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MONDAY  •  NOVEMBER 30, 2020
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"It's up to you to define your own brand of leadership and your own version of success."
~ Peggy Johnson
tonight's pick-me-ups

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

🌞 Waking up worry-free. Enjoy your mornings in peace with natural remedies to ease anxiety. Setting intentions and blocking out distractions are excellent starts to bring solace to your morning routine.

🍿 Scouring our streams. If you're like us, you've already blown through The Queen's Gambit (maybe more than once).
Check out these other similarly thrilling dramas, including Emma also starring Anya Taylor-Joy.

📦 Gifting mindfully.
The best present is one they'll actually use. Add blue light blocking glasses or even an espresso machine to cart for the practical person in your life.

🌌 Feeling optimistic. Sagittarius season is bringing us some much needed joyful vibes. Get ready to broaden your horizons and
discover what the season will bring for you and your sign.

Your scented candle to burn through those 82 holiday flicks 🕯️
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bedtime stories

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

 TRENDING  For when you're faking it ~ Happy Cyber Monday! Fake reviews online aren't new, but it's getting harder to weed out the legit comments from the fake ones: "To make e-commerce work, platforms like Amazon need a rating and review system that helps consumers make these online purchasing decisions with confidence. But because these reviews are typically a significant factor in search rank algorithms and thus have a big impact on product visibility and sales, these systems often also create powerful incentives for sellers to manipulate their products’ rankings through fake reviews ... The data is clear: Fake reviews are extremely effective. In the two weeks after sellers began to recruit reviewers, their products’ ratings increased by an average 0.16 stars. While some of these reviews might be organic, i.e., from real, non-compensated customers, the fact that the jump in reviews happens immediately after sellers start buying fake reviews suggests that this spike is driven by the fake reviews. This increase in reviews translated into a significant boost in sales, with these products experiencing an average 12.5% bump in their sales ranks. However, this boost was short-lived."

 CULTURE  For when your way is the right way ~ We all have our favorite holiday recipes and, of course, all of us make the best version of said recipes: "Recipe debates tend to get people heated fast. Things get particularly fiery around the holidays, when people share their tips and preferences online. There are perennial debates about stuffing (or dressing), sweet potato preparation is a constant controversy, and, last year, writer Maya Kosoff’s Thanksgiving 'seafoam salad' got a lot of attention as an unusual side dish option. We get very touchy about our comfort food and what we bring to the tables where we celebrate ... So it’s about identity, it’s about memory, and it’s about your rootedness and connectedness to a particular place and time. I think that’s why people get really defensive about this way or that way of preparing something. Because it’s not just about the flavor, it’s about your sense of belonging, and who you are, and what matters, and what you care about."

 INTERESTING  For when what to expect is not expecting ~ COVID-19 will mostly likely lead to hundreds of thousands fewer births than there would have been in the absence of a pandemic: "The baby bust isn’t expected to begin in earnest until December. And it could take a bit longer than that, Sarah Hayford, a sociologist at Ohio State University, told me, if parents-to-be didn’t adjust their plans in response to the pandemic immediately back in March, when its duration wasn’t widely apparent ... The coronavirus pandemic is a departure from historical precedents. The influenza pandemic wasn’t an economic crisis and the Great Recession wasn’t a public-health crisis, so it might be difficult to accurately predict the effects of a disaster that mixes elements of both. Regardless of the baby bust’s exact size, it would be surprising if a significant one doesn’t come to pass. The phrase baby bust might imply that the nation is in danger of declaring newborn bankruptcy, but even if 500,000 fewer babies arrive next year than last, more than 3 million will still be born in 2021."

 WELLNESS  For when Monday really is the worst ~ It's not just you, Monday's are arguably one of the toughest days of the week as the experts explain why: "There are physiological factors involving the body’s natural cycle that help explain why Mondays can feel so rough, particularly for those of us who follow traditional Monday-to-Friday workweeks. The main issue is that we tend to abide by a different sleep schedule during the weekend compared to the rest of the week. On Monday, many people grieve the loss of the weekend and the carefree feelings that accompany those days. It’s psychologically difficult to transition away from leisure and personal time back into obligations and a routine of responsibility ― especially because you don’t have any control over this natural passing of time and thus don’t have a say in the matter ... The sense of change that Mondays bring is one reason why John Mayer, a clinical psychologist in Chicago, calls them 'Moandays.'" Hang in there and have a good week, friends. 💕
sounds for sweet dreams
Arlo Parks ~ Caroline

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

  • 🤗 "I love when we have threads going on here. Can we start one for charities or Gofundmes  to give back to? It's been tough for so many people and I'd love to see how we can help each other." ~ Nikita C.

last stop to dreamland

🧘🏽‍♀️ Try Leg Circles that you can do in bed while watching Netflix 🧘🏽‍♀️
  • Lie on your back with your legs extended out in front of you.
  • Squeeze your legs together and lift them up about three inches off of the bed.
  • Draw a circle the size of a basketball in the air with your toes.
  • Do this 20 times in one direction, and then switch.
  • For more of a challenge for your lower abdominal muscles, swap the basketballs for figure-eights. 
☁️🌛 Goodnight and go tuck yourself ☁️

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