Morning Motivation // April 5, 2017

Our weekly fresh and functional links to make waking up more fun.  

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Unicorn breakfast smoothies via @alison__wu.

WORDS
“Live life as though everything is rigged in your favor.” - Rumi

MUSE(S) OF THE DAY
Jordan Daly, Millana Snow, and Tegan Bukowski are the ladies behind SereneBook, an aggregator of wellness, and holistic health practitioners. Kinda like ClassPass for healers. For just $150 a month, members can try three different treatments which are curated based on their unique need.

HEALTH HINT
Probiotics, help and puppies. 25 ways to live forever.

LIFE HACK
Why snoozing is bad for you. 

MIND MATTERS
Breathing is the fastest way to decrease anxiety.

RECIPE
This paleo and gluten-free grapefruit tart is pretty perfect.

VIDEO
This turtle thinks it is a dog.

Alice KoComment

Morning of March 27, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
What breakfast should always look like via @PrismOfThreads.

WORDS
“Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” - Alan Cohen

MUSE OF THE DAY
Tracy Conti McCarty shares vintage finds and artistic celebrations through @PrismofThreads. We dare you to try and not be drawn to something in her shop.

HEALTH HINT
4 very real ways to exercise when you 'think' you don't have time.

LIFE LAW
Why waking up at 5AM makes sense.

RECIPE
For all those unbakers out there -  this chickpea-based, gluten-free, egg-free blondie recipe is for you.

VIDEO
Is caffeine like cocaine? Decide for yourself (2 minutes).

Morning of March 26, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Do what @BonnieBorland does on Sunday mornings and take a bath. 

WORDS
“Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Don’t rent them out to tomorrow.” – Jerry Spinelli

MUSE OF THE DAY
Reiki Master Ssanyu Birigwa believes we are all self healers. 

HEALTH HINT
The truth behind 5 meal planning myths.

MIND MATTERS
Yes really. Mind-reading computers that can turn thoughts into words. 

RECIPE
Eat a slice of art from this raw blue surf cake.

VIDEO
Our favorite Bob Marley cover (4 minutes).

Alice KoComment

Morning of March 25, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Wake up in peace. Photo by @anchoringthelight.

WORDS
“Pay attention: Are your daily choices in alignment with the life that they want for yourself? If not, nothing will change.” - Dr. Steve Maraboli

MUSE OF THE DAY
Sarah Fennel of @bromabakery is more than a triple threat. She's a blogger, baker, photographer AND she's kind enough to share her secrets and techniques through easy-to-follow tutorials on her blog

HEALTH HINT
Do you know what fulvic acid is?

MIND MATTERS
11 meditation apps to make life easy.

RECIPE
Broke girl truffles from our muse. 

VIDEO
"Hi Stranger." A reminder that we are always loved. (3 minutes)

Morning of March 24, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Wake up in a space that inspires you. Photo from @bootybymich.

WORDS
"When you stay on purpose and refuse to be discouraged by fear, you align with the infinite self, in which all possibilities exist.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer

MUSE OF THE DAY
@bootybymich blogs about fitness and fashion because: "fitness and fashion go hand in hand...how we exercise and the outfit we choose to wear are both ways of expression."

HEALTH HINT
What's a gut cleanse and should you do it?

MIND MATTERS
10 no-BS ways you can incorporate mindfulness into every single day (without meditating). 

LIFE LAW
5 exciting ways to jumpstart your morning.

RECIPE
THIS spiced cherry smoothie bowl.

VIDEO
Thoughts become things. What happens when you tell yourself you're ugly. (12 minutes)

Morning of March 23, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Avo toast dreams from @anahatapat

WORDS
“Choose momentary discomfort over long-term resentment." - Brené Brown

MUSE(S) OF THE DAY
Jordan Daly, Millana Snow, and Tegan Bukowski are the ladies behind SereneBook, an aggregator of wellness, and holistic health practitioners. Kinda like ClassPass for healers. For just $150 a month, members can try three different treatments which are curated based on their unique need.

HEALTH HINT
Flexitarianism is the new black.

MIND MATTERS
New research from the UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology shows that long-term meditators have younger brains.

RECIPE
We think you'll glow after eating this ginseng, prune, cacao, star anise AND vanilla treat.

MATERIAL THINGS
Back the world's first levitating moon light.

Morning of March 22, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Dream mornings. Photo from @jennifer_partridge

WORDS
“Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.” - Pema Chödrön

MUSE OF THE DAY
The former owner of West Village favorite Gingersnaps Organic, confesses why she left her dream - to pursue a new one - and why it's ok

HEALTH HINT
You need more purple foods in your life. 

MIND MATTERS
Activities to rely on when meditation doesn't work.

RECIPE
Breakfast will never be the same again: say hi to healthy cardamom banana bread pancakes

VIDEO
This sultry song by Angus and Julia Stone will make you dream of unicorns and summer nights (6 minutes).

Morning of March 21, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Step outside this morning and say hello to the the first day of Spring. Photo from @tiablanco.

WORDS
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” - Zen Shin

MUSE OF THE DAY
Everything posted by @elainewelteroth makes us want to mirror her genuine, gorgeous smile.

HEALTH HINT
More pizza please. Why Italians are the healthiest people on the planet.

MIND MATTERS
The Maharishi effect and how it can transform the world.

LIFE LAW
A (not-so-surprising) trait of morning people.

RECIPE
The most comprehensive guide EVER to making your own non-dairy milk.

VIDEO
Digital nomadism is way of the future (4 minutes).

Morning of March 20, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Every morning, you have the whole world at your fingertips. Photo from @elii.stephens

WORDS
"Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety." - A Course in Miracles

MUSE OF THE DAY
@justinemalick. This Wanderlust yoga and pilates teacher inspires with her real talk, petite joys and moments of gratitude on Instagram. 

HEALTH HINT
Combining fats and proteins (aka nuts)- what you really need to know.

MIND MATTERS
Humanitarian aid workers on meditation.

LIFE LAW
Six valuable ways to write emails for results.

RECIPE
Wake up with this energy boosting adrenal elixir.

VIDEO
Bill Nye's open letter to Trump (6 minutes).

Morning of March 19, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
You are what you eat. Beautiful breakfast by @secretsquirrelfood.

WORDS
“Believe in yourself. There is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” - Christian D. Larson

MUSE OF THE DAY
@_jackiestewart_ makes mindfulness fashionable.

HEALTH HINT
Why crystal bowls are good for you.

MIND MATTERS
We are adamant that thoughts become things. Here's how to think away unwanted thoughts.

LIFE LAW
Organize your life and home with Marie Kondo's newest app.

RECIPE
Beets are underrated. 

VIDEO
Scientists vet coffee naps.

Morning of March 18, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Waking up in silk pajamas via @serenebook.

WORDS
“Live life as though everything is rigged in your favor." - Rumi

MUSE OF THE DAY
@heyamberrae's handwritten messages and mantras inspire us to choose wonder over worry.

HEALTH HINT
Walking, hiking, massage and other tried and tested treatments to help with anxiety. 

MIND MATTERS
Learn the science behind the vagus nerve and why meditation actually works. 

LIFE LAW
There are no such thing as coincidences. Why we repeat the same lesson over and over again

RECIPE
Cue cauliflower sandwiches.

VIDEO
This music is video weird, addictive and perfectly Saturday. 

Morning of March 17, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Balloons in bed via @babba.c

WORDS
“Someone else’s action should not determine your response.” – Dalai Lama

MUSE OF THE DAY
@reneeairya words of wisdom will make you think, celebrate and maybe cry a little bit. 

HEALTH HINT
The science behind reducing sugar in cookies. 

MIND MATTERS
Got 7 minutes? Try this present-moment awareness meditation to decrease stress. 

LIFE LAW
How quitting coffee may increase your productivity.

RECIPE
If you're not making your own granola by now, this 11-ingredient vegan and gluten-free banana bread granola will change your mind. 

VIDEO
An old Spanish parking lot attendant magically becomes a hipster stud. Get the kleenex ready. 

Morning of March 16, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Morning herb steam facials via @gerihirsch.

WORDS
“Make misteaks." 

MUSE OF THE DAY
@rashiabell is an interior designer, crystal healer and one-half of the duo behind The Crystalline, a multi-faceted lifestyle service that helps people create balanced energy. 

HEALTH HINT
This is a phone built with wellness in mind. The Siempo smartphone reduces distractions and has a 'mindful morning' feature so you can block out AM hours for meditation rather than social media.

MIND MATTERS
Want to improve your memory? An electric shock may help.

LIFE LAW
Gratitude writing improves sleep and more on the science of journaling

RECIPE
If you're lucky enough to find passionfruit, considering making this banana-passionfruit-coconut loaf.

MATERIAL THINGS
A Candy Magic book?! Crying. On that note, here's how to make Magic Dust.

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Morning of March 15, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Breakfast in bed should be more of a regular thing. Photo by @eyeswoon.

WORDS
“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu

MUSE OF THE DAY
Reproductive health has never been so sexy. Read up on Ashley Spivak, birth doula, nutritional consultant, and co-founder of Brilliant Bodies. 

HEALTH HINT
A new kind of detoxifying bath

MIND MATTERS
Why questions are powerful and how you can use them to get what you want. 

LIFE LAW
There are only 168 hours in a week. Download Laura Vanderkam's scheduling worksheets to gain control over your life again. 

RECIPE
Savoury oats are the new breakfast bowl. 

MATERIAL THINGS
Did you know IKEA sold hydroponics? Water, light and love is all you need. 

Morning of March 14, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Morning movements by @theclassbyTT.

WORDS
"Take a step back today. Look at all those beautiful things you have."

MUSE OF THE DAY
@ineeeda's mission is helping others master meditation. This night owl is on a mission to become a morning bird and shares her current routine, and mantras with us.

HEALTH HINT
How to make it to 100 years old.

MIND MATTERS
Neurogenesis proves you can create new brain cells. 

LIFE LAW
Try practicing mindfulness at MOMA.  On the first Wednesday of every month, the museum opens its doors early in the morning for an hour of distraction-free gallery gazing, followed by a 30-minute guided meditation. 

RECIPE
Excuse us while we make this cacao 'magic' cauliflower breakfast bowl.

SOUNDS
Lin Manuel-Miranda's latest salsa mix on Spotify.

Alice KoComment

Morning of March 13, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Morning cuddles should be a daily thing. 

WORDS
"Starting today, I need to forget what's gone, appreciate what remains, and look forward to what's coming next."

MUSE OF THE DAY
@MissAmyChan's snaps make love NYC even more and her words on Just My Type make us reflect on everything. 

HEALTH HINT
How to become an online fitness instructor when you have a full-time job

MIND MATTERS
Therapy is underrated. The shift towards online digital therapy (longer read). 

LIFE LAW
How to live a life in the cloud, by Per Håkansson. 

RECIPE
Ayurvedic Spiced Milk For better sleep and better mornings. 

VIDEO
Listen to Chillhop's beats for a solid Monday.

Morning of March 12, 2017

PICTURE OF THE DAY
Kevin Ringli is 24-year-old, self-taught and based in Zurich, Switzerland. MORE>> 

WORDS
"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now ." - MLK

MUSE OF THE DAY
@MissAmyChan's snaps make love NYC even more and her words on Just My Type make us reflect on everything. MORE>>.

HEALTH HINT
Is the high price of manuka honey worth it? MORE>> 

MIND MATTERS
Workouts with fewer reps = better results. MORE>>

LIFE LAW
If you work near fluorescent lights, show your boss this article and leave immediately. How lighting impacts productivity.  MORE>>

RECIPE
Staying dry this year? This turmeric mocktail is perfect for you. MORE>>

VIDEO
Being a good listener is underrated.  MORE>>