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  1. It’s Friday night and I have big plans. I transition from week into weekend through a full production of getting ready. After work, I shower and prep for the night ahead, except I linger a little longer under the shower head, steaming the bathroom up to its full potential. I even use my expensive, fancy shampoo. …

  2. Like millions of other people in the world, I live for the holiday season. The twinkling lights. The constant cycle of cookies in the oven. The Family Stone and Elf playing on repeat. Peppermint and gingerbread EVERYTHING. I mean, what’s not to love? Heck, I even adore the tacky ugly sweaters. Yet as therapeutic as I …

  3. First, write them down. The best way to ensure your needs are met this holiday season is to first acknowledge what they are. Start by writing down a list of the things that make you smile just thinking about them. Keep the list handy during the holidays as a simple reminder to check in with yourself—on …

  4. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a notebook fanatic. The lovely journals in the Anthropologie sale section get me every single time. No really — you should see my apartment; I’ve managed to curate quite the collection. But see, the problem is that no matter how much I adored these leather-bound diaries, the pages all …

  5. Recently, a couple members of our creative team have been sporting some pretty cute glasses around the studio. These new stylish frames caught my eye and I had to ask in anticipation, “Where did you get those?!” It turns out both pairs were from Felix Gray, and after further questioning, I found out that they weren’t …

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  7. Hey. I struggle with anxiety pretty terribly in the fall. And it’s okay if you do too. It’s strange though, right? Considering fall wins the favorite season poll by a mile? I mean, I’m straight up giddy at leaves changing color; I’ll pull my car over to look at a tree like your 60-year-old dad. I …

  8. Did you know that Americans collectively check their smartphones upwards of 8 billion times per day?! But wait, before your jaw completely drops to the floor — there’s more. According to this particular study, we, as individuals, touch these pocket-sized computers typically about 2,600 times every 24 hours. And get this: on average, people will spend …

  9. Hear that? It’s the worldwide groan that comes with Sunday nights. My how quickly your Sunday Funday can manifest into the Sunday Sads. Life comes atcha quick, huh? Getting a twinge of the Sunday Sads – or Sunday Scaries, more prominently heard on the East Coast – isn’t anything new: Austrian psychotherapist Viktor Frankl coined the phrase …

  10. In second grade, I got really into journaling. I’m not sure if it came from my obsession with Harriet the Spy or just a desire to add meaning to my comfy suburban upbringing, but I made a promise to myself. I, Allie Arends, would fill an entire journal for each year of my life. For the …

  11. Once upon a time, I had an addiction to busyness. The instant gratification of striking through lines on mile-long to-do lists, the sense of accomplishment after sifting through an overflowing inbox of emails, the feeling of combating a day packed to the brim with back-to-back meetings — these were the things that kept my adrenaline pumping. …

  12. I got really into “clean eating” last year. A few things happened that accelerated this process. First, I got married. It turns out, a wedding is an even better weight loss incentive than a middle school frenemy making a snide comment about my butt. Then, my family was hit with a series of health problems. I …

  13. “Coming to terms with the reality of a situation doesn’t just mean you understand or accept it. To come to terms with something, you must quite literally be able to put it into words.” And with that declaration, the scattered college professor was cemented in my memory as a Real Teacher. Two sentences cleared up one cliché phrase …