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MONDAY  •  FEBRUARY 24, 2020
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"If you work hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."
~ Libby Leffler Hoaglin
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🤳 Commuting with a view. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. Take the scenic route with the new app Likeways, which takes you on an adventure passing by cute cafes and other stores based on your interests.

👜 Putting everything in its place. Say goodbye to the never-ending struggle of finding your earphones in the void of your bag thanks to
these chic and lightweight inserts that keep it organized at all times.

🧴 Getting to the root of the problem.
FYI your scalp needs its own facemask. An exfoliating scrub helps to massage away dead skin cells and product build-up clogging your pores which helps eliminate irritation. Pro tip, brushing your hair is a great way to exfoliate on a daily basis.

🙅‍♀️ Managing our emotions.
Stop stress in its tracks before things get out of control by spotting the symptoms, such as constant back pain and shortness of breath. #goodvibesonly
mood: herbvia @blondieandrye
bedtime stories

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

For when everything is a balancing act ~ In a society where we're always expected to be 'on,' we've started defining ourselves by what we do and not what we love doing. "In the book Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up, author Jerry Colonna wrote about the rule his Buddhist teacher suggested to him to better his quality of life. Instead of the stark half-and-half, he was advised to use the one-third rule: One-third of your time for the external you. One-third of your time for the internal you. And one-third of your time for the Other. When applied to the work-life ideal, we can think about the breakdown as the following: one-third for work and business, one-third for the care of the inner and physical you and the final one-third for family, friends, and the community. How’s that for balance? To me, it feels more manageable. It seems fair. It feels a lot like a deep breath. Also, it doesn’t hold the pregnant expectation of work versus life. It doesn’t pit one against the other. It simply offers the opportunity to organize a life that has everything."

 TRENDING  For when you're green with envy ~ Millennial pink, we'll always adore you. However, the latest color to have its moment has us feeling fresh and natural. "Both Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Robin Standefer touted it to Vogue as a 2020 trend to watch, and in a survey of 50,000 designers, 1stdibs found that it was the most in-demand color. There’s something different about green. Yes, it pops. But it can also evoke the soothing beauty of terra firma — grass, trees, and other earthly entities. At a time when many of us are disconnected from nature (as of 2018, 82 percent of North Americans live in a metropolitan area) it’s a way to bring the outdoors inside."

 CULTURE  For when nobody has time for all this drama ~  In a TV world filled with backstabbing contestants and cliquey cat fights, it's nice to find a show that promotes talent and friendship over popularity. "The strange thing is that the entire premise underlying reality television’s deification-and-degradation cycle — that every show needs goodies and baddies, and that conflict is essential — is clearly not true. Many of the most successful reality-television shows in recent years have been 'warm-bath television,' soothing, even numbing, experiences. Netflix’s new offering Next in Fashion continues this trend. Eighteen fashion designers compete to secure funding for their own label, under the direction of the hosts Tan France and Alexa Chung. As with the worldwide phenomenon MasterChef, Next in Fashion’s contestants are genuinely talented. As with The Great British Bake Off, the sweetest characters are the most successful."

 SELF  For when you're reading the signs wrong ~ It's hard to tell what other people are thinking, so naturally we turn to facial expressions to get a read. But what if we're getting it all wrong anyway? "Research scientists studied more than 5 million images of facial expressions from 35 different countries. They also compared the muscle movements of the human face to the muscle movements with a person's emotions. When attempting to determine someone's emotion based on their face, the researchers were nearly always wrong. So how can we figure out what someone's feeling without verbal confirmation? 'Emotions can be communicated nonverbally, but facial muscle articulations are not the sole means Facial color, body pose, body movements, context, situations, and culture, all play a role.' Recognizing that facial expressions do not define someone's true feelings can prevent us from making wrongful judgments."
sounds for sweet dreams
Lizzo ~ Adore You (Cover)
last stop to dreamland

🧘‍♀️ Try the Seated Bound Angle Fold pose to ease stress from the day 🧘‍♀️
  • Sit on floor, bringing soles of feet together and letting knees fall to the sides.
  • Take a deep breath in and lift chest, then exhale as you fold over legs, extending arms forward if comfortable.
  • Hold for two to three minutes.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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