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Bonjour, beautiful! I hope January has been an incredible month for you, and that 2015 is off to a flying start. If you don’t feel great, that’s okay too. Sometimes January can feel like a “settling-in” month, so instead of beating yourself up about it, simply think of it as “February is the new January”!

Presented here for your entertainment, is EVERYTHING on the whole internet. Haha, just kidding. Only my favourite articles from the last month!

Vice reports on the World’s largest clairvoyance experiment. Pretty interesting stuff!

If you have a stack of unread books in your house — I’m so guilty! — never fear. Here are 7 tips to help you read more.

International playgirls, take note: How to Travel to 20+ Countries…While Building a Massive Business in the Process.

This is what happens when you die alone in L.A. Sad, but equally fascinating.

Elle magazine totally rebooted the way they do business, and united their editorial and digital teams.

Surrounded by toxic weenies (technical term)? Check out Doing a Friendventory: The Right Way To Cut People Out of Your Life. Good comments, too.

It’s a common mistake to make, but repeat after me: you are not your buyer.

Who doesn’t want to wear a huge piece of fabric all day every day?! Caftan lyfe is an introduction to… the lifestyle.

Why you should date a normal girl versus a wild mystic. Send to anyone who doesn’t “get” you.

Mel is a smart cookie who came to Blogcademy in D.C., and her post on designing a good workspace is epic and helpful.

Should you quit your day job? Hmmm…

You know, Your Unfulfilling Day Job Might Be The Best Thing That Has Ever Happened To You. Apparently. (Ultimately, you need to make the call on this one.)

Your day job isn’t standing between you and your passion. The former is actually paving the way for the latter.

Here are five reasons why it’s time for a 4-day work week. I support this. I would be happy to go down to a five-day work week, even!

Meet Mr Money Mustache, the Personal-Finance Blogger Who Wants You to Spend Like You’re Poor. Interesting stuff…

Social media sabbaticals are the new treks through Nepal. Paul Jarvis took a break from social media for two months, and this was his experience.

2015 is an 8 Universal Year in numerology, which means profound shifts and changes are afoot! I can feel it, how about you?

ICYMI (In Case You Missed It), ICYMI gives us unending anxiety. The New York Times said it, so it must be true!

Here are some things that people who love themselves do differently. I endorse this!

Marilyn Manson did an interview and, of course, it is great.

This whole dead mall thing is so compelling, maybe because they were such essential hubs in the 80s and 90s. It’s incredible how much things can change in a couple of decades. If you’re as interested as I am, check out The Economics (and Nostalgia) of Dead Malls.

How to let go of an obsessive love affair? Simple: you must (A) give it up, or (B) marry it.

January madness would have us ALL signing up for juice cleanses… But you don’t have to do that. Maybe a good closet purge will serve you better!

This social network will tell you if someone is trying to pull the old copy/paste/bang on you!

Sausage Castle is a crazy place, as you can probably guess from the name!

New (to me) things: Orgasmic Meditation, also known as OM. (The video is NSFW!) Here’s a Vice interview with the founder, too.

Destroy the past! Yes!

A Girls/Babysitters Club mash-up? Hahaha. It’s pretty funny.

What you see in the mirror. Loooove!

Hip-hop is in a transition between materialism and idealism.

If you like to get your life tips from odd sources, Werner Herzog has 24 pieces of advice for you. Like, for example, “Carry bolt-cutters everywhere”.

The Vajankle is a thing. A very disturbing thing. A thing you can never un-see. (NSFW!)

There’s a meditation nightclub in Vegas! Only until February 8th… So you should go if you can!

Frank Ocean recorded a tribute to Aaliyah and it’s beautiful.

Portraits of romance tourism in Kenya.

“This phenomenon involves Kenyan men offering themselves to older western women vacationing on the country’s beaches. Klougart learned from the women themselves that while the relationships begin as sexual, they often develop feelings for the men that are all too rarely reciprocated. For the men, one woman surmises in an interview, it’s not a matter of love but survival, and the women, who have the luxury of not worrying about survival, get caught up in the fantasy.”

Here are some reasons why your tinder profile is horrible.

Sinsemil.la is “the first marijuana experience dedicated to fine dining. Founded in New York City, this underground supper club highlights exceptional and locally-sourced ingredients according to season.”

Parallel worlds EXIST! It is real! Physicists say so!

Amanda sent me this interview about postpartum depression, and it’s a good one.

Are you “internet sexual”? (NSFW.)

Gary, you speak the truth. Stop Asking Me About Your Personal Brand And Start Doing Some Work!

Here’s how to use crystals for love in the bedroom!

The thigh gap is dead.

I’ve always dreamed about recreating Andy Warhol’s Factory in some way. I just love the idea of bringing artists together and creating all the time. Lucky for me, Veronica wrote about how to create your own artistic community!

Good news, everyone! Elvis Presley’s honeymoon house is for sale! It’s only $8.5 million!

Season of the Witch: The rallying cry of “misandry” brought women together. Where do we go next?

I’m talking about the Western cultural concept of the witch: a woman defiantly powerful, often defiantly unlovely, totally uninterested in preserving the status quo, and perceived as threatening to the establishment because of her abilities or her unconcern or both. Maybe she really has magic powers, or maybe she’s just been deemed too big for her pantaloons by men; either way, her defining characteristic is that she doesn’t fucking care what you think.

Here’s an interview with Bjork about her new album, and here’s a stream!

BREAKING: Person Upset About Something on the Internet. Man spotted typing furiously into website comment box right now!

In Japan, they’ve been making female-oriented porn for a few years now. This video about it is fascinating!

I can’t get enough of magicians. I loved this feature: Sleight of Hand Master Ricky Jay on the Best Magic Trick Ever Performed.

Alex has 14 questions to ask yourself before starting a book project.

2014 turned feminism into a brand, and that’s not a bad thing!

Would you like 50 Cent to be your life coach? (I would.)

This guy wore makeup for a week. Here’s what he learned.

Do happy couples masturbate? And if so, when?

A Free People girl’s guide to NYC. There are some cute suggestions here!

Why do so many entrepreneurs hate their lives? Jonathan has some essential questions you need to ask yourself to figure out exactly how you want your life to look and feel!

Sarah wrote about her first three weeks of Radical Self Love Bootcamp!

Alex encourages us to stop comparing and instead ask yourself what are you capable of giving?

Hip-hop food trucks. God, I wish these were real! LIL KIMCHI!

You could learn how to be a spy next time you fly Virgin America! Prettttttty cool.

There are definite benefits to spending time alone! And — good question — does living alone drive you mad?

This is one of the most balanced, sane, and rational pieces about Botox I’ve ever read.

If you’ve been having a rough time lately, my magical babe Paige is here to tell you how to extract lessons from hardship! (Don’t worry: it’s fun, I promise.)

Here’s how to call in, which critiques offensive behavior or speech without totally losing it, rather than “call out”.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer on video, submit it here!

 

 

 

 

Have an excellent weekend!

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It’s Time To Change Your Life… With Blogcademy Online!

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t’s a sad but true fact: most people don’t get out of bed in the morning feeling high on life. The research is grim and the faces around us even more so. Apparently, 70% of Americans hate their jobs, and would quit if they “could”!

These days, you are in one of two camps: you either feel stuck, trapped, and firmly ensconced in the rat race, or you realise life is for living, and you’ll do whatever it takes to find work that is meaningful. It is time to evolve or evaporate, my friends; time to throw away those “shoulds” and start taking a few risks.

Life is beautiful, and it is full of opportunities to challenge yourself, do amazing things, shed your old skin, and become whoever you want to be. I don’t know whether I believe in reincarnation, but from where I sit, it looks like we only get one go round. Why waste your time doing something that you don’t love?

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell

I’ve been blogging for a living for over 8 years now. In that time, I’ve had monthly columns in Cosmopolitan, worked as both a style and beauty editor for major media outlets, and been featured everywhere from The New York Times to CBS and ABC News. I’ve worked with celebrities and coached incredible women. Additionally, and perhaps most crucially, I’ve been able to carve out a niche that enables me to live a very good life in NYC. This is no small feat!

The work I do challenges me in new ways every day, and that’s one of the reasons it keeps me so interested. I work extremely hard, but the best thing is that I love every minute of it. I get sublime pleasure out of each piece, from the branding to the marketing, strategizing and planning. The cherry on top of all that is that I am writing for a living. This is my greatest dream realised, and I am so, so grateful.

But none of this would have happened if I hadn’t made the leap eight years ago.

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It is essential that we create our own opportunities. If you neglect to carve a path for yourself, someone else definitely will. Wouldn’t you rather make your own?

One of my absolute favourite things is getting out from behind the laptop and meeting new people. Once we get past pleasantries, they’re either curious about radical self love, or blogging. They ask me, “How do you pay the bills with your own words? Where did you start? Are blogs even relevant anymore? Is it too late for me?”

They’re all good questions, and that’s precisely why we created The Blogcademy. I dreamt it up with two of my best friends in Las Vegas in 2012, and before we knew what was happening, we were teaching sold-out classes all across the world.

Building and sustaining a successful blog is just like starting any other type of business. If you want to make an impact with your words — or, as is so often the case, use the internet to bolster your business’ bottom line — there are very definite do’s and don’ts. That’s exactly what we teach.

But after a couple of years, 1000 in-person students, and hundreds of requests to visit cities all over the globe, we realised it was time to scale this baby up. There were so many people around the world missing out on our class: women in Invercargill who couldn’t get a babysitter, babes stranded in Tasmania, excitable dames in Chicago who missed the dates… And the list went on!

INTRODUCING: THE BLOGCADEMY ONLINE!

The Blogcademy Online is our solution to all of those perilous problems. It’s our in-person class, filmed live and bundled so that you can sit in on a session wherever — and whenever — you please.

The course is broken down into short videos, between 10 minutes and an hour each. You can either watch the whole lot in one weekend, or spread them out and dip in and out when your schedule allows!

What will you learn? We’ll give you the essential formatting basics to make sure your blog looks its best, and then we move straight into creating a blogging business plan to help you work out exactly where you want to go. We’ll assist you in discovering your ideal reader, as well as writing a killer about page, and solidly defining your blog’s purpose. We cover everything you need to know to create killer content, discuss the importance of consistency, show you how to use social media for great results, teach you how to network (without feeling like a sleaze!), and give you a big branding rundown. We do a case study of The Blogcademy, answering the question, “How did you teach over 1000 people in just two years’ time?”  We’ll show you how to compose and shoot great still life photographs, teach you all we know about blog advertising, give you the skinny on brand collaborations, show you some business documents you’ll need, discuss diversifying your income — with guest posts, media coverage, digital products, and publishing — and show you how (and where!) to find great images you can use on your blog.

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That’s not all, my love! The Blogcademy Online is absolutely huge. You will receive:

Over six hours of video lessons, broken down into bite-sized modules: easy to digest, actionable information that you can watch whenever and wherever you’d like!
A 300 page transcript of the entire class. (Think of this as an enormous how-to-blog bible!)
24 pages of action-packed worksheets and activities, to help you implement everything you’ve learned.
A huge list of resources which includes every single book, tool, website and professional we personally recommend. This is priceless! Every online resource we mention in class is hyperlinked in the back of the workbook — just click and go!
Life-time access, baby! The course is yours to keep. You can login, watch, and re-watch the lessons as many times as you like!
An absolutely insane amount of know-how and encouragement. With over 30 years of collective blogging experience, we really have done it all. As a blogcadette, you get the opportunity to learn from our mistakes… And our successes, too!
Access to our private Facebook community. There are currently over 300 Blogcadettes in the group, and it’s growing every single day. The forum is full of helpful, supportive bloggers and entrepreneurs. It’s the ideal place to ask for advice and to be among people who ‘get it’!

We couldn’t resist spoiling you. We want you to get the very best out of your Blogcademy experience, so as a bonus, we’ve added:

A pre-course worksheet for you to fill in before you start the lessons. You’ll receive this immediately, and it will help you assess where your blog and business are now. Clocking in at a walloping 14 pages, this will allow you to get a firm fix on where you are, and where you can improve.
An exclusive 22-page Blogging Business Plan! You can use this as a roadmap to chart exactly where you want to go, and how to get there!
A pack of inspirational wallpapers: perfect for printing out and hanging by your desk, or for using as your computer or phone background.

The Blogcademy Online is $497, or you can pay in two easy installments of $250.

It’s a wicked course, and we’ve put so much love, energy, and effort into it. The testimonials from our live class really do say it all: The Blogcademy can — and will — change your life!

It's Time To Change Your Life... With Blogcademy Online!

Making a change is scary, and when you try something new, there are always going to be people who vocalise their doubts. Forget those people. It’s time to do something that makes YOU happy!

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” — Joseph Campbell

I know you can do this… And I can’t wait to see you in our Blogcadette group!

Love eternal,

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Count Your Blessings: 3 Ways To Create A Regular Gratitude Practice, And How To Elevate It To The Next Level!

Count your blessings!

Practicing gratitude on a regular basis — otherwise known as counting your blessings — can completely transform your life. I’ve been doing it almost every day since 2006, and I credit it with helping me to see the world in a totally new way. When you count your blessings, life is more beautiful, and you’ll experience much more inner joy.

But what if you’re not sure where to start with gratitude? How about if you’re an old pro at being thankful? Check out my video below!

In it, I show you three ways to cultivate a fun — and easy — regular gratitude practice, as well as teach you how to elevate your gratefulness to a WHOLE new level of supersonic awesomeness!

 

Okay, now that you know the secrets to being thankful, click through to Youtube and tell me 5 things you’re happy about RIGHT now!

I’m thankful for YOU!

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Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You’d Like To Be BFFs With

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

This is an awesome time to be a badass business babe! It seems like everywhere I look, women are doing amazing things. I am perpetually inspired by seeing what other women are creating in the world, and instead of comparing myself with them (a hopeless task), I focus instead on what I can learn from them.

As Tony Robbins says, success leaves clues. If you want to go big with your dream, it’s essential to pay attention to what other people do. You don’t need to start from scratch, and in fact, doing so is an enormous waste of time!

Below are a few great quotes from some badass business babes. The reasons I respect these women are numerous: they set bold goals and are on an unstoppable quest to achieve them, they do what they believe to be right, and they are all making plenty of money doing what they love. That, to me, is the modern dream!

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“Bad bitches are taking over the world.” — Sophia Amoruso

LESSON 1. This is YOUR TIME. “One day” and “someday” will never come. It’s so easy to get sucked into the cycle of safely doing what needs to be done, and then you’ll wake up, you’ll be 65, and your life will have passed you by.

You may not feel like a bad bitch right now, but trust me, you are. If the people around you don’t make you feel awesome, go in search of people who do. Every single woman I spend time with is one who uplifts, inspires, and encourages me to be the best I can be. You deserve the same!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That’s how I’ve gotten to where I am.” — Beyonce

LESSON 2. Keep on pushin’. You might be at the very start of your journey, or you may have achieved plenty. It doesn’t matter either way: you can never rest on your laurels. It’s imperative to keep improving, keep refining, and exceed your own expectations.

This is not to say you shouldn’t celebrate your successes — doing so is essential! But once you’ve popped that bottle of champagne, spent the weekend in Miami, or rewarded yourself with a one-person dance party, get back on the horse. Figure out where you want to go next, write down the steps, and get to it!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“If your goals aren’t synced with the substance of your heart, then achieving them won’t matter much.” — Danielle LaPorte

LESSON 3. This is one of my favourite pieces of advice. If you’ve ever ticked something off your list and felt a big sense of nothingness, this one will resonate with you, too. It’s vital to set goals that really matter to you.

Danielle’s whole Desire Map ethos is based around figuring out how you want to feel, and then aligning your goals accordingly. It is a seriously smart way of creating a life rich with purpose.

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“I think success is continuing to push yourself forward creatively and not sort of becoming a caricature of yourself.” — Lena Dunham

LESSON 4. When you’ve discovered what “works”, don’t rely on it. Avoid the trap of falling back on what you’ve always done, and what people expect from you. Sticking to the tried and true might be safe, but that’s the antithesis of growth and evolution.

Ask yourself, “How can I continue to push the envelope? How can I challenge myself creatively today? What can I do that no one would ever expect?” It’s imperative to find ways to make your work exciting. If you’re bored, so are the people watching you!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“I am a businesswoman who goes to work every single day.” — Tyra Banks

LESSON 5. If you want to master something, you have to be devoted to it, and you have to be prepared to make sacrifices to get it off the ground. Every single successful woman I know has had to turn down invitations because they had work to do. That is just how it is.

If you’re expecting your business or your art to flourish overnight without relentlessly tending to it, you are sadly mistaken. Wonderful things are only achieved when you are committed to them, so dig your heels in and devote!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“There’s this idea that everybody has to have everything right away. But you have to let the slow burn happen. I wasn’t the superstar. I had to work for it. Really long hours.” — Jenna Lyons

LESSON 6. Instagram would have us all thinking that overnight successes are popping up all over the world, and multiplying in the night. The truth is that it takes ten years to be an overnight success!

Remember, too, that appearances can be deceiving. Plenty of so-called successful people are privately struggling. If you’re not where you want to be, don’t sweat it. As Marie Forleo says, “If you want to be an overnight success, you need to be an everyday hustler.”

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“You’ve got to trust people. And because I am a control freak, sometimes that’s difficult for me, because I want to micro-manage absolutely everything. I can’t hand over. But I’m trying to do that more.” — Victoria Beckham

LESSON 7. No (wo)man is an island, and no matter how smart, efficient, or self-sacrificing you are, you will never get as much done alone as you would with a team.

If you, like Victoria Beckham, suffer from Control Freakitis™, you have to learn to let it go. Slowly begin to delegate small, non-life-or-death tasks, and grow from there. I promise that if you can get the hang of collaborating and delegating, your creativity, productivity, and income will absolutely skyrocket!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.” — Sophia Amoruso

LESSON 8. You know the old saying: “Opinions are like assholes: everybody’s got one.” When you’re doing unconventional things, you’ll quickly hear about it from others. If you listen to everyone, you’ll end up discouraged, demotivated, and pissed off!

You can get around this by making a list of people whose opinions you really value. My list has about 5 names on it, and I encourage you to make yours equally brief! As long as you worry what your family, friends or foes think about you, you will always be their prisoner. Throw off those shackles and do your damn thing!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.” — Beyonce

LESSON 9. Learn how to say no! In the past 8 years, I’ve been offered hundreds — if not thousands — of opportunities, but sometimes, what you say no to is more important than what you take on.

It can be tempting to take the money and run, but you have to consider the long game. If you’re offered a project that doesn’t feel good to you, or you align yourself with something that goes awry later on, it can tarnish your reputation forever. You have to stay true to your vision!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“If you want to be EXTRAordinary, you will not get there by hanging around a bunch of people who tell you you’re not extraordinary. Instead, you will probably become as ordinary as they expect you to be.” — Kelly Cutrone

LESSON 10. Be picky about who you spend time with. Only give your love, energy, and attention to people who make you feel luminous and embolden you to pursue your dreams. The world is full of negative naysayers and fearful fatalists, and they won’t add anything useful to your life.

It’s better to be alone than surrounded by a flock of funereal frenemies. When you start changing your life, it’s normal to feel a bit lonely for a while, but don’t worry: your tribe is on its way! You just have to keep the faith.

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“Amazing things happen when you’re having fun and doing something you love.” — Jenna Lyons

LESSON 11. Being able to have fun and do what you love is the ultimate sweet spot, and when those two things come together, truly magical things happen.

If you don’t love what you’re doing right now, either figure out how to make it fun, or start doing something on the side that is fun. When you hate your work, your whole life sucks. You deserve so much more than that!

Ty-Ty, Lena, Yonce And Jenna: No-Bullshit Business Advice From Babes You'd Like To Be BFFs With

“Life is short. Don’t be lazy.” — Sophia Amoruso

LESSON 12. Hell yes. You can sleep in, watch reality television, and dither around later. This is the time for action. If you have a dream, go after it! You will never have more energy or enthusiasm than you do right now, so don’t waste your energy on trivialities!

I believe in you, and so do Sophia, Lena, Jenna, Kelly, Beyonce, Victoria, Tyra, and Danielle. Go out there and kick some ass this year!

Love always,

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READY TO ROCK YOUR BUSINESS? The Blogcademy Online launches on Thursday! We can’t wait to show you how to build a booming online business while you chill out in your living room! Check out our free preview videos, and sign up to our mailing list for a killer discount code!

Title photo from Julia Manchik.

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10 Magical Ways To Make The Most Of Mercury Retrograde!

10 Reasons To Love Mercury Retrograde!

Mercury goes retrograde about four times a year — which, if you ask me, is four times too many! My old guide on How To Survive Mercury Retrograde is one of my most popular articles for a reason!

Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Mercury is way retrograde… and I thought you might like to read about it from a different perspective.

There is a silver lining to every cloud, of course, and Mercury retrograde gets a bad rap. It’s not all terrible! I read somewhere recently that Mercury retrograde is a great time to take part in anything that starts with the prefix re-… Well, except “react”! This is the perfect time to refresh, revive, review, reboot, rebound, recall, reconcile, recover, reflect, recycle, reelect, research, refinish, refocus, reformulate… You get the idea!

Here are some ideas to keep you out of trouble, and on Mercury’s good side!

10 Reasons To Love Mercury Retrograde!Photo by Chris Craymer.

1. Renew your vows.
You lovebirds! If you’re already in a committed relationship, marriage or partnership, this is the perfect time to renew your promises to one another. You could have an elaborate ceremony or you could keep it simple: go to the restaurant where you had your first date, look at old photos, talk about how far you’ve come since you met. Bless!

2. Clean out your closet.
I did this last Tuesday and it was a bit of a life-changer! The energy of Mercury retrograde is fantastic for trimming the fat, so to speak, so you’ll have lots of astrological help as you go through your wardrobe and cull it mercilessly! If you need a bit of help doing it, check out my Wardrobe Taming series! (Blast from the past, baby!)

3. Look up an old love or your ex-best friend.
This is an excellent time to revisit those old relationships and see where the land lies. You don’t need to resuscitate them, of course, and often things we try to start during Mercury retrograde end up being short-lived anyway, but there can be a lot to learn from reuniting. You could find that the closure is exactly what you needed.

4. Forgive and forget.
Mercury retrograde encourages us to tie up loose ends, and the ultimate loose end is sourness or bitterness towards someone else. Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die! It’s time to move on, and if you can’t forget, do your best to forgive.

10 Reasons To Love Mercury Retrograde!

5. Take a fabulous holiday.
Even though we’re usually not encouraged to travel during Mercury retrograde — simply because it’s something that is easily affected by the natural miscommunications of this period — if you can get away, you should! Honour any hankerings you might have for a bit of downtime. Go to a tropical island and lie on the beach for a week, or simply have a staycation at home. You’ll feel so much better for it!

6. Relax and take care of yourself.
The classic old checklist of getting enough sleep, staying hydrated and doing a lot of stretching absolutely applies during Mercury retrograde. If you’ve fallen off the H2O wagon, buy yourself a cute drink bottle and keep it on your desk! (I have a vampire drink bottle. I love it.) Make an extra effort to relax before bed, maybe by turning off the television and having an Epsom salt bath, and get your solid 8 hours. Get a massage, do some stretching, and move your body as much as you can.

7. Rejuvenate your living space!
If your house isn’t looking its best, now is the time to start dreaming about it! Your home should be a reflection of your most fabulous self: a place that you’re excited to return to. While it’s not the best idea to make big purchases during Mercury retrograde, it is a truly excellent time to do any research. Start investigating: look at Pinterest for interior decorating ideas, scope out websites for the best prices, and make a list of the things you’ll need. Once Mercury goes direct, you can start to put your plans into action!

8. Work on your CV or personal mission statement.
Mercury retrograde favours rewriting, revising or editing any documents. Why not put that energy to good use and rework your CV or personal mission statement? You could spice up your blog’s bio page or make some long overdue changes to your business plans. Mercury’s magic will help you out as you do it, and you might be astounded by what comes out when you sit down to start writing!

9. Read old journals.
If you go back to your old journals or notebooks during this time, you’ll be amazed by the things you read and the revelations that occur. It will be incredible to you to see how far you’ve come and how much growth has happened! (Plus, it’s usually pretty good for a laugh!)

10. Get a bit nostalgic!
Mercury retrograde is the best time ever to listen to old albums that you loved when you were a teenager, to watch movies that used to mean so much to you, and to revisit activities you have given up. Yesterday, I had a musical trip down memory lane, listening to Marilyn Manson, Sleater-Kinney, Deftones, and A Perfect Circle — all stuff I loved years ago! Why not jump back into that sport or activity you loved a decade ago?

See?! It’s not all bad. Mercury retrograde for a few weeks, so you have plenty of time to get all of this done! Okay… Ready, set, go!

(Still counting down the days…)

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