The Me-Time Mixtape: Three essential hand-curated links and resources on creative self-care. Carve out some me time this week!

In addition to today's new podcast episode (#25) on how Creativity Connects Us to Hope, I'm sharing resources designed to bring you three things:

  • Awareness of what brings you joy
  • A good belly laugh 😂😂
  • A beautiful sensory experience


#1 How to Use a Joy List

What's a joy list? It's a list of all the things, large and small, that bring you joy. For me, it's good coffee, snorkeling, nature walks, a catchy song with a good beat, and the smell of my daughter's neck (maybe I'm weird, but there's nothing better! 💛💜).

Spend a few moments making a master list (1-2 pages) and you'll start to notice that your list reflects not only your joyful moments but all the things you have to be grateful for. It can shift your mode quickly from an outlook focused on "not enough" to one inspired by "wow, I loved that moment in my life." You can then start scheduling some of these joyful moments into your week. Be strategic about it and try to be mindful when engaged in your joyful activity to get the most from it. Read on.

How To Use A Joy List
Whenever you find yourself needing to ground in joy, come back to this practice. Write down the things that bring you joy. Schedule them into your life.

#2 Laugh of the Day

This parody of old people calling out for their Amazon Echo (but forgetting what Alexa's name is) is hysterical. Amanda! Allegra! Anita! Amelia! My coworkers shared this SNL video clip with me a few years ago, and I loved it so much that I return to it when I need a laugh. A stereotypical rag on old people for sure, but still great fun. Alexa will forever be known to me as "Allegra" 😂😂😂

Amazon Echo - SNL
The Amazon Echo Silver is specifically designed for the greatest generation (Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant).Subscribe…

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#3 Virtual Calm: The Met's 360-Degree Project

How can you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC without leaving your home? Through the 360-degree project. Here's a collection of videos taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcasing 360-degree views of the museum's spectacular architecture and gallery spaces. Experience some virtual calm in these amazing settings. These time-lapse videos have been viewed more than 11 million times, and allow you to see the empty galleries after hours, and in different lighting. As the Met describes it:

This award-winning series of six short videos invites viewers around the world to virtually visit The Met's art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. Created using spherical 360° technology, it allows viewers to explore some of the Museum's iconic spaces as never before.

**Around 1:27 min in the Temple of Dendur, the magic happens as the sun sets. Beautiful and peaceful.

The Met 360° Project
The Met 360° Project presents a series of videos to offer new and dynamic access to some of the Museum’s iconic spaces with a perspective typically unavailable to the public.

**Don't miss the third video: Around 1:27 min in the Temple of Dendur, the magic happens as the sun sets. Beautiful and peaceful. Watch Now

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