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"You have a choice of what you want your life to be."
~ Kate Sommerville
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🙌 Learning how to adult. Sometimes it feels like you just can't get anything right. Have no fear, with adulting courses you can learn how to host a dinner party, balance a budget, or even change a tire. These classes help you learn skills that weren't available in school, but are essential to everyday life.

📚 Snagging another good read. Weather by Jenny Offill has been described as funny, disturbing, and increasingly mad. With subject matters such as complicated family dynamics and global warming, there's a lot to like in this insightful new release.

👂 Keeping our ears open. You could be the best listener in the world,
but there's always room for improvement. Try eliminating distractions, muting your inner monologue, and noticing others needs to become more effective and attentive.

🎵 Tuning in to productivity. We've found
the best Spotify playlists for when you really need to grind out some work. Try the classics like Jazz or Mozart for studying and unconventional picks like Video Game Soundtracks or Low-Fi HipHop to get those creative juices flowing.
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bedtime stories

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

For when you want to get things done as fast as possible no matter the cost ~ Procrastination is no stranger (and you're probably doing some form of it right now), but have you ever heard of precrastination? Yes, it's a real thing. "In essence, precrastination is the idea that we sometimes do the seemingly quickest thing rather than the easiest or best thing when it comes to completing tasks. So, why do we precrastinate? Current research shows that precrastination might have something to do with our desire to reduce our mental effort. According to new research, trying to overcome procrastination by getting through your to-do list as fast as possible might actually be worse. This research, which reviewed a collection of precrastination-related experiments, also concluded that the desire to do things quickly rather than well is far more powerful than initially thought."

 CULTURE  For when we'll embrace that we're hot messes just trying to figure things out ~ The new film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma is sophisticated, stylish, and extravagant. At it's core, also very human. These characters, though of a different century, are real people navigating life and love as much as we do today. "Move past the corsets and coordinated dances, and you have an ageless and very real romantic comedy. Yes, this is 19th-century drama, but it also feels like something that could’ve happened to you just yesterday when you were trying to set your best friend up with your crush’s college roommate. So while you might go to see Emma in theaters for the elegant costumes and picturesque sets, you’re likely to find something you recognize in the story that Jane Austen even knew back in her time — life is hard. Love is harder. And sometimes we just need to laugh at ourselves while we try to get by."

 SELF  For when you're really feeling your emotions ~ Emotions very much affect our physical bodies, especially when we feel that way all the time. "Traditionally, loneliness has been considered a purely emotional experience without much depth or subjective meaning. But loneliness encompasses so many different situations and feelings, there is always grey area and it's really difficult to pin everything down neatly and with a succinct explanation. 'People who suffer from loneliness report more chronic diseases, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, distress and depression, poor self-rated health, and more visits to medical doctors than people who do not feel lonely.' Think of loneliness as you think of stress or depression. Both have physical effects on the body, which are direct results of emotional symptoms. Both mental health and physical health issues like should be treated with equal importance — as often one bleeds into the other."

 FUN  For when it's a good day to eat, drink, and be merry ~ Happy Fat Tuesday, which for many of us means cakes and food a plenty! Take a look how these celebratory treats got their start. "Mardi Gras comes with many traditions: parades, beads, bare chests, beads thrown at people who bare their chests, and, of course, the king cake. It's part cake, part bread, all frosted, and it has a baby inside. A fake baby. But why do we consume such a treat on Fat Tuesday? The story of the sweet, bready cake is all in the name. The confection's roots can be traced back to European, pre-Christian, pagan harvest celebrations. One element of these celebrations was sacrifice. Every year a man was chosen as the 'sacred king.' He was treated like a king for the year and then, at the end, sacrificed to ensure a successful harvest. To determine the "king," several men in the community gathered and ate cake that contained one coin or bean. Whoever received the slice with the trinket was deemed the, well, winner (perhaps not the best word under the circumstances). The tradition continues today. Of course, most people have abandoned the sacrificial events.
sounds for sweet dreams
The Japanese House ~ Somebody You Found
last stop to dreamland

If a friend tells you there's something unpleasant about to happen to them, even if it seems insignificant to you (e.g., a relative they don't like is visiting, a dentist appointment), set a reminder in your calendar and call them on that day.
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