Friday, January 6, 2017

Top Five: Living That Freelance Lifestyle

In an effort to write more on my own blog, I'm going to start a "five things I discovered and/or finally got around to writing about" article once every other week. Here's List Number One!

  1. Bonjour Jolie This is a subscription service for people with periods. I think I discovered the site via Tumblr (because that's where I get all my good news from, I guess.) and I was very intrigued by a few different things. Bonjour Jolie is careful with gender-charged terms, using neutral words wherever possible. They also offer specialized boxes for Trans men, people getting their first period, and for gender-neutral folks, as well. This consciousness is what really attracted me to the site in the first place. You can dive right in with a subscription, but I'm going to try out one box first and see how it goes. And you can be sure that I'll write about it here.
  2. ASMR Videos Okay full disclosure I've been watching ASMR videos for almost four years now. If you've ever gotten a tingle on the back of your head and/or down your spine while someone whispers in your ear, or while a newspaper is rustling, or while someone plays with your hair (I think you get the picture), then you're sensitive to ASMR, or the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. While this response is well documented among those of us who experience it, it is not yet well explained or supported by scientific research, which means it's difficult to explain why it works for some people and not for others. I watch these videos to fall asleep or to help center myself while I work. I also use them as white noise in the background when I want to stay focused for a long time. I really favor Gentlewhispering as an ASMR-tist, but if you're getting into this phenomenon then I recommend poking around online and finding an artist that works for you. I find most of my favorite videos and playlists on youtube and Spotify.
  3. Riverdale Extended Trailer I am obsessed with Archie comics. I've discussed that here before, and even teased Riverdale while it was just in the casting phase. But now the show is weeks away from its premiere and I'm so hyped I can't stand it. Keep your eyes out for my Riverdale menu and what I'm sure will be regular shouting about this gritty take on the classic all-American kids in the suburban town of Riverdale.
  4. And by extension, the search for a Jughead hat pattern One of the specific updates that Riverdale is giving to Archie and his gang is a modern twist on Jughead's crown hat. Portrayed by Cole Sprouse, Jughead wears a cool knitted cap that looks similar enough to Jughead's original headwear without feeling dated. I don't have a link here yet as I haven't succeeded in finding the link, but I'm sure I won't be the only one searching for this once the show premieres.
  5. This T-Shirt 
    Honestly I don't know what to say about this t-shirt except that I need it. Seriously need it. I found it on a girl on tumblr and then just...googled it. Thrilling, I know. But I'm obsessed and I feel that it pretty well sums up what my brain is doing at any given time.

    So, what do you all think? I really like this practice even if no one reads it, considering it will be a good way to collect my thoughts and explain some of the ways I stay organized as a freelancer. It'll also serve as an online scrapbook of what's keeping me occupied at any given time. Coming up in the next installment: Bullet Journals, Reading Lists, and the return of network TV from the winter hiatus!