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TUESDAY  •  JUNE 16, 2020
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"One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go."
~ Sheila Murray Bethel
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

💻 Nailing first impressions. Zoom interviews are the new norm and tips like checking your internet speed, planning a dress-rehearsal, and having a plan for interruptions will help you make the most out of every call.

🖼️ Finding unexpected art.
Fill your bare walls with fun and unique art such as woven baskets, floating planters, or even hang a rug for an eye-catching statement piece.

🍑 Activating our glutes. After sitting all day long, kick your booty workout into gear with
a time saving circuit workout that maximizes the burn with resistance bands and no rest between moves.

📺 Saying goodbye. No matter how much we personally love a TV show, sadly they can't last forever (except for SVU 🙌).
Find out which of your faves were cancelled in 2020. We're bummed to see Modern Family and Schitt’s Creek go, but we'll always keep them on our watch list.

What is this make-up magic?! 🧴
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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 strive for goodness ~ Being good isn't a personality trait; it's a lifelong goal that requires action, motivation, and commitment: "In the past few weeks especially, this discrepancy in understanding of how to be a good person has come into play. Nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd have put renewed attention on the ongoing systemic racism in this country and led many white people to finally examine their privilege. Many of these people have had the sudden realization that they haven’t been allies to the Black community, thus calling into question whether they are, in fact, good in this moment. But, again, goodness isn’t a trophy; it’s a lifelong pursuit. So if you are one of the people who has felt uncomfortable by the sense that there’s spotlight on how you’re enacting your virtues (or not), consider this your invitation to make goodness a habit. Now that you know goodness is not a trait but something to work on and hone throughout every juncture of life, how to be a good person is the next order of business to understand."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when you just want to be friends ~ Whether we like it or not, friend-zoning and getting friend zoned are pretty common experiences in our lives: "The idea of the friend zone in particular, as a subset or specific experience of love rejection, implies several untruths that need to be interrogated. In a society where romantic and familial relationships are often prioritized over other dynamics, it’s unsurprising that we would conceptualize the friend zone this way. But the truth is: Friendship is valuable. More than that, it’s powerful. Platonic intimacy — and particularly our desire for it — may be making a comeback. With apps like Bumble BFF and Friender and the near-ubiquitous question 'How do you make friends as an adult?, it’s clear that people are searching for more than sex and romance. Equalizing its importance — seeing friendship not as supplemental, but as central — will take us a long way from believing the friend zone is an embarrassment."

 CULTURE  For when good things happen when women support women ~ Dakota Johnson raves about the female-centric set of her new movie The High Note: "This is also a very female-centric film when you go behind the scenes. You had a female director, screenwriter, and then obviously you and [Tracee Ellis Ross] starring as well. How does it differ being on a very women-centered crew compared to other films that you've done? ... 'I think it's always amazing, and I love supporting other women artists in any category. It also always just comes down to the human and who the people are that you are working with. I've had really amazing experiences with more predominantly male sets, I've had really amazing experiences with predominantly female sets. So I think at the end of the day, it really does just come down to what kind of a human being you are and how you treat others with respect, and what kind of energy you put into the world.'"

 SLEEP  For when too much of something isn't always a good thing ~ In quarantine, many will find themselves catching a lot more shut eye than normal: "Typically, the body needs about seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Barring sleep issues and late-night work schedules, you might slide into bed at 11 p.m., wake up at 8 a.m., and be ready for your day. But now that the pandemic has changed everyone’s daily routine, there’s often no reason to go to bed at a reasonable hour, wake up at a specified time, or steer yourself away from the couch when the desire for a nap calls. And to some extent, that’s okay. There are both positives and negatives when it comes to catching a few more z’s these days. But it is something you’ll want to pay attention to all the same. Once you start sleeping for 10-plus hours a day, this sleep pattern can actually become a bad thing."
sounds for sweet dreams
Kiana Ledé ~ Feel A Way
community board

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

  • 📚 "If you're working on strengthening your allyship, I recommend reading Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper. I just finished it, and it's so powerful and important right now." ~ Jana E.

last stop to dreamland

Try not to have imaginary/fake arguments in your head. Negative emotions are powerful and addicting, which can lead to your brain "remembering" the argument and physiological response as a real one.

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☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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