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What’s Right with the World: Uplifting Stories and Hope for the Soul

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In wake of incessant bad news and unconscious human behavior, the Editorial Team at Disfunkshion has gathered inspiring stories, and words of wisdom, with the effort to showcase a higher human consciousness that is ever-present in the world, but not often allotted media exposure. Every month we will be featuring some of the most compelling stories circulating around the internet with the hope of stirring a reinvigorated sense of hope in humanity.

Yes, No or Maybe So? How to Stop Leading on Empty

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There are three crucial factors to keep in mind when nourishing our core values: keeping balance is harder than finding it, saying yes is easier (and oftentimes more dangerous) than saying no and dodging becoming burnt out is the key to preserving your sanity. Understanding the complexities of each of these scenarios, and connecting to core values, will create space for introspection and allow us to recharge.

Risa Marie’s Natural Mystic

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Self-proclaimed daydreamer, collector, mermaid, tea enthusiast, lover of nature, and gypsy soul, Risa Marie has captured the eyes and hearts of many through her inspiring collection of nature-filled photos on her social media platforms. How exactly did she get to where she is? The dynamic and alluring blogger lets us in on her life, beginning with a tiny Northern California town, to the serene Hawaiian Island of Maui, where she currently resides.

The Urgency of Playfulness

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“But if you observe children who are two or three years old, if you see how they behave, they are playing all the time. You see them laughing all the time. Their imagination is so powerful, and the way dream is an adventure of exploration. When something is wrong they react and defend themselves, but then they just let go and turn their attention to the moment again, to play again, to explore and have fun again. They are living in the moment. They are not ashamed of the past; they are not worried about the future…

When Water Gives Life as Told by the Water Princess

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Water is the essence of all life and yet not all lives have access to clean and safe water. It is no secret that quality of life varies across our vast, blue world. However, many might not know that in parts of this world we share—this planet we have adopted as our home—over 40 billion hours, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, are lost to the search for safe drinking water.

Zen and the Art of Vinyl Maintenance

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Vinyl records were once the only way to enjoy music and now they’ve once again soared in popularity despite the availability of digital content. Unlike some other forms of music players, records must be stored following specific rules as well as be regularly cleaned to achieve longevity. Here’s everything you need to know, from storage and cleaning to choosing the right turntable, to extend the life of your vinyl collection.

Refreshing Watermelon Salad

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This refreshing watermelon salad has all sorts of flavors and textures in one — from sweet watermelon, to crunchy almonds, to decadent cheese and tangy vinaigrette. Enjoy this as a side dish accompanied by protein or as a light lunch on a breezy summer day. Ingredients 6 cups of watermelon [appx 3 lbs] 1/2 cup of fresh Italian parsley or cilantro [leaves only] ¼ cup of raw almonds or sea salt almonds [chopped] 4 ounces of queso fresco [cut into square size pieces] Vinaigrette  1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ cup extra virgin olive oil White pepper [optional & to liking] Salt [to liking] Tools 1 small bowl 1 large bowl Whisk Knife Cutting board…

How Humans of New York Inspired an Artistic Movement

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Who has influenced you the most in your life? A few months ago, I learned about a story in a popular photo blog called Humans of New York. HONY won my heart a little over a year ago just by the simple yet compelling portraits of people and the hearty fragments of their story. The honest questions and raw answers magnetized me. I’d scroll through and read story after story, each one bringing me a little bit closer to my own humanity.

Stars Aligned

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Dress: Jen’s Pirate Booty // Kimono & Afghan Kuchi Jewelry : Odd Lovin’  Jumpsuit: Odd Lovin’ // Afghan Kuchi Headpiece & Jewelry: Odd Lovin’ Kimono &  Afghan Kuchi Necklace: Odd Lovin’ Dress: Jen’s Pirate Booty // Afghan Kuchi Jewelry: Odd Lovin’ Photographer: Isabell N. Wedin Styling: Tuva Minna Linn at Odd Lovin’ Hair & Make-Up: Anna Mirow Model: Linnea Pihl

Alma de la Selva

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“Blogger? I’ve been struggling with the label…” says Jana Rose Carrero from the style blog, OJ and Cigs. As a multifaceted woman, visual experimenter, music and art enthusiast, Jana feels most at home in her contemplative state, creating visual art. An ease is felt in her presence as she opens up about her drive and passions, exuding a wealth of serenity that can inspire even the most impartial onlooker. Her work features soft, subtle images intertwined with edge and elegance  — a testament to the woman herself. As a visionary, Jana creates poetry with her aesthetic, painting a story with her images. Her imaginative visuals have garnered a widespread audience of others who also view life as art, and clothing as a form of extracting and showcasing life’s beauty. To her, the act of blogging…

Desert Dreams

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EDITORIAL CREDITS:  Photographer & Co-Creative Director: Emilynn Rose // IG: @EmilynnRose Artist/Model & Co – Creative Director: Quigley  // IG:OfficiallyQuigley Clothing: Spell Byron Bay // IG: @Spell_ByronBay Shoes: PS Kaufman // IG: @PsKaufman Hats: Gladys Tames Millinery  // IG: @Gladys_Tamez_Millinery

Musical Personalities: Prism’s Favorites

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Being a music editor or self-made aficionado in the platform doesn’t simple mean you like music or that you go to a few shows and festivals. Music lovers are constantly on the search for a new sound, a new feeling that’s incited, an old memory that needs reminding. We delve into the depths of music’s past, searching for trends that showcase its future. Over at Prism, music is our life-line, the air we breathe that keeps us alive. That’s why it’s in our name. You can tell a lot about someone based on their musical tastes. Open-minded souls tend to find a variety of tones and rhythms interesting, casting aside genres and musical eras. Focused minds know exactly what they like and live happily knowing they’ve…

3 DIY Moisturizers for Different Skin Types

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Most skin products sold in stores today are filled with artificial preservatives and other chemicals that are not good for skin — moisturizers are no exception.  In this industry inundated with toxin skin products, it can be challenging to find something natural for you skin, especially for your specific skin type. But sometimes, all you have to do is look around your kitchen.

Coastal Traveler

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Clothes: Vintage Clothes: Vintage Coat: BB DAKOTA  Dress: Again Collection Dress: Sloane Rouge Editorial Credits Photography & Creative Direction: Alex Kromer //  www.alexkromer.com // @kromeyyy Model: Megan Ozurovich // @pixiepropoganda Makeup: Rachelle Llanes //  www.rachellellanes.com // @rachellellanes Hair: Junie Kang using Bumble & Bumble Wardrobe and Prop Styling: Shane Hobley All Jewelry Provided By: M By Magnolia // www.shopmaggnolia.com (All pieces are personally designed and handmade from scratch with 100% socially responsible materials and reclaimed metals.) The majority of wardrobe is vintage or stylist’s own.

Mediterranean Couscous Cakes

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This Mediterranean inspired dish is the perfect blend of citrus, smoke and crisp. You can have this as a vegetarian entrée or as a side dish. My favorite way to have them is by setting up a platter of several Lebanese spreads and dips, soft warm pitas and a variety of artisan cheeses and olives. Pair this with your favorite wine and you’ve got yourself a Mediterranean feast!

Bondi Bohemian

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Top: The Freedom State // Skirt: Kate Sylvester // Jewelry: Lost Lover Playsuit: Alice McCall // Belt and jewelry: Lost Lover Top: Alice McCall // Lingerie: Pleasure State // Neck cuff:  The Freedom State // Belt, bracelet and rings: Lost Lover Bra: Nico Underwear // Skirt: Kate Sylvester // Jewelry: Lost Lover Bra: Belle Fance // Skirt: The Freedom State // Jewelry: Lost Lover Dress: The Freedom State // Jewelry: Lost Lover Editorial Credits Model: Emma Boyd // @emmakateboyd // Priscillas Model Management // @priscillasmodels Photography:Lisa Fahey // Taken Photography // www.takenphotography.com.au // @taken_photography Styling: Angela Liang // www.flankandfinish.com // @flankandfinish Makeup: Tussta Hair // www.tussta.com.au // @tusstahair

A Real Statement by a Real Woman

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Who am I? My name is Lauren Rudick. I am an international yoga teacher. I travel around our globe offering specialty yoga classes, running retreats and teaching at festivals and conferences. Currently, my home base is a tiny beach town in Costa Rica. Basically, I live in my bathing suit. I surf daily, I teach yoga daily, and I practice yoga daily. I love to eat and sometimes I cry. I am a woman.

Grilled Banana Foster

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This recipe offers one of the easiest and healthiest ways to splurge on the original bananas foster without missing the flavor. The hint of spice with the smokiness from the grill pan makes this by far my favorite version of a mock bananas foster. Top it with your favorite goodies and serve! Ingredients Serves 2 1 large semi-ripe banana [slice lengthwise with skin on & tips removed] 1 tablespoon of coconut oil [pour in a small bowl] 1/8 teaspoon of ground clove 1 tablespoon of brown sugar or turbinado sugar ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon powder Optional Toppings  Freeze dried strawberry slices [as seen on picture] Goji berries Fresh berries Ice cream or yogurt [to liking]   Tools Grill pan or medium sauté pan Pastry brush…

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