How Shan-Lyn Ma, Wedding Registry Founder, Spends Her Sundays

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Shan-Lyn Ma, the founder and chief executive of Zola, likes to hang out on the Lower East Side on Sundays.

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When many of her friends were getting married, Shan-Lyn Ma grew frustrated at the online wedding shopping process, so she decided to start Zola in an attempt to reinvent the traditional china-and-silverware registry process. She is the chief executive of the company, which was most recently valued at $220 million and has been used by more than 300,000 couples. There are over 50,000 items available on Zola, but the registry also offers experiences, like wine tastings, as well as a way to earmark cash gifts for honeymoon expenses or a home renovation. Ms. Ma, 40, lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, with her Cavalier King Charles spaniel, Noe.

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Ms. Ma often visits The Sill on Hester Street for plant advice.

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Kholood Eid for The New York Times

JOURNALING, APPS I get up at 7 a.m. Since I was seriously injured in a car accident in May 2016, I’ve tried to live more in the present. I do “The Five Minute Journal.” I write down what I am grateful for, I make an affirmation and ask myself what would make today great. I’m always in a rush to have my coffee, because Noe wants a walk. She’s 10, but she acts like a puppy.

TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS After I check my emails and write my Zola to-do list, I read The New York Times online and spend 10 minutes meditating with my Headspace app. I listen to tech podcasts like “Recode Decode,” “The Information” and “The Tim Ferriss Show” while I walk to my 10 o’clock class at Henry Street Pilates in Cobble Hill. Pilates is a gentle easing into the day, and it’s helping me regain the core strength that I lost in the accident.

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Noe, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, waiting for her walk.

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Kholood Eid for The New York Times

FAMILY TALK, FEAST At noon, on my way to meet a friend for brunch at Ludlow House, I call my brother, Jung, who lives in London. I grew up in Australia, and my parents still live there, so I don’t have any family in New York. I keep trying to persuade Jung to move here, but it’s been two years, and it hasn’t worked so far. The…

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