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MONDAY  •  DECEMBER 14, 2020
sleep mantra
via Pinterest
"I knew I wanted to do something on my own."
~ Brit Morin
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

📖 Reading people. Everything from facial expressions to body movements mean something. Picking up on these nonverbal communication cues will come in handy on Zoom too, such as paying attention to voice pitch and breathing patterns.

Getting decked out. The tackier the better when it comes to ugly Christmas sweaters. This year,
try DIY'ing your sweater with a fun and ridiculous idea like turning yourself into a snow globe.

🍇 Grazing all day. Enjoy your very own charcuterie board with
‘jarcuterie,’ a personal-sized jar filled with your favorite snacks. Not only are they perfect for pandemic times, but they're also super cute!

📔 Planning it out. Say goodbye to 2020 when you snag
the latest and greatest in '21 planners. Here's hoping that we get better use out of them this year! Erin Condren and Paper Source are a few favorites for us.

P.S. "
Welcome to adulthood. You now have strong opinions on mattresses." 🤣
mood: cable knitvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

 CAREER  For when you can't wait for a fresh start ~ Prepare your home and your computer with these end-of-year 'clean up' tips: "As you exhale after a tumultuous year, now is the time to clean out and set yourself up for a productive, successful new year. Set up your email program to prioritize your messages. Color-code incoming messages based on sender priority or where your name appears in the message. For example, you might color-code your manager red, your top clients green, and turn the messages where you are cc’d to light gray. Use conditional formatting in Outlook and labels in Gmail. Then, when you open your inbox, you will be able to quickly scan and identify the messages that require an immediate response from you ... Don’t start your year bogged down in old documents and information you do not need. Clear the clutter. For many of us, 2020 was a one-star year: very bad, would not recommend. So prepare your inbox and home 'office' for a more productive (and healthy) 2021."

 TRENDING  For when we'll never get enough T-Swift ~ After dropping her second surprise album of the year, people are especially noticing the songstress's dedication to her craft: "What is most compelling about [Taylor Swift], commenters have started to agree, is how much she works, and how seriously she takes that work. That’s a startling contrast to the consensus on Taylor Swift a few years ago, when she was widely considered to be a try-hard whose hard work was off-putting ... Moreover, by showcasing that skill while under lockdown, Swift was only further emphasizing her enviable work ethic. The idea of the pop star whose hard work and grit become glamorous and aspirational is not new. Beyoncé, the pop queen of our Rise and Grind era, has perfected it. But it is new to Swift, and it suggests that she’s finally found a way to channel her workhorse vibes away from the sense of control that animated her backlash period and toward something more meaningful and desirable."

 CULTURE  For when Hanukkah needs more screen time ~ With thousands of Christmas movies to consume during the holiday season, it's apparent how few Hanukkah-themed holiday classics there are: "Every year when the holiday season rolls around, Jewish pop-culture addicts find themselves left out in the cold. The dearth of movies centered on Hanukkah has grown especially glaring as Hollywood has expanded to make room for a wider diversity of filmmakers and stories across racial, sexual, and gender lines ... Hanukkah doesn’t easily lend itself to seasonal cheer. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. Reconciling the solemn roots of Hanukkah with the upbeat spirit that holiday movies demand remains a challenge for some enterprising screenwriter, but one eminently worth undertaking. For one, it’d make a lot of Jews who are tired of rewatching a cartoon Adam Sandler make poop jokes very happy to get some fresh material. Beyond that, though, there’s rich narrative ground in the Jewish heritage waiting to be broken, and good stories deserve to be told."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when you miss your friends ~ Finding and maintaining close female friendships can be tough. Obviously, the pandemic isn't helping the cause: "Watching a holiday gift exchange unfold during the pandemic reminded me how hard it has been this year to maintain the few female relationships that I do have. Because most of my adult life has consisted of a string of relocations, nearly all of my friendships are long distance. This comes with its own difficulties and feelings of strain and loneliness, and emotional distance is too often inevitable. The pandemic has exacerbated those challenges. For so many, covid-19 has downsized life in indescribably lonely ways, and I understand now why I gave a silly social media post the power to make me feel inadequate and hungry for female friendship. But Kim reminded me that important sisterhood is there when I need it."
sounds for sweet dreams
Taylor Swift ~ gold rush

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

  • 🥰 "Thanks to the team for another year of your newsletters! Hope you ladies get the rest you deserve."

last stop to dreamland

🧘🏻‍♀️ Give yourself a big Bear Hug to stretch out tension in your shoulders and upper back (definitely helpful if you lean over a desk all day) 🧘🏻‍♀️
  1. Stand up straight with good posture.
  2. Wrap your arms around yourself and quite literally give yourself a big bear hug.
  3. Take a few deep inhales and audible exhales.
  4. Slowly release your hug.
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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