Photo: Aja Monet
“It’s not just about writing a good poem. “It’s about living a good life.” Surrealist-blues poet Aja Monet, he tells the Cut. If you don’t already know, when Monet speaks you will feel it in your soul. Especially on your new album When Poems Do What They Do, Exploring topics such as Black joy and the power of love.
“I’ve always been drawn to language and music,” says the Sarah Lawrence and School of the Art Institute of Chicago graduate. “Being from New York, I was also inspired by people with vibrant energy who told deep stories.” In addition to reading poetry, Monet also hosts Lush’s podcast. Sound Bath, The program features thought-provoking conversations with guests like Kehlani and Hannibal Buress about how to master personal, environmental and social care.
And when she’s not wowing audiences during her Why My Love Tour (which includes an incredible Tiny Desk performance), using her platform to speak out against injustices, or reminding listeners of the importance of rest with her podcast, she makes sure to have time for herself. their own wellness practices. “I’m really trying to move the conversation forward by using this term self care,” he shares. “To me, care is care. It doesn’t have to live in a binary. If you’re taking care of yourself, you’re taking good care of your society.”
6 — As I got older, I liked waking up earlier. It’s funny because when I was little, I used to look at old people and wonder how they could get up so early. But now I see a very beautiful side of watching the world awaken.
6:15 — I try to have a hot drink when I wake up. I either drink green tea or hot water with lemon. I know people think beauty routines are just about the outside, but I think what you do for the inside is important, too.
6:34 — I usually follow Ion* Skin Support spray To protect my skin from toxins.
9 — I like to drink tea at night. And then I usually wash my face again with Cetaphil.
9:05 — Then I put it on Mask of Lush Magnificence. It cleans pores, exfoliates and moisturizes the skin with kaolin, mint and honey. Sometimes I use it too M-61 PowerGlow Peel and I finish with my moisturizer.
I’m happy to see the beauty industry moving towards being more about wellness. I think it has to do with how we take care of ourselves and how well we take care of others.
I gravitate towards anything that is natural and good for your skin. Homemade skin care, items you have in your kitchen, etc. It’s something I like to do using. “Don’t put things on your skin that you don’t eat,” they say, so keep it as natural as possible.
I enjoy saunas and walks. Fresh air and deep breaths. Meditation and good music. Rest is very important. Also laughter. I died laughing. Inner beauty radiates. I enjoy therapy and good conversations with people I love. Spending time with my elders is also very important to me.