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7 Morning Rituals to Survive and Strive as a Workaholic
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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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.
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.
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