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THURSDAY  •  JUNE 25, 2020
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"I don’t like to doze by the fire. I like adventures, and I’m going to find some."
~ Jo March, Little Women
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🌞 Doing *all* the summer activities at home. A pandemic can't stop our summer creativity and fun, so go ahead and tie-dye your entire closet or go camping in the backyard.

💔 Re-watching Fleabag. FYI "fleabagging" in relationships comes from the very show itself and means dating the same problematic people.
Here's how to identify it and learn from the pattern.

🍨 Cooling off.
This no churn ice cream recipe has all the fresh summer flavors in it — like strawberries! Enjoy outside in the sun or with some friends (while social distancing).

🧴 Kicking off the weekend. Face masks are the best little treat for our skin, especially after a long week of Zoom calls and blue light exposure.
Pick up a few straight from the drugstore for a quick and easy night in.

Weekend mood 🛁
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bedtime stories

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

For when we eventually need to exhale ~ Rest time is how our brain relaxes and can lead to better work time: "Think of your work ethic as the inhale (it is, in a way, as essential to your career as air is to your body). With a good work ethic, we make, execute, coordinate, manage, fulfill, and get things done. Task list — inhale. Project execution — inhale. Making our ideas come to life — inhale. But we can’t keep inhaling forever. Eventually we have to exhale. This exhale is your rest ethic, and it is just as essential. A solid rest ethic gifts us inspiration, ideas, and recovery. It allows us to build up our enthusiasm and sustain our passion. Gaining a fresh perspective — exhale. Project ideation and 'aha' moments — exhale. Letting big ideas incubate in your mind — exhale. And just as a deep exhale prepares you for a better inhale, your rest ethic enables you to have a better work ethic."

 CULTURE  For when a little glitter goes a long way ~ Glitter is not just for kids, it's also a fascinating staple of queer history: "Glitter makeup, though too often culturally relegated to juvenilia and special occasions, has an important place in queer history. Glitter is intimately tied to the long legacy of queer nightlife and performance art, including the intersecting worlds of drag, burlesque, and cabaret. As glitter makes its way into our bedsheets and onto our carpets, it also makes its way across generations, connecting queer folks to other communities and to our predecessors. Today, glitter makeup still goes far beyond whimsy for queer folks who defy or transcend sexual and gender norms. In fact, for many, it’s an integral piece of gender presentation and queer identity. Just as religious symbols (like a cross or a Star of David) signal community and connection, wearing glitter is a way to signal our queer identities not only to ourselves but also to each other."

 TRENDING  For when watching people eat is almost as satisfying as eating together ~ Mukbang, the art of eating for entertainment, has filled our void of sharing a meal during the pandemic: "The original videos were so delightful and cathartic, they spawned a genre of internet eating that continues to fill voids in people's lives to this day. Want to watch someone work their way through your favorite restaurant's menu so you know what to get next time? That exists! Feeling like listening to someone sexy-slurp her way through some seafood? Great, you'll be able to find it! Craving the closeness that is sharing a meal with a loved one while the entire world is closed during a global pandemic? Oh yeah, that works, too. In fact, the coronavirus outbreak has pushed this genre of already hugely popular content creators to get even more creative with their videos. While they shelter in place, their subscribers are hungry for connection, a few of them tell me. The demand for more videos where they eat and talk and eat and talk has become, at times, overwhelming."

 SLEEP  For when deep sleep is possible ~ If getting regular shut eye during quarantine has been tricky for you, here are more tips on how to finally catch those precious Zzz's: "When it comes time to strategizing your snoozes, [Annie Miller, a psychotherapist] emphasizes that consistency is key, even when we want to overcorrect for a bad night’s sleep: 'We often think we should ‘catch up’ on sleep over the weekend or if we have a bad night of sleep. But in fact, that can make insomnia worse by creating what's called social jetlag.' She adds, 'It is important to keep your wake up time consistent and understand that you may be tired in the short term, but this will build up sleep drive and eventually allow you to fall asleep faster at night.'"
sounds for sweet dreams
Victoria Monét ~ Experience
community board

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

  • 📧 "Set an out-of-office and thank yourself on Monday." ~ Ashley B.

last stop to dreamland

Wine glass charms that basically double as adult friendship bracelets.
  • Materials: circle ring wine glass charms, round aluminum blank tags, stamps, stamping hammer, jump rings, needle nose pliers, black acrylic paint, and assorted beads.
  • Directions: stamp the tags, hammer in your design, paint, bead, and share.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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