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MONDAY  •  DECEMBER 7, 2020
 
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"Some women choose to follow men, and some women choose to follow their dreams."
 
~ Lady Gaga
tonight's pick-me-ups

Things we're doing to unwind and get cozy before bed tonight: 

🤳 Feeling festive. It's that time of the month again – The Everygirl has released their December tech backgrounds, including the monthly to-do list to get you into the Winter spirit.

📚 Adding to our stack. Books are a great gift for yourself and everyone else on your list too.
These new releases will whisk you off to worlds filled with suspense and adventure, especially The Wrong Family and Crosshairs.

🎁 Gifting without worry. White elephant is super fun but nerve wracking at the same time. Make sure your gift is
quirky yet somewhat practical with this budget friendly list. Our personal pick is the mini waffle maker (!!).

🥛 Nogging around. Eggnog is holiday beverage staple, but tbh it's not everyone's favorite.
Follow this recipe for a light, frothy eggnog that's delicious even for those who claim to not like it.

P.S.
GIFs of 2020 (because it's better to laugh than cry about it) 💁‍♀️
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bedtime stories

Reads when you're up late anyway. Here are tonight's round-up for every occasion:

 WELLNESS  For when Mondays hit harder ~ Monday means the weekend is right around the corner again. Here's how to deal in the meantime: "Multiple studies have shown that this particular weekday is associated with low moods and morale. There are numerous psychological and physiological reasons for this phenomenon, from loss of freedom and work stress to issues with transitional moments and disruptions to the body’s natural rhythm. Fortunately, there are ways to lessen the blow of the start of the workweek. Take some time to prepare for Monday ― mentally, physically and logistically. it could be as simple as going through the emails that trickled in over the weekend while you weren’t checking your inbox ... Planning a special treat for yourself can give you some control over Monday ― whether it’s a personal reward like bar trivia with friends or a favorite workout class, or a work event like casual dress day or pizza day for everyone."

 CULTURE  For when it's Christmastime aka Hallmark holiday season ~ Those cheesy Hallmark holiday movies are certainly a guilty pleasure. And if you've seen enough of them, you may notice some familiar faces: "People truly can’t get enough of them. Nor can the actresses who appear in the films. When [Glamour] spoke to [Lacey Chabert] in 2018, she was about to start work on her 16th Hallmark movie (over half are holiday themed), and she’s not alone. But why? Why are the actresses so devoted to the network? 'Hallmark has really become like family,' Chabert says .... There's an enviable blend of happy content, supportive work environment, and friendship that keeps Chabert, Danica McKellar, Holly Robinson Peete, and Alicia Witt interested year after year. It also doesn’t hurt that there’s a built-in, ever-growing fanbase. As long as viewers keep watching, we’ll keep getting the Christmas movies we love, both from these women and more."

 TRENDING  For when you're feeling generous ~ Some might assume that the pandemic would make people more selfish and strict with their money, but we've actually been more generous with our donations and charitable giving: "While you’d expect high-net-worth donors to give more during a crisis, you wouldn’t necessarily expect similar behavior from average people hurting from an economic downturn. Yet 56 percent of US households gave to charity or volunteered in response to the pandemic, and the first half of 2020 saw a 12.6 percent increase in the number of new donors to charity compared to one year ago. The causes that are faring especially well are the ones with an obvious connection to the pandemic, like hunger relief and health care ... On the plus side, the global nature of the pandemic has prompted some donors to think beyond their own backyards and to embrace direct cash transfers as a way of offering relief to people across the world."

 FUN  For when your musical taste is very telling ~ Spotify's 2020 wrap knows exactly how weird and emotional this year truly was: "Maybe you listened to Phoebe Bridgers and only Phoebe Bridgers. Perhaps you’re somehow in the top .1% of Taylor Swift listeners. Or maybe, instead, you spent your year reaching for 14-year-old My Chemical Romance songs that feel more like comfort food. It's possible your Spotify 2020 retrospective doesn't actually reflect your headspace at all. Did you just long to be able to scream the lyrics to 'WAP' while swilling beer with all your sweaty friends? So did we. Were your listening habits bizarre? Ours were too ... I'm not embarrassed. The music I listen to while alone at home doesn't even crack the top 10 list of things about me that are embarrassing. So I'm going to soak into the Golden Hour bath made of my own happy/sad tears and let it wash over me until this butthole of a year is over."
sounds for sweet dreams
Hope Tala ft. Amine ~ Cherries

🎶 Listen to more on our Spotify playlist 📻
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Spreading joy with asks, gives, shout-outs, and suggestions from within our community. All submissions welcomed!

  • 🥰 "Thank you to Chloe H. for introducing me to the Snoozeletter! I love reading each night as I wind down and get ready for bed! You're the best <3" ~ Jordan K.

last stop to dreamland

🧘🏻‍♀️ Try the Hip Flexor Exercise if you spend most of the work day sitting down 🧘🏻‍♀️
  1. Start in a kneeling position.
  2. Press your right heel into the floor bringing the leg to a 90-degree angle.
  3. Tuck the toes of your left foot under, with the left leg also forming a 90-degree angle.
  4. Tuck your pelvis slightly forward and engage the core.
  5. Squeeze your rear glutes, and imagine you're dragging the front heel and back knee closer together.
  6. Reach the left arm up as high as you can and lean slightly toward the right.
  7. Maintain engagement. Hold for 1 minute.
  8. Repeat on the other side.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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