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ASMR #momlife

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Happy Mother's Day, Mamas!      ASMR: An acronym for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response." A feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation as experienced by some people in response to a specific gentle stimulus, often a particular sound. The sole purpose of ASMR is to relax people.     The sounds of motherhood:   The Breast Pump juicing, the mom way   Laundry the song that never ends   Spilled Legos a prelude to an ouch   "Mom, mom..." the daily symphony   Pacifier these things are awesome  
How Motherhood inspired Lunya

Ashley Merrill: How Motherhood Inspired Lunya

The idea for my business practically hit me over the head four years ago. One evening before bed I walked past the mirror and happened to glance at my outfit. I almost laughed out loud at what I was wearing — my husband’s boxer briefs and an oversized Star Wars tee. Perhaps this is the kind of look people are referring to when they say someone has let herself go?   That realization sent me on a journey to find sleepwear that would be both comfortable and beautiful. Everything I found fell short. Lingerie always felt like I was trying too hard to look sexy, which made things awkward (I’m married and want to be sexy but in more of an effortless kind of way). I also found plenty of frumpy options. Not to hate on plaid, but nothing says I’ve hung up my sex life like an oversized PJ set in holiday plaid. So, I went ahead and decided to create my own sleepwear line. I was sold on the idea, but I sat on it for a few years out of fear of failure and a million other excuses. I had no clothing industry experience so what did I know about launching this kind of a company? I continued to procrastinate until the day I found out I was pregnant with my first child. If I couldn’t take the risk without kids, how would I ever do it with them?   I took the leap, and founded Lunya. Getting my company off the ground was hard work. I was a one-woman show, hoping to get things rolling before my pregnancy slowed me down. I called everyone I knew in the fashion industry and asked them all sorts of dumb questions. I drove all over town trying to work out how to actually manufacture clothing. I was filled with doubt. 'Is this really going to work?' I wondered. 'Am I being naive about starting this NOW?' Buoyed by my husband, my friends, and my family, I decided to push forward, one foot in front of the other — although let’s be real, it wasn’t long before I couldn’t even see my feet at all. Hiring my first employee six months later made a world of difference. I had a team! Then in June 2013, right in the midst of producing our first line, I gave birth to my son Linken.   Caring for my newborn left me deeply exhausted; by the time Linken was a few weeks old, I felt like I had aged 10 years. My husband and I were left thinking: What did we do? How did we so greatly underestimate this whole parenting thing? How does the whole world manage to do this? A month after my son was born, I started working again. There’s no maternity leave for entrepreneurs. Thank goodness for working from home and being fortunate enough to have help (although people rarely admit to having help, “doing it all” is a lie that I won’t help propagate). When Linken was around four months old, things started to get a little easier. I began to adjust to life as a parent, he began to sleep better, and he started to smile. I was falling more and more in love with him.    I decided it was a good time to try to get pregnant again (perhaps because of some kind of hormone-fueled energy burst?!). I naively bought into the whole “done with diapers at one time” thing. During my second pregnancy, my business progressed into closed beta and we began to make sales to friends and family. I was finally feeling like I could keep my head above water. I assumed that when my daughter was born I would be way more prepared. My business was moving forward, and I had this whole parenting thing down now, right? As usual, I greatly underestimated what I had taken on. It was the little things that I struggled with, like how to carry two babies up the stairs at once and how to give the baby the attention she needed and deserved while my toddler was throwing a tantrum. Once again, I was majorly overwhelmed.   I had no idea what I was doing. In addition to the genius move to have two adorable, sweet babies practically on top of one another, I decided to softly launch Lunya in November 2014 to catch the holiday season. What did early-stage entrepreneurship look like for me? Lunya started in my home with employees sitting around my dining room table, ignoring the kids’ meltdowns in the background. We would hold meetings nonchalantly while my breast pump chugged away. Being an entrepreneur is not nearly as sexy as I had envisioned — but, even in spite of all the chaos, I cherished this time.   Today, Lunya is expanding and growing. We have our headquarters and showroom in Santa Monica, and our team is growing fast to create an amazing product that will help women everywhere get their sleep together. And yes, I still have moments of doubt. I think: Should I be with my kids? Will I regret this when I’m older? Then I remind myself that I’m extremely lucky; I have the opportunity to live my dreams. I’m more tired than I ever imagined possible, but I’m also very proud to think that one day my kids will know that they were the catalyst for my self-actualization. They’ll also know that you can have a family and a career if you want both — although I do recommend spacing them out just a little ;)   
Elissa Goodman's Nightly Ritual

Elissa Goodman's Nightly Ritual

After defeating cancer by transforming her lifestyle, Elissa Goodman is now one of LA's premiere Cleanse Experts and Holistic Nutritionists. We sat down with her to chat about her nighttime routine, and how she utilizes food to aid with getting her best night of sleep.    Elissa wearing the Washable Silk Pant Set at home      What is your nightly ritual? How do you prepare yourself for bed?    I’ve recently started to complete a 12-minute writing exercise taken from Dr. Sadeghi’s book “Clarity Cleanse” where I write down everything on my mind, then burn it before bed. Before that, I make my nightly cup of Tulsi tea (an adaptogenic tea that helps the body’s stress response) and I shut down electronics at 8pm.     What can we currently find on your nightstand?    I keep it simple: a favorite healing crystal, Serenity and Balance Essential Oils from DoTerra, and a carafe of Hallstein water ready for me to drink in the morning.     What is the difference between nutrition and holistic nutrition?    Nutrition looks at the science of nutrients and what we eat to sustain us. With nutrition you evaluate what you eat for health and growth.   Holistic nutrition looks at the whole picture, I take in consideration the mind, body, and spirit of my clients. My approach is to ensure that my clients are not only eating for health, but to elevate their well-being so they are thriving in all aspects (from how they feel when they wake up in the morning to how productive they feel at work). The food you eat is more important than meeting macro or micro nutrients – there is an emphasis on unrefined, unprocessed foods in whole form with organic foods and food sources also mattering.     What trends are you noticing in the wellness space at the moment? Which are you loving, and are there any you are calling B.S. on?  I am loving the collagen trend because the research backs it, and it really helps repair the gut. I add it to smoothies, in my coffee, or matcha latte. I am a fan of using adaptogens, when done right (don’t overdo it and really find what works for you). I drink my Tulsi Tea (Holy Basil) daily! I’ll always be a fan of (green) juicing and currently I am loving the the celery juice trend for providing nutrients at a cellular level and supporting gut health.   I’m not loving all the online subscription vitamin companies that are popping up. I don’t feel that you can always trust the quality and I don’t like that you go online, take a quiz and are told that you need such and such supplement...I feel that a more personal approach to choosing supplements is beneficial and a nutritionist can help you choose QUALITY supplements!   I’m not loving when clients come in with bags full of supplements. I think over-doing it with supplements (or even certain foods for that matter) is an issue. We don’t need much and sometimes it can be a waste of money or do more harm than good to take tons of supplements.   I am not loving the Keto diet that promotes eating bacon, cheese, and all kinds of unhealthy fat. I DO love the Keto-tarian program from Dr. Will Cole which is a healthy way to keto.     What foods naturally promote sleep + relaxation?    Complex carbs (for example sweet potato, squash, quinoa, buckwheat, etc..) Having one serving of complex carbs with dinner is great way to help the body relax because they are also full of minerals like magnesium. I always have a serving of a complex carb with my dinner to bring me back down to earth!     What are the best supplements you can be taking to get a good night's sleep?   It depends on your particular needs, but here are my most recommended ones... Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Glycinate Pure Encapsulations Cortisol Calm Dr. Whittaker’s Restful Night Essentials - Extended Release Natural Vitality Calm Sleep Powder You don’t need to take all of these, but magnesium is a great consistent one to take    How many hours of sleep are you getting right now?   8 hours is what I strive for. If I can make it to 8 (or more), I’m great!  
The Mother's Day Gift Guide

The Mother's Day Gift Guide

Moms, Mother’s Day is almost upon us. While we know that your family will likely celebrate you in a myriad of ways (who doesn’t adore a glorious popsicle stick picture frame?), that doesn’t mean that you can’t also celebrate yourself. After all, you do everything for everyone, all the time. This Mother’s Day it’s time to practice a little self-care. Give yourself the the only thing you really want — a nice, quiet, uninterrupted (we hope) night of beauty sleep. No matter your style, we have just the right pieces to make all of your nights better.        The “Cool” Mom: You’re the one in your friend group that people go to for fashion advice. You’re up on the latest trends, and you know what keeps you looking hot. Looking hot is one thing — feeling hot at night is another. For you, we recommend the Cool Paneled Sleeveless Dress. It’s got a chic silhouette, with side slits, for a full range of motion while you walk, and the functional fabric will keep you cool and dry, so you can sleep without breaking a sweat. Oh, did we mention that it also has pockets?     The “Green” Mom: You care about being eco-friendly almost as much as you care about your family. You definitely keep a reusable tote in your car for groceries and your S’well bottle is a regular staple. Because you try to make all the right choices, we know that you want your sleepwear to be sustainable too. Don’t worry; we’ve got you. Try the Organic Pima Romper. This versatile piece is not only super comfy, with double-layer fabric for extra coverage and a kangaroo pocket for just about anything, but it’s made with buttery-soft, GOTS certified Organic Pima cotton. This means you can feel great wearing it because it’s better for you and the environment. Now your nights can be as eco-friendly as your days.     The “Wine” Mom: You know the difference between a juicy Shiraz and a fruity Pinot. A great glass of wine and a night of laughs with your girlfriends are your jam. Basically, you’re the life of the party. When you want to feel comfortable, yet luxurious (but mostly not worry about spilling that wine) you need the Washable Silk Robe. This gorgeous piece is thermoregulating, so it’ll help you maintain the perfectly comfortable body temp, no matter what the weather is outside, and, yes, IT’S WASHABLE. You can literally throw it in the washing machine and forget about it. Don’t you love something that looks high maintenance, but isn't?     The “New” Mom: Congrats! Whether it’s your first official Mother’s Day or you’re adding to your brood, we salute you. We know how tough that first year can be and how you can sometimes forget about making yourself feel good, because, you know, priorities. But sometimes things exist that are effortless, comfortable, and can make you feel amazing — for that we give you The Robe! This piece is an excellent solution for when you need easy access to parts of your body at all hours, but you still want to feel pulled together. Friends coming over to see the new arrival? Throw on The Robe. In-laws popping by unannounced (again)? Throw on The Robe. The belt is attached, so you’ll never lose it, and the pockets are great for anything you’ll need to carry around. It’s the answer to all of your new mom outfit questions, and it’ll flatter you in a way that terrycloth never will.   The “Workout” Mom: You love to be active and try to grab a workout anywhere you can squeeze it in. Whether that means taking the kids for a daily hike or squeezing in that pilates class while they’re at school, you do your best to get your sweat on, and we appreciate that about you. So let us help you get that recovery time in while you’re getting those zzz’s (because who doesn’t love an easy way to multitask?). Check out the Restore Travel Kit. Our Restore Collection helps increase your blood flow so you can recharge and regenerate all while you sleep. The legging hugs in all the right places, with a flattering wide waistband and no cross-seams, so that they won’t chafe in sensitive areas. The tank is the perfect breathable way to show off those curves, and it has excellent shape retention so it’ll stay fitting like day one no matter how often you wash it. Get yourself some sleepwear that does the work for you.     SHOP THE MOTHER'S DAY EDIT     
Washable Silk Pillowcase Launch at The NoMad

Washable Silk Pillowcase Launch at The NoMad

If you haven’t already heard, we launched our long-awaited Washable Silk Pillowcase earlier this month (now sold-out!), and we're pretty excited about it.     To celebrate, we partnered with The NoMad in Downtown Los Angeles to host an intimate evening for brand friends in their RWB Suite. The suite provided the perfect backdrop for our guests to enjoy cocktails and canapés, facials from our favorite skincare brand Youth to the People, and have their dreams interpreted by an intuitive, all while getting a first look at our latest launch.   We loved having Pia Baroncini who, adorably, showed up rocking the Washable Silk Robe. Who said you can't wear it outside of the house?    In attendance were Shalice Noel, Stella Simona, Marissa Pomerance, and Ellen Marie Bennett, who all enjoyed incredible facials and picked up some tips for getting their best night of beauty sleep. We also had Allison McNamara from Mane Addicts (she knows a thing or two about good hair days) who enjoyed our impromptu pillow bath! It was great to have so many friends of the brand, old and new, come celebrate with us.  Stay tuned for the restock, it’s coming soon :)     
Lunya - Washable Silk Pillowcase

The Washable Silk Pillowcase Is Here

By now, you all know how obsessed we are with sleep. Not only do we love to partake, but we’re continuously looking for ways to make everything about it better. So when customers were asking about a silk pillowcase, we knew it was a no-brainer (after all, we do consider ourselves to be silk experts). We took our time perfecting it to ensure that not only would it bring all the fantastic benefits that come with sleeping on silk, but that it would have unique design features not found anywhere else on the market. So, why sleep on silk?   Better Hair. Who doesn’t want silkier, more luxurious hair? Say goodbye to bed head, because silk prevents dryness, frizz, and split ends. Because hair glides across the smoother surface with very little friction, you’ll wake up with shinier locks. We don’t know about you, but we love anything that helps us have a good hair day.   Better Skin. Did you know that silk pillowcases can help improve your skin too? Yep, it’s true! In fact, the amino acid proteins in silk help to keep moisture locked in, keeping your skin more hydrated and helping to reduce creasing, which, in turn, helps mitigate the appearance of fine lines. Less erosion of moisture from the face means less wear and tear, all equating to fewer wrinkles AND breakouts. Gives a whole new meaning to beauty sleep, right?   Better Sleep. Silk can help to aid in overall quality of sleep as well. It stays cool throughout the night (so no more flipping the pillow over to get comfortable when you're warm), and silk's hypoallergenic properties include a natural resistance to dust mites, fungus, mold, and most allergens.     All of this and it’s functional too? Yes, please!  Our version of this silky dream features a deep envelope pocket detail at the side opening to secure your pillow in place and help keep the insert covered for a completely seamless look and fit. The best part? The back is made from soft cotton, so you can flip it over when making your bed, and no one will ever know your best-kept beauty secret.     SHOP THE WASHABLE SILK PILLOWCASE      
Don't panic, it's organic

Going Organic Never Felt so Good

Happy Earth Day, sleepyheads!   In honor of one of our favorite holidays we’re celebrating the launch of our new, more sustainable, GOTS certified Organic Pima Collection. For what it’s Earth (get it?), we know that even the best things can sometimes use an upgrade, so when the chance came to improve upon our traditional Pima cotton, we jumped at it. Our new Organic Pima is better for you and the environment, including the workers who take it from farm to garment.   But what does GOTS certified really mean? Well, it stands for Global Organic Textile Standard, and it’s the world’s leading processing standard for organic textiles. Not only does the fabric have to meet a high level of environmental criteria to be certified, but it also has an added layer of social compliance as well, backed up by independent certification of the ENTIRE supply chain—now that’s something we can get behind.   And while we love more sustainable, Earth-friendly nights, we want to carry that mindfulness over into our days too. In celebration of going Organic, here are five easy tips you can follow to help you live a greener life.   The best part? You can do basically all of them in your sleepwear. Don’t Leave the Water Running While Brushing Your Teeth We’ve all been guilty of leaving the water running a time or two, while we get distracted by other things. And while 70% of the Earth is covered in water, only about 1% is available for human consumption. So why not take care of your smile and conserve water at the same time? Turn off the tap while brushing.   Unplug Electronic Devices Most of us don’t think about it, but plugged in devices such as computers, kitchen tools, and other electronic devices continue to use energy even when they’re turned off. An easy way around this is to unplug your devices and machines while they’re not in use or try utilizing things like power strips that can be easily switched off when not in use.    Use a Reusable Water Bottle We hear a lot about how single-use plastics are bad for the environment (and the animal population). In fact, plastic drinking bottles are among the top 3 offenders listed by a 2018 UN environmental report. Just 9% of the world’s plastic gets recycled, and most plastic ends up in landfills, oceans, and waterways. So how can we do our small part to help? One way is to ditch the constant pile of plastic water bottles and get a stainless-steel reusable water bottle that you can carry around with you and refill as needed. If you won't do it for the dolphins, at least do it for Leonardo Dicaprio.    Utilize Reusable Bags Did you know that only 1% of plastic bags are recycled? The rest end up in landfills or, even worse, other places in our environment like the ocean. A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere between 20 - 1000 years to decompose. Every purchase you make in one of our Bedroom locations comes with the cutest wash bag that you can reuse for everything from farmers market, to the gym, and beyond. By utilizing reusable bags when we shop, we can significantly reduce the number of plastic bags used for everyday tasks.     Use Cold Water to Wash Your Clothes You may not typically even think about this, but did you know that about 90% of the energy used by your washing machine is to heat the water needed to wash your clothes? Using cold water can make a considerable difference in energy efficiency and help reduce your carbon footprint.      SHOP ORGANIC PIMA    
Detail Shot of Organic Pima

Knitty Gritty | Organic Pima

At Lunya we’re continuously trying to figure out how to raise the bar for ourselves and for the product we create for you. When we initially designed our Pima Cotton collection, we knew we had something special in the combination of silhouettes and fabrication. But when we discovered that there was a way to make our Pima, the butteriest of fabrics, even softer and better for you and the environment, we jumped at the chance. Our new Organic Pima Cotton is the next level textile here to help make all of your nights better. Lunya’s Organic Pima Cotton is GOTS certified. What does that mean? Well, it stands for Global Organic Textile Standard Certification and it means that we’ve had to meet strict processing guidelines in order for our fabric to be considered truly organic fibers. In fact, GOTS certified is the world’s leading processing standard for organic textiles, so when we tell you how good it is, you can believe us - it’s been tested! Not only does this fabric meet a high level of environmental criteria, but it has the added layer of social compliance as well, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. This means it’s better for the environment AND the world around us, including the workers who help take it from farm to garment. Here’s why... In order to be considered GOTS certified, all fibers must be made from at least 70% organic cotton and a number of touchpoints within the supply chain are required to meet higher environmental and sustainable criteria. Our fabric is created in certified facilities that utilize higher efficiency machines in their processes, which helps reduce electricity output, contributing to a smaller global footprint. Green is good. Our garments are made using less water,  so there is a reduction in “run-off” water, which can typically be contaminated with chemicals. All fibers used are fair trade, which helps promote sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to marginalized producers and workers in developing countries, as well as helping to secure their rights. Fair business practices are positive for everyone. The seeds from which our fabric are grown are all-natural, non-GMO, which means they’re grown in an environment where no pesticides, chemical fertilizers, or herbicides have been used. Since the soil hasn’t been treated with all sorts of nasty things that are bad for us and the food that we eat, the soil can be re-used. A sustainability win!  While organic cotton farms are smaller, and the time it takes to complete the textile development process can be longer, we think it’s worth the wait to have the highest quality fabrics in the pieces we make for you. We believe in thoughtful, intentional production that creates only garments you can feel good about sleeping in.    So let’s break it down… our certified Organic Pima Cotton is softer, and more hypo-allergenic than traditional Pima Cotton - super breathable and won’t itch even the most sensitive skin. It’s sustainable - made thoughtfully in a way that is beneficial for the environment and the people in it. All of that and flattering too? We call that a win-win.   SHOP ORGANIC PIMA  
I Come First. Girl in bed.

I come first.

What does it mean to come first? It means to prioritize yourself.   Do you sense a sexual undertone here? Hell yes you do. The rise of the #metoo movement has made it possible for women and men to re-evaluate equality, relationships, and even sex. I come first brings that conversation into the home...and in some cases into the bedroom.   Did you know that 75% of women do not reach orgasm in sexual intercourse, and only 38% of women have admitted to masturbating in the past twelve months? Worse yet, 30% claim to have pain during sex and generally they suffer with pain for almost a decade before admitting it to a doctor or partner.   This begs the question, why don’t we expect more from our sexual encounters? Are we ashamed of our bodies? Is this the fault of our partners? The media? Society at large? In the end, pointing the finger is futile. We live in a time of hope and revelation. The world is changing at a rapid pace and we have the power to redefine our future like never before. The burden falls on us to expect more and to prioritize ourselves.       If we view enjoyment and pleasure as something we deserve, even in our intimate spaces like the bedroom, imagine how it might change our approach to life and satisfaction elsewhere. Imagine how it might reshape the conversations we have with our children, and the level of intimacy we might be able to reach with our partners. Sex gets your attention, but it is just a symptom of a bigger story. A long history of coming second. When air pressure drops in an airplane, the protocol is to put your own oxygen mask on first. Why? Because if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t show up for others. Self-care is a building block of a happy life for ourselves, and by extension those around us. I built Lunya to be a catalyst for positive change with sleepwear designed to make women feel confidently comfortable, and brand experiences that add value to our customer’s life, all from a company that connects to the larger worldly purpose of providing opportunities to women and girls. Lunya has a choice in how we show up in the world, and the choice to speak powerfully; with a message that makes you challenge assumptions, re-evaluate the status quo, and think and dream of a better future. So we do. So yes. Come first for a change.     Ashley Merrill, Founder + CEO, Lunya  
Life in Jeneral shares her wisdom with Lunya

Sorting it Out with Life in Jeneral

Starting from the outside and working in, this month we have taken a holistic approach to prioritizing ourselves, starting with our personal space.   Does our space have an effect on our self? We called in the pro, Jen Robin of Life in Jeneral, Jen is all about beautiful, functional spaces and putting yourself first. She let us ask all of our burning questions...     On the heels of the Marie Kondo craze, have you seen an uptick in interest?   The show has been great for us, especially in January. January is always the month of weight loss and organization! We’re busy year round, with spring cleaning and getting organized in the new year, but with the Marie Kondo craze—the more business the merrier! We are so grateful for it. Our philosophies are very much in line—it’s all about the feeling that it gives you; what you gain from decluttering and purging and creating a life for yourself. It’s fun to watch everyone catching on. There’s a lot more awareness, which is great. We’re not Kondo-ing, we’re Life in Jeneral-ing!      Do you still get excited about tidying even after all these years?    Every day. Every single day. Actually, I think my excitement has just grown. I’m not in the field as much anymore, but I’ll still stop by jobs because it fills my cup. I love seeing how clients react. We get testimonials on Sundays, and we will actually start crying because these people will tell us how inspired they feel, how much their lives have changed, and it really affects people which pushes us to keep going. I know the feeling that we’re going to give them, and I’m genuinely so excited for them. So I just wait for the call.     Is there a psychological component to what you do and how do you approach this?   We contract out when there’s a hoarding situation… but honestly, this business is people. It’s all about connection with people and not being stuck behind the clutter. I would never claim I went to school for psychology, but I’ve talked to many psychologists that will tell you that happiness and organization go hand in hand, and I truly believe if you are organized at the core center of your life, your life will be happier, more fulfilled and you’ll be able to prioritize what it is important. I feel and see it every day with my clients by giving them the tools.     What are your thoughts on feng shui?   I am big on aesthetics, aesthetics and function need to marry. You must have both. While yes, your system needs to be created properly, you still want to be able to look at it. For me, it goes back to learning about people and what gets you up in the morning—I need to know your lifestyle, what are you wearing every day, are you a coffee drinker, etc. Something as small as re-arranging your kitchen can save you 5 minutes a day by changing the flow of a room. You don’t need objects you aren’t using and the mental capacity of seeing it everyday, you don’t even think it’s bothering you—but just remove it; you don’t need it front and center.     That’s very in line with Lunya, in the way we approach things, beauty and function.    Function has to win, but it can be perfectly in line and in sync with each other. A beautiful marriage!     How do you connect with your clients to help them get on track?   Every single question we ask in our consult—I want to learn about you whether that’s over coffee or tea. It’s so much bigger than organizing a closet, space, or pantry. It’s about creating a life for the client and making sure that I'm hearing and seeing them in that initial consult, because it’s going to be the best investment they’ll ever make.     Have you seen it affect relationships and marriages?    Yes! We are not therapists, but we do learn how people function and it’s really fun to work with people who are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Watching the organized one have a revelation and vice versa. It’s great to watch it transpire and see the magic happen. We never make decisions where it’s 'he’s right and she’s wrong.' We’ve learned so much through the approach of just listening and having them feel heard. It’s also very situational, every couple is different across the board. We listen to what they really need and developing a solution in that moment. They usually need an outsider to tell them what they think is best, and we know what’s best.         Once the system is put into place, is it easy to maintain?   Yes. I joke because I have a terrible business plan in that you never need to call me to come back. It’s a forever thing. Your life will evolve and grow, but the tools and systems that we use are forever. That’s why it’s a one time investment.     Do you think that your clients experience a real mental release?    Our goal is that we want you to walk into your space and feel like it is a sanctuary that you have created for yourself. Once you have that feeling, you’ll want to keep that feeling forever and do everything you can to maintain it.     What about the people who want to hang on to that feeling of contentment, but don’t know how? Do you have any best practices?   For one, I don’t leave my house without making my bed. It’s a small thing, but mentally my bed is made and I can leave. Take those few minutes each day of making sure you’re putting those things back. One of my clients takes Sundays to tidy and deep clean, and that’s her ritual and what works for her. Schedule the time; prioritize it. You’ll feel so much better about relaxing in your space.     What about kids?   People ask me all the time about playrooms, is it always going to be like this?! You have to create systems and teach your children that clean up time starts before the next day begins. Having that boundary with your family goes a long way. It’s a family dynamic and a group effort.     In terms of curating a closet, how do you know what to keep and when to get rid of things?   My golden rule is: do you love it? do you use it? do you need it?   Those are the three things you think about with really anything in your home, but with clothing it’s whatever works best for that person. Living in the present day vs. the future or past. We’re so big on the present, going back to the mindset of, "anxiety lives in all the 'other" and decluttering and having that calming moment is being in the present. Being at peace with yourself, but also in your space... it’s like you’ve done your laundry list of to-dos, you’ve tidied your house, everything has a home. Do it once, upkeep it everyday, and get that peace of living in the present day and feeling good.     Any limit to how many pjs one should own?   At Life in Jeneral, we’re of the limiting philosophy… but we do love a couple of sets of Lunya pjs on hand at all times ;)     Do you think you can have a messy, cluttered home and truly be at peace? No, but there’s a caveat to that: I met an artist once, and going back to the psychology of it all, I had this long conversation with this client... she was so happy but she said, “I want to throw this here,” and I replied, "ok, if that’s what makes you happy, I’m not changing that for you,” and that’s the corner we chose where her creativity can spark, for lack of a better word. She has that corner.    I firmly believe that if your house is in perfect order, and I say perfect as in ‘perfectly imperfect’, you will feel great about it.      So, I’m not an artist and I don’t have this excuse, but there’s always “The Chair,"  that one area for paper and bills and stuff that you usually don’t want to deal with. How do you break out of that habit of using that crutch?   Take the time. Schedule that time in your day today or tomorrow or on the weekend and make sure you are specifically, intentionally creating time for that one space. I had a client like that, so we moved the chair. We had a sign saying, “Remember that feeling, don’t put something here,” and for two weeks we had that sign up and sure enough, she never puts anything there anymore.   It’s coming up with these solutions—every single person in this world is different, so we have to design what’s going to work for them. For that client, putting a sign on that chair, another client was removing the chair, but it’s also taking the time to intentionally go through that basket of paper, or setting the time because it’s actually so much more daunting having that build up; it’s really important to deal with it.    
Build Your Ballot - Ashley Merrill, I am a Voter

Build Your Ballot

We like to think of voting as both a privilege and a duty. Let’s be real—if we don’t vote for our interests who will? And nothing is more critical when it comes to voting than educating yourself on the issues. In November, Lunya partnered with our friends over at I am a Voter, a public awareness campaign that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement, and The Skimm for non-partisan debate dedicated to helping voters build their ballot before the midterm elections. This year’s midterms were incredibly important, with 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate up for grabs, US voters choosing all 435 members of the US House of Representatives, and countless local propositions on the ballots. As a by-women, for-women organization, we believe we must help give women in our local community the tools to get educated on the propositions that affect our everyday lives (and have just a little bit of fun while doing it, because we’re still Lunya, after all). To bring some education (and a little bit of rosé) to the people, we put together a bi-partisan panel comprised of kickass women who know their stuff. Including Jessica Yellin (former White House correspondent for CNN, Jessica Lim (co-founder of Republican Women for Progress), Hannah Linkenhoker (co-founder of LA Women’s Collective & Senior Political Strategist at ICM) and Roxanne Hoge (candidate for state assembly member), and all moderated by Mandana Dayani on behalf of I am a Voter.   Check out some of the pics of our team as we prepped for the event, and if you’re not already, make sure you register to vote so you can participate in the next election.     
Girls Inc. Ribbon Cutting

Lunya x Girls Inc.

At Lunya we believe that education is the gift that keeps giving, which is why we love Girls Inc., an organization that delivers life-changing programs that are focused on developing the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl, environment.   Focused on going into lower income areas and building a continuum of support through their physical presence on school campuses, we’re consistently blown away by the work Girls Inc. LA is doing to help girls see and attain a bigger future for themselves. In providing school assistance, extracurriculars, emotional support, and, most importantly, creating a safe place for girls to go and learn before, during, and after school, Girls Inc. is making a real difference in the everyday lives of the next generation of women, something we at Lunya can definitely get behind!            In October, it was an incredible privilege for us to be a part of the change that Girls Inc is creating by adding the Lennox Middle School campus to their already wonderful group of programs. Thanks to Girls Inc., the girls at Lennox Middle School have trained staff and volunteers who build lasting, mentoring relationships, taking the time to engage with families, encourage girls to pursue leadership positions, and serve as role models in an environment where there is a sisterhood of support, high expectations, and mutual respect. We were unbelievably proud to do our part to help provide a learning environment where young girls can thrive and grow! Check out some of the pics of our ribbon cutting ceremony and get a glimpse at some of these amazing girls who are helping carry the Strong, Smart, Bold Girls Inc. mission into the future.  And remember—with you in her corner she will succeed!     

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