Guilty Pleasures of the Week

Sweater Weather

Below are a few of my deskside distractions and indulgences over the past week. Enjoy your Friday, and click on each if you’d like a smile today…

Loving the narrating of lives as told by Thomas Sanders via Vine

Have been listening to One Direction – Steal My Girl on repeat at the office

With the weather getting a bit chillier, have been indulging with cozy sweaters

Loving the Seth MacFarlane – Holiday For Swing! Album (thats right, the guy behind Family Guy can sing)

With just one episode of Serial left, have been brushing up on some Reddit theories, especially this one

These makeup palettes make great holiday eye colors together

If you haven’t seen the trailer for Pixar’s Inside Out yet, you should

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Make the Most of This Weekend

Lately I have been the worst about being and staying lazy for my entire weekend. While I can blame the cold or too many late nights at the office, really I just need to pony up and make myself a plan. I leave Sunday for a work trip before traveling for Thanksgiving and then a week at home, so I really need to pack in as much holiday-prep time in the city before I leave.

Here’s how:

  • Actually wake up at a decent hour and get out of bed for a full breakfast
  • Go for a brisk run or walk
  • Even when on the couch, be productive by buying holiday gifts
  • OR, go out shopping rather than sticking on the couch
  • Get up and bake some goodies for your friends or co-workers
  • Make plans for a quick lunch date with a friend
  • If you do feel like binging on TV, do it with a loved one who can enjoy it with you
  • Find a new fun spot for dinner

How do you make sure you’re getting the best of your weekends?


Keep Your Head During the Holidays

I do love this time of year – it’s a time of festive fun before the big winter chill. Bundling up to go out in the cold is new, and doesn’t feel like a chore yet. You put on your makeup, and you don’t sweat it off in the subway. Flannel is endearing, not a necessity. You day dream about how you can make people glow with little gifts this year. Everyone is happy and carrying red Starbucks cups.

It can also be a hectic time, especially when mixing end-of-year office projects with social obligations. Even now, before Thanksgiving, I’m starting to notice my calendar filling up and my daily routine has been completely thrown out the window.

You can combat the craziness that ensues this time of year by letting go of your connection to your routine and pick up a few comforting rituals that you keep at any time during the week. For example, while I used to get up and run every morning, now I have one spin class that I look forward to each week. Even if my workouts vary because of other commitments, at least I know I will always go to my spin class. OR, if you are used to eating meals at home but are called out of the house by friends and happy hours, choose your favorite meal and make a pact to make it at least once a week (and save leftovers for lunch). Having familiar habits but letting go of the guilt because you aren’t executing them as often as you like can help you chill out just a bit. Oh, and try to have a green smoothie once in a while for a kick of antioxidants.

How do you keep your head during the holidays?


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