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"You have to believe in yourself when no one else does."
~ Serena Williams
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🚿 Washing off the stress. Live and learn by therapists, who are human too and also have bad days. Try their techniques to feel better by resetting with a shower and looking through old texts that make you smile.

🥧 Doing new things. Since Thanksgiving is going to be different anyway,
turn it into your own weird, perfect holiday. Start new traditions, like having a one-person pie contest where you bake two pies and pit them against each other.

🛋️ Gifting for home. No need to go anywhere when your living room is already a stay-at-home oasis. Spread the homebody happiness with
these thoughtful gifts ideas. Hint: we're obsessing over the custom recipe pie pan.

🎬 Prepping the movie snacks. Queue up your list with
shows and movies now streaming that will make you excited about a night in. On ours: Dash & Lily, Harlots, and Knives Out.

A festive drink to match your holiday spirit
mood: kindlingvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

For when a career flip is in order ~ Maybe not a full 180, but a little reinvention can be immensely helpful: "Of course, strategic planning isn’t just about imagining the worst possible outcomes. Equally important is considering ideas and opportunities that might never have occurred to you before. Challenge the assumptions you are making about yourself — things like 'I’ve never tried that type of work before, so I wouldn’t be a good candidate' and 'I’m just not cut out for management.' Think about different ways you could leverage your skills and fulfill your passions, both at work and in other aspects of your life. Would working a three-day week give you more time for parental care or entrepreneurial ventures? The more you’ve thought through your options, the better prepared you’ll be to act when an opportunity arises. Although it may sound simple, imagining best-case-scenario futures is sometimes even harder than preparing for the worst."

 CULTURE  For when the pageant must go on ~ 51 accomplished women almost didn't get to compete in the well-awaited Miss USA. Here's what went down: "Kelly Hutchinson, Miss Alabama USA and a full-time first-year law student at the George Washington University, had a similar reaction — though she breathed a sigh of relief that her finals won’t take place until December. Hutchinson is grateful both that she gets to compete for the title of Miss USA and that — thanks to distance learning — all her lectures are taped, so she will be able to catch up after November 9 on whatever she misses ... 'In some sense that crazy experience prepared me for preparing for a pageant in a pandemic,' she says. 'I’ve been faced with adversity before and I’ve overcome it, and it’s made me stronger, so I think that’s what we’re dealing with here as well.'"

 SELF  For when we say 'bye-bye' to the little green monster ~ aka envy, especially when now's the time to celebrate the little things even when it's happening to someone else: "If the thought of telling your friend that you’re kind of bothered by their good fortune makes you panic, don’t worry — you don’t have to do that. What you should do, however, is tell yourself the truth. Denying that you’re jealous or envious will only make the feelings fester, and that’s not good for you or your friendship. Instead, check in with yourself and keep it real. Then tell yourself it’s okay. When you’re looking to have a conversation with yourself, Marisa G. Franco, Ph.D., counseling psychologist and friendship expert, tells SELF that using the third person can help you 'feel a little bit more empowered or have more distance from thoughts.' If you’re feeling a lot of angst about your envy, using your name might help make it feel a little less personal."

 TRENDING  For when beauty queens meet bitcoin ~ The unexpected crossover could mean the next frontier in beauty: "The beauty mogul [Michelle Phan] began investing in Bitcoin (a digital currency that's part of a decentralized system, operating independently of banks) as a way to diversify her portfolio. In learning more about Bitcoin, she noticed similarities between the cryptocurrency market and the beauty industry. 'The beauty space that I'm a part of is decentralized,' explains Phan. 'It's no longer having this middle person.' Where fashion magazines and big beauty brands once served as authorities that would set the vast majority of trends and standards for others to follow, Phan spearheaded an influencer movement weakening that hierarchy. Now, thanks to YouTube and other social media platforms, 'you can find every face in this beauty space.'"
sounds for sweet dreams
The Vamps ~ Would You

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

  • 🏡 "Aw love this! I'm super thankful this year for moving back with my parents, getting to spend more time with them and saving money on rent to start my dream project :)" ~ Katie G.

last stop to dreamland

Creamy and comforting oven polenta (aka one of the easiest homemade side dishes you'll ever make)
via PureWow
Ingredients: extra-virgin olive oil, polenta, salt, pepper, water, Parmesan cheese, and butter

Directions: oil a baking dish, whisk in polenta and seasoning, bake, whisk in cheese and butter, keep baking, let cool, and never fuss over a hot stove again
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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