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June 15 I Lifestyle I Issue 38




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The Lifestyle newsletter is meant to cover all things life - what we're reading, listening, wearing, doing, basically all those things we more than likely don't do enough of. You know, the back-burner stuff that gets sent to the bottom of the list of things to do for ourselves because other things, more likely other people, or work, or responsibilities, get in the way.

Ironically enough, we're living in a time where the above back-burner stuff should be made priority. Learning, educating ourselves, reading about or listening to current events, Black history,  anything we can get our hands on these days to help us understand how we can all be better or do better.

I'm such a big believer that all of this #lifestyle stuff is really the key to helping us feel more fulfilled. For me, feeling fulfilled includes being informed, looking forward to a good book or podcast, watching a bing-worthy Netflix series, having a wardrobe that at the least makes me feel good about myself, traveling (more like pretending to travel these days), but doing all those things we NEVER do for ourselves but are necessary to fill our cups. 

Of course, prioritizing good things does include prioritizing doing all of these "fill your cup" activities for yourself: taking a walk and listening to a podcast, watching TV, reading a good book, buying a cute top every once in a while. I fall victim to not prioritizing any of these things, and I know you probably do too so lately, I've been setting aside special moments to enjoy these things:

  1. listening to a podcast while running (a nice walk is a nice excuse, too);
  2. setting aside time to read during the week (maybe an hour before bed?);
  3. giving yourself a "spend-clothes" budget every month (even if it's just $50);
  4. pre-booking a manicure in advance (every other Monday, for instance);
  5. setting a work schedule you actually enjoy and don't force yourself into (working mornings and an hour or two at night, for instance and spending the days "filling your cup").


One of my biggest struggles is always doing things because they "should" be done that way. With COVID, I've been forced to reevaluate my schedule and my days in support of doing things I WANT instead of things that "should" be done. It's crazy that something of this size was the catalyst that shifted my priorities, but I'm 100% grateful something did. And now that my priorities have changed, I can't imagine going back (and I can't believe I didn't listen to myself and my needs for so long). 

So what are you prioritizing this week? Are you reading anything good? Are you putting your life before work? Are you getting a manicure? I'm binging Queer Eye on Netflix, reading Untamed (please read!!), and listening to the 1619 podcast below (so good).  

As always, we are bffs (it's never too soon!) and are here for you. Please, share your progress with us on instagram by tagging @thecurrentyou and #mecurrently. And follow us, too! We're a fun follow. 🙃


xx, Melanie

Go With Your Gut:
Anita Braham Sees Art Everywhere

In this new series, we intro you to badass women taking life by the you-know-what to inspire you to do the same. Anita Braham is doing everything in her power to leave her mark and make a difference in the Arts. Read her story now. 

🎬Educate Yourself on Racial Injustice with these Documentaries. 

🎬Fiction Books Written by Black Women: Rated amazing on Goodreads and worth adding to your 2020 reading list.  

🎬Netflix New Arrivals: Summer calls for lazy days; what better way to be lazy than binging on these new arrivals. 

🎬Half-Hour Shows to Watch Now: Because we don't always have time to watch a full hour of TV (and that's totally ok). 

🎬On Deck at the Goop Bookclub: Latitude of Longing (read all about it). 

🎬Best Books to Read this Summer:  Wherever your beach is this summer, curling up with a good book is always a good idea. 

🎬 What 17 People are Reading In NYC right now: I'm always a fan of book recommendations and this is a good one! 


Best Books to Prioritize Good Things: Drop the Ball, The One Thing

Great Podcasts to Listen to and Learn About Prioritizing: Busyness Culture

BLM Resources in the Podcast World: 1619, Code Switch, The City that Disbanded its Police, Pod Saved the People, White Lies, Floodlines


What We're Reading These Days:

Melanie: Untamed

Carmen: The Dutch House

Rebecca: Where the Crawdads Sing & The Paper Menagerie


A #Girldads Letter to His Daughter

Father's Day is just around the corner. I'm not crying, you're crying! Read what this dad had to say to his unborn daughter.


It's Frose Season!

This perfect slushy drink has been attempted and perfected by many, and now it's your turn. 





TCY Guides: Best WFH Clothes

Someone had to to do it! We've put together a few of our favorite pieces for easy purchase now that you're probably WFH the rest of the year. 

💓 Why Minneapolis was the Breaking Point for the BLM Movement. 

💓Updated Resources List to Support the BLM Movement - very helpful considering all the info coming from everywhere! 

💓What Defunding the Police in Minneapolis Means. 

💓 Black Owned Fashion Businesses you can support by wearing today. 

💓You might need to prioritize a manicure after 3 months at home - here are the colors of the summer. 

💓Prioritize your Inventory at Home - Browse these 20 Things on Sale that you might actually want to buy. 

💓Working one day on and one day off is working for this couple; and it's genius. 

💓Achieving some semblance of Work-Life Balance is a huge starting point to prioritize the things that matter most. 


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