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TUESDAY  •  MARCH 3, 2020
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~ Ariana Grande
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

Working on our charm. It's nice to have that *it* factor, that something extra that draws people to us. Luckily charisma can be learned. Hint: if you're inquisitive, leave room for a little mystery and stay positive.

🛋️ Hacking our way to better style. IKEA is a DIYer's dream and
their not-so-secret website, Livet Hemma (life at home), is chock full of ideas and inspo that will help you furnish your entire home.

🙌 Defining success on our own terms. Success is hard to measure, especially when we're talking about ourselves.
Read these gentle reminders based on your zodiac sign to help re-calibrate your measure of success on a personal scale.

💤 Thinking pink. It's hard enough to fall asleep, even without having to think about loud sirens or jarring noises.
Crank up the pink noise at night, which provides a constant ambient noise to help mask sounds that interfere with sleep.
mood: go best friendvia  Maev
bedtime stories

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

For when you could use a mental breather ~ The state of our political landscape could cause even the most level-headed person a mini mental meltdown right now. Keep your cool with more self-love. "In times of turmoil, whether it be frustrations with the political landscape or smaller, more intimate moments in my life, my anxiety tends to take over. And it's not just me: Anxiety is one of the most common disorders in the US, affecting 40 million adults every year ... So where to start? The first, and perhaps most important, thing to do is breathe. It sounds simple and it is, but it is essential. When we become stressed, our breathing becomes shallow, and this sends a feedback loop to our brain that we are anxious — increasing our anxiety. Long, deep breaths are calming and cleansing, but they also send feedback to our brain that everything is all right."

 LIFESTYLE  For when you're running short on time ~ Some of the greatest reads are also the longest, and it can be daunting to dive into a massive 800 page book. This is how to power through your latest read, just in time for the next book club meet. "Set goals, but do take breaks Haruki Murakami once wrote a short story called Sleep, about a woman who discovers she no longer needs it and uses her extra time to finally bash through Anna Karenina. We can’t do that – but we can dedicate the time by setting a daily goal, even if it seems small to you, say 20 pages. That way, you’re never so far away from it that you lose track of the plot and then your interest. Read after me: it is OK to not read books like an excited tween on a Harry Potter release date."

 REAL TALK  For when life throws you a curve ball ~ Nothing is predictable, which is why building up an emergency fund is essential. "When something unexpected happens out of the blue, it’s scary — and can be even scarier when it’s going to cost a lot of coin. The way to avoiding that? Starting an emergency fund. Before you start moving money around, you may want to play a not-so-fun game called 'what will this disaster cost me?' ... Your emergencies may be totally different: a single gal living in NYC across the country from her family may be more concerned about having enough money saved to fly home at a moment’s notice, and chances are, she won’t have car troubles like me! Pick your big three emergency expenses and tally up how much they would all cost combined — this will determine your ideal emergency fund amount."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when BFF really means forever ~ Creating and sustaining a life-long friendship is no joke. You've got put in some serious hours to stay close and feel connected to your friends. "Jeff Hall wondered something basic: How much time does it take to make a friend? To find out, he surveyed 355 adults who had relocated within the last six months. He asked each person to identify a potential friend they had met when they moved. Where did you meet? he asked. How much time did you spend together last week? In a typical week? What kind of friendship or acquaintanceship would you say you have with this person? What do you do together? Do you hang out, work, talk? Hall was looking for 'cut points,' estimates of the amount of time necessary to bring a new person closer. Combining the two studies, Hall found it took between 40 and 60 hours to move from an acquaintance to a casual friendship, from 80 to 100 hours to call someone a friend, and over 200 hours of togetherness before someone rated as a best friend."
sounds for sweet dreams
Miko ~ Crushes
last stop to dreamland

If you find yourself lacking motivation to do anything, try just taking a shower and making your bed. The feeling of accomplishment and being clean will tremendously help your state of mind and can easily motivate you to be even more productive.

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☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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