass working woman lifestyle.

By Caitlin Harper of Beatnikbold.com 

Pictures taken from pinterest.com

Gal Pals Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe 

In celebration of gal pals this Valentine's Day, I'd like to bring your attention to the relationship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. While researching one of the most iconic singers in history and one of the most notable singers of "My Funny Valentine," I learned that Monroe and Fitzgerald had a very close relationship. During the 50's there were many barriers for African American artists, particularly in Jim Crow States. It was very hard for these artists to get gigs in large nightclubs. Monroe was a huge fan of Fitzgerald and changed the trajectory of her life. 

According to Fitzgerald, 

“I owe Marilyn Monroe a real debt … she personally called the owner of the Mocambo, and told him she wanted me booked immediately, and if he would do it, she would take a front table every night. She told him – and it was true, due to Marilyn’s superstar status – that the press would go wild. The owner said yes, and Marilyn was there, front table, every night. The press went overboard. After that, I never had to play a small jazz club again. She was an unusual woman – a little ahead of her times. And she didn’t know it."

The things we learn about icons more known for their beauty... very few tell tales regarding Monroe's leftist views on equality and fair standards for the working class. No wonder, Arthur Miller took a liking to Monroe, despite the obvious. 

Source: http://knkx.org/post/how-marilyn-monroe-changed-ella-fitzgeralds-life

Gal pals Ella Fitzgerald  & Marilyn Monroe. Photo borrowed from immortalmarilyn.com.

         

 Valentine's Day Hallmark Holiday or More?

Many call Valentine’s day a Hallmark Holiday and we decided to research the history behind the holiday. Initially February 14th was a Roman celebration called Lupercalia where the Roman men got naked and whipped young maidens with fresh hides to increase their fertility.

Christians decided to replace the Pagan holiday and name it St. Valentine’s Day. Although Saint Valentine’s history isn’t entirely clear, it appears he may have been the man performing marriage ceremonies in secret defying the Emperor’s order banning marriage for young Roman men because it made them better soldiers. Valentine was executed for defying the emperor. He was allegedly violently beaten and beheaded. Aside from his fate it is pretty romantic that he risked his life to marry young lovers.  

image borrowed from:
Confessions of a Funeral Director, Caleb Wilde

 

Throughout history the holiday became much "sweeter" with cards, chocolates and other things.   In 1910 Kansas City based Hallmark began mass producing cards for Valentine’s Day.

Love obviously isn't such a bad thing to celebrate on a particular day, but maybe we should focus on spreading love more frequently without smacking one another with raw hides. 

By Allison Daroie, February 14, 2017

         

Art in Opposition to Current Politics

The Safarani Sisters are two of the most talented artists Boston has to offer.  They connect with one another on a very deep level and it's demonstrated through their work.  They have skill and poise far beyond the years of 20-something-year-olds.  I had initially connected with the two over a passion for art and connection to Iran. My father is Iranian and my mother is Irish. 

 

I wrote to the two talented Persian twins one afternoon to see if they'd like to partake in a Paridaez event I was throwing at Liquid Art House. When I asked how they were doing they responded "not good." As a very positive pair, I assumed it was a typo. When I inquired they informed me of the impending muslim ban that was soon to be announced. They immigrated to Boston from Iran on student visas. They just graduated from art school. 

The day of the Paridaez event was also the day of the protest against the ban. They came to the event painted a beautiful portrait and awed the crowd. They then wrote across it with strong red letters "WE ARE IRANIAN IMMIGRANT ARTIST WOMEN BUT NOT TERRORISTS." The Sisters marched to the protest with their painting in hand. 

Follow these sister and their journey here.

By Allison Daroie, February 10, 2017