Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 166

He has achieved success who has worked well, laughed often, and loved much. // Elbert Hubbard

+ This video gave me the first good laugh I’ve had in weeks.

+ Tuckernuck’s seersucker tunic is a warm weather dream.

+ How to recover when you career is derailed.

+ Lune + Aster’s 5-minute rescue masks are amazing.

+ Cocktail hour is making a comeback.

+ Anthro’s cozy-at-home shop full of good things.  Love this dress!

+ Why video calls are wearing us all out.

+ Need summer flats? Try these blush drivers and knotted slingbacks.

+ Hand dryers vs. paper towels: the dirty battle to dry your hands.

+ Leopard leggings? Or tie-dye? I know which team I’m on.

+ Long Read: A restauranteur tries to find her place in the new world.

Like many people trying to hold onto their sanity and strengthen their mental health during this crisis, meditation is on my mind.  I tried the Calm app some years ago, and it helped.  But meditation is a practice, and to bring about its benefits, you need to find the method that’s right for you.

Enter, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Ten Percent Happier.

Some days their free app and my acupressure mat are the only things keeping me on the right side of sane.  

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  1. sara says:

    the explaining the pandemic video contains possibly the best coronavirus content I’ve seen since this thing began.

    April 27, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      “I have so much travel, you know, for work…”

      “No, no you don’t…”

      April 27, 2020/Reply
    • Kate says:

      DYING! Thank you for sharing!

      April 27, 2020/Reply
  2. Whitney says:

    I love Dan Harris for intro to meditation because it appeals to the least woo-woo among us. Glad you found something that works for you!

    April 27, 2020/Reply
  3. Sari says:

    Love that Anthro dress- it’s ALREADY sold out!

    April 27, 2020/Reply
  4. Cindi says:

    I just ordered the acupressure mat. Really excited about that! Thanks for the recommendation – I didn’t know anything like that existed!

    April 27, 2020/Reply
    • MOnica T says:

      I picked up the acupressure mat on Abra’s recommendation and LOVE it. Switching from a Herman Miller ergonomic office chair to a barstool for the last 6 weeks has done a number on my back, neck and EVERYthing. You can use the mat and pillow in a million ways (it comes with instructions), it is a lifesaver!

      April 27, 2020/Reply
    • Kim says:

      I ordered the acupressure mat a few weeks ago, too, and it is shockingly helpful. I hate my open office, but desperately miss my ergonomic desk and that mat has helped relieve a LOT of tension and soreness.

      April 28, 2020/Reply
  5. MOnica T says:

    Definitely over video calls, for some reason it feels invasive at this stage, even though as a member of a multi-region team I always encouraged video calls when in the office to make everyone feel connected. But now, I am constantly being interrupted by a child, dogs, or whatever…I feel like it would be disruptive to have my video on in every meeting. I am paying attention, I swear! I’m also feeling like I can’t control what my face does and why subject others to that?!

    April 27, 2020/Reply
  6. Lindsey says:

    Peloton has pretty great meditations on the app. I like their app things (strength, yoga, meditation, running) almost as much as the cycling workouts!

    April 27, 2020/Reply
    • Belle says:

      That five minute arm workout is a killer. Even with just 2lb weights.

      April 27, 2020/Reply
  7. Kate says:

    That video!!!! great Monday start off.

    April 27, 2020/Reply
  8. Kim W says:

    Oh that video is hysterical

    April 27, 2020/Reply
  9. Ellen Buckley says:

    If you like the 10% Happier app, I recommend Dan’s book of the same name as well. He might be milking the whole skeptic thing at this point, but his story of discovering and entering the world of meditation was a good read, even for someone who has been meditating for years.

    April 28, 2020/Reply
  10. K says:

    The video calls! Luckily, I’m not on much, but the last tine I spent the whole tome distracted by a crease in my neck and how to fix the lighting so I don’t look like J have a massive double, triple chin. I’ve been meaning to write for advice on that.

    My resting bitch face? Ugh, I think it’s not that much worse than other’s, but,… I wish my neutral didn’t include a frown! I sort of feel like I should be looking for exercises for that, but I know I won’t do them.

    April 28, 2020/Reply