December Playlist

Last year right around this time I did a 12 Songs of Christmas on Facebook and it was well received, and I do listen to a variety of Christmas music, which is awesome and boppin’ and fabulous, but I’ve decided that for the December Playlist to go for a handful of new songs that I have just discovered this year and a handful of my classic faves that are winter-y, cosy, bring on the coffee shop, shopping, holiday season!

(when I say songs I JUST discovered this year this includes COVERS because…let’s face it, new christmas songs aren’t fabulous, but new people can make them just as good as the originals!)

So, let us get MERRY!

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Cat Power
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8hX0pFNZK4#t=20

Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJ_MGWio-vc

Do They Know Its Christmas? – Band Aid 30
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1jeiC-JEsI

Do You Want to Build a Snowman? – FROZEN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWbcQyePchA

Fairytale of New York – The Pogues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8

Maybe This Christmas – Ron Sexsmith
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1rTSGil0Ww

Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYlvfX3nwlc

Dominick the Donkey – Lou Monte
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYlvfX3nwlc

Queen of the Winter Night – Trans Siberian Orchestra
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC6XUorTDXI

I hope these meet your holiday needs, these are obviously not my entire cannon of Christmas/holiday music, but they definitely fit the bill of new/classic songs that get me in the mood! SO GET IN THE MOOD!

xx Jess

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Gift Guide Part 2: HIM!

The saga continues, and I’ll get right into it but first I must add that yesterday’s post about gift for her could also be used for a SISTER, which I said to my brother when I asked if he had read my blog. He said no, to which I suggest he did-HAHA. Alright, onto the suggestions for that special man in your life!

For your Man Friend of Romantic Choice…
Wallet
I tend to buy most of the men in my life a wallet at one point or another. Ever since I started buying my own presents the wallet is usually what gets chosen for any man, but a romantic partner in particular because it can be a bit more costly, a bit more fancy, and a bit more thoughtful than just a box of chocolates (although a good replacement on short notice). I suggest going to Fossil, American Eagle or a department store like The Bay to find a wallet of choice. This gives a range of prices but also quality regardless of what you pay. Does it matter what you pay? Make a wallet out of uct tape, should I do a DIY? Probably not because I have no faith in myself being able to make one. But good luck to you if you want to try!
Watch
This idea is one of the expensive, only-buying-one-gift gift suggestions for the fashionable (or wannabe fashionable) men in your life. Since you are romantically involved with this man you will know what his style is, what he may like on his wrist, or if something like a chain watch or a leather band would work for him. Know these things before shopping, because otherwise an unwanted awkward situation could ensue, and we don’t want that around the holiday season! So take some time, work out what may work for your guy, and take a deep breath and take the plunge: a watch is a thoughtful git for any occaision really.
Various Video Game Accessories
Maybe this only pertains to my current man friend, but it is a pretty safe bet to go into EB Games or any geeky online website and find something aout video games. A new mouse he constantly brings up? That one brand of accessories he points to every time you go into Future Shop? A particular game that he loves has brought out an entire line of sweets/candy? Go crazy. Things like this come out thoughtful, like you listen to them, and like you’re the cool lova who is on top of the interests that he has. This also works with movie franchises, books he reads, shows he watches (Breaking Bad, Big Bang Theory, and Marvel all have extensive cannons of paraphernalia available everywhere from HMV to Amazon, just get lookin’!).
Tickets
This streams along the same river as the “spa day” that I suggested in my lady friend’s guide, in which I say that if you want to go all out go for something big, find tickets to his favourite theatre company, msical artist, sports team, or anything else along those lines, and surprise him for you to go together. This could be anything that your guy in particular enjoys, and it will most likely cost a bit of money. If you are looking for something a bit more low-key, find something a bit more local, find a deal day, use copons, and find tickets for something that you could enjoy together but mostly for him. Remember these tickets are for him to enjoy, and so really find something that pertains to him. Stay within budget. Be positive. Use coupons. Go far and prosper.
Clothing
Now, you love him, you really do, but those nike trainers aren’t really the most desireable look for a night out with your friends or a dinner at your parents’ house. He still wears printed tshirts from a dinosaur tv show that aired in 1999? Maybe its time for him to get some new clothes. Oh, you’ve found the ONLY man in the world who enjoys shopping for clothes? Lucky you. For the rest of us, Christmas is one of the best times to go forth and find the clothes that you think would look good on your guy and give it to him. Maybe this is a bit manipulative, and I would never suggest anything that would get you in trouble, so if your guy truly loves the way he looks and goes out and spends his own money on clothes but its just not your style, don’t bother with this one, or go out and buy the clothes that he enjoys. But if he is one of those guys who is just too lazy to spend time sifting through H&M, J Crew or Asos online then I suggest you go forth and do what you do best: find something that would look good. Ask for his sizes in advance and then go and find what you think would be nice, and then eventually he will wear it. From experience if you buy something and he doesn’t wear it immediately DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. He is new to the whole “Style” thing (most likely, that was a generalisation, I’m sorry, it’s a blog hop off my back) so give him some time to ease into the new wardrobe. Don’t go overboard either, a new pair of shoes and a shirt to start, and then move onto a new leather belt and hat for Valentine’s Day, take it from me this will work eventually, just be patient, confident, and compassionate to their own temperament!

For the Guys Who are Your Friends…
DVDs
Most likely you will have an inside joke, a movie you saw in a group, a movie from a class where yo both suffered thorugh, or a movie he hasn’t seen but MUST, in which you can buy in the discount bin for ten bucks at Wal Mart and you MUST buy it for him. Sometimes guys don’t feel obligated to give presents around Christmas, don’t be offended, do it anyway, never expect anything while giving gifts, and just enjoy the idea of him trying to get the seran wrap off of the DVD when he gets home and cursing to himself, that would be good enough of a gift for me! Movies to start with: Snatch, the Matrix, A Beautiful Mind, Hairspray, Almost Famous.
Headphones/speakers
This may be a real niche gift, for the guys who love their ipods, their classic rock, their dubstep beats, but giving them the ability to listen to those either privately on the bus or publically in their bedrooms then I would definitely go for it. You can get decent headphones in HMV for twenty dollars or speakers at Future Shop for a bit more, and there’s always Amazon or coupons, I keep saying coupons, do your best finding these. Music Is so personal or I would suggest buying them a cd, but this way it says that you support their music taste (regardless if you do or don’t) and that you want to give them something thoughtful but useful.
Alcohol
Now, this really is only for the guys who are old enough and prefer to drink alcohol, but buying a neat imported beer or liquor is such a cool gift, especially if you could afford a glass or two, or a funny shot glass to go with it. This is of course something you must know about the guy you are buying for, but chances are you have or talked about drinking with them, and so this is a neat idea! If your guy doesn’t drink, then go for some obscure beverage from the nineties or the states, like Mountain Dew Red or Coke Original Bottles, things that you can buy in mom and pop shops as well as across the border, but you will need to do a bit of research for that. If you don’t have the time, find a new energy drink and see if that works for him. These are the ideas of a woman who has had to buy gifts for boys all through high school and had no idea what to go for, and this was always a hit!
Joke Gifts
This seems extremely self explanatory to me, but a BB Gun, that “Go the Fuck to Sleep” children’s book, an empty bag of chips, I don’t know what kind of weird jokes you get up to with your friends, but make a connection between the things you talk about and something unique to give to him. If you saw Fight Club together, punch him in the eye—JUST KIDDING, but that sort of explains what I’m suggesting, find something that pertains to your friendship and make it a joke and then give it to him. Toy stores, Etsy, and your imagination are good places to look for these.
Hats Mitts Gloves
Along the same lines as buying your boyfriend clothes, buying your guy friends winter wear is a good idea. Who couldn’t use a new pair of gloves? Or a cosy hat? Or a scarf? And top that off with lazy boys who aren’t as proactive about winter weather as most people. If you guy friend is proactive and has all of this, they a variation on one—maybe a printed hat or a scarf that has a funny joke on it, combine the two suggestions—win win! Practical funny things are the best. If anything, just the thought that goes into worrying about your friends warmth and comfort is enough of a gift, because we all know how cold it gets and how much guys can complain about it.
General Ideas…
Comic Books/Books
Lego
Board Game
Gift Certificate for Movie Theatre, Restaurant, Game Store etc.
Chocolate

Well, this concludes part 2, and we will continue this helpful (hopefully) series with HOME and HOST gifts tomorrow! What a crazy week of blogging, posting every day, and this will probably continue through the holidays so that I can have the flexibility to post whenever I can! It’s about to get BUS-AY up in this life of mine friends! But the blog goes on! Take care!

Xx Jess

Blogging Tidbits

I just needed to set something straight.

 

I don’t get why blogging today is all about the excess.  I am not a photographer, or model, or make up artist, or instagram star, and I don’t really want to be any of those things.  I write short posts about my life and the things that I think people would want to read.

 

So when I go through various blogs and the women are BEAUTIFUL and AIRBRUSHED and photographed EXQUISITELY. The photos that I see are FLAWLESS and PERFECT. Sometimes the quality is determined by the excess of blogs, and I find that a bit annoying.

Content over quality, right? Or is it just someone’s cup of tea? I just want to write things on here that are meaningful to me and interesting to others, so why do I feel so pressured to have a photoshoot before which I lose twenty pounds, bleach my hair, do my make up for an hour and buy expensive clothing and then have edited by a pro just to show who I am?

I’m just Jess. And I write posts with some grammar and spelling mistakes. I am a real person, who writes about making tea or crop tops or writing poetry. I post about my life, and things that make sense to me or things that don’t.

So if you’re looking for flawless, keep on looking, because this is about the content that I want to be, and that content is FABULOUS.

xx Jess

ps. Just have to add that those flawless blogs are BEAUTIFUL and if that’s what you do MAN THAT’S AMAZING. That’s just not what I do. Alright. That is all.

Gift Guide Part 1: HER!

Are you struggling to think of anything for the people on your gift-giving list?  I have gone through this stress multiple times, usually around mid-October however I write out numerous lists that are ever changing until around this time where I finish my shopping and buy a little extra for those people you forget to buy for—it happens!  So I thought I’d share some ideas with you that I’ve used in the past, and a few from this year, so that if you are in that what-do-I-get-them?! Situation you can at least have a small amount of inspiration!

I am going to begin with Gifts for HER!  The women in your life romantically, friends, or general, stocking-stuffers for people you may or may not know intimately.  Why all the categories?  Because people like gifts yo, and sometimes you don’t know what to get them, and that’s cool I’m here for you.

Girlfriends/Partners/Lova’s…

I will constantly suggest for you to either make something or find something extremely sentimental for you lady friend of choice, because there is nothing like an inside joke or intimate moment you share being reminded of and represented in gift form.  If you have been there done that or are looking for something a bit more, then carry on.

Jewelry

This is a normal go-to, but I suggest looking a bit deeper and going a bit further for this gift.  Below is a ink to a necklace that I actually would love for myself, and it is from the website etsy, and I recommend this website for pretty much any kind of sentimental gift because it is one-of-a-kind and beautiful.  You support entrepreneurs, and you find your gal a sweet ass piece that she will find nowhere else.  Otherwise, hit Pandora if she’s into it, and create a bracelet for her that connects the two of you.  Don’t go generic for jewelry, you are their partner in crime yo, try and find something that speaks to her in the way that only you know her!

https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/193367581/gold-crescent-moon-and-star-necklace

Perfume

You all probably know this, but women like to smell nice.  This is a bit of a give away, and most gift guides include perfume, but I would go even further than that and find the perfect scent for your lady.  Find something she would love, find something classic, and find something –here’s the important bit- that she would never buy for herself.  We can buy ourselves all kinds of things that’s what shopping is, but there are always those items, and in my case particularly perfume, where we will not buy ourselves because it isn’t justified.   I would suggest a classic Chanel, but even looking at the Body Shop scents and mists, they’re a bit more low-key but more practical and lighter than the designer scents in my opinion.

Literature

Maybe this gift only applies to like…me, or the girls that I know, but if our signifigant others takes time to search for a book that we would like in particular or one we have been lusting for it is more heartfelt and admirable than just going and buying a gift card for Indigo.  I love getting book recommendations and I personally like a large variety of genres, and so if your lady is similar then I would suggest looking through her shelves, having an actual conversation with her about her likes/dislikes (should this be on this list?  Why are you dating this person??) and then spend an hour sifting through a bookshop and finding her a good book.  This is a simple suggestion, actually, and isn’t expensive, but is heartfelt all the same.

Footwear

This may be hard for some people as a lot of women are extremely picky with their footwear as well, but I spend a lot of time showing my partner (friends, family, strangers in the mall, on the bus, etc.) the shoes that I would love and wear.  This takes a bit of sneaky work by finding her shoe size in a shoe while she is in the bathroom (or ask her like a normal human being) and then going to the shoe store and finding something luxurious, practical, or (my favourite and the inspiration for this suggestion) a good pair of slippers.  Slippers are usually something women don’t spend a lot of time thinking about or a lot of money on, and it isn’t something we’d think to buy ourselves, so finding a cosy, pretty pair of slippers is thoughtful and sweet.  Go for that.  Good call.

A Day at the Spa

Despite what every woman on the planet says we like to be taken care of.  That doesn’t necessarily mean moneywise (ha-ha) but I mean specifically fawned over, pampered, and if you’re not into givig massages or pedicures then get her a day at the spa.  Massages are the ultimate relaxation, facials make us feel fresh, mani/pedi’s are the epitome of luxury, and if anything just a day of quiet and calm is just what we need in our busy lives of being successful bad ass women whom you are in love with.  This gift may be a bit pricey, if money isn’t on your side this Christmas then look for just one treatment, like a pedicure or a full hour massage, things that will be just as luxurious and beneficial and relaxing.

Stay Away From…

Handbags.  Unless she explicitly gives you a link or shows you in-store, handbags are the HARDEST things to buy for women, because they love their handbags and are picky about it.  Or at the very least I am, and so if yo make a choice and she doesn’t love it…you’ll know.

Best Friends, Gal Pals, your friends who happen to be women…

My best friends and I actually don’t exchange gifts but buy eachother time together, this has changed as we have gotten older because we don’t always get that quality time like we used to.  So if you are legit strapped for cash and are spending all your money on gifts for grandma or your boyfriend then the biggest suggestion I can give is to plan a luxurious ladies night with an old movie you both used to love and snacks and champagne.  This is invaluable and extremely thoughtful and super fun!  If you have a bit of cash to spare, carry on!

Scarves

No one ever looks at their scarves and says “I’m good don’t need any more!” and especially for your friends this gift becomes sentimental and special if you find one that you picked yourself or found in a vintage store.  Scarves keep women warm and fashionable, how thoughtful is that?  They also vary in price, they can be in all kinds of colours and styles, you could even make them (like me) if you have the time and talent!

Make Up

Girl, take a Sephora trip and after you’ve spent a time looking for something for yourself take a gander in someone else’s style and try to think of what that friend of yours would appreciate.  Don’t go overboard, but everyone loves some quality make up.  One of my favourite gifts ever was the Naked 2 palette which will last and is so thoughtful and beautiful.  If you are a bit strapped for moolah check out the drugstore and pick out some Rimmel lipsticks or eyeshadow palettes, these are again the kind of things that all ladies secretly love but (unless are invested in beauty-blogs like me) don’t spend a ton of time looking through.  If you want something soft and fresh try The Body Shop’s make up collection, or Lush, who use organic and clean products!

Lush Bath Products

Speaking of handmade, organic, not-tested-on-animals products Lush Bath Products are a fabulous idea for anyone who loves luxurious baths.  There are holiday packages as well as individual bubble baths.  I suggest actually going into a store and smelling each one, and then casually drop in a bath bomb for yourself, because you are worth it!

Statement Jewelry

Similar to buying for a girlfriend, buying for a friend who is a girl means that those ladies love their bling.  Instead of going for something intimate and sentimental/romantic, go chic with strong, bold statement jewelry.  Most clothing stores have a jewelry section, Old Navy, Aldo or Dynamite all have extensiveand smart statement necklaces and rings that will be perfect for any pal you’ve got, because everyone needs a statement now and again.

Favourite TV/Movie/Book Paraphernalia

Being a good friend you will know the likes and dislikes of you lady friend, so spend some time in HMV, Urban Outfitters, or Target and find some cosy, cute, and fabulous things that would be special and fun as a gift.  This could include a poster, a tote bag, maybe even a magnet.  Mugs always come with cute quotations and there are many varieties of glass cups from Target with TMNT or Avengers on them, which would be great for any lover of those fanbases.  These can be dorky, cute, or sentimental, whatever you choose they will love it!  This website prints entire books onto tshirts/tote bags!  So sweet!

http://www.litographs.com/

General Ideas

All of the items from the Friendship sections apply to this section, but here are a few more ideas:

Candles

Coffee/Tea Travel Mug and Gift Cards for Starbucks

Hand Cream –the Body Shop, Bath and Bodyworks

Alcohol—Gift Package, Cocktail Glasses and Mix

Polaroid Camera –who would ever say no to that?

 

Stay Tuned…

For tomorrow, when I take on buying Gifts for HIM!  And there will be a special program on Saturday for Gifts for HOMES such as hostess gifts, what to bring to a “White Elephant” party, or to bring home from college on a dime!  If today’s post even inspired you a little I will be happy, I went out and did 80% of my Christmas shopping toay an will be finishing it all by tomorrow!  So I am very excited to be sharing my tips and tricks that I have accumulated over the yearsjust for YOU!

Xx Jess

The Girl Drinks Tea

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I like tea better if I don’t have to make it.

Is that strange? If I don’t physically see how the tea is made it directly improves my enjoyment of said tea. Now that I think about it, maybe I’ve been making tea wrong? Let us observe.

First, I boil the water in some capacity. I prefer to use an electric kettle, but I’ve used everything from a mug in the microwave, pot on the stove and even the keurig with no cup in it.

Then I choose which tea, usually a bag, and pop it in the mug.

Then I pour the hot water in and let sit for about 3-5 minutes depending on how eager I am.

Then I leave the teabag in and pour a small amount of milk.

And somehow it tastes better out, at a friend’s, or even when my grandma makes it.

Thoughts?

Maybe the idea of tea is to share a moment of peace with someone or on your own, so when that peace is received it tastes better? Or there is a good possibility I just suck at making tea. Either way I enjoy tea and drink it anyway. Not only is it a seasonal treat for most/some, I tend to drink it all year round, but tis the season to find some good tea that tastes like gingerbread or cinnamon, my favourite around this time is the Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks, but there are TONS that are seasonal.  The point of me talking about this today is that tea is great and I suggest we all just snuggle and drink tea all winter to get through this winter-y bluster-y season!

xx Jess

Chilly Fashion for Chilly People

As the cold weather swoops in and everyone scrambles for their snow boots, warm scarves, and thick tights, I have to wonder how we all manage this and don’t go insane. I lived in England for the autumnal months in 2012 and watched as the winter coats were placed on small children and adults alike by mid-October to early November. Ha-hha! I would cackled, being a Canadian and knowing that we withstand quite a lot of cold beforre ever taking our thick, double-down coats from the hall closet,but everyone was so eager to jump for their woollys, it got me thinking…

In Canada we have winter from mid-November until March, so we put off bundling up, but the seasons change around the world and everyone is as eager to sport the winter fashions as they are for the Fall seasonal clothes, I like a good warm sweater as much as the next person.

Then how do we keeep warm in our extended-use peacoats? We layer, undershirts and long sleeves become good friends, and we express interest in the ever-changing “trends” to sport something new and yet warm.

For example yesterday wasn’t as much freezing as windy, so I wore a dress with a long sleeved cardigan, scarf, woolly hat, oversized boyfriend jacket, knee-highs and Zara boots. These confusing clashing additions ended up saving me from the middle-of-the-night cold that comes with darkness in the colder months in Canada. This outfit, although not sported by me previously, was not only cute and comfortable but warm. Bingo.

I would never wear knee-highs if the temperature dropped below zero or it was a heavy snowstorm, and the scarf I wore seemed to conduct the wind towards my chest, a bit counter productive, but the key to dressing for cooler weather is comfort.

And, the ultimate rule at least here in Canada when it becomes 25 below zero degree celcius and there is a real fear of frostbite, warmth trumps style. I’ve gone to parties on Saturday nights with the temperature way below zero and worn track pants over my knee highs, sweaters over my dresses (and under my jacket) and woolly scarves to cover my mouth and neck-who wants their makeup to freeze on their face? Thats an unmoving trick no one wants.

When it gets down to it, the cold adds to cuteness with rosy cheeks and the added bonus of increased number of coffee dates.

xx Jess

Round Table

I’ve spent most of my life figuring out how it feels to be “normal” and realising that the feeling that everyone feels when they do not fit in is not abnormal, but yourself. I never feel more isolated, confidence, or myself than when sitting at a table of people speaking about things in a smart, positive way.

This weekend has been full of round-table conversations about various topics, accompanied by wine, pizza, coffee and good people. There is a note of hesitation in my thoughts while writing about this because I know it may seem a bit strange, but I appreciate being around people and having conversations that are meaningful and accepting of various standpoints. I love when people can share their thoughts, experiences, and good food while encouraging each other to be smart and positive, to be yourself.

I remember feeling extremely isolated in the past during conversations where he topics were over my head or the people out of my comfort zone, but as I grew older and wiser and could drink wine and coffee the conversations developed with me, and my identity seemed to rely on the conversations I was having with people and the impact I made on them or vice versa.

There was a time early in my university career where I would only see “friends” while in a drinking situation and would only speak while inebriated or about the related drinking topics, but as I have lingered in the world of drinking I have found that my own tolerance of alcohol as well as drunk people has weakened, and I would rather spend quality time with less alcohol and more speaking, more connection, more intimacy.

What have I deduced from this? Not that alcohol is bad, or that you can’t be a human being without constant interaction with other people, I just personally have developed my own person from the ability to convey my thoughts in an adult fashion, and that has formed my personality, identity, and confidence.

So if you have a group of friends, or family, or want to form a book club or something of the sort I encourage you to provide a spread or go for a meal and exchange ideas, because there is nothing like the electric feeling of a conversation that feels (and is) productive!

xx Jess

Clinging to Autumn While Still Welcoming the Holidays

I’ve spent today working on holiday plans, and working through the various lists I have to go through before the holiday season officially begins on the first of December with the putting up of our Christmas tree. In a mourning fashion I have been clinging to autumn colours and styles, my autumn candle burning beside me and everything apple cider-y still present in my life. I love autumn, but I want to embrace the holidays as much as possible.

So I have started, slowly, decorating my room with penguins, holiday trees, lights, and the like. Today my mom bought me an oversized Christmas bow for my door, and although I cling to my tights and burgandy skirt I smile bright with the music and shopping and hustle and bustle and sleigh bells surrounding me. I have decided to share a bit of this with you today.

What do you do for the pre-holidays? I lust after the holiday treats that I restrain myself from overeating beforehand, and lust after various Christmas jumpers and SALES that come with the December, winter-y season. I wait for the day I can download the fireplace app for my ipad and have it on during my knitting nights or even the fireplace in my living room with a cup of hot tea early winter mornings. These are the things that I am looking forward to with the winter-y, holiday season.

As for autumn? I refuse to pull out my winter coat, but layer my autumn coats and add on hats and mits. I plan on making my own “Guide to Stay Warm and Look Cool,” which will include layering, double-socking, and not letting any flesh be exposed other than the nose and eyes, and mouth if you are feeling crazy. But for right now, my thin scarves and burgandy lipstick are staying full-force, for another week at the very least.

xx Jess

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The Ever-Elusive Productivity

I’ve been worrying myself a lot lately about productivity and what it means to be productive, and I think it means something very different to a lot of people. To everyone, in fact, productivity can mean a variety of things to everyone, and that’s where the external pressures of actually being prouctive enters and is a frustrating tacti. For example, I am going to my co-founders’ house for the weekend to work from Friday evening until Saturday evening nonstop, that is a long workday, but for some reason I still force myself to do work this week, because it is a weekday and I should be doing things, even though this weekend is going to be a draining time.

So, I’m trying to ease back because I deserve it. Everyone has days off, but I try to do at least a little work every day, and I have been for the past few months where I’ve ben working freelance on a variety of different things. Should I just be working five days and taking specific days off, to avoid this uncomfortable forcing of productivity? Or should I not take any days off, but be content with getting little bits of work done all through the week, with various breaks full of Gilmore Girls and boyfriends and coffee?

It’s a balance I have yet to master, and its becoming a problem.

Especially with the holidays coming. I feel as though I should be working on my web series every day, but then I don’t want to get creatively burnt out, and I have a handful of other projects that I want to give just as much attention to. Should I put a project on hold and take time off? Is there an answer to this that will mae me marginally more comfortable? I’m not sure.

For now I am focusing on the work that I do get done, and sometimes that happens late at night, I have the luxury to do that, and sometimes it gets done while I watch an episode of tv or after a workout in a moment of inspiration, should I be restricted by academic rules of productivity? Because I refuse to feel shackled by deadlines and “normalcy” when it comes to this kind of thing in my Year of Wonder, as I’ve just coined right now, referring to the year where I made my own schedule, did what I wanted, and still got things done.

I deserve the flexibility to take breaks, go for walks, have coffee dates, take a night off, and work through the night, because that is the life I have right now, and I am not taking that for granted.

To anyone who is struggling to be productive: keep going. For those who worry about the consistency of their productivity like me: relax. You can only do what you have the capacity to do, but always challenge yourself. I have at least 20 000 words left for my #NaNoWriMo project and bygolly I am going to get through those 20 000 words, but it may not be every day. Those are the rules I have set for myself.

Xx Jess