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Love One Another: At Home With Friends

One of my favorite ways to spend time with friends is to have them over at my place. There's something so comforting to me about having my buddies, my partner, and my fur babies all gathered together in the place where I work and sleep. Having a bunch of friends hang out in my live/work studio sort of reminds me living in the dormitories in college, where people often crammed a dorm room together to hang out and didn't mind sitting on the floor or drinking wine out of mugs. Before friends come over, I often stress out while making sure that everything is clean and that there's enough food for everyone. Last night, two hours before Super Bowl LI, I was busy vacuuming the...

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Love One Another: Making Space

At the beginning of this year I went on a decluttering spree à la Marie Kondo. Before being introduced to the KonMari method, I've always been the sort of person who kept a lot of stuff around. A vast number of dresses and blouses tended to be smushed together in my closet, wanting air. Boots and sneakers would often be found lying in a crumpled heap on the floor. Stashed away containers of binder clips and staples would make drawers stick upon opening. I've previously mentioned that I share a 600 square foot studio with another human and three pets. There aren't any extra closets where I can stash things, and hoarded objects don't hide well here. So, following Ms. Kondo's advice,...

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Love One Another: Self Care with Sleep Hypnosis

Ever since I was a little girl, sleep has been elusive. I envy friends who yawn at nine o'clock in the evening to declare that it's past their bedtime. I'm one of those people who perennially have a lot of trouble nodding off, but once asleep, can sleep until noon. If there's something I want to do early in the morning, like go to yoga, there's little chance that I would be able to rise to the occasion. I've read some articles citing evidence that some people are just night owls and others, early birds. I've considered giving into my natural inclination to be energized in the evenings and a zombie in the mornings. But the thing is...I really want to be a morning person....

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Hello, February. Love One Another.

So I've got this bad habit of starting to write blog posts then quickly abandoning them. I write something, delete, write something, delete, repeat. But I really want to have a blog as a way to share a bit more about my creative process and my life, so I'm setting little challenge for myself. Every day this month, I'll be blogging on a theme that I'll call Love One Another. I want to meditate on this simple intention of giving love without expectations. It starts with my partner, pets, close friends, and family. And beyond that, I also want to extend love to people I don't know—to people who don't look and think like me—to strangers. Given everything that's been happening lately, I feel like I...

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