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"I enjoy life when things are happening."
~ Joan Rivers
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

❄️ Bundling up. Winter is well on its way. Brace yourselves when you're venturing out into the cold with these tips on how to stay warm. Hint: the key is layers, layers, and ... cold showers!

🎲 Putting our game faces on. We've quickly adapted our nights out into nights in playing games over Zoom. If you're tiring out of the same ones,
try the online friendly versions of Pictionary, Bingo, and more.

🌟 Feeling festive on a budget. We get it, spending on decorations seems unnecessary right now. Still, decorations might offer the burst of happiness we could use.
Check out these holiday finds under $20 (including the cutest tinsel trees)!

💤 Quieting our negative thoughts. Why do they always seem to get louder at bedtime? Exercise during the day or whistling (yes, really) are a
couple of ways to help calm you down for a good night's sleep.

Move over, gingerbread houses. We're building charcuterie chalets 🧀
mood: toastyvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

 CAREER  For when it's time to sloooooow down ~ Pandemic work life has brought on a whole new crazy with layoffs, working from home, and making up deficits. Allow yourself to hit pause: "These fluctuations at work are stressful. And even pre-pandemic, there was already a tendency to view overworking as a source of celebration. A more lenient time of year — such as this holiday season — can help recenter us and clarify what goals we want to achieve when we’re back at our desks. The 'slow work' movement prioritizes meaningful and measured productivity, alongside dedicated time for breaks. The work style places importance on concentrated work, especially on individual tasks. Hopping from assignment to assignment is not part of the slow work philosophy. However, wiping the slate clean, so your schedule is less packed, is a key part of slow work. To try out this work style, find time for activities you enjoy. Build in concentrated parts of your day for passion projects that require you to use your hands — and not just your thumbs, swiping across a screen."

 BEAUTY  For when we're slugging it ~ Grab a tin of cold cream and layer it on thick for the latest trend in skincare: "Popping open the iconic blue tin, I had no idea I was staring at the precursor to my holy grail for smoother, more moisturized, and less irritated skin; slugging. Coined by K-Beauty and popularized on Reddit, slugging is the act of taking petrolatum or Vaseline, coating your face in it and waking up reborn. While my marraine never handed me a vat of Vaseline, Nivea is a blend of petrolatum (Vaseline), mineral oil, and glycerin — basically a slug with benefits ... As I’ve gotten older, I’ve graduated from Nivea and gotten my masters in petrolatum. Most nights, particularly in the winter when I’m finished with my routine, I use a pea-sized amount of petrolatum over my face as a final step. I find it makes my moisturizer work harder, my skin’s less tight, and it doesn’t budge my skincare routine as much as cold cream."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when 'you're on a break' with dating ~ Take it from one woman who temporarily quit the small talk and getting-to-know-you stuff: "While my early 20s were defined primarily by avoiding dating at all costs, the last three years have been a flurry of Tinder, Hinge, and Lex encounters — until March, that is, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced me to hit pause on my search for romance. After a slow return to precaution-laden dating during the relatively safe summer months, I realized when cases skyrocketed in early November that I would need to close my circle yet again. The question remains, though: After going on literally hundreds of dates in the past few years, how am I supposed to adjust to not going indoors with anyone new — or, in other words, zero non-platonic dating whatsoever — until cases drop and/or a vaccine achieves meaningful saturation? For help with this quandary, I turned to relationship coach Silvy Khoucasian, who specializes in helping people set healthy boundaries. Sure, those boundaries are normally set within existing romantic relationships, but could Khoucasian’s advice help me redefine my relationship with dating as a single person?"

 SELF  For when we're putting together our New Year's resolutions ~ 2020 has been a year for personal growth, whether we liked it or not. Reflect and continue on the journey for next year: "'Self-growth starts with the recognition of something that’s not quite working right,' Risha Nathan, an N.Y.C.-based therapist who specializes in awakening her clients to the barriers to happiness in life — along with how to overcome them — tells HelloGiggles. Once you’re able to nail down what isn’t working, you can make a plan to forge steps toward something that will benefit you more. It’s this very process that leads to personal growth ... No matter where we’re at in life, growth — and being open to that growth — is important. After all, we all have challenges that could be overcome and things that just might be holding us back. 'Insight around our issues helps us to take any blame off of others and take ownership over our own adult choices,' Nathan says. 'We often have to figure out ways to re-parent ourselves in order to grow past old wounds and shift our story.'"
sounds for sweet dreams
Kali Uchis ft. PartyNextDoor ~ fue mejor

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

last stop to dreamland

Moisturizing citrus body wash to soothe harsh Winter dry skin.
via Hello Glow
Materials: castile soap, coconut oil, vegetable glycerin, jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, and citrus essential oils (e.g., orange, lemon, or grapefruit)

Directions: combine ingredients, stir, transfer into a glass jar, and use on days when you miss Summer
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

Reminder to: 
Cook a family recipe.

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