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"Never be ashamed of what you feel."
~ Demi Lovato
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

💆‍♀️ Massaging the pain away. Yes, put your phone down after this but also relieve strained eyes with simple stretches like massaging your temples for a soothing effect on those tough tension headaches.

🏝️ Taking a trip to the tropics.
Treat your taste buds to a flavor oasis with mouth-watering recipes like Chicken Braised in Charred Lime and Peanut Broth and Tropical Trifle with Coconut and Rum. #omgyum

😊 Expressing ourselves.
Here's a sneak peak at the 117 new emojis releasing later this year. Btw totally finding out how to use bubble tea and seal in every conversation.

🛋️ Staying in. A cozy night at home can be just as fun as a night out on the town. From curling up by the fire to hosting an intimate dinner party,
enjoy these activities to do indoors this Winter.
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bedtime stories

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

For when the Great Jones baking sheet is back in stock ~ In the past, fancy cookware equated to status and gifts for milestones like getting married or buying a house. These days, millennials are taking the kitchen and home cooking into their own hands. "While gifts are still a big part of Le Creuset’s business, more young people than ever are buying the company’s products for themselves. This lines up with broader demographic trends: Middle-class and wealthy young people are getting married later, buying homes later, and living in smaller dwellings, thereby changing or delaying the milestones that would have filled up their cabinets on someone else’s dime. That’s forced some of those people to stock their own adult kitchens, often because they need to replace the inexpensive nonstick pots and pans they’ve been lugging from apartment to apartment since college."

 TECHNOLOGY  For when there's an app for everything ~ The evolution of apps is changing the future of the working economy, but it's also changing the way in which we interpret community. "Smartphone apps have made it possible for people who aren’t rich — but have enough disposable income to throw some money at a problem — to hire someone on demand at a relatively accessible price. 'We are witnessing a financialization of activities that used to be an expression of social capital. What used to be favors among friends now has a price tag: the pickup from the airport, hauling clothes to the laundry, or helping to paint the apartment.' Many Americans no longer have the kind of relationships where we can ask a neighbor to borrow a cup of sugar, let alone pick up a bag of dog food. According to a 2015 report by the think tank City Observatory, a little more than one-third of us have no interactions with our neighbors, compared with about 20 percent of Americans in the mid-1970s."

 CULTURE  For when reading true crime is a crime for your mind ~ Thanks to the influx of riveting podcasts and shows, the true crime genre has become more popular in recent years. However, these intriguingly gruesome tales can actually affect our brains more than we may have considered. "True crime's immediate effect on the brain has a lot in common with that of other frightening or intense media. Urban Balance's Dr. Aimee Daramus tells Bustle that the 'cocktail' of brain chemicals produced by watching a true-crime documentary are very similar to those produced while watching a horror movie ... 'Potential problems could come if, after being exposed to so many stories of people being killed, that you start to believe everyone is a predator and everything is dangerous. Does it get to the point where we aren’t friendly to the person in the grocery store anymore, because we’re afraid of them? Is it to the point that we’re afraid to leave our house because we’re worried we’re going to be kidnapped? I think that’s where the danger comes — when people start to take their paranoia and their fear too far.'"

 SELF  For when failure is not an option ~ Giving up doesn't mean you've failed; it means you've learned enough to know when something isn't working and that it's time to move on. "Don’t get me wrong: Persistence is admirable, but the cycle of 'never giving up' is often a trap. It’s based on goals and expectations others have set for us. It’s like trying to survive a desert without ever leaving. The desert is diet culture, hustle culture, sex-exclusive culture, pop culture, drinking culture. It’s any culture that tells us toxic suffering, be it starving our body or prioritizing career over mental health, is necessary to achieve validation. Here’s the secret, though: We can ditch the desert. We can give up journeying through others’ expectations. We can choose how we want to live — by giving up the things that don’t work for us. Giving up can be a good thing. It’s a sign of knowing yourself: the limits your body needs, the boundaries your brain requires, and the space your heart needs to grow."
sounds for sweet dreams
Pink Sweat$ ~ Honesty
last stop to dreamland

Think slower, not faster, to be a better problem solver. If you see a problem, plan out how to solve it, do that plan, and check to see how/why it worked or didn't work. You'll become a much more systematic and effective solver.

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