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morning routine: 8 habits for a more productive day

Either you run the day or the day runs you.
— Jim Rohn

For people who are not naturally more nocturnal, like me, mornings can feel like our mortal enemy. It's important to establish routines so we can be more organized, have more control, and ultimately be more productive. I'm not a planner, but I've com to appreciate routines, and structure. Going with the flow is great, but sometimes we need to establish a framework to help us achieve our goals. Our habits define us. I've included my favorite tips below. Read the full article here. Happy Monday.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
— Aristotle

1. Go to bed at the same time every night.

It’s easier said than done when you have all of season four of your favorite show to catch up on, but maintaining a consistent sleep schedule is the first step toward having a great next day.

We've all heard the old adage: We need between seven and eight hours of sleep per night to function at full capacity the next day. Our brains recover from the day when we bask in the world of dreams, so upgrade your schedule by hitting the hay at the same time every night.

2. Make your bed.

You may think it’s a hassle, but make your bed as soon as you wake up. It will help you get started on a productive path, setting you up to complete your long to-do list.

6. Do a two-minute plank.

When Elle Woods famously noted in one of my all-time favorite flicks, "Legally Blonde," that exercise makes you happy, she was definitely on to something. There's no denying that a nice workout helps put you in the right mood for the day.

Even so, squeezing in a morning sweat session isn’t always practical. When that’s the case, try starting your day with a two-minute plank.

Planking is a fantastic full-body workout. It strengthens your core, arms and legs without any of the exhausting effort you’d otherwise need to exert. Plus, you’ll get that much-needed kick to jumpstart an awesome day.

8. Do a five-minute journal.

While you’re sipping your morning cup of coffee, write in a journal. I know writing more than you already do at work can seem taxing, but this doesn’t have to be the next great American novel. Set a timer for just five minutes and let it rip.

Try writing down a list of things you’re grateful for or things you need to do today. It really can make a huge difference, and it will help relieve any stress you might be feeling.

It’s time to seize the day!

via Elite Daily

you can't pour from an empty cup

Investing in femininity is not a luxury, not a desire, its not something to invest in if there's "extra" (resources.) Femininity IS the resource. Investing in femininity is a duty and a major part of self preservation. It's creation, it fuels imagination, it grows cultures & civilizations. When femininity is nourished, we thrive and expand in abundance, naturally. It must never be an afterthought; FEMININITY IS VITAL. For creation, growth & evolution. Invest in you.

Give yourself permission to pour into yourself, unapologetically. Then do it.

enlightenment is a destructive process

and if this dont apply
let it fly.

some of you have no idea who you truly are.

you've spent the better part of 3 decades
following rules, caring what people think, pleasing your parents, praising white jesus at your mega church, competing with your peers, majoring in something u hate just to have a degree, dating people you don't click with because you gotta be married with a mansion by 30 so you can have a baby... perming your hair and looking conservative af and wearing sensible slacks to your boring desk job, hoping that they'll promote you to team lead if you shuffle your papers quick enough.

you've spent your entire life living by an imaginary timetable and upholding standards set by someone else. moving thru the motions like a fucking robot.

and now, at +/- 30 years old, you've tapped into the consciousness trend.

not because of a natural evolution.
but because you have no idea who or what your really are, and u need a trend to latch onto and feed your ego.

now you're a vegan nazi, burning sage with a raw amethyst in your pocket, you swear u on you track to tap into the 5th dimension through your "poetry" and "art". you "totally get" frank ocean and badu is your spirit animal, because trap music is sooo beneath you. you describe yourself as an introvert because u finally learned to miss a happy hour or 2, and all of a sudden you're an empath because u learned to feel something for once in your mechanical existence. you're completely obsessed with yoga so u spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy mat and matching yoga pants made in Bhutan with fair trade cotton.

fucking quit it.
you cant ascend if you gotta pretend.

enlightenment is a destructive and ugly process. it hurts. its raw and unfiltered.

ask jesus how he felt in that dark cold tomb, alone, deconstructing all his earthly bullshit.

you cant facebook meme/youtube video/self help book your way to nirvana.

go.
seek.
unpack.
deconstruct.
get your hands dirty.
lift the veil and discover how the clock really works.

you'd be surprised at who you really are.
shit.
you may like it better than this contrived version of yourself.

via Amber Cheriss

19 things little black girls don't hear often enough

1. You’re beautiful. You’re smart. You’re loved.

2. You can be anything you want to be. Not even the sky is your limit.

3. Always try new things, this is how you will learn what your talents are.

4. If you don’t see anyone who looks like you doing something you want to do, don’t be afraid to be the first one to give it a try!

5. Your natural hair defies gravity — you’re magical.

6. Because your hair defies gravity people will want to touch it. And you’re allowed to say no if it’s uncomfortable for you.

7. Your melanin-filled skin is perfect.

8. Being “too black,” or “not being black enough” aren’t real things. All shades of black are beautiful.

9. Your history didn’t start with slavery. You have a rich history and descend from the continent in which human life began.

10. Sometimes you will be the only black girl in the room, but that doesn’t make you an outcast. It makes you unique!

11. Don’t be afraid to tell your story and your truth.

12. The only body part you need to use to get ahead in life is your brain.

13. There will be times in your life when you will be met with disappointment. Hold your head up, even in your toughest moments. This builds character.

14. You are not responsible for any mistakes your parents might have made. Do not carry that burden with you for life.

15. There’s no such thing as “bad” hair. There’s no such thing as “bad” hair. There’s no such thing as “bad” hair. There’s no such thing as “bad” hair. And anyone who tells you differently is lying.

16. You are responsible for your own happiness. Not your mother’s or anyone else’s.

17. ‘No’ is a powerful word. Don’t be afraid to use it.

18. Books are your best friend — and the best way to get educated outside of the classroom.

19. Enjoy your childhood. These are the years when you can truly be a #carefreeblackgirl

via blavity

sisterhood

I think there is some misunderstanding about what sisterhood truly is. It's not about cliques, or even necessarily friendship. It's about respect, reverence, and honor. It's about (adhering to) a code of ethics, a code that PROTECTS us all. All women, and our assets.

Which is why I choose not to align myself with women who don't understand or partake in this sacred community. Its simply unwise and actually dangerous.

#Sisterhood #itsdeeperthanthat

dance of a thousand hands

Please read the story and meaning behind this amazing performance (links below). Not only is this dance visually stunning and breathtaking, ALL of the dancers are deaf! What?! That makes it all the more mind blowing. The meaning behind this dance is heartwarming, dope and super inspirational.

There is a phenomenon sweeping through Asia which is still relatively unknown in the West. We were privileged to see it in our trip to Taiwan. It is a stunning stage performance called Thousand-Hand Guan Yin.

Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of Mercy. Her name is short for Guan Shi Yin. Guan means to observe, watch, or monitor; Shi means the world; Yin means sounds, specifically sounds of those who suffer. Thus, Guan Yin is a compassionate being who watches for, and responds to, the people in the world who cry out for help.

The thousand hands of this bodhisattva represent Guan Yin’s many abilities to render assistance. There are a thousand eyes on these hands which give Guan Yin great powers to observe the world. Guan Yin also has many faces so she can become who people need her to be, not necessarily herself, because her help is given in a way that is literally selfless.