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"All I ever wanted was more money for less effort. I just wanna collect checks in my pajamas. Play a piece of tofu in a Pixar movie or something."
~ Ali Wong
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

Finding joy in this year. Okay the pandemic is a glaring part of 2020, but there were joyful moments we've all experienced too. The little things like the books you read or sourdough you learned to make definitely count.

🏖️ Packing for destination work. Escape from the cold or make a change in scenery because
these nations are accepting remote workers for long-term stay. Dial in from the beaches of Barbados or Aruba for the work trip of a lifetime.

🕎 Frying up latkes. Happy Hanukkah tonight to our friends celebrating! Bring out the oil and menorah for an eight night party.
Try some remixes on the classics like brussel sprout latkes, peanut butter and jelly sufganiyot, or French onion brisket.

📔 Journaling into 2021. This activity can have amazing benefits, but can also be hard to keep up with.
Pick up a self-guided journal this time with prompts for all types: environmentalists, astrology nerds, goal-setters, and more. #newyearnewhabit

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me ... Klare Melk Truffle Gouda 🧀
mood: turtleneckvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

For when we're putting on pants today ~ Wear your fancy sweater, a little make-up, and some fun shoes to reap the benefits of happiness: "UK actor Amanda Holden donned a ballgown to take out the rubbish, sparking a nationwide fiesta of dressing up to do chores: in silver-and-peacock-feather fascinators to iron clothes – in the garden; in formal dinner jacket to mow the lawn. At the other end of the scale, homeworkers attended online team meetings in fancy dress. Whether you can stick to an agenda when your colleague is dressed as a penguin is one thing, but something else is clear: if dressing up for a party is exciting, dressing up when you’ve nowhere to go is taking on a new resonance. 'When other activities that help us to feel ‘like us’ – such as hobbies, seeing friends and going to work – are unavailable, getting dressed up may help people to reinforce their sense of self,' says Rose Turner, fashion psychologist at the London College of Fashion."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when loving gifts gets an (undeserved) bad rap ~ Of all the love languages, 'receiving gifts' has more of a negative connotation. But here's why our assumptions are wrong: "In other words, don’t spring for a pair of fancy sneakers just because they’re expensive if your partner isn’t into fashion. The value of the gift is about more than the item itself — it’s about what it symbolizes. 'To give a gift with meaning and thought behind it requires attention and empathy, which ultimately strengthens the relationship connection. And then the gift becomes a symbol of the sentiment, increasing its value.' Let’s say, for example, that your girlfriend mentions in passing that she’s been homesick and craving her mom’s snickerdoodles. The next week, you surprise her with a plate of freshly baked cookies. Maybe the ingredients only cost you $15, but the fact that you remembered her comment, reached out to her family for the recipe and baked them (despite your lack of culinary skills) would probably mean more than a present you bought because it seemed flashy or impressive."

 LIFESTYLE  For when knit-stagram is popping off ~ Creative juices have been *flowing* for many during the pandemic. If that's you, kudos and keep going: "'I took my time figuring out the design and I found it so calming and meditative. Tying the knots reminded me of making friendship bracelet when I was a child and I had zero worries," Harriet tells Teen Vogue. "I was so happy with my finished piece and enjoyed it so much that I continued learning new knots and creating more pieces. I find that the repetitive nature of the knots provides me a focus and sense of mindfulness.' Research has shown that making art can be therapeutic. One study found that making visual art  'significantly' reduced stress hormone levels in participants, while another found that knitting helped participants feel calm and happy ... During the pandemic, the act of making also lessens the intensity of fear about what's happening around us, and clears the mind of preoccupation with tragedy. It offers a much needed break during a relentless time."

 WELLNESS  For when a mute button would be nice IRL ~ This is as close as you can get to politely muting people (everywhere) and actually relax during 'me time': "Luckily, the one place where I am a minimalist is on social media; ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S. in March, I’ve discovered the ineffable joy of paring my Twitter and Instagram down to the point where I’m only following accounts I genuinely enjoy. But how do you do that? After all, isn’t hate-following that girl from your old job who once ate your yogurt at least half of the point of social media? And how do you opt out of the updates of college acquaintances you don’t particularly care about, without going so far as to formally unfollow and make the next reunion super awkward? The answer, my friends, is muting, and let me say it once for posterity: Muting is good. Muting is free, easy, hurts nobody, and — if you do it right—can genuinely protect your mental health."
sounds for sweet dreams
Dua Lipa ~ Levitating (Acoustic)

🎶 Listen to more on our Spotify playlist 📻
community board

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

last stop to dreamland

A photo candle for a personal touch on our favorite self-care accessory
via A Beautiful Mess
Materials: white tissue paper, card stock, scissors, clear tape, white candles, embossing heat tool, wax paper, and a printer

Directions: tape the tissue paper to card stock, print your photo, cut, position on your candle, wrap in wax paper, heat, peel, and light up with memories
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

Reminder to: 
Re-watch your favorite childhood movie.

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