Your Keyboard Is A Karma Machine | Sunday Shares

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Weekend mornings are my favorite. I'm not sure if I'd officially call myself a Morning Person, but I'm certainly not the night owl that I used to be and I do cherish my mornings. It's my alone time. No matter how much is on my to-do list for the day, I always spend the first 30-60 minutes of my day with me. Coffee, a book, and a nice view.

I want to write more here but the ironic truth is that I got home late last night and am feeling very sleepy this morning. So I'm going to publish this and then sit and read long enough to finish my book.

Here's what I've been loving lately:

Jameela Jamil on "Girlboss Radio"

I've recently become fascinated with Jameela Jamil, who you may know as Tahani on "The Good Place." (And if you don't, you should. That show is great.) I first started following her on Instagram after coming across her I_Weigh account, a brilliant, life-positive movement encouraging women not to measure their value in how much they weigh but in what they've accomplished, how they make people feel, aspects of their life that they are proud of.

She was on the "Girlboss Radio" podcast back in July and wow, it's a crazy interesting conversation. Jamil talks about how at age 26, she was famous in her country, rich, and a size US 4 yet the most miserable she's ever been. Turns out, that stuff is overrated. There's more to life than fame, money, and weight. The whole conversation is inspiring. I'm sure it'll be one that I re-listen to from time to time.

Reviewing people's work mindfully

A friend of mine, Brigid (I interviewed her a couple years ago, if you recall) reviews films online for a living and recently posted about her approach to that: "I come from the angle of 'Here's what I think the filmmaker was trying to do. It did/did not resonate with me.' People pour so much of themselves into these things for years. Be nice. Your keyboard is a karma machine."

I loved this. And I mostly loved it because I don't do it – but now I will. I'm trying to keep that in mind when I post my book reviews. If I didn't enjoy a book, it doesn't mean the book is bad. It just wasn't for me, and that's okay. I wouldn't want someone to tear my blog apart just because they read a post that didn't click with them.


I may have talked about this before but I find it especially important to bring it up now. I'm a person who wants to be informed about what's going on the world but isn't great about actually reading the news. TheSkimm helps. I get a daily email newsletter from them that sums up all of the latest headlines in a way that's easy to digest and understand. It's un-biased and concise, providing links to other articles if you want to read more about a topic. It arrives in my Inbox at about 5:30 every morning, and I read it while brushing my teeth and brewing my coffee. If you want to be more involved in the news and have 5-10 minutes to spare in the mornings, I'd recommend signing up.

Getting more sleep

Last month I posted about my nighttime skincare routine and now I'm working on having a more solidified all-around nighttime routine. I'm holding myself to a stricter schedule in an attempt to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night instead of my usual 5-6. Too many nights I was surprised to see it was already midnight and I was still awake.

One of my favorite quotes about sleep is from "Ice Cream For Breakfast" in which Laura Jane Williams writes, "The very thing that keeps us functioning at all is the very first thing we throw out of the window when we need it most." Now I've enabled Downtime on my phone starting at 9:30 p.m. and I'm in bed between 10 and 10:30. Sometimes it's inconvenient because there are other things I want to be doing, but getting enough sleep is crucial, we can't deny that. So far, so good.

Jerrybox Cosmetic Organizer

I'm a sucker for all things organization, so of course I impulse-bought this rotating cosmetic organizer that doesn't actually work with my bathroom set-up. Full disclosure: I'm not keeping it and am giving it to my sister instead. I'm still leaving it on this list, though, because I do love it. I want you to get it. The best thing about it is you can customize the placement of the shelves to accommodate whatever products you have.

The reason this doesn't work for me is because I can't keep my makeup on the counter or else it'd obstruct the medicine cabinet. When I'm getting ready in the bathroom mirror, I grab my makeup box box from a shelf behind me and bring it to the counter. With the organizer, though, I was constantly turning around to grab everything. It just didn't work. So I'm sticking with my box. If you're a person who has a lot of makeup taking up counter space, this would definitely help.

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