our COVID-19 SANITY GUIDE

How are you doing? I don't know about you, but I am having to realign on a daily basis. It is obvious that given the current culture in this country, this pandemic is not "going to magically disappear". Each of us needs to do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Not only as an individual, but collectively, as a neighborhood, city, state and ultimately country. 

#VOTE

 

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wear a MASK

"I had a mask on. I sort of liked the way I looked, OK? I thought it was OK. It was a dark, black mask, and I thought it looked OK. Looked like the Lone Ranger. But I have no problem with that. I think--and if people feel good about it, they should do it." -Donald Trump

"Wearing simple face coverings is not about protecting ourselves, it is about protecting everyone we encounter" -Mitch McConnell

YUP, even Mitch knows. But why does the man at the top keep sending a false narrative? We are not "in a good place". It's a simple act. It's science. It's considerate. PLEASE wear a mask + be mindful of social distancing.
 
Stay safe. Stay Healthy.

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take a TECH VACATION

Never in my wildest imagination did I think that I would be spending this later part of my adult life in front of a computer and on my phone. Before all of this went down, I started a social experiment. On Sunday I would shut my phone off and leave it at home. At times, this tech break brought me back to weekends as a child, when it was truly days of family time, chill'n and the occasional outing. It was definitely simpler times. But, how many of us are 'wired with tech' during these two days? As a small retailer, I have not been as fortunate to have my weekends, but I am slowly reclaiming my Sundays and will continue this simple exercise.
 
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reCONNECT with nature  

It's August! Summer is happening all around us, but are we missing it? It is very easy to get lost in the continued madness. Much of it has to do with the total bombardment of information that we are getting daily, which is hard for any human to process. Stepping out into nature helps you escape the craziness and is good for your soul. During this past year, my partner and I rediscovered the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Still open during this time, the website offers tips on responsibly visiting this valuable resource. When reading this please continue to keep these safety measures in mind, when planning your SUMMER. Even though we all want to jump-start, please do it responsibly. Wear a mask whenever out in public. Continue to be aware of other folks and navigate at least 6 feet+ between them and you. Wash your hands, for 20 seconds (yes we know) whenever returning home or touching surfaces. And if you cannot stay home, it's always better to be outdoors in nature.
 
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self CARE 

REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
In 2016, David Byrne began collecting good news as a remedy and kind of therapy to the state of the world. In 2017, he shared these reasons to be cheerful with the people of New York. In 2018, he decided to expand this idea even further--by creating an online platform where people could find and share reasons to be cheerful. And when your on the site, poke-around. There are plenty of good, thought provoking, articles. And some damn-good playlists.
   
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SLOW down 

I know by now that this pandemic has taken a toll on everyone and we have become a stir-crazy nation. All those realizations that we discovered, by being forced to slow down during quarantine, have somehow fallen by the wayside as we are itching to get on with things. Here's one thing that I encourage you to do, and integrate it into your autumn/wonter plans... Put down the phone, stop pecking at the keyboard and pick up your favorite pen! One of our favorite stationers, Of Note, is right here in Boston. And, their philosophy could not be more timely.
 
Letter writing is a practice, a mindful ritual that connects, nourishes, and heals. We exist to inspire and support your practice. With each design we invite you to slow down and reconnect with yourself, with others, with the world around you. For the past 4 years we have spoken about the genesis of Of Note as a desire to slow down and engage mindfully with the world around us. We recognized the power the handwritten word has to deepen relationships and we set out to encourage that connection."
 
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WE MISS YOU! Stay CONNECTED. Stay safe. Mask-up!
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