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Article: Monday Must: Cultivating the Right Mood

Monday Must: Cultivating the Right Mood


I’ve worked in so many industries over the years and through all my job experience - whether it be at home, a bar, our studio or on set for a photoshoot, there is always a need to create the right vibe and atmosphere that makes you and your guests feel comfortable. These are some of the ways I like to create a mood for myself or for others.


The power of a good playlist really changes the whole dynamic of a setting. Maybe it’s just me but when I walk I used to walk into a bar or restaurant or any type of retail shop with nothing playing, it always made the energy feel completely off and never encouraged me to stay long. SOULECTION is my go-to in the studio working or doing things around the house. It is usually a two hours mix of lo-fi, r&b and jazz that creates a calm atmosphere and doesn’t take too much away from what you are doing in the present.


Incense, candles, essential oils or sustainably harvested sage and palo santo. Whatever your preferred scent is, this is always a nice welcome into a space. People associate a lot of memories with scents. Personally, I always want people to remember me smelling like I've been in the sun or I just got back from somewhere tropical. My favourites are Kuumba Incense, Curves by Sean Brown Incense, Le Labo or anything with notes of coconut, eucalyptus, sandalwood or fig.


For me in the day as much natural daylight as possible and at night I play around with warm hues. I have many colour change light bulbs that I can adjust using my phone or voice command through Google Home or Alexa. This is a nice feature when I come home and my lighting is adjusted for me to unwind from work.


When I have low energy or feel drained for whatever reason, the thought of entertaining a conversation can seem daunting. Take the time to recharge your batteries and communicate with whoever it is that maybe you need to reschedule. People can feel and feed off your energy, so if you are off it usually doesn’t go unnoticed. So far, I have never regretted taking a moment for myself to get into a better headspace before welcoming people into my space whether it be at work, in person or on the phone. Your energy is what people are drawn to and it’s important to nourish and protect it.

Have do you cultivate the right mood? Let us know in the comments below and or on social media by tagging us @itsmaryyoung.

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