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"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
~ Maya Angelou
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🍿 Prepping for premieres. Of course a new month means a whole new selection of Netflix titles to choose from. Set a reminder for the new season of The Crown, American Horror Story, and a slew of feelgood holiday flicks.

💪 Outrunning the chill. Days are getting colder and darker, but
there are ways to work around it and keep up with your workouts. Motivate yourself with a buddy and set a goal no matter how small.

🍂 Playing hostess.
Utilize your outdoor space for a last Fall hurrah with your quarantine pod. Whether you're working with a backyard or driveway, get creative with lights and bring out the cozy blankets.

🥳 Celebrating solo. Turn your birthday (whenever it is)
into relaxing weekend plans. Whip up a cocktail, take an online class, and bake a cake just because.

Your ultimate Halloween night in 🔮
mood: candy cornvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

For when it's been an emotional roller coaster getting to Election Day ~ Breathe and gently remind yourself that whatever you're feeling is normal. The world may not be right now, but we sure are: "Maybe you’re optimistic about the upcoming election and politically engaged — volunteering and phone banking for your favorite local candidate. Or perhaps you’re watching headlines fly across your social media feed each day, and you're wondering how you’ll make it to November. First things first: You are very likely experiencing totally normal emotions right now, whatever it is you're feeling ... As you gear up to cast your vote, you might also feel a bit hopeless. 'We've certainly become, as a nation, more aware and more willing to look at the structural nature of inequity, of racism, and of oppression, but at the same time ... I've had people expressing despair about why change hasn’t already occurred. It is understandable to find yourself disheartened by all the progress that still needs to occur. If possible, try to remember that slow change is still progress, even if we have many miles left to travel."

 LIFESTYLE  For when you don't regret a single Prime Day purchase ~ Doomshopping goes by a kinder name — maximalism: "To look at a maximalist home is to get a sense of what the inside of a person’s brain might look like — the places they’ve visited, their heritage, the random objects they’ve amassed over a lifetime. And living in an apartment crammed full of potted dirt and leaves is now, for whatever reason, a status symbol. The trend of surrounding ourselves with more things didn’t come out of nowhere; 'vintage maximalism,' along with 'Kindercore,' 'texture galore,' and 'statement doorknobs,' was among Architectural Digest’s design predictions for 2020. It is also not a coincidence that it is occurring at the tail end of a decade defined by minimalism, a way of explicitly rejecting the spare white walls and perfectly placed wooden salad bowls of professional taste-havers on Instagram. For years after the recession, this was the dominant means of performing refinement: hanging Edison bulbs, plain camel-colored sweaters, a cappuccino resting stoically on a reclaimed-wood table."

 CULTURE  For when cake solves everything ~ Even if it's watching someone else bake it. The Great British Baking Show is a proven self-soother, especially in these times. "It’s a representation of a British culture that exists only in Paddington films and the 'Keep Calm and Carry On' poster-industrial complex. Intellectually, I know that not everyone in England is constantly baking lemon cakes while drinking tea and politely assisting whoever happens to be next to them at any given moment, but as an American who’s spent the past four years wrestling with the black pit where I once believed my nation’s central decency might have existed, it’s fun to pretend that just across the Atlantic ocean, a different world exists. A better world. I watch old seasons on repeat, cycling through them in a mere matter of days, half-listening to Paul’s critiques in a Northern accent while I fold laundry or clean dishes. I live alone, so quarantine for me has been long stretches of silence where I let Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig keep me company."

 ROUTINE ENVY  For when self-care can look like flexibility and a rebellious bubble bath ~ Learn from poet and activist Cleo Wade and her ideas around our well-being: "One of the ways I find I'm able to feel cared for by myself this year is by keeping my routines really flexible. Different things are needed on different days, in a way that I haven't ever felt before ... Joy during this time is a little like self-care. It's not something you have; it's something you claim. If you don't claim joy during the pandemic, you’re not going to have it. Joy is available to you every day, really regularly and in really big ways. But you have to grab it. I do that by making sure that I didn’t work so hard just to build this capsule of pressure where I can’t enjoy the fruits of my labor — whether that's dancing with my baby, having chocolate cake for breakfast sometimes, or just taking a breath."
sounds for sweet dreams
Dominic Fike ~ Chicken Tenders

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Spreading joy with asks, gives, shout-outs, and suggestions from within our community. All submissions welcomed!

  • 📺🍫 "It's Christmas movies and peanut butter cups for me. Happy Halloween!"

last stop to dreamland

Pressed Fall leaves to preserve our favorite season forever.
via Food52
Materials: leaves, glycerin, surfactant, resin, bowl, paper towels, heavy books, and wax paper

Directions: gather leaves, mix glycerin with surfactant or use resin, dip, let dry, press between books, and get crafty to make place settings, a wreath, or a Fall leaf crown (YES).
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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