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"Always believe that the impossible is possible."
~ Selena Quintanilla
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🎁 Celebrating calmly and cheaply. Secret Santa exchanges can save you from buying a bajillion gifts, but they can also turn chaotic. Try scheduling a Zoom one this year with some tips to save you the hassle.

🎬 Watching 12 nights of movies. Skip Hallmark's 25 Days of Christmas movie marathon this year and
catch these newly released films. We recommend Promising Young Woman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Wonder Woman 1984 (!!).

🙋‍♀️ Adulting and making friends.
It's not impossible, we promise. Start with a positive approach, then signing up for new online group classes to getting vulnerable and putting yourself out there.

🎉 Counting down 2020. This has been ~a year~ and it's okay to grieve a bit to the end.
Take time to recover and dive deep into yourself before starting the new year off fresh.

"You're really hard to shop for" 🍷
mood: logsvia Pinterest
bedtime stories

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

For when hygge is so millennial ~ Thanks to Gen Z, we have another lifestyle trend that's focused on comfort: "Think back to Season One of the pandemic: We bought monochromatic sweatsuits to add some comfort to working from home and bring some style and cohesion to our house clothes. We had more time than we knew what to do with, so we joined TikTok in droves and brought the LED lights from those teens’ bedrooms into our own homes. We made cloud coffee and cloud bread because we even wanted food that looked like pillows and reminded us of anime skies. We bought out all the Nintendo Switches so we could immerse ourselves in what might be the coziest video game ever: Animal Crossing. These were all just trends at first, but we’ve since folded them into the fabric of our lives — the New Cozy is part of the new normal."

 CULTURE  For when 'take it off' has taken on a whole new meaning ~ The Masked Singer is probably the wildest show on television right now, which makes it perfectly acceptable to watch this year: "The Masked Singer, imported from South Korea, is part of the more meta reality genre where celebrities — who may or may not be actually famous — attempt to prove their skills at an unexpected talent, like business acumen (Celebrity Apprentice) or dancing (Dancing With the Stars). The difference is Singer makes the randomness of the celebrities part of the show ... While The Masked Singer is designed around the guess-the-celebrity concept, the ultimate attraction with this show is the talents of the stars. And hiding the identities with the costumes and personae gets the audience to root for the quality of the dancing and singing, as if celebs are 'real people' underdogs."

 RELATIONSHIPS  For when your RSVP is 'No ❤️' ~ Holiday party invites are around the corner. But if you prefer to keep your distance or need a break, here's how to decline politely without feeling FOMO: "If saying no to people you love is challenging under normal circumstances, it might feel even more difficult now. 'We have collectively experienced much more separation for the majority of this year. People are experiencing ‘COVID fatigue’ and may want to make exceptions to CDC guidelines during the holidays.' So the first step is to remind yourself that you are allowed to say no. Especially right now, when staying away from others might be the most loving thing you can do. Beyond concern for public health, you’re allowed to opt out of situations that don’t feel right for you in general. In a column for SELF, Rachel Wilkerson Miller reminds us that time and energy are among our most important resources, and using them wisely is a key part of having the life we want."

 FUN  For when you don't actually look like a sea goat ~ Real talk though, do people resemble their zodiac signs?: "Astrologers have been using the positions of the planets to figure out how someone (or something!) might look since the earliest records of astrological study (which is really since the beginning of human civilization) ... Per [medical astrologer Judith Hill], it’s not our sun sign alone that determines our appearance but our entire chart. We may have a face like our rising sign, a body type like our moon sign and our style might reflect our sun sign or another planet prominently placed in our chart. For example, Rihanna is a Pisces. But both her moon and rising sign are Aries. She also has love planet Venus in Aries sitting right on her ascendant. Hill describes an Aries type as 'lean [with] high cheekbones, an angular or narrow pointed jawline, a small, sharp and ... catlike nose.' Sounds like Rih to me!"
sounds for sweet dreams
Leanne & Naara ~ Who's Gonna Love You

🎶 Listen to more on our Spotify playlist 📻
community board

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

  • 🏫 "Hi Nikita, in response to your community board ask, I run the GoFundMe page to help build a school in Zanzibar. Our current project is to build a school in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of the island that does not currently have a school. Children of this area must walk miles to school in order to attend classes, which leads them to not attend classes, therefore they lack a proper education." ~ Latifah A.

last stop to dreamland

Cranberry and brie puff pastry tart in case you made more cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving than you know what to do with (tbh same).
via Delish
Ingredients: frozen puff pastry, extra-virgin olive oil, cranberry sauce, sliced brie, and fresh rosemary

Directions: roll out pastry, brush with olive oil, spread the cran, scatter the brie and rosemary, bake, and enjoy your leftovers for another full week
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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