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Published Tuesday Nov 12, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

November Picks: What We’re Reading on SCRIBD

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The season of finding gratitude is here, and we’re all about reflecting on books that make our lives, our minds, and hearts bigger. 

Need a good read for the Thanksgiving trip home? Find something you’ll enjoy on the SCRIBD app. Search through audiobooks, snapshots, magazines—even sheet music!

The Little Book of Hygge // Meik Wiking

Wondering what hygge is? Pronounced hoo-ga, this cute little book has all the info you need to know about this Danish lifestyle trend. So take a break, get comfy, and learn about the cornerstone of Danish life while discovering advice and tips on incorporating more cozy into your routine. 

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The Little Book of Hygge // Meik Wiking

Wondering what hygge is? Pronounced hoo-ga, this cute little book has all the info you need to know about this Danish lifestyle trend. So take a break, get comfy, and learn about the cornerstone of Danish life while discovering advice and tips on incorporating more cozy into your routine. 

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy // Jenny Odell

In a world where our value is determined by our constant productivity, doing nothing is a form of resistance. Artist and critic Jenny Odell shares her field guide to doing nothing and offers an insightful critique of what we think productivity is, what reconnects us to nature, and reveals what we are normally too distracted to see about ourselves and the world around us. 

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How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy // Jenny Odell

In a world where our value is determined by our constant productivity, doing nothing is a form of resistance. Artist and critic Jenny Odell shares her field guide to doing nothing and offers an insightful critique of what we think productivity is, what reconnects us to nature, and reveals what we are normally too distracted to see about ourselves and the world around us. 

Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey // A.J. Jacobs 

Discovering that his coffeeand every other item in our liveswould not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted, New York Times author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. A journey that takes him all over the globe to individually thank farmers, chemists, truckers, miners, artists, and more, Thanks A Thousand is a great reminder of the power of connection and how gratitude can change our outlook on life. 

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Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey // A.J. Jacobs 

Discovering that his coffeeand every other item in our liveswould not be possible without hundreds of people we usually take for granted, New York Times author A.J. Jacobs decided to thank every single person involved in producing his morning cup of coffee. A journey that takes him all over the globe to individually thank farmers, chemists, truckers, miners, artists, and more, Thanks A Thousand is a great reminder of the power of connection and how gratitude can change our outlook on life. 

Gravity & Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga // Peter Sterios 

Looking for the perfect gift for the yogi in your life? Check out Peter Sterios’ groundbreaking book on the full, healing potential of yoga. An innovative yoga teacher and trainer, Sterios shares a unique set of principles to help anyonefrom beginners to advanced yogisrestore their approach to yoga by tuning into the body. 
 

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Gravity & Grace: How to Awaken Your Subtle Body and the Healing Power of Yoga // Peter Sterios 

Looking for the perfect gift for the yogi in your life? Check out Peter Sterios’ groundbreaking book on the full, healing potential of yoga. An innovative yoga teacher and trainer, Sterios shares a unique set of principles to help anyonefrom beginners to advanced yogisrestore their approach to yoga by tuning into the body. 
 

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A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
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Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

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I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

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Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
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Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.