the bronx does not have a single bookstore

?! And this awesome woman is fixing that (+ wine)!

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you* absolutely have time to make and can afford a healthy snack

  • Combine frozen pineapple, frozen spinach, an orange, and water in blender
  • Blend
  • Pour into what was once a Trader Joe’s pasta sauce jar
  • Borrow a straw
  • Drink

No excuses. It’s organic (if you so choose), $8 cheaper than Liquiteria, easy, transportable, and delicious. Bonus-level-ease if your office lets you keep food in the freezer and has a blender.

*by you, I mean mean me. Stop. impulse. buying. gigantic. chocolate. muffins.

classpass for volunteerism

New York Cares makes volunteering within the 5 boroughs as easy as Classpass makes trying new studios.

  • Want to explore Queens next Saturday with a friend? Help recent immigrants prepare for their citizenship exams before embarking on your culinary adventure.
  • Want to squeeze in a volunteer activity before work? Help elementary school students learn yoga in the East Village.
  • Looking to mix up date night? Walk shelter pups in Williamsburg before trying that new poke spot.

These are actual upcoming volunteer activities that took less than 30 seconds to find thanks to NYCares’ search filters by location, time, and interests. All you have to do is attend a very brief orientation that teaches you the basics of volunteerism (be prompt! be respectful!) and sign up online.

Volunteering is a fantastic way to meet fellow volunteers and under-served populations. You will be inspired by incredible programs, you will learn new things, you will turn your phone off for a bit. AND IT IS FREE. Go forth.

resist in 5 minutes or less

Visit 5calls.org.

The website offers brief summaries of current events requiring resistance. It tells you who your representatives are, provides their phone numbers, and offers scripts for those who get tongue-tied (hand raised). Try to call from 9-5 on weekdays. Might I suggest leaving your desk and combining a walk around the block with a call?

Stretch those legs, use that voice, resist!

spend your weekday mornings at MOMA

Who spends A LOT of time skimming articles on “what awesome people do before 7am” but also hits snooze for 45 minutes and has to skip showering just to make it to work ten minutes late? Same. But a girl can dream. And I do dream of waking up on time, showering and drying my hair (fine, using dry ‘poo) by 7am to meet a friend at MOMA for the museum’s new quiet mornings. Browse MOMA’s exhibits without crowds, with quiet, and utilize the drop-in meditation space or the guided meditation sessions from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., all before heading to work. This WILL get me on that list of “awesome people” dammit.

  • What: art, meditation, productivity and inspiration before 9am
  • When: first Wednesday of every month, 7:30-9am
  • Where: MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), 11 W 53rd St between 5th and 6th avenues, Manhattan
  • Price: adults $12, seniors $10, FT students with ID $8, FREE with NYC ID