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I just ordered a bunch of things for making homemade beauty products + some stuff that I have been wanting to make for a really long time, like mascara and tinted lip balm. So, it's been a good day for me. I've also been spending my days speed-reading through The 4-Day Win, which I highly recommend if you feel that you could have a healthier relationship to food. It's basically my favorite thing recently. So many good suggestions in such a manageable way. Much like how every project I'm currently working on is my favorite thing, every book I'm reading is also my favorite thing at the time, but this one might actually make it to the favorites hall of fame. So that's what's going on with me? Basically getting to do everything that I've been wanting to do, all at once. If that weren't enough, I'm also partially responsible for creating this video at work which I am so excited to share, but can't yet. Of course, it's been a team effort, but that doesn't change the fact that I can't wait to share. 

So, there have been a lot of new developments for me, and this is the time when I normally share what I want to improve on for the next 30 days. I've been putting off thinking about it, but I think I've come to a conclusion: I want to make eating more of an experience. This may very well mean posting less and eating more, but it may not, I'll see how it goes. I bought a stove-top espresso maker, as well as plenty of things to go along with my fancy coffee. I thought about getting one of those automatic ones that takes up half the space on the counter, but I didn't want to compromise the counter space. Also, I kind of like putting in the extra effort. There are a few studies that show fidgeting and working with your hands can be beneficial for your mind... I agree.

"Making things promotes psychological well-being. Process is important for happiness because when we make, repair or create things we feel vital and effective. It isn’t as much about reaching one’s potential as doing something interesting–less about ambition and more about living. When we are dissolved in a deeply absorbing task we lose self-consciousness and pass the time in a contented state."

I wholeheartedly agree. I know I repeat myself, but I see a fair amount of criticism for people who want to do things the old-fashioned way, but (this coming from a person who work almost exclusively from behind a computer screen) there is a huge benefit into putting a little elbow grease into your craft and taking the long way around every here and again.