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“be easy. take your time. you are coming home. to yourself.” 💕 ~Nayyirah Waheed

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“be easy. take your time. you are coming home. to yourself.” 💕 ~Nayyirah Waheed
By Jessica L. Williams • Issue #279 • View online
Shout out to Kirsten Goede for buying me coffee this past week! ☕️ Thank you!
Kirsten is a Graphic Designer as well as the Co-Founder of Big League Pins. They have a range of pins that capture the spirit of sport and the joy of life.
Last week’s call for shifts merged into this week’s caregiving challenges, not to mention that the world continues to be on fire with new things I can’t even wrap my head around. 
Suffice to say, I’m feeling heavy and with multiple days with less than 4 hours of sleep. As Nayyirah also says:
“all the women. in me. are tired.”
One of my favorite authors/podcasters, Kendra Adachi, will often share a list of things saving her life right now. So I made one in November. And it’s such a good practice. 
Here are five things that are saving my life right now:
🕺🏾. Dance. 
I ran out to BeMoved dance class with 0 minutes to spare this week because we were doing disco (yesss, all the John Travolta pointing). Aside from sleep, this is probably the most sacred hour of my week where I do something just for myself. It does my soul, body, and mental health good.
👩🏾‍⚕️. Chiro/Physical Therapy. 
My neck and shoulder woes are getting better(?), but it’s still so much of a journey. I’m so thankful that I have a care team to focus on healing those areas. This week, they also showed me some helpful tips for lifting and supporting grandma, and I’ve already been able to put that into practice.
I’ve found these hemp patches helpful this week with my pain, lack of sleep, and overall stress. 
👩🏽‍🤝‍👨🏾. My squad.
My bosses who give me the space I need to step away and rest and encourage it. My friends who hold space for me and send me virtual hugs and funny memes. And my assistant who helps me show up on social media consistently without me lifting too many fingers.
👀. Checking in with myself. 
I hope to make this a more consistent practice, but I’ve had to check in with myself more often this week to ask, “How do I feel? What do I need?” And then, based on the answers to the previous questions, “What can I realistically get done today?”
There is so much going on right now worldwide and in our own day-to-day lives. That is a lot to handle while also trying to build businesses. So I hope you can embrace the things you need to help you rest and recharge. 💕
What’s saving your life right now?
On to the picks!

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#loves 😍
  • 📚. Reading: The Housemaid. Premise: Woman hires a maid who ends up wanting the woman’s life. But everyone has secrets, and this book was a great twisty-turny company during my sleepless nights this week (#caregiverlife). Definitely had me questioning who was the real villain here.
  • 🎧. Listening: Pop Piano Covers. Found myself needing to listen to some music without words and saw that they had added some new songs. If you like having music while you work without words, this might come in handy. (Yes, I still sing some tunes in my head. 😜)
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