ILLUSTRATION by ANYA AYALA
Why do we find it rewarding when we’re busy or overworked but feel guilty for resting and taking time for ourselves? Being uncomfortable with stillness is common, says psychological astrologer Jennifer Freed. She finds that some people overcompensate with productivity because they don’t want to face their inner needs. But taking time to
check in with yourself is valuable because it allows you to show up for the world with renewed energy and grace. Freed feels that the key to being more balanced is equal parts exercise, healthy eating, reflection, and creativity. She gives tips below on how to fulfill each need based on astrology. Getting away from the culture of busyness and into this new paradigm requires work, and the first step is leading with compassion instead of comparison.
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When Pop Up Magazine began thinking about the kinds of stories they wanted to make for their Fall Issue, they knew they wanted to create an experience that was engaging and interactive … that compelled listeners to do something … anything, really. And they realized there was one thing everyone on their team was doing more of: walking. Now that many of us are working from home, we’re walking in order to fill up space … to clear our minds … to cry … to talk on the phone … to entertain our kids … to do nothing … but walk.
Pop Up’s interviews ended up in surprisingly deep discussions about death, heartache, self-empowerment, poverty, the prison system, loneliness, and love. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your headphones (and your mask), step outside, and start walking.
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NYT Parenting Columnist & Reporter
DEANNA DONEGAN & RUMSEY TAYLOR
JORDAN & POPPY by FRANCESCA ALLEN @ EAST
Every evening at bedtime, I pick one of my 4-year-old’s numerous kitty stuffed animals and do an extended call-and-response of meows and “I love yous” in high-pitched feline voices. Even though she has so many plush toys perched next to her she can barely fit on the bed, I know every single animal’s name. Kiki, Giselle, Lottie, Leona and Hope are the current favorites, and I know the order that she wants them arranged and trotted out during our extended bedtime ritual.
This perhaps seems like a small and insignificant part of my parenting day, but it always makes me proud, because it tells my daughter: I hear you. Because you are 4, your kitties are essential to you, and so they’re important to me, too.
And that’s what this series of essays is about: moms saying something nice about themselves, for once.
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Perhaps the most important relationship a production company has is with the agencies and clients who hire them.
On this free webinar, Versatile Studios and an agency producer talk about what a successful relationship looks like, how to balance budget and creative, how to find new clients, and everything in between.
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The Pollinators is a cinematic journey around the United States following migratory beekeepers and their truckloads of honey bees as they pollinate the flowers that become the fruits, nuts and vegetables we all eat. The many challenges the beekeepers and their bees face en route reveal flaws to our simplified chemically dependent agriculture system. We talk to farmers, scientists, chefs and academics along the way to give a broad perspective about the threats to honey bees, what it means to our food security and how we can improve it.
Watch the trailer here.
And stream for free on Waterbear, the first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet.
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